Current 2016/17 Module Catalogue

Module Details

Module Code:
GERL028
Module Provider:
English and Languages
Level:
L
Number of Credits:
15
Module Title:
GERMAN STAGE 3
Module Co-ordinator:
SALLER C Ms (Eng & Lang)
 
 
ECTS Credits
7.5

Module Availability

Academic Year (Semester 1 and 2)

Assessment Pattern

Assessment TypeUnit of AssessmentWeighting %
CourseworkIntegrated Skills Portfolio60
School-Timetabled Sum. Examination/TestIn-Class Written Test40

Module Overview

This is a module of the Global Graduate Award in Languages programme. It is taught over 19 weeks in the autumn and spring semesters, two contact hours per week, and covers the four core skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing in the target language. It also offers an introduction to the cultures and societies in which the target language is spoken and aims to raise a sense of cultural awareness. Students prepare for everyday communication in the target language and for work or study periods abroad.

A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module.

Prerequisites/Co-requisites

German Stage 2 or equivalent

Module Aims

This module aims to prepare students for the intermediate level of German. 

 

In terms of linguistic and cultural competence, the module aims to:

  • encourage students to further develop their communicative competence in the four language skills (reading, writing, speaking and listening)
  • consolidate the use of basic grammatical structures and explore new structures
  • increase the German vocabulary used in everyday communication and some specific contexts
  • encourage students to develop their awareness of some main aspects of German culture

 

In terms of intercultural awareness, this module aims to encourage students to:

  • take a different perspective and view the world from different cultural viewpoints
  • analyse and understand linguistic and cultural barriers
  • reflect on the influence of cultural values on behaviour
  • become conscious of stereotypes and prejudices
  • communicate with others in culturally appropriate ways

 

In terms of study skills and transfer of skills and competencies, this module aims to:

  • encourage students to self-assess their progress and map their linguistic competence against the descriptors of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR)
  • support students in acquiring language learning strategies and techniques

inspire independent learning and facilitate the acquisition of other foreign languages

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module, students will be able to:

 

  • Interact in German in a range of predictable and some unpredictable situations (K, T, P)
  • Understand and interpret spoken and written German in a range of topics in familiar and some unfamiliar contexts  (C, K, P)
  • Categorise a broader range of text types (C, K)
  • Organise and present ideas on predictable and some unpredictable topics (T, P)
  • Demonstrate the ability to retrieve and handle information from appropriate sources (T, P)
  • Understand and use the grammatical terminology relating to the topics covered (C, K)
  • Demonstrate a degree of grammatical accuracy in their use of German at this level (C, K)
  • Pronounce individual sounds of German with a degree of accuracy (C, K)
  • Use language reference materials such as grammars and dictionaries (T, P)
  • Show cultural awareness by interacting in a culturally appropriate way for speakers of German (K, T, P)

 

Key: C-Cognitive/Analytical; K-Subject Knowledge; T-Transferable Skills; P- Professional/ Practical skills

Module Content

Indicative content includes:

Topic areas

  • languages and countries; giving reasons
  • family: describing photos and persons; expressing opinions
  • travelling: planning and booking a trip; expressing suppositions
  • hobbies and leisure time; reacting positively, negatively or surprised
  • media: talking about media; making a complaint
  • going out: restaurant etc.; expressing what one likes; reading a menu; order something in a restaurant; making contacts
  • life in the city/country: talking about life in the city/country; looking for a flat/house
  • culture: talking about European Cities of Culture, city tour Weimar
  • education, training, and jobs

Grammar

  • weil clauses
  • comparative and superlative
  • dass clauses
  • possessives (dative)
  • adjectives (dative)
  • modal verb (sollen)
  • reflexive pronouns
  • verbs with preposition
  • indirect questions
  • adjectives without article (nominative and accusative)
  • personal pronouns (dative)
  • relative clauses (nominative and accusative)
  • als clauses
  • modal verbs (imperfect)
  • perfect (regular/irregular verbs) and imperfect tense (regular verbs)
  • connecting sentences with denn – weil
  • the verb werden
  • requests/politeness: hätte, könnte

Methods of Teaching/Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:

 

  • Enable students to acquire explicit knowledge of the linguistic structures, grammar and vocabulary through attending classes regularly;
  • Encourage student participation and learner autonomy, through small group work, reading and practicing/preparing outside contact hours, and participating in class activities;
  • Develop ability to use linguists’ tools, such as dictionaries and IT resources;
  • 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:

 

  • Two contact hours per week over 19 weeks in Semesters 1 & 2
  • Teaching will be in the target language as far as possible.
  • Classes will include group work, such as role play, and short presentations in the language.
  • Consolidation of learning will be by the practice of language skills inside and outside the classroom, using a variety of means, including computer-assisted language learning.
  • Students are expected to complete regular homework tasks in order to practice new structures and to prepare for in-class activities.

 

 

Assessment Strategy

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

 

·         their linguistic progress over the duration of the course;

·         their growing ability to understand and produce German at the relevant level;

·         their increasing awareness of German  culture and the German-speaking world;

·         the level of German they have achieved at the end of the course.

 

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

  • An integrated skills portfolio of 6 coursework tasks, covering the fours skills of listening, reading, speaking, and writing
  • End-of-course in-class test, covering the skills of reading and writing

 

Formative assessment and feedback

 

Students will receive written feedback and in-class verbal feedback on homework tasks and in-class performance.    

Module Hours

Lecture Hours:38

Reading List

GERL028: GERMAN STAGE 3

Last Updated

22 September 2016 by MARCHELAK M Mrs (Student Serv)