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Unit information: Post-Beginners German in 2017/18

Unit name Post-Beginners German
Unit code UWLP10005
Credit points 20
Level of study C/4
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 4 (weeks 1-24)
Unit director Mr. Langner
Open unit status Open
Pre-requisites

Pass at GCSE (Grade C) or equivalent, in German

Co-requisites

None

School/department School of Modern Languages
Faculty Faculty of Arts

Description

This unit provides further development of students’ knowledge of the target language beyond beginners’ level. It is intended:

  • To review and consolidate the essential structures of the target language, developing both vocabulary and a range of language structures thus equipping students with the linguistic tools to enable them to communicate effectively in everyday situations
  • To further develop active and passive language skills, including comprehension skills in listening and note taking, productive skills in speaking, reading and writing
  • To expand students’ knowledge of the socio-cultural aspects of the regions/countries in which the languages are spoken and to introduce the transferable skills necessary for studying and/or working abroad

Intended learning outcomes

This unit provides further development of students’ knowledge of the target language beyond beginners’ level. It is intended:

  • To review and consolidate the essential structures of the target language, developing both vocabulary and a range of language structures thus equipping students with the linguistic tools to enable them to communicate effectively in everyday situations
  • To further develop active and passive language skills, including comprehension skills in listening and note taking, productive skills in speaking, reading and writing
  • To expand students’ knowledge of the socio-cultural aspects of the regions/countries in which the languages are spoken and to introduce the transferable skills necessary for studying and/or working abroad

Teaching details

3 hours of teaching per week covering all four topics of Reading writing speaking and listening. Classroom based learning is supplemented by online access to resources delivered via Blackboard. Regular formative homework is set.

Assessment Details

Assessment type

Skills assessed

University week & date

ILOs assessed

Class Test (25%) Listening Weeks 23/24 in class 1, 2, 3
Oral Test (25%) Speaking Weeks 23/24 in class 1, 2, 3
Formal Examination (50%) Reading & Writing Week 25 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

The four skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing) are assigned equal weighting for the purposes of assessment (25% each).

  • For reading and writing there is a formal examination in the summer examination period, which comprises 50% of the total mark. This assesses ILOs 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5.
  • Listening is assessed by a class test at the end of TB2, which comprises 25% of the total mark. This assesses ILOs 1, 2 and 3.
  • Speaking is tested by one oral test at the end of TB2. This assesses ILOs 1, 2 and 3.

Reading and References

A course book, clearly identified for this level by the Language Director concerned. Reading and reference material will be provided on Blackboard.

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