MLG1001 - German Language

2013/4 Module description

StaffProfessor Sara Smart - Convenor
Mr Christian Mossmann - Convenor
Credit Value30
ECTS Value15.00
NQF Level4
Duration of Module Term 1: 11 weeks; Term 2: 11 weeks;

Module description

This module is designed to offer you the chance to practise all four skills of German language learning – reading, writing, speaking and listening – through a wide variety of exercises. You will have the opportunity to practise translations, both into German and English, write short essays, give presentations and take part in debates on a range of topics. The module also aims to consolidate and extend your understanding of German grammar through weekly lectures, class practice and online exercises. Through the study and discussion of texts and videos, you will be able to deepen your understanding of both German and Austrian history, and culture and contemporary life in German-speaking countries. The module uses structured learning materials which have been tailor-made for first-year undergraduate students of German and which include a wide range of independent online study materials.

This module is designed for students who have an A-level in German language, or equivalent, and who wish to acquire the foundation for studying German at Level two and beyond.

Module aims

To reinforce and extend the level of the four skills - writing, reading, listening and speaking - achieved at 'A' level. To consolidate the student's understanding of German grammar, and facilitate his/her application of this to written and oral tasks. To increase the student's level of comprehension of written and spoken German. To enhance the student's ability to communicate in accurate German in a clear and structured manner. To expand the student's vocabulary in German.

ILO: Module-specific skills

  • 1. Write and speak German with increased accuracy and fluency and increase proficiency in reading and aural comprehension.
  • 2. Apply knowledge of a range of grammatical features of the target language, including some complex or advanced structures, to a range of linguistic exercises.
  • 3. Use the target language in a range of linguistic exercises (including a short essay, translation into German).
  • 4. Use dictionaries to establish basic meanings and find key grammatical information.
  • 5. Give oral presentations in German to a small group of listeners, and engage in debates on a range of issues.
  • 6. Express ideas and opinions in German in oral and written form, responding to texts dealing with the history, culture and politics of Germany and Austria, the ideas of others in the group, and the questions of the tutor.

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

  • 7. Understand a broad range of linguistic terminology, and apply this to verbal and written work.
  • 8. Keep abreast of current affairs by engaging with German-language media (printed and electronic, including television and radio).

ILO: Personal and key skills

  • 9. Communicate information in verbal and written form in a foreign language.
  • 10. Express and defend opinions on a range of current issues.
  • 11. Advance your linguistic competence independently, with guidance from course tutors.
  • 12. Use IT skills effectively to support language development.
  • 13. Work in groups to solve a variety of linguistic tasks.

Syllabus plan

Each week the four contact hours of the module will be spent as follows:

  • Grammar lecture (1h)
  • Grammar practice class (1h)
  • Written language class (1h)
  • Oral practice class (1h)

Over the two terms students practise translation into English and German and essay writing in German. In the oral classes students practise their speaking and listening skills by means of a range of activities and exercises. Students receive a detailed module syllabus at the start of the academic year.

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

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Grammar lectures22Explanation and practice of selected grammatical structures
Grammar practice classes22Further practice and consolidation of the grammatical topic of the week as well as discussion of formative assessment pieces
Written language classes22Practice in reading comprehension and in acquisition of module-based vocabulary
Oral practice22Focus on improving confidence in spoken German through debates and presentations; practice in listening comprehension through audio and video podcasts.
Guided independent study212Private study to consolidate learning

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
5 homework tasks per term (translations into German / translations into English / short essays)variable1-4, 6, 7, 9-11Written feedback and class discussion
Weekly grammar test + online grammar exercisesc. 25 questions1-3, 7, 9, 11, 12Class discussion / Online feedback
Group oral presentationc. 10 minutes (depending on group sizes)1, 3, 5, 6, 8-11, 13Written feedback or small group feedback tutorial
Listening comprehension practice testone hour1, 3, 9Online or class

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Oral, includes Referate (class presentations) 20Continuous1, 5, 7, 9, 10Verbal and feedback sheets
Listening comprehension test101 hour1, 3, 9Written feedback
2 x grammar and vocabulary tests201 hour each 1-3, 7, 9, 11, 12Written and class discussion
Written examination 502 hours1-3, 6, 7, 9-11Corrected paper returned to students with feedback

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

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
OralOral1, 5, 7, 9, 10Referral/deferral period (August)
Listening Comprehension TestListening Comprehension Test1,3,9
Grammar and Vocabulary TestsGrammar and Vocabulary Tests1-3, 7, 9, 11, 12Referral/deferral period (August)
Written examinationWritten examination1-3, 6, 7, 9-11Referral/deferral period (August)

Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

A grammar to accompany the lectures as well as all texts discussed in class are supplied by the department and are available online.

Grammar exercises are also available online:

Students may find the following grammar useful: Martin Durrell, Katrin Kohl and Gudrun Loftus, Essential German Grammar (London: Arnold, 2002).

Recommended dictionary: Collins German Dictionary Complete and Unabridged (Glasgow: HarperCollins, 2007)

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Indicative learning resources - Web based and electronic resources

Students can access a comprehensive range of materials for this module on the university's online learning environment ELE. This includes all course materials as well as interactive grammar and vocabulary exercises, listening comprehension exercises or links to recommended language learning websites.

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