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A Post A-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-level in German or comparable standard of competency, on the language and culture of the German-speaking countries.

This module aims to

  • Improve your comprehension skills using written (scientific, journalistic and literary), oral, video and documentary material
  • Enable you to practice, both orally and in writing, a range of complex grammatical structures
  • Acquaint you with a knowledge of current affairs in the German-speaking countries
  • Provide you with background knowledge and vocabulary on social, political, cultural, scientific and technological developments in the German-speaking countries

By the end of the module, students should have reached approximately the B2+ 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 3
  • Gained a German A-level Qualification
  • Already achieved B1+ or equivalent on the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR)

This module is not intended for native or near-native speakers.

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 orally and in writing at a sophisticated level and in an appropriate style, including within your own subject area
  • Distinguish between various styles of writing; analyse topics arising from a range of texts including scientific, journalistic and literary writing
  • Read the German press, watch television and listen to radio programmes with relative ease.
  • Interpret and explain statistics and graphic information
  • Understand and discuss current issues in the German-speaking countries

Indicative core content

Black Forrest The main theme of the year is current affairs in the German-speaking countries, as reflected in the press and the other mass media. Articles from a number of German publications such as Die Welt, Spiegel and the Frankfurter Allgemeine will be read and discussed. You will do high-level language work including on scientific/technological topics and appropriate audio and video material will also be used.

Language:

  • revision of grammatical structures as appropriate
  • analysis of a range of linguistic registers in speech and writing
  • further aspects of word order, adjectives and verb forms, including use of the subjunctive
  • further work on prepositions and conjunctions; nouns; the subjunctive (including reported speech) and the passive voice
  • the language of science

Topics:

  • topics dominating the media in Germany, Austria and Switzerland
  • the German language: different registers, e.g. scientific, colloquial, literary
  • people and places
  • the consumer society
  • the future
  • current affairs
  • the world of work in the German speaking countries
  • old and new media
  • health
  • transport and mobility.

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, vocabulary, grammar and 225-250 word writing task (15%)
  • Examination: 1-hour Exam - 300-320 word writing task based on a choice of topics (15%)
  • Coursework: Reading comprehension, vocabulary and grammar (20%)
  • Examination: 1-hour in class Exam - Listening comprehension (20%)
  • Practical: 16-18 minute Oral Exam - including a brief opening statement based on a selection of prepared topics, follow-on discussion and questions on one of the other prepared topics (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: Aspekte neu B2, Ute Koithan, Helen Schmitz et. al., Lehrbuch (2015) 978-3-12-605025-8

Additional materials: articles from contemporary German press and supplementary audio and video materials.

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