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Year of entry: 2022
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Course unit details:
German Language 5
|Unit level||Level 3|
|Teaching period(s)||Full year|
|Offered by||German Studies|
|Available as a free choice unit?||No|
This core language module consists of the following three elements:
1) TRANSLATION FROM AND INTO GERMAN (seminar: one hour per week)
Through its focus on translation skills (English-German and German-English) this element of the module aims to develop students' abilities to write accurate and idiomatic German and their sensitivity to different registers of written German.
2) SPRACHPRAKTISCHE ÜBUNG (tutorial: one hour per week)
This element of the module focuses on the development of oral communication.
3) GRAMMATIK UND AUSDRUCK (seminar: one hour per week)
This hour aims to improve students' competence in German grammar and their expression in written German including essay writing skills.
GERM51040 or GERM51030 (for post-beginners). The module is available only as part of a degree programme where German is taken as a named Honours subject
On successful completion of this module, students will be able to:
- Demonstrate mastery of a large range of grammar topics
- Demonstrate a high level of competence in translating from German into English, with an excellent understanding of stylistic considerations
- Demonstrate a good level of competence in translating from English into German, with a high level of understanding of stylistic considerations
- Understand virtually any speech, TV news and current affairs programmes as well as films
- Read and analyse articles and reports concerned with contemporary issues
- Speak with a high degree of fluency and accuracy, and take an active part in discussion covering a large range of contexts, including academic issues
- Orally present clear descriptions on a considerable range of subjects (including those of an academic nature), and discuss and evaluate conflicting viewpoints, spelling out in detail the advantages and disadvantages of various options
- Write clear and linguistically sophisticated text (including essays and reports) on a range of subjects, giving reasons in support of or against a particular point of view
By the end of this course unit students will be able to perform at Level C1/C2 of the Common European Framework (CEF).
Invigilated Coursework Assignment - 25%
Written Examination - 50%
Translation from German into English (25%)
Translation from English into German (25%)
Oral Examination - 25%
Nature and Timing of Feedback:
Details of the extensive range of feedback opportunities available to students can be found on the Blackboard website.
Collins German Dictionary, 9th edn. 2019. Glasgow: HarperCollins.
Durrell, Martin. 2017. Hammer's German Grammar and Usage. 6th edn. Abingdon: Routledge.
Durrell, Martin, Katrin Kohl and Claudia Kaiser. 2017. Practising German Grammar. 4th edn. Abingdon: Routledge.
EITHER: Wahrig-Burfeind, Renate (ed.). 2012. WAHRIG Wörterbuch der deutschen Sprache. 3rd edn. Munich: Deutscher Taschenbuch Verlag.
Langenscheidt Großwörterbuch Deutsch als Fremdsprache, Neubearbeitung. 2015. Berlin: Langenscheidt.
Durrell, Martin, Katrin Kohl, Claudia Kaiser and Gudrun Loftus. 2015. Essential German Grammar. 2nd edn. Abingdon: Routledge.
Fernández-Toro, María & Francis R. Jones. 2001. DIY techniques for language learners. London: Centre for Information on Language Teaching and Research (CILT)
|Scheduled activity hours|
|Practical classes & workshops||10|
|Supervised time in studio/wksp||12|
|Independent study hours|
|Matthew Jefferies||Unit coordinator|
|Wiebke Brockhaus-Grand||Unit coordinator|
|Dorit Fellner||Unit coordinator|
The course unit is available only as part of a degree programme where German is taken as a named Honours subject