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GER1071 : Level B (HE Intermediate) German

  • Offered for Year: 2021/22
  • Module Leader(s): Mrs Sara Heim
  • Lecturer: Dr Carol Fehringer, Mrs Manuela Sanderson
  • Owning School: Modern Languages
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 10.0


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

* Menschen in Deutschland (Blick von außen; Lebensformen; Generationen)
* Mit der Zeit (Die innere Uhr; Zeit im Kulturvergleich; Unter Zeitdruck)
* Arbeit und Beruf (Die Zukunft der Arbeit; Innovative Ideen; Multikulturelle Zusammenarbeit)
* Bei bester Gesundheit (Fitness-Sport-Gesundheit; Im Krankheitsfall; Alternative Heilverfahren)
2. Current affairs

This course will be taught and assessed predominantly in GERMAN.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials221:0022:00Non-synchronous online structured guided learning
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion301:0030:00N/A
Structured Guided LearningAcademic skills activities221:0022:00Non-synchronous online activities
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching222:0044:00Synchronous language seminars
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery221:0022:00Synchronous drop-in surgery (online)
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study601:0060:00Including 22 bridging hours for Stage 2 students who progressed from Level A.
Jointly Taught With
Code Title
GER1171Level B (HE Intermediate) German - Exchange Semester 1
GER1271Level B (HE Intermediate) German - Exchange Semester 2
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.

5. Stage 2 students who progressed from Level A attend a bridging hour to help bring them up to the standard of students studying Level B on entry. Stage 1 students directly studying Level B have an extra 22 hours of independent study.

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1202A40On-campus written exam
Exam Pairings
Module Code Module Title Semester Comment
GER1271Level B (HE Intermediate) German - Exchange Semester 22N/A
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Portfolio2M40*Continued below in Rationale.
Oral Examination2M20Oral recording or speaking test
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Written exercise1MStudents are able to obtain feedback on language and structure of a written piece of homework
Written exercise2MFormative tasks prior to Final Exam
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 year.

- The portfolio consists of either four pieces of work covering reading, writing, speaking and listening (10% each), or of two pieces combining two skills (20% each) – set in Semester 1 and 2. These tasks can be submitted online.

- The oral assessment (20%) will test students’ ability to produce and present their own output 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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