Module code: GER1056

Module Overview

This is a FHEQ Level 4 module for German. It is taught in the target language, over the Spring semester.

Module provider

School of Literature and Languages

Module Leader

KLEINLERCHER Alexandra (Lit & Langs)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 4

Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A

Overall student workload

Independent Learning Hours: 117

Seminar Hours: 22

Tutorial Hours: 11

Module Availability

Semester 2

Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module content

Indicative content includes:

  • Delivering a presentation, e.g. body language, visual aids, handling questions,

  • Negotiating: making suggestions, accepting and rejecting proposals and suggestions, bargaining, summarizing results

  • Making phone calls

  • Handling complaints and giving advice

  • Chairing and participating in meetings

  • Listening comprehension

  • Workplace writing genres, e.g. e-mails and letters, minutes, reports

  • CVs and cover letters

  • Intonation, stress, pitch

  • Grammatical terminology in German

  • The grammar of spoken and written German

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework Written assignment 20
Coursework Written assignment 20
Oral exam or presentation Speaking task 20
Examination Examination 40

Alternative Assessment


Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate

  • Knowledge and understanding of the use of the target language;

  • Ability to analyse and interpret texts;

  • Ability to select and synthesise information from written and oral texts;

  • Ability to use IT skills to find and present relevant information;

  • Subject-specific knowledge of German history and culture.

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

  • An integrated skills portfolio, containing a variety of oral and written tasks handed in as coursework throughout the semester.

  • A final exam of two hours, usually consisting of two of the tasks practised during the semester

Formative assessment and feedback

  • Formative assessment will focus on student participation and class discussions throughout the module.

  • Students will be provided with detailed written feedback following coursework assignments.

  • Verbal feedback will also occur in class and individual appointments if required.

Module aims

  • This module aims to develop the linguistic skills to enable students to participate and communicate effectively in a range of professional contexts.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Communicate effectively, in speaking and writing, and with a relatively good degree of fluency and accuracy in a range of professional settings, in German CKPT
002 Recognise distinguishing features of spoken and written professional genres. KP
003 Recognise and use appropriate nonverbal techniques in professional communication. KPT
004 Use the grammatical and pragmatic conventions of language which are required for communication in professional contexts. KPT
005 Understand spoken and written German on professional topics. CPT
006 Demonstrate a good degree of grammatical accuracy in their use of more advanced German grammar. CKP
007 Demonstrate a good degree of accuracy and appropriateness in the intonation of individual words and sentences CKP
008 Recognise and eliminate first language inference CP

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:

  • Enable students to acquire explicit knowledge of the linguistic structures, grammar and stylistic registers through attending classes and reading in the target language;

  • Encourage student participation and learner autonomy, through small group classes, reading outside contact hours and participating in seminars;

  • Develop ability to use linguists’ tools, such as dictionaries and IT resources;

  • Develop research skills, through reading and presenting findings, through informal class presentations and in the assignments;

  • Enable students to engage in analytical and evaluative thinking, to analyse and interpret texts and other cultural products, through attending classes and engaging in individual study.

  • Develop communication skills through interactions in class.

The learning and teaching methods include:

  • Teaching will be delivered in a combination of lectures, seminars and workshops.

  • There will be opportunities for class discussion, group work and peer evaluation.

  • Further guidance for independent study will be provided by the class tutor.

  • There will be opportunities for formative feedback on a practice presentation and from written and spoken tasks set as homework.

Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.

Reading list
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Other information


Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
English Literature with German BA (Hons) 2 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Modern Languages (French with German) BA (Hons) 2 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Modern Languages (Spanish with German) BA (Hons) 2 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2019/0 academic year.