Module Catalogue 2020/21

GER4082 : Level D (HE Further Advanced) German: Language for Professional & Academic Purposes

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Ms Andrea Wilczynski
  • Lecturer: Mrs Christina Mueller-Stewart
  • Owning School: Modern Languages
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
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

Students must have completed Level C German or equivalent.
German native speakers should not take this module.

Co Requisites
Code Title
GER4081Level D (HE Further Advanced) German: Advanced Writing Skills
Co Requisite Comment

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Aims

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

- build on language skills gained at stages 1, 2 and 3
- provide students with an in-depth knowledge of the German language and with the ability to use it at a high level of proficiency in professional and academic environments.
- prepare students for postgraduate study in areas that make extensive and intensive use of the target language
- focus on further developing students' oral, aural and written competence in the foreign language gained at stages 2 and 3, with a focus on the professional and academic world.

Outline Of Syllabus

This module focuses on two main activities:

- professional oral communication skills
- aural comprehension and written report and/or commentary

In Semester 1, students will be given the opportunity to practise formal oral communication in the target language in a variety of professional and academic contexts, eg. presentations (informative and persuasive); discussions; debates; vivas and interviews (professional and media).

In Semester 2, students will learn to synthesise audio-visual materials in a formal and professional manner. They will practise written communication in the target language through a range of professional and academic tasks, eg. reports, syntheses, commentaries or critical reviews. The audio-visual sources will cover cultural, political, economic and societal themes in relation to the German-speaking world.

Learning Outcomes

Intended Knowledge Outcomes

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

- using complex lexical and grammatical structures in a range of advanced discourse types, both spoken and written
- synthesising information from a variety of authentic sources, comprising extended aural and written input from a variety of demanding discourse types
- extended writing in the target language, focusing particularly on argumentative and synthetic compositions in a formal professional and academic register
- understanding, using and evaluating information from authentic audio-visual media sources
- giving oral presentations, leading and taking part in critical discussions in the target language on a variety of controversial, topical issues, using appropriate range and register.

Intended Skill Outcomes

1. Subject-Specific skills:

By the end of the course, students will have gained experience in:
- using complex lexical and grammatical structures in a range of advanced discourse types, both spoken and written
- understanding, using and evaluating information from authentic audio-visual sources

2. Cognitive/intellectual skills:

Students will further develop their ability to…
- 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

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.

Timetable

Past Exam Papers

General Notes

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