GER-90001 - German 1
Coordinator: Ilse Wuhrer Room: CBB1.011 Tel: +44 1782 7 34079
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Level: Level 4
Credits: 15
Study Hours: 150
School Office: 01782 733960

Programme/Approved Electives for 2022/23


Available as a Free Standing Elective





No prior knowledge

Barred Combinations

Description for 2022/23

This module is designed for students with no prior knowledge of German and will develop basic communication skills in everyday situations such as introducing oneself and giving and understanding personal information about oneself, family and friends. Alongside the German language, students will get an insight into German culture e.g. such as a variety of German traditions, customs and culture specific behaviour. By following the video series of 'Deutsch Plus' which charts the problems and successes of an immigrant to Germany in his first job, students will be able to put the language learnt into a work-based context. As the focus of this module is on communication skills, a large proportion of class time will be based on oral work - speaking in groups and in pairs in a variety of question-and-answer and role play exercises. Students will also develop reading and writing skills in German. The course book will give a basic outline and structure to the module, and the book will be supplemented by regular video work and other materials. There will also be the opportunity to practise and reinforce vocabulary and language structures by using computer exercises in KLE, linked to the weekly classes.
The language level of this module corresponds to work leading to Level A1 in the European Common Framework for Languages (CEFR -A1).

To equip students who have no prior knowledge of German with basic language skills and introduce them to aspects of German culture. The module also aims to introduce students to general language learning strategies.

Intended Learning Outcomes

understand familiar words and basic phrases concerning themselves and their family when people speak slowly and clearly.: 1,2
ask and answer simple questions in the area of immediate need, and interact in a simple way provided the other person is prepared to repeat things at a lower rate of speech and help them formulate what they are trying to say.: 1
write simple phrases and sentences to describe themselves and people they know.: 2
fill in forms with personal detail and ask and answer simple questions in writing.: 2
recognize and act upon basic cultural differences as encountered in everyday situations: 1,2
understand familiar words and phrases, for example on notices and posters.: 1,2

Study hours

20 hours of synchronous and asynchronous class time
100 hours class preparation and revision and private study
22 hours revision for and completion of written exam
8 hours preparation for and attendance at spoken interaction exam

School Rules

Admission to the module must be confirmed through completion of a language level self-assessment form
Students are only permitted to take one German language module per semester.
Students can only take one absolute beginners language module (90001) in any one academic year.
This module cannot be taken as level 3 module.

Description of Module Assessment

1: Oral Exam weighted 50%
Spoken interaction assessment
A 5-6 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 exam
Examination testing writing and reading skills and the command of active and passive vocabulary from the topic areas studied.