GER1065 : Level A (HE Entry Level) German I

Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0


In consonance with the overall aims of the degrees offered in the SML, this module will:
1. focus on developing students' written communicative competence in the foreign language (including fluency, grammatical and lexical accuracy and range)
2. prepare students for the future study of the language
3. facilitate students' ability to establish and maintain effective social and working relations with speakers of the foreign language

This is a language course suitable for beginners of German. It is taught 4 hours per week in semester 1. Listening, speaking, reading, writing and grammar are equally practised.

Outline Of Syllabus

Themes and communication skills addressed in the language classes include:
•       Talking about yourself (age, address and further details).
•       Asking for/giving directions: finding your way in a city, enquiring about transport, etc.
•       Shops and services: comparing products and services, assessing quality, price, etc.
•       Socialising: making appointments, making/accepting/declining invitations.
•       Talking about other people: family relationships, personal qualities, etc.
•       Expressing opinions: agreement and disagreement (total/partial, formal/informal).
•       Making requests formally and informally.
•       Referring to past and future events (including plans, intentions and conditions).
•       Talking on the phone in simple, typical situations of everyday life.

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 weekly basis.

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

- One unseen examination in Semester 1 (60%)
- One 30 minute listening test at the end of semester 1 (20%);
- Spoken tasks (20%)
The class assessment will be returned to students, but MUST be resubmitted at the end of semester two for moderation purposes.
Resit: Written exam of 90 minutes duration.

Rationale and relationship to learning outcomes:
Knowledge outcomes will be assessed by each of the modes of examination defined above.
The 4 macro-skills will be primarily and explicitly assessed as follows:
Reading and writing-formal written examination;
Listening - test of listening comprehension;
Speaking- oral exam at the end of the module

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

Resit: 90 min written examination

Reading Lists