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GER1271 : Level B (HE Intermediate) German - Exchange Semester 2

Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


In consonance with the overall aims of the degrees offered in the SML, this module will:

- Focus on developing the students' written communicative and oral communicative competences in the target language (including fluency, grammatical and lexical accuracy and range, register and pronunciation);
- Facilitate students' ability to establish and maintain effective social and working relations with
speakers of the foreign language in written and spoken media. This includes students’ ability to use and understand authentic material and produce their own written and spoken output.
- Prepare students for the future study of the target language (including written and oral communicative skills, and intercultural awareness) and for their future learning experience (including independent learning and study skills; reflective skills and self-regulation);

This module is available to all students with an A-level or equivalent in the target language.

Outline Of Syllabus

1. From the course book:
- Menschen in Deutschland
- Arbeit und Beruf
- Vergangenheit heute
- Der fast perfekte Mensch

Current affairs

This course will be taught predominantly in GERMAN. This course will be assessed in GERMAN.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion151:0015:00N/A
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials111:0011:00Non-synchronous online structured guided learning
Structured Guided LearningAcademic skills activities111:0011:00Non-synchronous online activities
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching112:0022:00Synchronous language seminars
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery111:0011:00Synchronous drop-in surgery (on campus)
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study130:0030:00N/A
Jointly Taught With
Code Title
GER1071Level B (HE Intermediate) German
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

1. Synchronous language seminars, either on campus if possible or online in case it becomes necessary for the teaching format to change in light of the public health situation.

2. Teaching in the language seminars will focus on communication skills while the recorded lecture materials and drop-ins will focus on key study skills and the formal structures of the language. All four skills: listening, reading, writing and speaking are fully integrated in the language seminars, associated guided work and preparation.

3. Independent learning and learner autonomy are further developed through the means of online grammar videos
and related activities, online guided tasks, pair and group work, assessment preparation and completion, and selfstudy, via the University’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), Canvas and in the Language Resource Centre. Particular initiative is expected from students at this level, e.g. course participants will be asked to contribute their own materials to the classes and activities.

4. All students will be supported in their study of formal and informal aspects of the German language and their study skills via a weekly synchronous drop-in surgery.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1202A40On campus
Exam Pairings
Module Code Module Title Semester Comment
GER1071Level B (HE Intermediate) German2N/A
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Portfolio2M40See Rationale below.
Oral Examination2M20Oral recording or speaking test
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

-The portfolio (40%) will encourage regular work on the four language skills and enable students to receive regular
formative feedback. It will help students assess their progress and identify their strengths and areas for improvement, thus stimulating their independent and reflective learning skills throughout the semester.

- The portfolio consists of either two pieces of work covering reading, writing, speaking or listening (20% each), or of one piece combining two skills (40%). These tasks can be submitted online.

- The oral assessment (20%) will test students ability to present their own ouput orally in a clear and structured manner, and enable them to receive feedback on their work and speaking skills. This task could be performed online if required.

- The final written exam (40%) takes place during the exam period of Semester 2. This assessment will test students’ ability to write in the target language and to produce a well-structured text. In case it becomes necessary for assessment to change in light of the public health situation, the final exam will be a 24 hour take home exam.

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