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Unit information: German Language post ab initio in 2020/21

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Unit name German Language post ab initio
Unit code GERM20032
Credit points 20
Level of study I/5
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 4 (weeks 1-24)
Unit director Ms. Q Poetzsch
Open unit status Not open

GERM19003 German ab initio



School/department Department of German
Faculty Faculty of Arts

Description including Unit Aims

This unit will practise and develop students’ oral, aural, reading, writing and translation skills in the language specified as a follow on to the ab initio language unit taken in Year 1. The unit will further develop students’ understanding of grammar and cultural background of the language specified.

Intended Learning Outcomes

Students will:

1. be able to communicate orally in the target language with a good degree of accuracy and fluency
2. be able to communicate in writing in the target language with a good degree of accuracy and fluency.
3. be able to work at an upper 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 B2 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 of 750 words to assess composition – 30% - assesses ILOs 2, 3 and 4
  • Individual presentation / speaking exercise to assess oral – 20% - assesses ILOs 1, 3, 4 and 5
  • Translation into English – pass / fail only on basis of submitted work - assesses ILOs 3, 4 and 5
  • Examination to assess Reading Comprehension / Guided Writing / Grammar / Listening – 50% - assesses ILOs 2, 3, 4 and 5

In order to progress into Year 3, students would need to achieve an overall pass mark (40) and to have attempted all assessment components. 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.