LA1PG4N-IWLP German 4 non-credit

Module Provider: International Study and Language Institute
Number of credits: 0 [0 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn / Spring / Summer module
Non-modular pre-requisites: LA1PG3 or equivalent
Modules excluded: GM1L3 Advanced German Language I GM2L4 Advanced German Language II GM3L6 Advanced German Language III
Current from: 2018/9

Module Convenor: Ms Alison Fenner


Type of module:

Summary module description:

The course is intended for students with an entry level of CEF (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) A1 or equivalent. On successful completion of the course students will have achieved CEF A2/A2+.

This module aims to build on a previously acquired basic knowledge of German. It will develop the four skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing.

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.

Support is given and adjustments are made for students with disabilities. However, IWLP language modules are communicative in nature and students are required to work in small groups.  Also, students should be aware that spelling, grammar and sentence structure are assessed. In this respect the IWLP assessment is exempted from the University’s requirement to take specific learning difficulties into account when marking.  For queries, contact


This course aims to provide students with:-

- the ability to communicate in German in straightforward, everyday situations in a German-speaking country;

- the development of their knowledge of German-speaking countries and people;

-the development of their understanding of language learning strategies;

- the development of strategies for coping with unpractised linguistic, social and cultural situations.

Assessable learning outcomes:
At the end of the module 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.

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 27 30 3
Guided independent study 53 60 27
Total hours by term 80.00 90.00 30.00
Total hours for module 200.00

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

Summative assessment- Examinations:

Final Written exam (Reading and Writing) – 35% (2 hours)

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

Spring Term Week 5 – Project: Oral group discussion 10% (20 minutes)

Spring Term Week 5 –Project: written part 15% (650 words)

Spring Week 11 - In class test – Listening test = 15% (45 minutes)

Summer Week 2 - Oral exam = 25% (15 minutes)

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:

Assessment 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):

Last updated: 20 April 2018


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