GM1L2-Intermediate German Language

Module Provider: Modern Languages
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn / Spring / Summer module
Non-modular pre-requisites: GCSE German or equivalent
Modules excluded: GM1L3 Advanced German Language I
Module version for: 2017/8

Module Convenor: Ms Alison Fenner


Summary module description:
The course is intended for students with an entry level of CEF (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) B1. On successful completion of the course students will have achieved CEF B2.

This module aims to provide students with the opportunity to gain confidence in the four language skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing, in order to develop their ability to interact with native speakers of German. They will gain precision and accuracy in expressing themselves in and understanding oral and written German, concentrating on its communicative use in a variety of situations.

This module is taught at level 4 of the Framework for Higher Education Qualifications. Reading University allows students from any year to take this module.
Students will identify and use relevant understanding, methods and skills to address problems that are well defined but complex and non- routine. In language learning this means acquiring knowledge of grammar and vocabulary, developing strategies for learning and practising the language in the four skills of reading, writing, listening and speaking, in order to communicate within defined situations while developing tools to enable students to respond to unexpected occurrences.
Students will exercise autonomy and judgement by developing independent learning skills.
They will gain understanding of different perspectives and cultural differences in approaching a variety of situations.

Students should be aware that IWLP language modules are communicative in nature and that students are required to work in small groups. IWLP modules are usually not covered by the University’s requirement to take specific learning difficulties into account when assessing work. For queries, contact

This module aims to develop the knowledge of the target language which students already possess. It will provide them with a more thorough understanding of its grammatical structures, and allow them to communicate at a higher level in both spoken and written language.
It also aims to extend their cultural awareness and to enable them to develop strategies for coping with less common linguistic, social and cultural situations.

Assessable learning outcomes:
At the end of the course students may expect to have developed the ability to communicate information and arguments of some complexity in German by speaking and writing at a level appropriate to a wide range of common personal and other situations. They will be able to express and defend opinions on a wide range of current issues.

Additional outcomes:
Students will be involved in regular group activities and role playing and will gain experience of oral presentations and joint activities. They will make progress through developing skills of self-study and application and will develop a deeper awareness of and sensitivity to a foreign culture.

Outline content:

Students will learn:- - to discuss topics of current interest and explain their relevance to their own lives; - to express and justify personal opinions and construct a reasoned argument; - to extract information from authentic written and spoken texts; - to improve the accuracy and complexity of their spoken and written German; - to interact effectively with native speakers in formal and informal contexts.

The course will include a Language Skills component, which will allow students to focus on activities that promote and advance their awareness of language structures in general, and on the active exploration of ways of applying such awareness to the learning of German language.

Textbook: studio d Die Mittelstufe B2/1, Kurs- und Übungsbuch (2010) Cornelsen, ISBN 978 306 0200948 (P – Required Purchase)

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
Teaching methods are based on interactive language development tasks, including group work, and include the study of short texts, oral development work and listening comprehension exercises. Learning activities are supported by various media, including audio and, where appropriate, online resources. The module is taught as far as possible in the target language.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Seminars 37 40 3
Guided independent study 48 45 27
Total hours by term 85.00 85.00 30.00
Total hours for module 200.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written exam 35
Project output other than dissertation 15
Oral assessment and presentation 25
Practical skills assessment 10
Class test administered by School 15

Other information on summative assessment:

Formative assessment methods:
In order to consolidate and develop their language learning, students are encouraged to complete regular tasks – in class and outside – on which feedback is provided.

Penalties for late submission:
The Module Convenor will apply the following penalties for work submitted late, in accordance with the University policy.

  • where the piece of work is submitted up to one calendar week after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for the piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day (or part thereof) following the deadline up to a total of five working days;
  • where the piece of work is submitted more than five working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.

  • The University policy statement on penalties for late submission can be found at:
    You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.

    Length of examination:
    2 hour written examination (Summer term)

    Requirements for a pass:
    Min. 40% overall for UG students, 50% for PGT students.

    Reassessment arrangements:

    Re-sit in August/September examinations period on the basis of examination only (relative percentages: oral examination 40%, written paper 60%).

    Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
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    Last updated: 31 March 2017

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