GERMAN STAGE 4 - 2024/5
Module code: GERL029
This is a module of the Global Graduate Award in Languages programme. It is taught over 19 weeks in the autumn and spring semesters, two contact hours per week, and covers the four core skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing in the target language. It also offers an introduction to the cultures and societies in which the target language is spoken and aims to raise a sense of cultural awareness. Students prepare for everyday communication in the target language and for work or study periods abroad.
A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module.
School of Literature and Languages
RECASENS Cristina (Lit & Langs)
Number of Credits: 15
ECTS Credits: 7.5
Framework: Global Graduate Award
Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A
Overall student workload
Independent Learning Hours: 46
Seminar Hours: 38
Guided Learning: 57
Captured Content: 9
Prerequisites / Co-requisites
German Stage 3 or equivalent
Indicative content includes:
extension of world of work (e.g. telecommunications, computers, modern technology)
aspects of German society (e.g. regions, tourism, food)
arguing, justifying and persuading
extension of job applications and CVs
recent German history
perfect with double infinitive
passive imperfect and perfect
distinction between separable and non-separable verbs
adjectives used as nouns
verbs with dative/accusative
|Unit of assessment
|Oral exam or presentation
|Online Scheduled Summative Class Test
A timed assessment covering the relevant skills, to be completed online.
The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate
- their linguistic progress over the duration of the course;
- their growing ability to understand and produce the language at the relevant level;
- their increasing awareness of the culture(s) associated with the language;
- the level of language they have achieved at the end of the course.
Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:
Two assessments, covering productive and receptive skills.
Both assessments to take place in semester 2.
Formative assessment and feedback
Students will receive in-class verbal feedback on homework tasks and in-class performance.
- In terms of linguistic and cultural competence, the module aims to: encourage students to strengthen their communicative competence in the four language skills (reading, writing, speaking and listening)
- enhance proficiency in handling grammatical structures
- expand the German vocabulary used in a range of contexts and social situations
- encourage students to develop heightened awareness of some main aspects of German culture
- take a different perspective and view the world from different cultural viewpoints
- analyse and understand linguistic and cultural barriers
- reflect on the influence of cultural values on behaviour
- become conscious of stereotypes and prejudices
- communicate with others in culturally appropriate ways
- In terms of study skills and transfer of skills and competencies, this module aims to:encourage students to self-assess their progress and map their linguistic competence against the descriptors of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR)
- support students in acquiring language learning strategies and techniques
- inspire independent learning and facilitate the acquisition of other foreign languages
|Interact in German with relative ease in a range of predictable and unpredictable situations
|Understand and interpret in some depth spoken and written German on a range of topics
|Categorise a broad range of text types
|Organise and present ideas on predictable and unpredictable topics with relative confidence
|Demonstrate the ability to retrieve and handle information from appropriate sources
|Understand and use the grammatical terminology relating to the topics covered
|Demonstrate a good degree of grammatical accuracy in their use of German at intermediate level
|Pronounce individual sounds of German with a good degree of accuracy
|Use language reference materials such as grammars and dictionaries
|Show heightened cultural awareness by interacting in a culturally appropriate way for speakers of German
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 vocabulary through attending classes regularly;
Encourage student participation and learner autonomy, through small group work, reading and practicing/preparing outside contact hours, and participating in class activities;
Develop ability to use linguists’ tools, such as dictionaries and IT resources;
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:
Two contact hours per week over 19 weeks in Semesters 1 & 2
Teaching will be mainly in the target language.
Classes will include group work, such as role play, and short presentations in the language.
Consolidation of learning will be by the practice of language skills inside and outside the classroom, using a variety of means, including computer-assisted language learning.
Students are expected to complete regular homework tasks in order to practice new structures and to prepare for in-class activities.
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.
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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 2024/5 academic year.