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2013/14 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

GERM1041 German Core Language Intensive (I)

20 creditsClass Size: 20

Module manager: Mandy Poetzsch

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2013/14

Pre-requisite qualifications

GCSE German (at least Grade A) OR AS-Level German (Grade B) or equivalent

This module is mutually exclusive with

GERM1030German Core Language 1

This module is approved as an Elective

This module is approved as a Skills Elective

Module summary

The aim of this course is to improve the language skills in all areas with the help of materials relevant for the target culture. After the successful completion of this module students will have a comptenence in German that is comparable to those of German A-Levels.This is an elective option that is designed to provide a pathway to students who are interested in transferring to a JH programme with German. This transfer is possible only after successful completion of GERM 1041 (Semester 1) and GERM 1042 (Semester 2) with a minimum average grade of 60.


a) To provide a pathway into German studies (JH) from GCSE-level;
b) To develop skills in reading, writing, speaking and listening to German;
c) To establish or confirm a grasp of basic German grammar and usage;
d) To foster an informed interest in German culture and current affairs.

Learning outcomes
a) Development of their language skills via class room interaction, the use of different media, and other forms of engagement with German and German speaking cultures
b) Awareness of modern German speaking cultures
c) Development of the ability to critically reflect on their own work

Skills outcomes
Reading: The ability to understand the main ideas of articles and reports concerned with contemporary problems in which the writers adopt particular attitudes or viewpoints.
Speaking: The ability to interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that allows interaction at an appropriate level with native speakers in unprepared conversations. The ability to narrate a story or a situation and to describe and substantiate personal viewpoints on the matter.
Writing: The ability to produce clear, structured texts on a range of familiar subjects with a relatively high degree of grammatical control. The ability to write coherent texts, passing on information or giving reasons in support of or against a particular point of view.
Listening: the ability to understand the main ideas of news broadcasts, presentations, talks and discussions as well as conversations by native speakers of standard German


This is a intensive, largely language skills-orientated module. Materials and exercises are chosen with a view to preparing students for the linguistic requirements to successfully communicate with natives of German on a range of familiar topics. Topics include social, cultural and historical issues relevant to understanding German society.

Teaching methods

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

Private study

Students complete regular homework tasks in order to practice the gained skills and to prepare a variety of language tasks for each class, as well as formative and summative assessments.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Regular written assignments and online tests. Students receive continuous written and oral feedback, so problems can be identified and addressed at an early stage.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
PortfolioTiming and nature of task specified in the module handbook at the start of the year70.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)70.00

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

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Standard exam (closed essays, MCQs etc)1 hr 30.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)30.00

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

Reading list

There is no reading list for this module

Last updated: 24/03/2014


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