German level 4
A Post A-Level or equivalent module in German language and culture
- Offered to all Undergraduates
- Monday, Tuesday or Thursday 16.00-18.00 (depending on year of study)
- 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
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.
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
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.
- 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 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
- transport and mobility.
- Coursework 35% - 4 pieces of written coursework (may include in-class tests)
- Written examination 35% - A two-hour written examination at the end of the Spring term
- Oral examination 30% - A 20-minute oral examination at the end of the module
- 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.