German Advanced One (FLG3415)

StaffDr Birgit Hanke - Convenor
Credit Value15
ECTS Value7.5
NQF Level6
Pre-requisitesCompletion of FLG2315/2330 or equivalent
Co-requisitesNone
Duration of Module Term 1: 11 weeks; Term 2: 11 weeks;

Module aims

The module is appropriate for students who have an A-level (Grade A*-B) in the foreign language or equivalent or B1 of the Common European Framework for languages - CEFR. The module develops all four core language skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing, as well as advanced grammatical structures of the target language. You will also learn more about the customs, culture and society in which German is spoken in order to develop awareness of the language’s background and context.

The module aims to:

  • review and consolidate the advanced structures of the target language, developing both vocabulary and range of language structures thus equipping students with the linguistic tools to enable them to communicate effectively in everyday and academic situations 

  • further develop and embed active and passive language skills, including comprehension skills in listening and reading, with particular emphasis placed on the skills necessary for effective oral and written communication in the target language at an advanced level. 

  • build on knowledge of the sociocultural aspects of the regions/countries in which the languages are spoken and to continue to develop transferable skills necessary for studying and/or working abroad.

The exit level of this module is broadly equivalent to B2 Independent User Level of the Common European Framework for Languages.

ILO: Module-specific skills

  • 1. Demonstrate competence in the use of advanced grammatical structures of the target language
  • 2. Read and comprehend a wide range of demanding, longer written and aural texts on both concrete and abstract topics in the target language, including articles and reports concerned with contemporary problems in which the writers adopt particular attitudes and viewpoints
  • 3. Communicate fluently and effectively, both orally and in writing, and use language flexibly and effectively for social and professional purposes and produce clear, well-structured written text on complex subjects, expressing points of view at some length.

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

  • 4. Demonstrate autonomy in language learning, with reduced direction from the teacher
  • 5. Use available learning aids in a variety of media, including an advanced reference grammar and specialist dictionary, to consolidate his/her learning.

ILO: Personal and key skills

  • 6. Work creatively and flexibly, react and adapt to situations as appropriate
  • 7. Make progress through developing skills of self-study and application and develop an awareness of and sensitivity to a foreign culture.

Syllabus plan

The module provides a systematic approach to acquiring essential grammar structures in a communicative context and in accordance with the skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing. The syllabus is based on the coursebook „Aspekte (B2)“.

The material of the textbook continues to deepen and practice grammatical structures as well as broaden the vocabulary base with in-depth topics and authentic excerpts from German TV. 

Topics include: 

  1. the concept of ‚Heimat’

  2. communication (incl. non-verbal communication)

  3. work (job search. motivation, team spirit)

  4. science and research

  5. culture

  6. fitness

  7. historical events

  8. feelings and emotions

  9. our future

 The main grammar topics include: 

  1. conjunctions with „zu + Inf:  um ...zu, ohne ... zu, anstatt ... zu“

  2. modal constructions

  3. passive constructions

  4. indefinite pronouns

  5. comparisons using „als / als ob / als wenn“

  6. participles as attributes

  7. Use of the subjunctive mode

You will be expected to spend time studying outside the class and we provide guidance, facilities and materials to help you develop your expertise as an independent language learner. For this module, you will be asked to consolidate your class work by learning vocabulary and structures, and by reading, watching or listening to material in German. You will also be expected to complete the exercise book/workbook, prepare exercises and activities for the class, to write short assignments and generally acquire a repertoire of effective language learning strategies. You will receive regular feedback on your progress from class activities, homework assignments and coursework items. You will also receive formal feedback on the In-Class Test, including suggestions for what and how to improve and identifying your own strategies for improvement.

Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad
44106

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities 44Language classes
Guided independent study106Preparation

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
4 formative tasks per year (grammar and vocabulary, writing, reading and listening comprehension)variable1-7Written and oral

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams
07525

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
In-Class Test 251.5 hours1-7Written
Oral Test 25 8-9 minutes1, 3-4, 6-7Written
Written Examination 502 hours 1-7Written
0
0
0

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

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
In-Class Test, Written ExamWritten exam1-7Referral/deferral period
Oral TestOral test1, 3-4, 6-7Referral/deferral period

Re-assessment notes

Oral Test = 25%,  Written Examination = 75%

 

Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

Textbook: Lösche, Ralf-Peter et al. Aspekte B2: Mittelstufe Deutsch. Lehrbuch ohne DVD. Langenscheidt/Klett Verlag.

Workbook: Koithan, Ute et al. Aspekte B2: Mittelstufe Deutsch. Arbeitsbuch mit Übungstests auf CD-ROM. Langenscheidt/Klett Verlag.

Grammar: Elke F. Gschossmann-Hendershot & Lois Feuerle, Schaum's Outline of German Grammar, 3rd edition, McGraw Hill, 1996.

Module has an active ELE page?

Yes

Indicative learning resources - Web based and electronic resources

ELE – http://vle.exeter.ac.uk/course/view.php?id=2214

Available as distance learning?

No

Origin date

2010

Last revision date

February 2017

Key words search

German, advanced, Advanced German, German Advanced 1, German Advanced One