Advanced German Language Skills (MLG3111)

StaffDr Ulrike Zitzlsperger - Convenor
Credit Value30
ECTS Value15
NQF Level6
Duration of Module Term 1: 11 weeks; Term 2: 11 weeks;

Module aims

The module aims to:

  • develop a high level of skill in written translation between German and English, English and German and in composition in German.
  • develop fluency and expressiveness in oral German.

ILO: Module-specific skills

  • 1. Apply a knowledge of a broad range of grammatical features of German (including some complex advanced structures) to a range of linguistic exercises; research conventions of usage, find synonyms, and explore nuances of meaning in German vocabulary; tackle complex translation passages into and out of German in a variety of styles and argue a case in written German in answer to challenging contemporary issues.
  • 2. Discuss complex topical and abstract issues in an appropriate register of oral German, using a broad range of vocabulary and idiom; give a structured oral presentation in German on a variety of topics addressed to a small group of listeners; engage, in German, in debates.

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

  • 3. Understand and use in class discussion a broad range of linguistic terminology; identify strategies for improving linguistic accuracy.
  • 4. Engage critically with German language media.

ILO: Personal and key skills

  • 5. Communicate information and arguments of some complexity in German; express and defend opinions on a wide range of current and abstract issues.
  • 6. Advance, with limited guidance, linguistic competence independently; develop the potential for learning new languages independently in the future.

Syllabus plan

In the first term the written language classes focus on the translation from German into English; from English into German; and the writing of summaries in German. This work is supplemented by linguistic exercises designed to extend your knowledge of vocabulary and to revise advanced elements of grammar.

In the second term you will focus on translations into German; and the writing of Stellungsnahmen, which build upon the summaries exercised in the first term.

In the weekly oral classes you engage in a variety of group and individual exercises to increase oral fluency and extend your vocabulary. These classes also prepare you for the oral examination by offering practice in the discussion of academic, intercultural and Landeskunde-topics.

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 Teaching44Language classes (22x2 hrs.)
Scheduled Learning and Teaching22Oral classes (22x1 hr.)
Guided Independent Study234Independent study

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Regular written (at least 10) and oral assignmentsVarious1-6Formative assessment is returned with corrections and annotations; course tutors are available for one-to-one tutorials in office hours.

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
Written examination Translation and Commentary (Winter)25exam1, 3, 4, 6Written and oral feedback
Written examination Translation and Commentary (Summer)25exam1, 3, 4, 6Written and oral feedback
Writing skills exam (Summer)25exam1, 3- 6Written and oral feedback
Oral examination2515 minutes2-6Oral feedback

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

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
Written examination Translation and CommentaryWritten examination Translation and Commentary1, 3, 4, 6Referral/deferral period
Written examination Translation and CommentaryWritten examination Translation and Commentary1-6Referral/deferral period
Writing skills exam (Summer)Writing skills exam 1, 3-6Referral/deferral period
Oral examinationOral examination2-6Referral/deferral period

Re-assessment notes

Referral – if you miss an assessment for certified reasons judged acceptable by the Mitigation Committee, you will normally be either deferred in the assessment. The mark given for re-assessment taken as a result of deferral 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%.

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Indicative learning resources - Web based and electronic resources

Indicative learning resources - Other resources

  • Martin Durrell, Hammer’s German Grammar (Routledge, 2011)

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German language, German grammar, German vocabulary