Intermediate German (MLG2052)
|Staff||Mr Christian Mossmann - Convenor|
|Pre-requisites||MLG1052 ‘German Language for Beginners’ or equivalent|
|Duration of Module||Term 1: 11 weeks; Term 2: 11 weeks;|
This module consolidates and develops the language skills acquired in MLG1052 ‘German Language for Beginners’, enabling you to communicate confidently in German through a range of written, oral, and comprehension exercises, as well as through translation exercises, covering different registers and areas of vocabulary.
The module will focus on more advanced constructions and categories, which will enable you to communicate in a wider range of communicative contexts and express their ideas in an increasingly varied and sophisticated manner.
The module also aims to prepare you for your year abroad and further their understanding of life and culture in German-speaking countries.
ILO: Module-specific skills
- 1. Apply knowledge of a broad range of grammatical features of the target language to a variety of linguistic tasks
- 2. Translate passages from a variety of authentic written sources into the target language
- 3. Produce written pieces in German in response to a range of topics
- 4. Engage in discussion of a range of topics in oral German, articulating own opinions and responding to the opinions of others
- 5. Give short oral presentations in the target language on a defined topic to a small group of listeners
- 6. Demonstrate comprehension of written and/or aural German texts on a range of authentic topics
ILO: Discipline-specific skills
- 7. Use a bilingual and a learners monolingual dictionary to glean information about meaning, register, usage and grammatical forms
- 8. Engage, under guidance, with a range of German language media
ILO: Personal and key skills
- 9. Communicate competently in a target language
- 10. Express and discuss views in front of a group of listeners
Whilst the content may vary from year to year, it is envisioned that it will cover some or all of the following topics:
- Systematic coverage of module materials on a range of topics and with a focus on more advanced structures.
- Development of translation strategies; acquisition of new vocabulary; enhancement of comprehension skills and ability to develop an increasingly accurate form of expression in the target language. Further development of the translation of texts from English into German.
- Oral work with regular small group discussions and authentic scenarios to assist with year abroad preparation.
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||44||Language seminars: Integrated skills, including translation; developing and enhancing reading comprehension, writing; dealing with grammar and vocabulary exercises.|
|Scheduled Learning and Teaching||22||Oral classes: Emphasis on oral and listening comprehension skills, with a focus on preparation for year abroad.|
|Guided Independent Study||234||Time spent on completing formative exercises and independent study to consolidate learning. As part of guided independent study, you are advised to follow a series of grammar revision lectures on ELE to consolidate their knowledge of German grammar.|
|Form of assessment||Size of the assessment (eg length / duration)||ILOs assessed||Feedback method|
|6 formative tasks, covering a range of language skills||Variable||1-10||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|
|Portfolio||50||As described on the ELE page||1-3; 6-9||Written feedback|
|Written Examination||25||1 hour||1, 3, 6, 9||Written feedback|
|Oral examination||25||15 minutes||4, 9||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|
|Portfolio||Portfolio||1-3; 6-9||Referral/Deferral period|
|Written examination||Written examination||1, 3, 6, 9||Referral/Deferral period|
|Oral examination||Oral examination||4, 9||Referral/Deferral period|
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.
- DaF kompakt neu B1: Kurs- und Übungsbuch. Klett Publishers.
- Collins German Dictionary
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German, German language, Intermediate German, German ex-beginners