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FLTU1401 Beginners German

20 creditsClass Size: 17

Module manager: Kirsten Rathjen

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2020/21

This module is mutually exclusive with

FLTU1402Beginners German 20cr Sem2
FLTU1403Beginners German 20cr Sem1&2
FLTU1405Beginners German
FLTU1409Beginners German 10 credits Semester 2

This module is approved as a discovery module

This module is approved as a skills discovery module

Module summary

This module is for students who have no previous knowledge of German. The emphasis is on achieving a basic level of communication in all four skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing) while developing confidence and a degree of accuracy when using the language in a limited range of situations. The module also aims to stimulate students' interest in the countries where German is spoken and deepen their knowledge and understanding of those cultures as well as some of the major cultural and linguistic differences.


This module aims to introduce students to German and develop their ability to function at beginners' level. Students should develop a basic understanding of everyday vocabulary, understand the rules of pronunciation and have a basic grasp of the relevant grammar for that level. They should also develop some cultural awareness and be able to advise a friend on how to avoid major social, cultural and linguistic faux pas when speaking German in the situations covered by the module.

Learning outcomes
On completion of the module, students should be able to:
- demonstrate an understanding of commonly used vocabulary and everyday expressions in the topics covered;
- extract accurately the key information from audio and/or video material;
- understand and make themselves understood by a proficient language speaker in specific contexts;
- demonstrate some awareness of cultural and linguistic differences between the use of German and English;
- demonstrate a basic knowledge of grammar such as sentence structure


1. Exchange personal information about themselves, their family and friends
2. Understand and use numbers, the time and dates dates
3. Order and talk about food, asking about prices, size and colour
4. Understand and give simple descriptions
5. Talk about likes and dislikes
6. Talk about daily routine
7. Understand and give simple directions, explain locations
8. Travel and modes of travelling
9. Leisure activities
10. Give information about present, past and future actions and activities

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Language Class104.0040.00
Private study hours160.00
Total Contact hours40.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

Guided private study each week including review of the lesson, consolidation and homework tasks; preparation and practice for the core tasks and the speaking exam.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Guided independent study, participation in class, feedback on tasks submitted and preparation for the writing task and speaking exam.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
In-course AssessmentIn-class task50.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)50.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Practical Exam / OSCE0 hr 10 mins50.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)50.00

Resit - writing task.

Reading list

There is no reading list for this module

Last updated: 10/08/2020 08:36:38


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