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BA Film Studies and German

Year of entry: 2020

Course unit details:
German Language 2

Unit code GERM51022
Credit rating 20
Unit level Level 1
Teaching period(s) Semester 2
Offered by German Studies
Available as a free choice unit? No


This module provides an introduction to the pronunciation, grammar and vocabulary of Modern

Standard German. Focussing on a variety of topics (including culture, society, current affairs, history and politics) and using a range of teaching methods and audio-visual as well as printed media, it aims to equip students with the language skills needed for competent spoken and written communication. Classes are complemented by an independent language learning programme, involving reading, writing, speaking and listening activities, as well as vocabulary work and CALL exercises. Teaching and learning on this module are supported by an extensive Blackboard site, providing additional resources for students. Blackboard should therefore be accessed on a regular basis.

Please note that this is a compulsory language unit and as such requires a pass mark of 40% or above.  Those students who fail to achieve this mark at the first attempt must resit the course unit.  Students who fail this unit in the resit assessment will not be able to carry the credits into a subsequent year of study.  Students will be able to discuss their options with the Programme Director and they may have the option to move on to the non-language degree award of Cultures and Societies.  If this option is approved, the resit mark can be compensated, or the student can carry the credit, provided they have met all the other requirements for progression.  Students who do not meet the required pass mark and do not move on to the non-language degree award will not be able to progress into the next year of the degree programme and will therefore be excluded.



An A-level pass in a foreign language other than German, or in English Language.

This is not a LEAP module and is available only as part of a degree programme where German is taken as a named Honours subject.

All Joint Honours programmes with German. All other programmes compatible with a Minor in German.


Focusing on a variety of topics (including culture, society, current affairs, history and politics) through audio-visual and printed media, it aims to equip students with the language skills needed for competent spoken and written communication. 

Learning outcomes


By successfully completing this course unit, students will be able to master German language skills appropriate for a basic level B1 of the Common European Framework.


The acquisition of grammatical, lexical, phonetic and communicative aspects of German will follow the progression of the set textbook (from Chapter 6 to Chapter 13). Classes are complemented by an independent language learning programme of which the Student Activity Manual (workbook, laboratory manual and video manual) is an integral part. Teaching and learning are supported by the Blackboard virtual learning environment.

Teaching and learning methods


Five 1-hour tutorials per week

Languages of teaching: English and German

Independent language learning

Knowledge and understanding


  • Understand extended speech, including some TV news and current affairs programmes
  • Read articles and reports concerned with contemporary problems, as well as short literary texts
  • Speak with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes interaction with native speakers quite possible and take an active part in discussion in familiar contexts
  • Produce longer pieces of oral discourse
  • Write clear text (including letters and short essays) on a range of subjects


Intellectual skills


On successful completion of this course unit, students will be able to:

  • apply appropriate linguistic concepts
  • analyse and interpret acquired information and synthesise it as knowledge

Practical skills


On successful completion of this course unit, students will be able to:

  • read and understand a range of text types relating to socio-cultural aspects of Germany and the German speaking world
  • demonstrate active understanding of most of the essential linguistic structures covered in the set textbook, and a passive understanding of the rest communicate appropriately in written and spoken German

Transferable skills and personal qualities


On successful completion of this course unit, students will be able to:

  • take responsibility for their own learning, manage time and work to deadlines
  • work independently to produce a dossier, showing an understanding of how to learn within the cycle of planning, action and reflection
  • work effectively and constructively as part of a group
  • show an awareness and responsiveness to the nature and extent of cultural diversity
  • use information and communications technology effectively and appropriately

Employability skills

Written and oral communication skills; team-work; leadership; negotiation skills; research skills, problem-solving; adaptability; decision-making; time management; initiative; self-discipline; organisation; life-long learning skills; self-reflection; action planning; self-confidence; IT skills; increased intercultural awareness

Assessment methods

Assessment task  Length Weighting within unit

Coursework and vocabulary tests



Mid-term class test (without aural element, normally week before Easter vacation)

45 minutes


Oral examination at the end of Semester 2. Candidates will have the opportunity to choose a topic from a list and will be given 15 minutes to read and reflect on a short text on that topic. They will then be asked to read aloud from the text, to answer questions about it and to discuss the subject with the examiners. The topics will be related to the material that has been covered during  BOTH SEMESTERS and students will be permitted to use their own dictionary during the preparation time.

lasting about 10 minutes

(15 minutes preparation time)


Aural examination (in week 13 but not during examination period) 

One hour


Dossier (record of independent language learning, submission on day of oral examination)

Independent study hours


Written examination at the end of Semester Two (during examination period)

Two hours



Feedback methods


Nature and timing of feedback:

Details of the extensive range of feedback opportunities available to students can be found on the

Blackboard website.

Recommended reading


Dollenmayer, David B. & Thomas S. Hansen (2014). Neue Horizonte: Introductory German. 8th edn. Heinle, Cengage Learning.  (‘International edition’).


Dollenmayer, David B., Ellen W. Crocker & Thomas S. Hansen (2014). Neue Horizonte: Student Activity Manual, 8th edn. Heinle, Cengage Learning.


Printed Access Code (PAC) for access to Cengage Premium Website


Further Reading:


Durrell, Martin, Katrin Kohl, Claudia Kaiser and Gudrun Loftus (2015). Essential German Grammar. Abingdon: Routledge.

Collins German Dictionary, 8th edn. 2013. Glasgow: HarperCollins.


Langenscheidt Großwörterbuch Deutsch als Fremdsprache, Neubearbeitung. 2008. Berlin:



Fernandez-Toro, Maria & Francis R. Jones. 2001. DIY techniques for language learners.

London: Centre for Information on Language Teaching and Research (CILT).

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Seminars 11
Independent study hours
Independent study 189

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Thomas Despositos Unit coordinator

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