GM2L4-Advanced German Language II

Module Provider: Modern Languages
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn / Spring term module
Pre-requisites: GM1L3 Advanced German Language I
Non-modular pre-requisites: Grade A in Pt 1 German
Modules excluded:
Module version for: 2016/7

Module Convenor: Ms Regine Klimpfinger


Summary module description:
This module is aimed at students who in Part 1 have successfully completed GM1L3 Advanced German Language 1. The course will build on the work done in the core language module at Part 1 and provide students with the necessary linguistic competence and proficiency for the Year Abroad. Students who successfully complete this module will have achieved level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR).

Following on from Part 1 courses, this module aims to consolidate and further develop students’ competence in spoken and written German; and to equip them with the linguistic skills needed either for the period they are to spend in Germany or Austria in the Year Abroad or for progression to Part 3 (3-year programme only).

Assessable learning outcomes:
By the end of the module it is expected that students will be able to:
•demonstrate a thorough understanding and accurate use of German grammar and syntax;
•demonstrate an understanding of both written and spoken German, in a variety of registers and styles, ranging from colloquial to academic;
•express themselves clearly and fluently in both written and spoken German in a wide range of contexts;
•show familiarity with a wide range of German vocabulary and an ability to use it appropriately;
•show awareness of the skills involved in translating from one language to another, and translate accurately and fluently from German into English, and from English into German.

Additional outcomes:
This module aims to enable students to

• actively reflect on their learning processes so as to independently strengthen appropriate strategies and relevant skills to ensure linguistic progression;
• make good use of appropriate reference materials (e.g. dictionaries; online resources; self-study tools, etc.)
• practise and develop reading, analytical and interpretative skills in relation to written German;
• expand their awareness of current issues in German-speaking countries through the use of contemporary material, and enhance their ability to use web-based material.

Outline content:
The course will focus on a variety of language exercises that will involve students in the exploration and production of written and oral texts representing a wide range of genres and registers.

Classes will provide students with regular practice in free and guided writing, in translating from German, and in presenting, discussing and debating in the foreign language. Classes will also offer the opportunity for students to explicitly analyse grammatical and syntactical features in German.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
The module will use a variety of strategies for teaching and learning, involving a mixture of group-work, class discussion and analysis, and independent work between sessions. Students will complete regular exercises as homework and will also do a variety of exercises in class.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Practicals classes and workshops 30 30 4
Guided independent study 68 68
Total hours by term 98.00 98.00 4.00
Total hours for module 200.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written exam 60
Written assignment including essay 20
Oral assessment and presentation 20

Other information on summative assessment:
Students will complete continuous assessment work worth 20% of the module mark over two terms. This will include class tests and/or coursework projects.

Students will take a two-hour written examination, worth 60% of the final mark for the module, and an oral exam, worth 20% of the final mark for this module.

Formative assessment methods:
Feedback will be given on assignments and there will be opportunity for class-based discussion.

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:
    Two hours

    Requirements for a pass:

    Reassessment arrangements:
    Reassessment by 2-hour written exam in August, in the event of failure in this module and of failure in Part 2 as a whole, or (for compulsory modules only) of failure to qualify in Part 2.

    Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
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    Last updated: 21 December 2016

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