GER-90004 - German 4
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 2024/25


Available as a Free Standing Elective





German 3 or equivalent (e.g. GCSE grade C/4-5, CEFR level A2)

Barred Combinations


Description for 2024/25

This module will build on skills learnt in German 3 (or equivalent) and expand students vocabulary base and ability to interact in everyday situations in German. Topics include talking about education, likes and dislikes, future career plans and German reunification. Students will consolidate and broaden their knowledge of vocabulary and grammar in class, as well as practise communicative skills.
Teaching will be based around the textbook and a DVD series for language learners which focuses on young people's lives and work in today's Berlin. Various aspects of contemporary German life will be discussed, based on the textbook and audiovisual material, and thereby give you an insight into German culture and customs. There will be a variety of tasks and exercises in class time, such as partner exercises, listening comprehensions, role-play and reading and writing tasks. Students will consolidate the skills acquired in class through further web-based self-study exercises.
Upon successful completion of this module, students will normally have reached level A2 of the Common European Language Framework (CEFR - A2)

The module aims at improving students communication skills; to consolidate previous grammatical knowledge and widen their vocabulary; provide them with a basic understanding of culture specific behaviour; and enable them to become efficient language learners.

Intended Learning Outcomes

Recognise and understand basic sentences and frequently used expressions related to areas of personal relevance (e.g. studies, work, hobbies, past experiences, etc.) when people speak clearly: 1,3
Understand, summarize and extract key information from written texts related to areas of personal relevance: 1,2
Interact in familiar situations, asking and answering questions related to a range of topics (educational background, work, hobbies, past experiences, etc.), being able to ask for repetition or clarification, provided the other person talks clearly: 3
Write notes, messages and texts (e.g. personal letters or emails) related to areas of personal relevance, making pertinent grammatical and lexical choices: 1,2
Recognise and use simple grammatical structures and rules in the target language and compare them to the English language: 1,2,3
Recognise and act upon cultural differences as encountered in everyday situations, demonstrate knowledge of common traditions in the German speaking world, and identify different registers and varieties of the language: 1,2,3

Study hours

22 hours of contact time in class.
40 hours assessment preparation and completion.
88 hours guided independent study.

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.

Description of Module Assessment

1: Online Tasks weighted 30%
Online Tasks
Students will complete a series of online exercises to assess their reading comprehension, grammar and writing skills in the target language.

2: Class Test weighted 20%
Class Test
Students will complete an in-class test which may include writing a short text in the target language in class.

3: Oral Exam weighted 50%
Spoken interaction assessment
A 6-10 minute spoken interaction assessment to test speaking (productive), listening (receptive) and conversation (interaction) skills. Task may include presentation, role play, description or similar and question and answer. If assessments are organised in pairs or groups, individual marks will be awarded to each student.