Module Catalogue 2020/21

GER4081 : Level D (HE Further Advanced) German: Advanced Writing Skills

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Mr Okke Baumbach
  • Lecturer: Dr Hilary Potter
  • Owning School: Modern Languages
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 5
Semester 2 Credit Value: 5
ECTS Credits: 5.0
Pre Requisites
Code Title
GER2061Level C (HE Advanced) German
Pre Requisite Comment

Level C (HE) / Level B2 of the European Framework or equivalent at entry level.
Native German speaking Exchange students should not take this module

Co Requisites
Code Title
GER4082Level D (HE Further Advanced) German: Language for Professional & Academic Purposes
GER4083Level D (HE Further Advanced) German: Translation & Interpreting
Co Requisite Comment

Students must choose one of GER4082 or GER4083 except students studying R9Q9 who must choose GER4082.


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

- build on language skills gained at Stages 1, 2 and 3.
- provide students with an in-depth knowledge of the target language and with the ability to develop a high level of written proficiency in professional and academic environments.
- prepare students for postgraduate study in areas that make extensive use of the target language.
- develop students' written translation skills into the target language.

Outline Of Syllabus

Specific topics and materials based on current issues will initially be provided by the lecturer. Subsequently, these will be supplied by students themselves for group practice in group work sessions.

Translation into the target language, summarising, and open writing will be practised throughout the year, preparing students for written communication in the target language.

Learning Outcomes

Intended Knowledge Outcomes

By the end of the course, students will have gained knowledge in:

- The use of appropriate sentence and text structures, lexicon and register in a range of advanced discourse types
- All areas of grammar, vocabulary and background knowledge related to the skills listed below

Intended Skill Outcomes

Subject-Specific skills:

By the end of the module, students will have gained experience in:

- using complex lexical and grammatical structures in a range of advanced discourse types,
- synthesising information from a variety of authentic sources, comprising extended written input from a variety of demanding discourse types
- intensive reading of complex authentic material from a variety of demanding discourse types
- extended writing in the target language, focusing particularly on argumentative and synthetic compositions in a formal academic register
- discuss and synthesise complex ideas from a range of extensive authentic texts in groups (both orally and in writing) and produce a forceful and convincing argument in persuasive writing

Cognitive/intellectual skills:

Students will further their ability to:
- locate, make use of and critically evaluate materials for this course other than those provided by the lecturer.
- apply and evaluate a range of learning strategies appropriate to the demands of the course
- work independently and confidently, on their own or as part of a group, either within or outside the classroom
- conduct research using the Internet and other sources in order to contribute their own materials to the course.

Teaching Methods

Module leaders are revising this content in light of the Covid 19 restrictions.
Revised and approved detail information will be available by 17 August.

Reading Lists

Assessment Methods

Module leaders are revising this content in light of the Covid 19 restrictions.
Revised and approved detail information will be available by 17 August.


Past Exam Papers

General Notes


Disclaimer: The information contained within the Module Catalogue relates to the 2020/21 academic year. In accordance with University Terms and Conditions, the University makes all reasonable efforts to deliver the modules as described. Modules may be amended on an annual basis to take account of changing staff expertise, developments in the discipline, the requirements of external bodies and partners, and student feedback. Module information for the 2021/22 entry will be published here in early-April 2021. Queries about information in the Module Catalogue should in the first instance be addressed to your School Office.