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A Post A/S Level or equivalent module in German language and culture

Module details

  • Offered to all Undergraduates
  • Monday, Tuesday or Thursday 16.00-18.00 (depending on year of study)
  • Planned delivery: On campus (South Kensington)
  • 2 term module worth 7.5 ECTS
  • Available to eligible students as part of I-Explore
  • Extra Credit or Degree Credit where your department allows
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A communicative module for students with an A/S level in German or comparable standard of competency in the language and culture of the German-speaking countries.

This module aims to

  • Introduce more complex grammatical structures
  • Revise and consolidate basic grammar as required by the class
  • Provide background knowledge and vocabulary on current issues in Germany and on scientific and technological topics
  • Improve students' oral and written communication skills

By the end of the module, students should have reached approximately the B1+ standard of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR)

To be eligible for this module you need to have done one of the following:

  • Successfully completed German Level 2
  • Gained a German A/S level Qualification
  • Already achieved A2+ or equivalent on the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR)

Please note: This module is currently undergoing minor modifications and is therefore subject to change. 

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Learning outcomes

Reichstag Building Berlin This module will equip you with the ability to:

  • Communicate in spoken and written German in a sophisticated style, being able to compare, contrast and analyse
  • Describe and discuss diagrams and graphic information
  • Understand and use appropriate structures for technical and scientific writing
  • Understand current issues in modern Germany

Indicative core content

Black Forrest The aim of the module is to widen your range of vocabulary and linguistic structures and, in particular, to provide you with the necessary skills to understand and talk about contemporary issues at a fairly sophisticated level. Topics will loosely follow those covered in the textbook, and will include science and technology, the European Union and some aspects of the German political system and the German governmental institutions.

Language:

  • revision of cases, verbs and adjectives
  • using modal verbs with the passive
  • subjunctive and indirect speech
  • use of “lassen”
  • modal verbs and verbs of perception in the perfect tense
  • use of the conditional perfect
  • the passive

Topics:

  • environmental issues (e.g. causes and effects of pollution)
  • poverty in Germany
  • homelessness
  • immigrants in Germany (racism)
  • interpreting diagrams and statistics
  • science and technology
  • crime and the legal system
  • European Union
  • Germany today

Learning and teaching approach

Weekly in-class activities cover reading, writing, listening and speaking. Learning will involve pair work, group work, and individual tasks and will include critical evaluation of texts, audio and video material. A range of weekly homework tasks give you the opportunity to revise and consolidate knowledge and skills.

All pieces of coursework are marked and returned within two weeks. Detailed feedback is provided for each individual section of the coursework, giving the correct answer along with suggestions for improvement.  Generic feedback on each individual piece of coursework is also provided in class.

Assessment

  • Coursework: Reading comprehension, grammar and 140-160 word writing task (15%)
  • Examination: 1-hour in-class test - listening comprehension, grammar and 120-140 word writing task (15%)
  • Coursework: 2-3 minute podcast (20%)
  • Examination: 1-hour Exam - Reading comprehension, grammar and 180-200 word writing task (20%)
  • Practical: 30-minute Oral Exam including peer-to-peer question and answer session, group discussion based on a diagram and on debate questions (30%)

Assessment information for students on a course with a year abroad

Key information

  • 7.5 ECTS points awarded on successful completion of the module.
  • Available to take for credit towards your degree where your department allows. Also available for extra-credit.
  • You must be prepared to attend all classes and and undertake approximately 3 hours of private study each week in addition to the assessment.

Coursebook: DaF Kompakt neu B1: Kurs- und Arbeitsbuch mit MP3-CD, Birgit Braun; Margit Doubek; Nadja Fügert et al.; Klett (Ernst) Verlag,Stuttgart; ISBN 978312-6763158.

Additional materials: Articles from contemporary German press; DVDs and online videos.

Further information for Year Abroad/Year in Europe Students
Further information for BSc Hons and MSc Language for Science Degrees

"Very happy with the course so far. I have been learning a lot and the lecturer makes it very interesting."
"I think the module is structured and taught well."
"This was an enjoyable course, with a wide range of grammatical structures being taught. These grammatical tools were self-contained and explained well in the textbook, which is much appreciated. The use of book, as discrepancies between it and the course content were confusing at times. This was especially the case when some concepts, e.g. the passive, were used differently (werden form in class, largely modal verbs in the book). The use of coursework was very good, as it spreads the workload throughout the course, and nurtures continuous understanding of the material."