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Module

GER2061 : Level C (HE Advanced) German

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Mrs Antje Moench
  • Lecturer: Ms Andrea Wilczynski
  • Owning School: Modern Languages
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

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

1. Focus on further developing students' written and oral communicative competences in German gained in Level B (including fluency, grammatical and lexical accuracy and range; register and pronunciation);
2. Continue to prepare students for the future study of German (including written and oral/aural communicative skills, and intercultural awareness and competence) and/ or for their future learning experience (including independent learning and study skills - reflective skills);
3. Continue to facilitate students' ability to establish and maintain effective social and working relations with speakers of German in written and spoken media during their intercalary year. This includes students’ ability to use and understand authentic material and produce their own written and spoken output.

Teaching in weekly 2-hour language classes will focus on communication while weekly one-hour lectures will focus on key study skills and the formal structures of the language. All four language skills - listening, reading, writing and speaking - are fully integrated in the language classes and the associated homework and will be assessed.

The module will be taught and assessed in German.

Outline Of Syllabus

Students cover a variety of topics related to contemporary German, Austrian and Swiss society, and / or relevant to Contemporary societies and cultures. Depending on student feedback, these may include:

1. Cultural differences
2. A practical guide to living and working in Germany
3. Ethical / controversial current issues
4. Culture and Traditions / Cultural issues
5. German Language and registers
6. Current Affairs

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture171:0017:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching222:0044:00Language classes
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1134:00134:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyOnline Discussion51:005:00Videos and online learning activities supported by online discussion with lecturer
Total200:00
Jointly Taught With
Code Title
GER2161Level C (HE Advanced) German - Exchange Semester 1
GER2261Level C (HE Advanced) German - Exchange Semester 2
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

1. Teaching in the language seminars will focus on communication while the lectures 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 and associated homework and will be assessed.

2. Independent learning and learner autonomy are further developed through the means of online grammar videos and related activities, independent tasks, pair and group work, and self-study at home, via the University’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) 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.

Assessment Methods

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

Exams
Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1051A20N/A
Aural Examination452M20Listening test
Oral Examination152M20Oral examination.
Written Examination1502A40N/A
Exam Pairings
Module Code Module Title Semester Comment
GER2161Level C (HE Advanced) German - Exchange Semester 11N/A
GER2261Level C (HE Advanced) German - Exchange Semester 22N/A
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Written exercise1MFormative tasks prior to written examination.
Written exercise2MFormative tasks prior to written examination.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

- One 105-minute exam in Semester 1 (20%). This assessment will test students’ ability to write or type in German. Students may be allowed to type their own answers provided that spell check / grammar check has been disabled.

- One 150-minute written examination in Semester 2 (40%). This assessment will test students’ ability to read and to write or type in the target language. Students may be allowed to type their own answers provided that spell check / grammar check has been disabled.

- One oral examination in Semester 2 (20%). This assessment will test students’ ability to produce and present their own output orally and to discuss it with a German speaker directly and spontaneously.

- One listening test in Semester 2 (20%) - This listening exam will test the students’ ability to listen and understand authentic audio/video sources and to respond appropriately in German in written or oral form.

Reading Lists

Timetable