German Language for Beginners (MLG1052)

StaffMr Christian Mossmann - Convenor
Credit Value30
ECTS Value15
NQF Level4
Duration of Module Term 1: 11 weeks; Term 2: 11 weeks;

Module aims

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

Syllabus plan

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 ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled learning and teaching110Five weekly classes over 22 weeks, introducing grammatical material, written and reading comprehension exercises, listening and speaking practice
Guided independent study190Independent study with guidance provided by language tutors

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
10 formative tasks per year (grammar and vocabulary tasks, writing, reading and listening comprehension, translation oral task)Variable1-11Written and oral feedback

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Winter examination101 hour1-2,5-7,9-10Written feedback
Oral2010 minutesoverall1-4,7,10-11Written or oral feedback
Listening comprehension test101 hour1,2,7Written feedback
Portfolio10Regular portfolio entries throughout the year1-3,5-11Written feedback
Summer examination 502 hours1-2,5-7,9-10Written feedback

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

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
ExaminationExamination1-2, 5-7, 9-10Referral/Deferral period
OralOral1-4,7,10-11Referral/Deferral period

Re-assessment notes

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

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Indicative learning resources - Web based and electronic resources

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.

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Beginners’ German Language, ab-initio German language, German language