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Unit information: German Language 1 (ab initio) in 2020/21

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Unit name German Language 1 (ab initio)
Unit code GERM19003
Credit points 40
Level of study C/4
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 4 (weeks 1-24)
Unit director Ms. Q Poetzsch
Open unit status Not open




School/department Department of German
Faculty Faculty of Arts

Description including Unit Aims

The unit concentrates equally on all elements of language learning –reading, writing, listening and speaking, as well as translation. The main focus will be development of active and passive language skill. Students will develop an extensive vocabulary and understanding of the main grammatical structures. Students will also develop a basic knowledge of culture and society.

Intended Learning Outcomes

Students will:

1. be able to communicate orally in the target language with a degree of accuracy and fluency.
2. be able to communicate in writing in the target language with a degree of accuracy and fluency.
3. be able to work at an intermediate level with authentic material and retrieve necessary information.
4. have acquired knowledge and awareness of the general social and cultural background of the target language.
5. be able to respond to, understand and interpret written texts at an upper intermediate level and mediate between the target language and English in an effective manner.

Overall, students will attain a level comparable to A2 / B1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

Teaching Information

Learners will be involved in a variety of synchronous activities, mostly interactive with maximum use of the target language, but with attention devoted also to explaining the fundamentals of the target language’s structures. These activities will be supported and amplified by asynchronous e-learning opportunities and self-directed exercises.

Assessment Information

  • Portfolio of written work – to include writing / grammar / listening / comprehension – 40% - assesses ILOs 2, 3 and 4
  • Individual presentation / speaking exercise to assess Oral – 20% - assesses ILOs 1, 3, 4 and 5
  • Examination - to include writing / grammar / listening / comprehension – 40% - assesses ILOs 2, 3, 4 and 5

In order to progress into Year 2, students would need to achieve a pass mark (40) and to have attempted all components of assessment. Marks of below 40 in any of the four language skills would not prevent a student from progressing, as long as the overall average remained above 40 and the student has attempted all components of assessment. Students who receive an overall mark of below 40 will normally be required to re-sit all failed or missed components.

Reading and References

Selection of dedicated material prepared in-house (SML). Grammar texts and dictionaries as appropriate to language area.