BA French and German / Course details

Year of entry: 2022

Course unit details:
German Language 4

Unit code GERM51040
Credit rating 20
Unit level Level 2
Teaching period(s) Full year
Offered by German Studies
Available as a free choice unit? No

Overview

This core language course unit fosters essential language skills and is delivered in three sessions per week: Grammar and Translation, Sprachpraktische Übung, and Landeskunde II or Wirtschaftsdeutsch (see below for details). All of these sessions are taught in German. 

Classes are complemented by an independent language learning programme, involving reading, writing, speaking and listening activities, as well as vocabulary work and CALL grammar exercises. Students will be encouraged to reflect on their own learning and to improve their language learning skills with the help and support provided by their tutors. There is also an extensive Blackboard site associated with this course unit and students should make a point of accessing this on a regular basis.¿ 

1) GRAMMAR AND TRANSLATION (seminar: one hour per week) 

This part of the course unit further develops competence in written German (writing and reading skills) by enhancing the translation skills (English-German and German-English) introduced in the first year and consolidating command of grammatical structures in written German. 

2) SPRACHPRAKTISCHE ÜBUNG (tutorial: one hour per week) 

This element of the course unit builds on the oral and written skills developed during the first year. 

3) LANDESKUNDE II OR WIRTSCHAFTSDEUTSCH (seminar: one hour per week) 

Students can choose EITHER: 
 
a) LANDESKUNDE II¿ 
 
This element of the course unit is designed to build on and deepen the knowledge acquired in Landeskunde I during the first year of study. Using newspaper articles and video clips, issues relating to politics, the arts and everyday life in German-speaking countries are discussed. As far as possible, matters of topical interest are also included.¿ 
 
OR:¿ 
 
b) WIRTSCHAFTSDEUTSCH¿ 
 
This part of the course unit will focus on business/management issues and is designed particularly for students of a Modern Language and Business and Management, although it is open to all second year students. 

Pre/co-requisites

Unit title Unit code Requirement type Description
German Language 3 GERM51030 Pre-Requisite Compulsory
German Language 4 Landeskunde Classes GERM51540 Co-Requisite Compulsory
GERM20210 Pre-Requisite

 

 

Aims

German Language Skills 4 is aimed to improve students’ deeper understanding and command of the German Language, in all key disciplines. Special focus will be set upon speaking, writing, listening, and reading skills. Grammatical knowledge will be improved by a close reading of texts and a deep analysis by means of translation. 

Knowledge and understanding

By the end of this course students will be able to: 

  • Demonstrate mastery of the grammar topics covered (word order, conjunctions, use and formation of the tenses, the passive and alternatives to its use, word formation, and Konjunktiv I) 

 

  • Demonstrate a good level of competence in translating from German into English, with an understanding of stylistic considerations 

 

  • Demonstrate competence in translating from English into German, with some understanding of stylistic considerations 

 

Practical skills

  • Understand extended speech, TV news and current affairs programmes as well as films 

  • Read and analyse articles and reports concerned with contemporary issues 

  • Speak with a good degree of fluency and spontaneity, and take an active part in discussion covering a range of topic areas (including politics, arts, everyday life in German-speaking countries, multicultural issues, and science and technology in modern times) 

  • Research, compose and deliver clear and well-structured oral presentations on a range of topics (see above) 

  • Write clear text (including short essays and reports) on a range of subjects, giving reasons in support of or against a particular point of view 

 

Assessment methods

Oral Presentation - 25%

Invigilated Coursework Assignment - 25%

Translation Examination - 50%

Feedback methods

  • Oral feedback on presentation 

  • Written feedback on essay 

  • Additional one-to-one feedback (during the consultation hour or by making an appointment) 

 

Recommended reading

Set texts: 

Collins German Dictionary, 9th edn. 2019. Glasgow: HarperCollins. 

Durrell, Martin, Katrin Kohl, Claudia Kaiser and Gudrun Loftus. 2015. Essential German Grammar. 2nd edn. Abingdon: Routledge. 

EITHER: Wahrig-Burfeind, Renate (ed.). 2012. WAHRIG Wörterbuch der deutschen Sprache. 3rd edn. Munich: Deutscher Taschenbuch Verlag. 

OR: Langenscheidt Großwörterbuch Deutsch als Fremdsprache, Neubearbeitung. 2015. Berlin: Langenscheidt. 

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Further reading: 

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. 

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 69
Independent study hours
Independent study 131

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Dorit Fellner Unit coordinator

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