Programme/Approved Electives for 2022/23
Available as a Free Standing Elective
German 8 or equivalent (e.g. A level B, CEF level B2)
This module is designed for students with very advanced German language skills (German 8, or equivalent) and will focus on systematically enhancing all four skills, whilst studying topics of relevance to modern-day Germany and Austria.The module will be mainly based on authentic German texts and audio-visual materials such as films, TV recordings and web material, which will be exploited in class and self-study time. By the end of the module students should be able to handle a variety of complex German sources, including newspaper articles and fictional texts, conduct their own searches of German websites and read and discuss factual and fictional texts with some confidence. Feedback on formative and summative assessments will be provided at regular intervals and emphasis will be placed on enabling you to become an efficient language learner after completion of the course.The language level of this module corresponds to work leading to Level C1 in the European Common Framework for Languages (CEFR -C1)
The modules aims to consolidate and enhance existing German language skills to enable students to read complex German texts with a degree of confidence, enable them to take part in debates and understand extended speech.It is also designed to enhance students' understanding of contemporary German and Austrian culture.
Intended Learning Outcomes
understand extended speech and follow complex lines of argument provided the topic is reasonably familiar: 1,2express themselves fluently, accounting for and sustaining views, and giving the advantages and disadvantages of various options on topical issues: 1,2express themselves in clear, well structured writing, expressing points of view at some length: 1,2demonstrate accurate usage of the language with regard to register, vocabulary, grammar and style: 1,2discuss contemporary issues with reference to the cultural context of German speaking countries: 1,2understand long, complex factual and fictional texts.: 1,2
20 hours of synchronous and asynchronous class time 100 hours class preparation and revision and private study22 hours revision for and completion of written exam 8 hours preparation for and attendance at spoken interaction exam
Admission to the module must be confirmed through completion of a language level self-assessment formStudents are only permitted to take one German language module per semester.
1: Oral Exam weighted 50%
Description of Module Assessment
Spoken interaction assessmentA 8-10 minute spoken interaction assessment to test speaking (productive) and listening (receptive) skills. Task may include role play, presentation, question and answer, description and similar. If assessments are organised in pairs or groups individual marks will be awarded to each student and the total time allowed will be 5-6 minutes per student.2: Exam weighted 50%
1 hour reading/writing examExamination testing writing and reading skills and the command of active and passive vocabulary from the topic areas studied.