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A Post Level 5 or equivalent module in German language and culture

Module details

  • Offered to 3rd & 4th Years
  • Thursdays 16.00-18.00
  • 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 high level language module for students in their third year of German post-A-level, on the language and culture of the German-speaking countries.

This module aims for students to:

  • Consolidate your competence in the command of complex grammatical structures
    and vocabulary.
  • Examine and critically appraise various types of discourse (including literary texts) and linguistic function through engagement with a broad range of registers, using these as models in your own production.
  • Be introduced to and apply a range of communicative strategies, which will allow you to communicate confidently and professionally through different media
  • Explore a range of historical and current socio-political issues, which will enhance your understanding of German-speaking contexts, as well as topical issues and debates in German-speaking countries.

By the end of the module, students should have reached approximately the C1/C2 standard of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR).

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

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

Please note: The information on this module description is indicative. The module may undergo minor modifications before the start of next academic year. 

Information blocks

Learning outcomes


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On successful completion of this module, you will be able to:

  • process and engage with native speech with ease identifying details of complex arguments in a variety of contexts;
  • interact with a very high degree of fluency, spontaneity, and accuracy in a variety of contexts including academic and scientific environments;
  • extract all ideas including details of complex texts from a variety of genres (incl. literature) and topics;
  • write detailed, well-structured texts and explain viewpoints on a wide range of subjects;
  • apply your knowledge and skills of complex structures and vocabulary at C1/C2-level (in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages);
  • demonstrate an understanding of the target cultures by examining and comparing a range of socio-political practices and perspectives and relating them to your own backgrounds and contexts of practice;
  • demonstrate the ability to use a wide range of digital language learning tools to develop your research and presentation skills in the target language and support independent learning.

Indicative core content

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In this module, the following linguistic structures will be revised and practised:

  • modal particles;
  • verbs, nouns and adjectives in prepositional constructions;
  • punctuation;
  • set expressions.

You will have the opportunity to broaden your vocabulary and register and consolidation of syntax through the study and discussion of a range of genres.

These linguistic structures will be applied to various technical and scientific topics related to your interests (and encompassing your specialist discipline), these include:

  • environmental or societal issues;
  • topics centered around current issues in German speaking countries, including their history such as BAME groups;
  • topics arising from the texts studied in class and arising from the literary text (Daniel Kehlmann, Die Vermessung der Welt), in particular referring to the natural scientist Alexander von Humboldt and the mathematician CF Gauss such as colonialism and related contemporary issues, will be covered.


Learning and teaching approach

In line with modern foreign languages communicative and active learning methodologies, the in-class activities you will complete will cover all four skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking). These will include pair work and groupwork (dialogue practice, information gap exercises, discussion), individual tasks, discovery and formulation of grammatical rules, work with texts, etc. Homework and coursework tasks will give you the opportunity to revise and consolidate your knowledge and skills and to develop your awareness of how to use language learning tools independently. Our approach not only ensures you engage with a wide range of tasks and activities, but also seeks to support different learning styles.

Your coursework will be marked and returned within two weeks. Rubrics and revision guidance (how-to guides) will be included as needed with each coursework. You will receive detailed feedback alongside suggestions for improvement and an overall percentage showing your provisional grade for that assessment.


  • Coursework (15%): Set mid-term on the virtual learning environment consisting of video speaking task (approx. 10 mins).
  • Examination (15%): In-class test on the virtual learning environment (bring your own device). This 1-hour test will take place at the end of Autumn Term. It will consist of grammar tasks and one writing task (approx. 300 words).
  • Coursework (15%): Set mid-Autumn Term on the virtual learning environment, consisting of listening
    comprehension (approx. 8-10 mins) and writing task (approx. 350 words). (Time allowed: 1.5 hours)
  • Examination (20%): In-class test on the virtual learning environment (bring your own device). This 1-hour test will take place at the end of Spring Term. It will consist of grammar and writing tasks (approx. 400 words).
  • Practical (35%): 25-min oral exam in the Summer Term, consisting of short ad-hoc discussion of a topic covered in class, plus follow-on questions, questions on the literary text, and general

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.

Module Materials

Technical and other texts from the contemporary German language press and scientific journals, including, for example, Süddeutsche Zeitung, Die Zeit, Der Tagesspiegel (Berlin), FAZ, Der Spiegel, Der Standard a wide variety of other texts or films relating to contemporary German speaking countries and their recent history; supporting video and audio material.

Core text: Daniel Kehlmann, Die Vermessung der Welt, Rowohlt Taschenbuch Verlag GmbH,  ISBN-10: 3499241005, ISBN-13: 978-3499241000

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