Programme/Approved Electives for 2022/23
Available as a Free Standing Elective
German 6 or equivalent (e.g. AS-level grade B, A level grade D or lower, CEF level B1)
This module is aimed at students with a good knowledge of German and will be taught predominantly in the target language. All basic skills (speaking, listening, reading, writing) will be practised in the contact hours, and communicative skills, vocabulary base and knowledge of grammar will be consolidated and expanded. This module is based around a series of texts focussing on life in contemporary Germany which will afford an insight into the cultural background of German society, dealing with issues such as education in Germany, and social and political problems.Students will move from being able to communicate in everyday situations to discussing more complex issues with a degree of confidence. This will be practised in the classroom situation in a variety of ways: pair work and debates, as well as listening comprehensions and audiovisual material that familiarises students with authentic linguistic features. In self-study time, these skills will be consolidated with the help of exercises on KLE, and German Internet sites that will expand their vocabulary base and further their understanding of German life and culture. The language learning process will be charted in the reflective diary and provide valuable tools to improve language acquisition. Feedback on formative and summative assessments will be provided at regular intervals.The language level of this module corresponds to work leading to Level B2 in the European Common Framework for Languages (CEFR -B2)
This module aims to build on students' existing knowledge of German and consolidate all areas of grammar, while at the same time expanding the vocabulary base to enable students to confidently discuss various aspects of contemporary German society, such as education in Germany and social and political questions.
Intended Learning Outcomes
understand the main points in extended speech: 1,2interact with a degree of spontaneity and fluency that makes regular interaction with native speakers possible: 1present clear descriptions on a wide range of subjects: 1,2write clear text, expressing points of view: 2demonstrate accurate usage of the language with regard to register, vocabulary and grammar: 1,2understand and discuss a variety of cultural issues that have shaped contemporary Germany: 1exploit resources to research topics (newspapers, German webpages etc): 2read articles and reports concerned with contemporary problems in which the writers adopt particular attitudes or viewpoints: 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.