German Language for Beginners (MLG1052)
|Staff||Mr Christian Mossmann - Convenor|
|Duration of Module||Term 1: 11 weeks; Term 2: 11 weeks;|
This intensive language module aims to give you a practical working knowledge of the language, enabling you to acquire the skills to communicate effectively in writing and verbally, so that you can express opinions, and compare and contrast viewpoints. The module aims to train you in all four language skills (reading, writing, speaking, listening comprehension) as well as to equip you with the required grammatical knowledge and vocabulary to deal with a range of topics and situations. The module aims to give beginners and GCSE entrants a firm grounding in the German language which will enable you to continue your studies of the language at stages 2-4 (NQF levels 5-6).
ILO: Module-specific skills
- 1. Demonstrate a sound grasp of the basic grammatical structures of the target language
- 2. Understand texts written in the target language
- 3. Express ideas and opinions orally and in writing in the target language
- 4. Use the target language to engage in role plays and group discussions
- 5. Write letters and other short texts in German on a limited range of practical and descriptive themes
- 6. Attempt straightforward translation exercises out of the target language
ILO: Discipline-specific skills
- 7. Understand the principles of learning a new language intensively, and organise your own learning with guidance from the tutor
- 8. Use available learning aids to consolidate your own learning
- 9. Use reference grammar books and bilingual and monolingual dictionaries to check the structural and lexical accuracy of your writing and expression in the target language
ILO: Personal and key skills
- 10. Communicate at a basic level in German
- 11. Express and discuss views individually and/or as part of a group
Whilst the content may vary from year to year, it is envisioned that it will cover some or all of the following topics:
You will work through a course book, covering all essential points of grammar, consolidating skills in listening, speaking, reading and writing. The module consists of 5 hours a week in which grammatical structures as well as vocabulary will be introduced in context. You will have the opportunity to practise language skills in class and in set homework in an integrated manner.
You will receive feedback on their work in class and individually.
Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)
|Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities||Guided independent study||Placement / study abroad|
Details of learning activities and teaching methods
|Category||Hours of study time||Description|
|Scheduled learning and teaching||110||Five weekly classes over 22 weeks, introducing grammatical material, written and reading comprehension exercises, listening and speaking practice|
|Guided independent study||190||Independent study with guidance provided by language tutors|
|Form of assessment||Size of the assessment (eg length / duration)||ILOs assessed||Feedback method|
|10 formative tasks per year (grammar and vocabulary tasks, writing, reading and listening comprehension, translation oral task)||Variable||1-11||Written and oral feedback|
Summative assessment (% of credit)
|Coursework||Written exams||Practical exams|
Details of summative assessment
|Form of assessment||% of credit||Size of the assessment (eg length / duration)||ILOs assessed||Feedback method|
|Winter examination||10||1 hour||1-2,5-7,9-10||Written feedback|
|Oral||20||10 minutesoverall||1-4,7,10-11||Written or oral feedback|
|Listening comprehension test||10||1 hour||1,2,7||Written feedback|
|Portfolio||10||Regular portfolio entries throughout the year||1-3,5-11||Written feedback|
|Summer examination||50||2 hours||1-2,5-7,9-10||Written feedback|
Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)
|Original form of assessment||Form of re-assessment||ILOs re-assessed||Timescale for re-assessment|
|Examination||Examination||1-2, 5-7, 9-10||Referral/Deferral period|
For the re-assessment, there will be no in-class listening test, instead there will be an oral test (20%) and a written examination (80%).
Deferral – if you miss an assessment for certificated reasons judged acceptable by the Mitigation Committee, you will normally be either deferred in the assessment or an extension may be granted. The mark given for a re-assessment taken as a result of deferral will not be capped and will be treated as it would be if it were your first attempt at the assessment.
Referral – if you have failed the module overall (i.e. a final overall module mark of less than 40%) you will be required to submit a further assessment as necessary. If you are successful on referral, your overall module mark will be capped at 40%.
Indicative learning resources - Basic reading
- Dollenmayer, David B. & Thomas S. Hansen (2014). Neue Horizonte: Introductory German. 8th edn. Boston: Heinle Cengage Learning. (International Edition).
- Dollenmayer, David B., Ellen W. Crocker & Thomas S. Hansen (2014). Neue Horizonte: Student Activity Manual, 8th edn. Boston: Heinle Cengage Learning.
(Both books will be available to you for a discounted price in the campus bookshop).
- Recommended dictionary: Collins German Dictionary
Module has an active ELE page?
Indicative learning resources - Web based and electronic resources
- ELE: https://vle.exeter.ac.uk/course/view.php?id=4935
- Links to exercises to be available via module ELE site.
Indicative learning resources - Other resources
A wide range of language learning materials is available in the Foreign Language Centre, the Library as well as online. As part of the module, your tutors will provide guidance on the materials best suited for guided independent language learning.
Available as distance learning?
Last revision date
Key words search
Beginners’ German Language, ab-initio German language, German language