GM3L6-Advanced German Language III

Module Provider: Modern Languages
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Level:6
Terms in which taught: Autumn / Spring term module
Pre-requisites: ML2YL5 Year Abroad Language or
Non-modular pre-requisites: Pre-req: Part 2 German
Co-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Module version for: 2017/8

Module Convenor: Ms Regine Klimpfinger

Email: r.klimpfinger@reading.ac.uk

Summary module description:
This module is aimed at students who have spent a period of residence abroad and completed the ML2YL5 Year Abroad Language module or equivalent. Students who successfully complete this module will have achieved a level of linguistic competence and proficiency comparable to level C1/C2 of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR).

Aims:
This course aims to build on students' previous knowledge of German, further advancing their skills in both written and spoken German, and in translating from and into German.

Assessable learning outcomes:
By the end of the module it is expected that students will be able to:

• demonstrate a sound grasp of the grammatical forms and syntactical structures of the German language;
• demonstrate a knowledge of a wide range of German lexis and idioms;
• write in German at an advanced level on topics of general and current interest;
• show an awareness of the techniques involved in translating from one language to another;
• translate a range of written texts accurately and fluently at a sophisticated and advanced level both from English into German and from German into English;
• demonstrate the ability to deliver oral presentations and sustain a discussion in German on topics of academic relevance;

Additional outcomes:
This modules 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.)
• further practise and expand reading, analytical and interpretative skills in relation to written German;
• consolidate their awareness of current issues in German-speaking countries.

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 and into 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
Seminars 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 50
Written assignment including essay 20
Oral assessment and presentation 20
Set exercise 10

Other information on summative assessment:
Coursework:
Students will complete continuous assessment work worth 20% of the module mark over two terms. This will include class tests and/or coursework projects. There will also be a grammar exercise set in class.

Examination:
Students will take a three-hour written examination, worth 50% 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: http://www.reading.ac.uk/web/FILES/qualitysupport/penaltiesforlatesubmission.pdf
    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:
    Three hours.

    Requirements for a pass:
    40%

    Reassessment arrangements:
    Reassessment by a 3-hour written exam in August, in the event of failure in this module and of failure in the degree as a whole.

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    Last updated: 31 March 2017

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