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Unit information: Beginners German for Visiting Students in 2020/21

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Unit name Beginners German for Visiting Students
Unit code UWLP10027
Credit points 10
Level of study C/4
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 1 (weeks 1 - 12)
Unit director Ms. Q Poetzsch
Open unit status Not open




School/department School of Modern Languages
Faculty Faculty of Arts

Description including Unit Aims

This unit provides a general introduction to the target language. It is intended:

  • To provide students with a foundation of the essential structures of the target language, enabling them to communicate using familiar everyday expressions and very basic phrases aimed at the satisfaction of needs of a concrete type
  • To enable participants to give and understand information and to achieve an elementary level of communicative competence in interacting in a simple way with speakers of that language
  • To introduce students to the customs, culture and society of the countries in which the language is spoken and to develop student awareness of the general social and cultural background of the language

Intended Learning Outcomes

Students will:

1. be able to communicate orally and in writing at a basic level with a degree of accuracy and fluency.

2. be able to work at a simple level with authentic material and retrieve necessary information.

3. have acquired knowledge and awareness of the general social and cultural background of the target language

4. be able to understand and interpret simple written texts at a basic level

5. be able to respond to simple written texts at a basic level

Overall, students will attain a level comparable to A1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

Teaching Information

This unit will be taught online only in 2021-22. 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

  • In-class tests of Reading, Writing and Listening – 75% - assesses ILOs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 *In-class Presentation / Speaking exercise to assess Oral – 25% - assesses ILOs 1, 2 and 3

Reading and References

The unit is based on a coherent scheme of work developed by the unit coordinator, which will be made available on Blackboard.