German Language Written and Oral (MLG2001)
|Staff||Dr Chloe Paver - Convenor|
|Pre-requisites||MLG1001 (or equivalent or native-speaker competence)|
|Duration of Module||Term 1: 11 weeks; Term 2: 11 weeks;|
To extend the linguistic knowledge and the written and oral skills acquired by students in their first year.
ILO: Module-specific skills
- 1. Apply a knowledge of a broad range of grammatical features of German to a variety of linguistic tasks in the language.
- 2. Translate passages from a variety of authentic written sources into and out of German.
- 3. Present information and arguments in written German in answer to comprehension questions on specified topics.
- 4. Translate formal letters into German using the correct layout and phraseology.
- 5. Use a bilingual or learners' monolingual dictionary to glean information about meaning, register, usage and grammatical forms.
- 6. Engage in discussion of a range of (mainly contemporary) topics in oral German, articulating his/her own opinions and responding to the opinions of others.
- 7. Give short oral presentations in the foreign language on a defined topic to a small group of listeners and engage in group discussion of the topic presented.
ILO: Discipline-specific skills
- 8. Understand and use in class discussion a range of linguistic terms, using this terminology, to a limited extent, to identify and define his/her mistakes in the target language.
- 9. Access, under instructions from the tutor and independently, a range of sources in the German-language media, including internet sources.
ILO: Personal and key skills
- 10. Communicate competently in a foreign language
- 11. Express and discuss views in front of a group of listeners
- 12. Evaluate his or her own skills and present these positively to a potential employer or sponsor.
- 13. Work in groups at solving advanced linguistic tasks
Skills: Students are introduced to translating formal letters into German and build on their experience of translation into and out of German acquired at Level 1
Topics: Areas covered include employment skills
Grammar: Students tackle new grammar topics such as verb valency, German sentence structure, conjunctions, comparative and superlative forms of adjectives and adverbs, and indirect speech.
Skills: Continued translation work; comprehension exercises in German.
Topics: Areas covered include the German university system.
Grammar: Students tackle new grammar topics such as the passive, numerals, determiners and pronouns, and modal particles.
The module is taught through two types of class. In one, the focus is on written language (although audio-visual material is also used) and students work individually and in groups at tackling a range of linguistic exercises. Through regular written work, marked and returned by the course tutors, students learn to recognise and rectify their mistakes. In the other type of class, the focus is on oral German: students work in small groups with a Lektor and are asked to prepare short talks or Referate in German. Because independent work is essential to language acquisition, students are encouraged to make full use of the FLC's resource area, of the Department's computer-based selfstudy system, and of the German-language newspapers and magazines available in the University Library and through the Internet
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 activities||44||Language classes (40x1hr)|
|Scheduled learning and teaching activities||22||oral classes (20x1hr)|
|Guided independent study||234||Independent study|
|Form of assessment||Size of the assessment (eg length / duration)||ILOs assessed||Feedback method|
|5 homeworks per term||variable||All written||written or group or peer 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|
|Exam||20||1 hour||1-3, 8-9, 10||written|
|Exam||40||2 hours||1-3, 8-9, 10||written|
|Test||15||1 hour||1, 10||written|
|Oral||25||Continuous||6, 7; 10, 12, 13||oral|
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|
|Exam||Exam||1-3, 8-9, 10||ref/def period|
|Test||Test||1, 10||ref/def period|
|Oral||Oral||6, 7; 10, 12, 13||ref/def period|
Indicative learning resources - Basic reading
Prescribed grammar book: Martin Durrell, Katrin Kohl and Gudrun Loftus, Essential German Grammar (London: Arnold, 2002). Texts for translation and discussion will be supplied. Any student who has not previously taken MLG 1001 should see the MLG 1001 module outline for recommended dictionaries.
Further materials are supplied at the ELE site.
Module has an active ELE page?
Available as distance learning?
Last revision date