BA German and Portuguese / Course details

Year of entry: 2022

Course unit details:
German Language 5

Unit code GERM51050
Credit rating 20
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). 

Assessment methods

Invigilated Coursework Assignment - 25%

Written Examination - 50%


  • Translation from German into English (25%)

  •  Translation from English into German (25%) 

Oral Examination - 25%

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

Set texts:  

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.  
Further reading:  

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) 

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Practical classes & workshops 10
Seminars 44
Supervised time in studio/wksp 12
Independent study hours
Independent study 134

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Matthew Jefferies Unit coordinator
Wiebke Brockhaus-Grand Unit coordinator
Dorit Fellner Unit coordinator

Additional notes

The course unit is available only as part of a degree programme where German is taken as a named Honours subject

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