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GER1065 : Level A (HE Entry Level) German I

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Helen Ferstenberg
  • Owning School: Modern Languages
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0


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

- Focus on developing the students' communicative competence in the foreign language (including fluency, grammar and lexical accuracy, range and pronunciation);
- Prepare students for the future study of the language (written communicative and oral / aural skills);
- Facilitate students' ability to establish and maintain effective social and working relations with speakers of the foreign language in written and spoken output.
- Develop independent language learning strategies.

This module is intended for students wishing to study German at Beginner level, both true beginners and students with a limited prior knowledge of German. This is a general language class offering students the opportunity to study and practise German (speaking, reading, writing and listening skills) for four weekly contact hours. Themes and communication skills addressed in the language classes include: talking about yourself; expressing opinions: agreement and disagreement; and referring to past and future events (including plans and intentions).

Outline Of Syllabus

Themes and communication skills addressed in the language classes include:

1. Talking (including listening) and writing about yourself (personal information, likes and dislikes etc).
2. Socializing (including both speaking and listening): making appointments, making/ accepting/ declining invitations.
3. Talking (including listening) and writing about other people: family relationships etc.
4. Expressing opinions: agreement and disagreement in speaking and writing.
5. Making requests formally and informally.
6. Referring to present, past and future events (including plans and intentions, in speaking and writing).
7. Writing informal letters, descriptions, simple reports and narratives.
8. Talking (including listening) and writing about landscape and climate.
9. Talking (including listening) and writing about careers and professions.
10. Talking (including listening) and writing about university life.
11. Talking (including listening) and writing about travel.

Please note that tasks concerning talking involve both speaking and listening.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching441:0044:00Language Classes
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1156:00156:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

* Linguistic knowledge and the ability to use language effectively (i.e. linguistic skills) are intrinsically linked.
* Teaching and learning these outcomes (knowledge and skills) effectively implies presenting, practising and consolidating them via language classes and private study as indicated below.
Relationship of Teaching and Learning Methods to Learning Outcomes:
* The integration of linguistic knowledge i.e. vocabulary, grammar, functions, notions and knowledge of the cultures in German-speaking countries and the key skills of reading, writing, speaking and listening is appropriately served by the language classes through suitable presentations and plenty of practice through individual, pair and group work.
* In common with other foreign languages, German requires substantial “guided autonomous learning” activity which is catered for in the 156 hours of private study. Through this study:
(1) the knowledge introduced and practised in the classes is revised, consolidated and expanded.
(2) students are also given opportunities to practise further reading, writing and listening skills.
(3) students learn to evaluate their own performance and develop a range of strategies for language learning.
*To ensure the learning of the above outcomes is effective, formative feedback is given in two ways:
(1) indirectly through self-assessment e.g. through internet and commercially available answer keys and
(2) directly by the teacher e.g. in the writing skills exercises which students carry out on a regularbasis.

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination901A60N/A
Aural Examination301M20Listening
Oral Examination151M20Spoken tasks
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Knowledge outcomes will be assessed by each of the modes of examination defined above.

- One 90-minute written examination at the end of semester 1 (60%)
- One 40-minute listening test at the end of semester 1 (20%)
- One speaking test of 15 minutes at the end of semester 1 (20%)

- Reading and writing – formal written examination. This exam, which consists of reading, writing and grammar exercises, will test students’ ability to read and understand texts in the target language and write in the target language. In some cases, students may be allowed to type their own answers provided that spell check / grammar check has been disabled.

- Listening – test of listening comprehension. This listening exam will test the students’ ability to listen and to understand audio sources and to respond appropriately in written form. In some cases, students may be allowed to type their own answers provided that spell check / grammar check has been disabled.

- Speaking – oral examination. This assessment will test students’ ability to produce and present their own output orally and to converse with TL speaker directly and spontaneously on a range of topics covered in the module.

These assessment methods are commonly used in language testing and are appropriate to the individual skills being assessed.

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