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Module

GER2061 : Level C (HE Advanced) German

  • Offered for Year: 2021/22
  • Module Leader(s): Mrs Antje Moench
  • Lecturer: Mr Okke Baumbach
  • 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.

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
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials221:0022:00Non-synchronous online activities
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion410:0040:00N/A
Structured Guided LearningAcademic skills activities221:0022:00Non-synchronous online structured guided learning
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching222:0044:00Synchronous language seminars (PiP on campus if possible or online if there is Covid deterioration)
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery221:0022:00Synchronous drop-in surgery online
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study501:0050:00N/A
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 and practicals will focus on oral communication skills while reading, listening and writing skills will be developed outside the classroom. The recorded lecture materials will focus on key study skills and the formal structures of the language.

2. Independent learning and learner autonomy are further developed through the means of online grammar videos and related activities focusing on key study skills and the formal structures of the language; pair and group work and self-study via the University’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) Canvas and 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 and be very pro-active in their language study.

3. All students will be supported in their study of formal and informal aspects of the German language and in their study skills via a weekly synchronous drop-in surgery.

Assessment Methods

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

Exams
Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1502A40On campus examination
Oral Examination152M20On campus, live presentation and discussion, Week 12
Exam Pairings
Module Code Module Title Semester Comment
GER2261Level C (HE Advanced) German - Exchange Semester 22N/A
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written exercise1M20Combining reading/writing
Written exercise2M20Combining listening/writing
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Written exercise1MStudents are able to obtain feedback on language and structure on a written piece of homework
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Coursework 1 (20%) is to be submitted online towards the end of Semester 1 (20%). This assessment will test students’ ability to produce a well-structured German text based on the comprehension and analysis of written source material.

Coursework 2 (20%) is to be submitted online before the Easter break. This assessment will test students’ ability to conduct independent research, critically evaluate authentic material and produce a well-structured German text based on the comprehension and analysis of audio/video source material.

Oral test (20%) takes place in the revision week of Semester 2: This assessment will test students’ ability to conduct independent research, critically evaluate authentic material, and present their own output orally in a clear and structured manner using visual support. It will also assess their ability to speak freely in a discussion of these findings.

The written exam (40%) takes place during the exam period of Semester 2. This assessment will test students’ ability to type to produce a well-structured text in German based on the comprehension and analysis of provided written sources.

Assessment apart from coursework will take place on campus. If this is not possible due to the Covid-situation, the following arrangements will be made:

•       A 24-hour exam will replace the on campus written exam.
•       The oral exam will take place live on Zoom in the same week as originally planned.

Reading Lists

Timetable