MLG2052 - Intermediate German

2016/7 Module description

StaffMr Christian Mossmann - Convenor
Credit Value30
ECTS Value15
NQF Level5
Pre-requisitesMLG1052 or equivalent
Duration of Module Term 1: 11 weeks; Term 2: 11 weeks;

Module description

This intensive language module is designed for students who completed MLG1052 (German Language for Beginners) or equivalent. The module aims to train you in all four language skills (reading, writing, speaking, listening comprehension) as well as translation. It will expand your grammatical knowledge of German, with a focus on more advanced grammatical structures, which you will apply to written and oral tasks. The module will also focus on equipping you with the vocabulary required to deal with a range of authentic topics and situations. Particular emphasis will be on preparing students for their year abroad in a German-speaking country.

Module aims

This module consolidates and develops the language skills acquired in MLG1052, enabling students to communicate confidently in German through a range of written, oral, and comprehension exercises, as well as through translation exercises, covering different registers and areas of vocabulary.

The module will focus on more advanced constructions and categories, which will enable students to communicate in a wider range of communicative contexts and express their ideas in an increasingly varied and sophisticated manner.

The module also aims to prepare students for their year abroad and further their understanding of life and culture in German-speaking countries.

ILO: Module-specific skills

  • 1. Apply knowledge of a broad range of grammatical features of the target language to a variety of linguistic tasks
  • 2. Translate passages from a variety of authentic written sources into the target language
  • 3. Produce written pieces in German in response to a range of topics.
  • 4. Engage in discussion of a range of topics in oral German, articulating own opinions and responding to the opinions of others.
  • 5. Give short oral presentations in the target language on a defined topic to a small group of listeners
  • 6. Demonstrate comprehension of written and/or aural German texts on a range of authentic topics

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

  • 7. Use a bilingual and a learnersÂ’ monolingual dictionary to glean information about meaning, register, usage and grammatical forms.
  • 8. Engage, under guidance, with a range of German language media

ILO: Personal and key skills

  • 9. Communicate competently in a target language.
  • 10. Express and discuss views in front of a group of listeners.

Syllabus plan

  • Systematic coverage of module materials on a range of topics and with a focus on more advanced structures.

  • Development of translation strategies; acquisition of new vocabulary; enhancement of comprehension skills and ability to develop an increasingly accurate form of expression in the target language. Further development of the translation of texts from English into German.

  • Oral work with regular small group discussions and authentic scenarios to assist with year abroad preparation

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
Language Seminars44Integrated skills, including translation; developing and enhancing reading comprehension, writing; dealing with grammar and vocabulary exercises
Oral Classes22Emphasis on oral and listening comprehension skills, with a focus on preparation for year abroad.
Guided independent study234Time spent on completing formative exercises and independent study to consolidate learning. As part of guided independent study, students are advised to follow a series of grammar revision lectures on ELE to consolidate their knowledge of German grammar.

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
10 formative tasks (translation, reading comprehension, writing and listening and speaking)variable1-10Written and Oral

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
Listening Comprehension Test201 Hour6Written
Written Examination 402 Hours1,3,6,9Written
Oral exam 2015 Minutes4.9Written
Written Examination 201 Hour1,2,6,9Written

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

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
Listening Comprehension TestListening Comprehension Test6Ref/Def period
Written Examination Written Examination 1,3,6,9Ref/Def period
Oral ExaminationOral Examination4,9Ref/Def period

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Key words search

German, German language, Intermediate German, German ex-beginners

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