Module code: GER1049

Module provider

School of Literature and Languages

Module Leader


Number of Credits


ECT Credits



FHEQ Level 4

JACs code


Module cap (Maximum number of students)


Module Availability

Semester 2

Overall student workload

Independent Study Hours: 117

Seminar Hours: 24

Tutorial Hours: 11

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Examination 2-HOUR EXAMINATION 40

Alternative Assessment


Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module overview

This is a FHEQ Level 4 module for German. It is taught in the target language, over the Spring semester, three contact hours per teaching week. Attendance is compulsory.


Module aims

This module aims to develop the linguistic skills to enable students to participate and communicate effectively in a range of professional contexts.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
Communicate effectively, in speaking and writing, and with a relatively good degree of fluency and accuracy in a range of professional settings, in German KCPT
Recognise distinguishing features of spoken and written professional genres. KP
Recognise and use appropriate nonverbal techniques in professional communication. KPT
Use the grammatical and pragmatic conventions of language which are required for communication in professional contexts. KPT
Understand spoken and written German on professional topics.  CPT
Demonstrate a good degree of grammatical accuracy in their use of more advanced German grammar. KCP
Demonstrate a good degree of accuracy and appropriateness in the intonation of individual words and sentences KCP
Recognise and eliminate first language inference CP

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Module content

Indicative content includes:

Delivering a presentation, e.g. body language, visual aids, handling questions,
Negotiating: making suggestions, accepting and rejecting proposals and suggestions, bargaining, summarizing results
Making phone calls
Handling complaints and giving advice
Chairing and participating in meetings
Listening comprehension
Workplace writing genres, e.g. e-mails and letters, minutes, reports
CVs and cover letters
Intonation, stress, pitch
Grammatical terminology in German
The grammar of spoken and written German

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:

Enable students to acquire explicit knowledge of the linguistic structures, grammar and stylistic registers through attending classes and reading in the target language;
Encourage student participation and learner autonomy, through small group classes, reading outside contact hours and participating in seminars;
Develop ability to use linguists’ tools, such as dictionaries and IT resources;
Develop research skills, through reading and presenting findings, through informal class presentations and in the assignments;
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:

Teaching will be delivered in a combination of lectures, seminars and workshops.
 There will be opportunities for class discussion, group work and peer evaluation.
Further guidance for independent study will be provided by the class tutor.
There will be opportunities for formative feedback on a practice presentation and from written and spoken tasks set as homework.

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate

Knowledge and understanding of the use of the target language;
Ability to analyse and interpret texts;
Ability to select and synthesise information from written and oral texts;
Ability to use IT skills to find and present relevant information;
Subject-specific knowledge of German history and culture.

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

An integrated skills portfolio, containing a variety of oral and written tasks handed in as coursework throughout the semester.
A final exam of two hours, usually consisting of two of the tasks practised during the semester

Formative assessment and feedback

Formative assessment will focus on student participation and class discussions throughout the module.
Students will be provided with detailed written feedback following coursework assignments.
Verbal feedback will also occur in class and individual appointments if required.

Reading list

Reading list for GERMAN LANGUAGE II :

Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
English Literature and German BA (Hons) 2 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Business Management and German BSc (Hons) 2 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Modern Languages (French and German) BA (Hons) 2 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Modern Languages (German and Spanish) BA (Hons) 2 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Politics with German BSc (Hons) 2 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Liberal Arts and Sciences BA (Hons)/BSc (Hons) 2 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module

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 2017/8 academic year.