German

The following modules are available to incoming Study Abroad students interested in German.

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DELC351: Literature and Fame in Contemporary Germany

  • Terms Taught: Lent/Summer Terms only.
  • US Credits: 4 semester credits
  • ECTS Credits: 8 ECTS

Course Description

What’s it like to be a famous author in today's media-driven world? This module examines the different cultural and political expectations placed on high-profile German authors from the 1960s to the present. It analyses a range of sources from press-cuttings (both the gutter press and intellectual weeklies) to the internet. Alongside these, it considers the different strategies developed by well-known authors for responding to this interest in both their private personae and their public function. Discussion will focus on the strategies of self-presentation they have developed: in the spheres of the media and in their writing. The module examines relevant theories of media and literary communication (dealing with ideas of fame and cultural capital) and develops a methodological framework to underpin our critical analysis of the authors and their work.

Language: This module is taught in English, but most texts are only available in German, so a working knowledge of the language is required.

Educational Aims

On successful completion of this module students will be able to:

  • discuss fame as a critical concept in the post-war German realm;
  • discuss authorship as a critical concept in the post-war German realm;
  • analyse how key post-war German-language authors have dealt with their fame and the concept of fame more generally;
  • discuss the wider context in which literary celebrity exists in Germany and explain how this context has changed over the last fifty years.
  • engage at an in-depth level with a range of contemporary German literary texts;
  • engage at an in-depth level with a range of critical theory
  • construct detailed arguments about literary texts that allow for historical change
  • conceptualise authorship

Outline Syllabus

Indicative syllabus:

  • Wk 1: The Gruppe 47 and the Author as Media Event
  • Wks 2/3: Elfriede Jelinek and the Author as Fetish Böll-prize speech, 1983; Nobel prize speech, 2007
  • Wks 4/5: Günter Grass and the Author as Nobel Winner Im Krebsgang (Crabwalk, 2002)
  • Wks 6/7: Daniel Kehlmann and the Author as Shooting Star Die Vermessung der Welt (Measuring the World, 2005); Ruhm (2009)
  • Wks 8/9: Herta Müller and the Author as Contested National Celebrity Cristina und ihre Attrappe; Nobel prize speech
  • Wk 10: Revision

Assessment Proportions

  • Coursework 40%
  • Exam 60%

GERM100: Part I German Studies (Beginners to CEFR: A2)

  • Terms Taught: Full Year module.
  • Also Available:
    • Michaelmas Term only.
    • NOTE:  If you are studying with us for a Full Academic Year and you select a module that has full year and part year variants, you will not be allowed to take only part of the module.
  • US Credits:
    • Full Year module- 10 US semester credits
    • Michaelmas Term only - 4 US semester credits
  • ECTS Credits:
    • Full Year module - 20 ECTS credits
    • Michaelmas Term only - 8 ECTS credits
  • Pre-requisites: none; evidence of language-learning ability; entry at A1 level within the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR).

Course Description

If you have never learnt German, this module is for you. It provides an intensive introduction to the language and will equip you grammatically and linguistically for further study. The module covers reading, writing, the foundations of grammar, plus speaking and listening skills for four hours per week. In addition, weekly or fortnightly lectures and seminars will focus on the country's culture and its European context. Assessment of language is by written and oral examination in the Summer term in conjunction with coursework and regular assessments in class. Culture is also assessed by examination and coursework.

Educational Aims

This intensive module is devised to enable you to:

  • speak, understand read and write the relevant language at A2 level in the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR)
  • develop your understanding of the principles of grammar (in both English and the relevant language)
  • develop techniques and strategies in learning a language
  • develop your confidence in using the language in various settings
  • acquire initial awareness of current affairs in the country where the language is spoken

Outline Syllabus

This module combines work in German Language with a History, Culture and Identity module that looks at how key moments in German history have shaped contemporary German culture (film, plays, novels etc.).

The language component of GERM 100 is an intensive module of study which takes students from beginners' level to high A2/B1 level standard in 25 weeks of study. There are four language seminars per week, of which at least one is normally conducted by a German native speaker. Tutorials are based on a textbook, and emphasis is placed on the acquisition of vocabulary and a firm grasp of German grammatical structures. Listening and speaking skills are developed under the guidance of German native speakers using audio and video materials. In addition, one independent language hour is dedicated to computer-based exercises.

Assessment is divided between coursework and examination. Language coursework assessments during the yearinclude a wide variety of speaking, listening and written exercises. Culture is assessed by coursework and examination. Marks received for these are combined with the June examination marks in spoken and written language to produce the overall result.

Students are encouraged to watch German films on DVD/television or at the cinema, to visit German-speaking countries during the vacation, and to take every opportunity of listening to and speaking the language.

Assessment Proportions

  • Coursework: 40%
  • Exam: 60%

GERM101: Part I German Studies (Advanced/CEFR: B1)

  • Terms Taught: Full Year module.  
  • Also Available:
    • Michaelmas Term only.
    • NOTE:  If you are studying with us for a Full Academic Year and you select a module that has full year and part year variants, you will not be allowed to take only part of the module.
  • US Credits:
    • Full Year module - 10 US semester credits
    • Michaelmas Term only - 4 US semester credits
  • ECTS Credits:
    • Full Year module - 20 ECTS credits
    • Michaelmas Term only - 8 ECTS credits
  • Pre-requisites: Good French/German/Spanish language; entry at B1 of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR).

Course Description

If you already have a good knowledge of the language, this modules is designed to help you achieve higher levels of oral fluency and written accuracy while extending your knowledge of twentieth century literature, thought and history. You will attend three hours of language seminars per week. In addition, weekly or fortnightly lectures and seminars will focus on Germany’s culture and its European context. Assessment of language is by written and oral examination in the Summer term in conjunction with coursework and regular assessments in class. Culture is also assessed by examination and coursework.

Educational Aims

The module aims to:

  • consolidate and develop language skills already acquired at CEFR level B1
  • enable you to speak and write accurately in German at an advanced level and to acquire advanced skills in reading and listening comprehension
  • reinforce and expand the knowledge of German grammar, and increase your awareness of the way English works so that you can make comparisons
  • enable and encourage you to learn about and appreciate the relevant contemporary culture and to form (and express in target language) your own views on certain topics and issues
  • assist you to improve your ability to learn a language and to absorb information systematically and to contribute to your personal, social and cognitive development

Outline Syllabus

Normally, GERM300 and GERM301 cannot be taken independently. Both the oral (GERM300) and the written language (GERM301) modules focus on particular topics of cultural and contemporary interest. Together they consist of 3 hours tuition per week. The general aim is to build on the enthusiasm and expertise garnered during the second year and the year abroad whilst channelling this enthusiasm and expertise quite consciously towards improving your German language skills even further.

By the end of the module, students should not only have developed an informed interest in the society and culture of the German-speaking world, but they should also have acquired near-native abilities both in written and spoken language (C1/C2 of the Common European Framework of Reference, CEFR).

Assessment Proportions

  • Coursework: 40%
  • Exam: 60%

GERM200: German Language: Oral Skills (CEFR: B2)

  • Terms Taught: Full Year module.
  • Also Available:
    • Michaelmas Term only.
    • NOTE:  If you are studying with us for a Full Academic Year and you select a module that has full year and part year variants, you will not be allowed to take only part of the module.
  • US Credits:
    • Full Year module - 4 semester credits
    • Michaelmas Term only - 2 semester credits
  • ECTS Credits:
    • Full Year module - 8 ECTS credits
    • Michaelmas Term only - 4 ECTS credits
  • Pre-requisites:
    • This module must be taken in conjunction with GERM201
    • Extensive German language; entry is at high B1/B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR). 
     

Course Description

Modules 200 (oral and aural skills) and 201 (written and reading skills) are two integrated components of the module that cannot be taken independently. The general aim of the GERM200/201 module, comprising three hours per week, is to consolidate and build on the linguistic skills already acquired. Assessment is by coursework, regular assessments in class and an end of year written and oral examination.

Educational Aims

GERM200  and GERM201 aim to:

  • enhance students' comprehension of the spoken language, as it is used both in relatively formal speech, and in everyday "real-life" situations of the kind that one will encounter in German-speaking countries
  • develop both general and accurate listening comprehension skills, especially via exposure to radio or television programmes, to introduce computer-based aids and resources for language learning
  • develop good, accurate pronunciation and intonation as well as fluency, accuracy of grammar and vocabulary when speaking and writing the language
  • encourage expression of views, articulate arguments and foster confident conversational work
  • equip students with vocabulary, phrases and appropriate structures
  • enhance students' ability to understand and translate texts accurately from a variety of (mainly contemporary) sources, and to explore characteristic features of different styles and registers
  • increase awareness of the structure and variation of the language studied
  • develop sensitivity to a range of stylistic norms and varieties
  • help students read, comprehend and summarise the language accurately, in a variety of texts
  • improve the knowledge of grammar
  • produce written target language that is fluent, expressive, well-formed and grammatically accurate for this level
  • enhance students' understanding and awareness of some of the current issues in German-speaking countries

Outline Syllabus

The GERM200 element comprises of oral and aural skills and is taken with the GERM201 element, the writing and reading skills. The units cannot be taken separately. GERM200/201 consists of three hours per week covering oral and listening skills as well as grammar, translation and writing skills.

GERM200/201 will consolidate and build on the linguistic skills already acquired and equip students with the level of competence and confidence they will require in order to familiarize themselves with the culture and the society of countries where German is spoken. The module aims to enhance students' linguistic proficiency, with particular emphasis on speaking and listening (prepared and spontaneous) in a range of formal and semi-formal settings. It will also focus on on reading a variety of sources and on writing fluently and accurately in the language, in a variety of registers . A systematic study of the vocabulary, grammar and syntax of the language forms a specific component of the module. Contemporary written and audio-visual materials in German are used throughout the module.

The module also aims to broaden and deepen students' knowledge and understanding of different aspects of modern society, politics and culture, and contemporary issues and institutions. It is expected that students studying on the GERM200/201 modules will attain a B2 level (Independent User/Vantage) in the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR).

Assessment Proportions

  • Coursework: 40%
  • Exam: 60%

GERM200i: German Language: Oral Skills (post-Beginners/CEFR: B1)

  • Terms Taught: Full Year module.
  • Also Available:
    • Michaelmas Term only.
    • NOTE:  If you are studying with us for a Full Academic Year and you select a module that has full year and part year variants, you will not be allowed to take only part of the module.
  • US Credits:
    • Full Year module - 4 US semester credits.
    • Michaelmas Term only - 2 US semester credits.
  • ECTS Credits:
    • Full Year module - 8 ECTS credits.
    • Michaelmas Term only - 4 ECTS credits.
  • Pre-requisites:
    • This module must be taken in conjunction with GERM201i.
    • Good German language; entry is at high A2/B1 of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR).

Course Description

Modules 200i (oral and aural skills) and 201i (written and reading skills) are two integrated components of the module that cannot be taken independently. The general aim of the GERM200i/201i module, comprising four hours per week, is to consolidate and build on the linguistic skills already acquired. Assessment is by coursework, regular assessments in class and an end of year written and oral examination.

Educational Aims

GERM200i and GERM201i aim to:

  • enhance students' comprehension of the spoken language, as it is used both in relatively formal speech, and in everyday "real-life" situations of the kind that one will encounter in German-speaking countries.
  • develop both general and accurate listening comprehension skills, especially via exposure to radio or television programmes, to introduce computer-based aids and resources for language learning.
  • develop good, accurate pronunciation and intonation as well as fluency, accuracy of grammar and vocabulary when speaking the language
  • encourage expression of views, articulate arguments and foster confident conversational and written work
  • equip students with vocabulary, phrases and appropriate structures
  • familiarise students with current topics
  • enhance students' ability to understand and translate texts accurately from a variety of (mainly contemporary) sources, and to explore characteristic features of different styles and registers
  • increase awareness of the structure and variation of the language studied
  • develop sensitivity to a range of stylistic norms and varieties
  • help students read, comprehend and summarise the language accurately, in a variety of texts
  • improve the knowledge of grammar
  • produce written target language that is fluent, expressive, well-formed and grammatically accurate for this level
  • enhance students' understanding and awareness of some of the current issues in German-speaking countries

Outline Syllabus

The GERM200i (Intensive) element comprises the oral and aural skills and is taken with the GERM201i element; writing and reading skills. GERM200i/201i consists of 4 hours/week covering oral and listening skills as well as grammar, translation and writing skills.

The general aim of GERM200i is to consolidate and build on the linguistic skills acquired in the first year and to equip students with the level of competence and confidence they will require in order to familiarize themselves with the culture and the society of countries where their studied language is spoken.

The module aims to enhance students' linguistic proficiency; with particular emphasis on speaking and listening (prepared and spontaneous) in a range of formal and semi-formal settings. 

A systematic study of the vocabulary, grammar and syntax of the language forms a specific component of the module. Contemporary written and audio-visual materials in the L2 language are used throughout the module.

The module also aims to broaden and deepen students' knowledge and understanding of different aspects of modern society, politics and culture, and contemporary issues and institutions and to prepare students for residence abroad.

It is expected that students studying on the GERM200i/201i modules wishing to attain a good (2.i/first) level will have elements of B1 (Independent User/Threshold level) of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR).

Assessment Proportions

  • Coursework: 40%
  • Exam: 60%

GERM201: German Language: Written Skills (CEFR: B2)

  • Terms Taught: Full Year module.
  • Also Available:
    • Michaelmas Term only.
    • NOTE:  If you are studying with us for a Full Academic Year and you select a module that has full year and part year variants, you will not be allowed to take only part of the module.
  • US Credits:
    • Full Year module - 4 semester credits
    • Michaelmas Term only - 2 semester credits
  • ECTS Credits:
    • Full Year module - 8 ECTS credits
    • Michaelmas Term only - 4 ECTS credits
  • Pre-requisites:
    • This module must be taken in conjunction with GERM200
    • Extensive German language; entry is at high B1/B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR).

Course Description

Modules 200 (oral and aural skills) and 201 (written and reading skills) are two integrated components of the module that cannot be taken independently. The general aim of the 200/201 module, comprising three hours per week, is to consolidate and build on the linguistic skills already acquired. Assessment is by coursework, regular assessments in class and an end of year written and oral examination.

Educational Aims

GERM200 and GERM201 aim to:

  • enhance students' comprehension of the spoken language, as it is used both in relatively formal speech, and in everyday "real-life" situations of the kind that one will encounter in German-speaking countries
  • develop both general and accurate listening comprehension skills, especially via exposure to radio or television programmes, to introduce computer-based aids and resources for language learning
  • develop good, accurate pronunciation and intonation as well as fluency, accuracy of grammar and vocabulary when speaking and writing the language
  • encourage expression of views, articulate arguments and foster confident conversational work
  • equip students with vocabulary, phrases and appropriate structures
  • enhance students' ability to understand and translate texts accurately from a variety of (mainly contemporary) sources, and to explore characteristic features of different styles and registers
  • increase awareness of the structure and variation of the language studied
  • develop sensitivity to a range of stylistic norms and varieties
  • help students read, comprehend and summarise the language accurately, in a variety of texts
  • improve the knowledge of grammar
  • produce written target language that is fluent, expressive, well-formed and grammatically accurate for this level
  • enhance students' understanding and awareness of some of the current issues in German-speaking countries

Outline Syllabus

The GERM200 element comprises of oral and aural skills and is taken with the GERM201 element, the writing and reading skills. The units cannot be taken separately. GERM200/201 consists of three hours per week covering oral and listening skills as well as grammar, translation and writing skills.

GERM200/201 will consolidate and build on the linguistic skills already acquired and equip students with the level of competence and confidence they will require in order to familiarize themselves with the culture and the society of countries where German is spoken. The module aims to enhance students' linguistic proficiency, with particular emphasis on speaking and listening (prepared and spontaneous) in a range of formal and semi-formal settings. It will also focus on on reading a variety of sources and on writing fluently and accurately in the language, in a variety of registers . A systematic study of the vocabulary, grammar and syntax of the language forms a specific component of the module. Contemporary written and audio-visual materials in German are used throughout the module.

The module also aims to broaden and deepen students' knowledge and understanding of different aspects of modern society, politics and culture, and contemporary issues and institutions. It is expected that students studying on the GERM200/201 modules will attain a B2 level in the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR).

Assessment Proportions

  • Coursework: 40%
  • Exam: 60%

GERM201i: German Language: Written Skills (Post-Beginners/CEFR: B1)

  • Terms Taught: Full Year module.
  • Also Available:
    • Michaelmas Term only.
    • NOTE:  If you are studying with us for a Full Academic Year and you select a module that has full year and part year variants, you will not be allowed to take only part of the module.
  • US Credits:
    • Full Year module - 4 US semester credits.
    • Michaelmas Term only - 2 US semester credits.
  • ECTS Credits:
    • Full Year module - 8 ECTS credits.
    • Michaelmas Term only - 4 ECTS credits.
  • Pre-requisites:
    • This module must be taken in conjunction with GERM200i
    • Good German language; entry is at high A2/B1 of the Common European Framework (CEFR).

Course Description

Modules 200i (oral and aural skills) and 201i (written and reading skills) are two integrated components of the module that cannot be taken independently. The general aim of the 200i/201i module, comprising four hours per week, is to consolidate and build on the linguistic skills already acquired. Assessment is by coursework, regular assessments in class and an end of year written and oral examination.

Educational Aims

GERM200i and GERM201i aim to:

  • enhance students' comprehension of the spoken language, as it is used both in relatively formal speech, and in everyday "real-life" situations of the kind that one will encounter in German-speaking countries.
  • develop both general and accurate listening comprehension skills, especially via exposure to radio or television programmes, to introduce computer-based aids and resources for language learning.
  • develop good, accurate pronunciation and intonation as well as fluency, accuracy of grammar and vocabulary when speaking the language
  • encourage expression of views, articulate arguments and foster confident conversational and written work
  • equip students with vocabulary, phrases and appropriate structures
  • familiarise students with current topics
  • enhance students' ability to understand and translate texts accurately from a variety of (mainly contemporary) sources, and to explore characteristic features of different styles and registers
  • increase awareness of the structure and variation of the language studied
  • develop sensitivity to a range of stylistic norms and varieties
  • help students read, comprehend and summarise the language accurately, in a variety of texts
  • improve the knowledge of grammar
  • produce written target language that is fluent, expressive, well-formed and grammatically accurate for this level
  • enhance students' understanding and awareness of some of the current issues in German-speaking countries

Outline Syllabus

The GERM201i element comprises of the writing and reading skills and is taken with the GERM200i element; oral and aural skills. These units cannot be taken separately.  GERM200i/201i consists of 4 hours/week covering oral and listening skills as well as grammar, translation and writing skills.

The general aim of GERM201i is to consolidate and build on the linguistic skills acquired in the first year and to equip students with the level of competence and confidence they will require in order to familiarize themselves with the culture and the society of countries where their studied language is spoken.

The module aims to enhance students' linguistic proficiency; with particular emphasis on reading a variety of sources and writing fluently and accurately in the language, in a variety of registers.

A systematic study of the vocabulary, grammar and syntax of the language forms a specific component of the module. Contemporary written and audio-visual materials in the L2 language are used throughout the module.

The module also aims to broaden and deepen students' knowledge and understanding of different aspects of modern society, politics and culture, and contemporary issues and institutions and to prepare students for residence abroad.

It is expected that students studying on the GERM200i/201i modules wishing to attain a good (2.i/first) level will have elements of B1 (Independent User/Threshold level) of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR).

Assessment Proportions

  • Coursework: 40%
  • Exam: 60%

GERM233: Becoming German: Post-War German-language, Culture and Identities

  • Terms Taught: Full Year module
  • US Credits: 4 semester credits
  • ECTS Credits: 8 ECTS credits

Course Description

This module explores selected aspects of modern German identity-formation through different kinds of text. Each of the four themes focuses on a specific topic and a specific text-type; each set of texts will be located in their social and historical contexts. The timeframe is predominantly twentieth/twenty-first century. Occasionally, themes can take us back to the late eighteenth or nineteenth century to explore some of the roots of contemporary German identity. Lectures and seminars will be mainly conducted in English. Texts will be studied in German as far as possible but will also be available in English translation, where necessary. Detailed language work on text extracts will also be incorporated into GERM 200/201 and GERM 200i/201i. 

Educational Aims

The module aims to:

  • develop students' knowledge and understanding of the written and spoken German language
  • provide students with an insight into some of the major social and cultural factors shaping the development of German identity (collective and individual) over the last century
  • introduce students to key concepts and methods in the interpretation of different kinds of text in their socio-historical context
  • develop students' capacity to reflect on the relationship between present-day Germany and its recent past

Outline Syllabus

What has it meant to be German since the country was left in ruins at the end of World War II? Introducing students to key debates about the country's fascist past, East-West relations, and the changing understanding of gender roles from the 1950s to the present, this module is designed to help deepen students understanding of the contemporary German-speaking world while systematically enhancing their skills of cultural analysis in diverse media. The module will introduce students to the prose fiction of two highly controversial Nobel laureates, Günter Grass and Elfriede Jelinek, as well as exploring ways of analysing newspaper texts, popular ballads, short stories, and film. The texts we will study are united by their common concern with the identity issues raised by the fast-changing society in which they are set, and they use a fascinating array of techniques to provoke, challenge, and entertain. The main aim of the module is twofold: to build students reading knowledge of German while giving them a flavour of the rich cultural output that has defined the German-speaking realm over the past sixty years.

Assessment Proportions

  • Coursework: 40%
  • Exam: 60%

GERM300: German Language Oral Skills (CEFR: C1/C2)

  • Terms Taught: Full Year module.
  • Also Available:
    • Michaelmas Term only.
    • NOTE:  If you are studying with us for a Full Academic Year and you select a module that has full year and part year variants, you will not be allowed to take only part of the module.
  • US Credits:
    • Full Year module - 4 semester credits
    • Michaelmas Term only - 2 semester credits
  • ECTS Credits:
    • Full Year module - 8 ECTS credits
    • Michaelmas Term only - 4 ECTS credits
  • Pre-requisites:
    • This module must be taken in conjunction with GERM301
    • Extensive German language; entry is at C1 on the Common European Framework of Rederence (CEFR).

Course Description

Modules 300 (oral and aural skills) and 301 (written and reading skills) are two integrated components of the module that cannot normally be taken independently. [NB: native speakers should take the written component (GERM301) only.] This module consists of three hours tuition per week, taught in the target language, often by a native speaker. Both the oral and written components cover topics of cultural and contemporary interest, with a particular focus on translation from and into the target language. Assessment is by coursework, regular assessments in class and an end of year written and oral examination.

Educational Aims

The module aims to:

  • enable and encourage students to learn about current affairs in German-speaking countries and to form and express (in German) their own views on certain topics and issues

  • increase their awareness of society and culture of contemporary German-speaking countries 

  • encourage students to explore, and become familiar with, different areas of the culture of German-speaking countries

  • extend students’ knowledge and competence in the German language

  • enable students to speak German at a level as close as possible to near-native standard and to acquire equivalent skills in oral and written language by increasing vocabulary, grammatical accuracy in spoken German and improve pronunciation and intonation

  • encourage the progressive integration of authentic, idiomatic structures into the spoken language

  • equip students with the strategies for presenting critical ideas and defending them effectively to different audiences.

Outline Syllabus

Normally, GERM300 and GERM301 cannot be taken independently. Both the oral (GERM300) and the written language (GERM301) modules focus on particular topics of cultural and contemporary interest. Together they consist of 3 hours tuition per week. The general aim of GERM300 is to maintain the momentum and progress achieved during the second year and the year abroad and to bring intellectual rigour and critical awareness to the content of the spoken language.

By the end of the module, students should not only have developed an informed interest in the society and culture of the German speaking world, but they should also have acquired near-native abilities both in written and spoken language (C1/C2 of the Common European Framework of Reference, CEFR).

Assessment Proportions

  • Coursework: 40%
  • Exam: 60%

GERM301: German Language Written Skills (CEFR C1/C2)

  • Terms Taught: Full Year module.
  • Also Available:
    • Michaelmas Term only.
    • NOTE:  If you are studying with us for a Full Academic Year and you select a module that has full year and part year variants, you will not be allowed to take only part of the module.
  • US Credits:
    • Full Year module - 4 semester credits
    • Michaelmas Term only - 2 semester credits
  • ECTS Credits:
    • Full Year module - 8 ECTS credits
    • Michaelmas Term only - 4 ECTS credits
  • Pre-requisites:
    • This module must be taken in conjunction with GERM300
    • Extensive German language; entry is at C1 on the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR).

Course Description

The module has two main aims. Firstly to enhance students' linguistic proficiency with particular reference to: (a) the understanding of spoken and written German in a variety of registers and dealing with a range of contemporary issues; (b) the speaking of German (prepared and spontaneous) in a range of formal and semi-formal settings; (c) the writing of German (notes, reports, summaries, essays, projects etc.) including from and into German; and (d) the systematic study of German lexis, grammar and syntax. Secondly, it aims to increase students' awareness, knowledge and understanding of contemporary German-speaking countries.

Educational Aims

The module aims to:

  • prioritise accuracy in written language
  • highlight the value of authenticity both when constructing students own style in writing in German as well as when rendering German into English
  • further improve writing skills by aiming at greater fluency, grammatical accuracy, use of idiomatic German and appropriate style
  • further improve reading skills by dealing with complex authentic texts, by identifying register, styles and idiomatic language
  • further improve translation skills from L2 to L1
  • further improve translation skills from L1 to L2
  • develop critical commentary writing skill
  • integrate ideas and issues relating to contemporary German society and thus reinforce language as a vehicle for greater cross-cultural awareness
  • enhance cultural background knowledge by mainly working with topical newspapers and magazine articles
  • develop an analytical and critical attitude when dealing with ideas and issues in the foreign language

Outline Syllabus

Normally, GERM 300 and GERM 301 cannot be taken independently. Both the oral (GERM300) and the written (GERM301) language modules focus on particular topics of cultural and contemporary interest. Together they consist of three hours tuition per week. GERM300/301 will focus on maintaining the momentum and progress already achieved and to bring intellectual rigour and critical awareness to the content of the spoken language, and improving students German language skills even further.

By the end of the module, students should not only have developed an informed interest in the society and culture of the German speaking world, but they should also have acquired near native abilities both in written and spoken language (C1/C2 of the Common European Framework of Reference, CEFR).

Assessment Proportions

  • Coursework: 40%
  • Exam: 60%