FLG2330 - German Intermediate Two

2020/1 Module description

StaffDr Birgit Hanke - Convenor
Credit Value30
ECTS Value15
NQF Level5
Pre-requisitesCompletion of FLG2215/2230: German Intermediate Two or equivalent
Co-requisitesNone
Duration of Module Term 1: 11 weeks; Term 2: 11 weeks;

Module description

German Intermediate 2 is intended for students who have successfully completed FLG2230 German Intermediate 1 or FLG2130 German Beginners Fast-Track or who have a level broadly of AO/AS (Grade A-B) or an A level (Grade C or below) or equivalent.

The module provides a systematic approach to building on essential grammar structures in a communicative context. The module is taught as far as possible in German.

German Intermediate 2 is designed for students with a solid foundation in German, and strengthens your knowledge of the language by further developing your vocabulary and communication skills, through reading, writing and speaking.

You’ll also learn more about the customs, culture and society in which German is spoken in order to develop awareness of the language’s background and context.

Module aims

The module aims to:

  • Consolidate the essential structures of German, developing both vocabulary and range of language structures thus equipping you with the linguistic tools to enable you to communicate effectively in a variety of social situations
  • Further develop active and passive language skills, including comprehension skills in listening, productive skills in speaking, reading and writing
  • Deepen your understanding and appreciation of the customs, culture and society of the regions/countries in which the languages are spoken and to develop your awareness of the general social and cultural background of the language

The exit level of this module is broadly equivalent to a high B1 level of the Common European Framework.

ILO: Module-specific skills

  • 1. Demonstrate competence in the use of an extensive range of grammatical structures of German
  • 2. Read and comprehend written and aural texts of a more technical nature on both concrete and abstract topics in German
  • 3. Communicate confidently and spontaneously in a wide range of situations including more specialised topics, both orally and in writing, and produce clear, detailed text on a wide range of subjects in German

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

  • 4. Understand the principles of learning a foreign language intensively and organise your learning with some guidance from the tutor
  • 5. Use available learning aids in a variety of media, such as a reference grammar and bilingual dictionary, to consolidate your learning

ILO: Personal and key skills

  • 6. Make a clear, prepared presentation on a general topic and take an active part in discussions, accounting for and sustaining your views
  • 7. Make progress through developing skills of self-study and application and develop an awareness of and sensitivity to a foreign culture

Syllabus plan

The module provides a systematic approach to acquiring essential grammar structures in a communicative context and in accordance with the skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing. It covers some or all of the following topics:

Main Topics (non-exhaustive):

  • Time and activities
  • World of work
  • Books and the media
  • Advertising
  • Traffic and mobility
  • Eating and drinking.

Main grammar (non-exhaustive):

  • Nouns – gender identification
  • Simple past tense/ present perfect tense of weak and strong verbs
  • Past perfect tense
  • Verb + preposition combinations
  • Modal auxiliary verbs: Present tense. Simple past tense. Compound tenses.
  • The passive voice: Present tense. Past tense. Compound tenses.
  • Subjunctive II: Present-time. Compound forms to indicate past time.
  • Infinitives preceded by “zu”; Infinitive clauses to express the goal or purpose of an action
  • Relative clauses
  • Temporal clauses
  • Conditional and consecutive clauses
  • Adjectives derived from verbs
  • Set phrases (Nomen-Verb-Verbindungen)

Teaching methods are based on interactive language development tasks, such as pair / group work and role playing, and include the study of texts, oral development work and listening comprehension exercises.

You will be expected to spend time studying outside the class and we provide guidance, facilities and materials to help you develop your expertise as an independent language learner. You will receive regular feedback on your progress from class activities, homework assignments etc. You will also receive feedback on the formative In-Class Task, including suggestions for what and how to improve and identifying your own strategies for improvement.

Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad
662340

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning and Teaching66Language classes
Guided Independent Study234Consolidate class work by learning vocabulary and structures, and by reading, watching or listening to material in German. Prepare exercises and activities for class, write assignments and further develop a repertoire of effective language learning strategies. Learning activities are supported by various media, including audio, video/DVD and where appropriate, computer software

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
4 formative tasks covering some or all of the following areas: grammar, writing, listening, reading, speaking.Variable1-5,7Written and oral

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams
502525

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Portfolio50Variable1-5; 7Written and oral
Oral Examination258-9 minutes1,3-7Written and oral
Written Examination25Take-home exam1-5,7Written and oral

Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
PortfolioPortfolio1-5; 7Referral/Deferral period
Oral ExaminationOral Examination1, 3-7Referral/Deferral period
Written ExaminationWritten Examination1-5, 7Referral/Deferral period

Re-assessment notes

Deferral – if you miss an assessment for certificated reasons judged acceptable by the Mitigation Committee, you will normally be either deferred in the assessment or an extension may be granted. The mark given for a re-assessment taken as a result of deferral will not be capped and will be treated as it would be if it were your first attempt at the assessment.

Referral – if you have failed the module overall (i.e. a final overall module mark of less than 40%) you will be required to submit a further assessment as necessary. If you are successful on referral, your overall module mark will be capped at 40%.

You will only be required to retake any failed assessments. Marks for any passed assessments will be carried forward. If you have failed any assessments but managed to pass the module overall, you will not be allowed to retake the failed assessments.

Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

Main course book:

  • Buscha, Anne & Szita, Szilvia: Begegnungen. Deutsch als Fremdsprache B1+: Integriertes Kurs- und Arbeitsbuch (2. verändert. Auflage), 2013
  • Jones/Lawlor, Practice in German Grammar, Nelson Thornes Ltd; 2 Rev Ed edition, 2001

Module has an active ELE page?

Yes

Indicative learning resources - Web based and electronic resources

Indicative learning resources - Other resources

  • Dictionary: Collins Pocket German Dictionary

Available as distance learning?

No

Origin date

2010

Last revision date

28/07/2020

Key words search

German, intermediate, two, German Intermediate, German Intermediate 2, German Language

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