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2022/23 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

GERM3010 Advanced German Language in Contemporary Discourses

20 creditsClass Size: 40

Module manager: Bjorn Kasper

Taught: Semesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2022/23


GERM2010German Language Skills in Context
GERM2011German Language Skills in Context

Module replaces


This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

You are now on a very advanced level of German and this module will enable you to further develop your language skills and your use of German language, especially in academic and professional contexts. You will explore the details of the German language by studying German current affairs and discourses. You will practice advanced grammar as well as subject-specific and academic vocabulary by applying your speaking and writing skills in a range of situations.


This module aims to:

- further develop students’ German language skills in speaking, listening, reading and writing to a high level
- develop students’ skills in using academic and specialized German including subject-specific vocabulary and advanced phrasing
- develop a nuanced grasp of advanced German grammar, vocabulary, structures and register focusing on language use in context
- give students an understanding of different text types and the genre-specific use of language
- engage students with current affairs and discourses in German-speaking countries and enable them to participate in those discourses
- prepare students for using their German language skills in a professional context

Learning outcomes
By the end of this module students should be able to:

1. demonstrate an advanced understanding of the German language
2. communicate fluently and appropriately complex ideas in spoken German to participate in academic conversations
3. communicate complex ideas and arguments in written German for academic and professional contexts
4. understand and use confidently advanced grammar and phrasing, complex structures, subject-specific vocabulary and appropriate registers
5. demonstrate in-depth knowledge of current discourses in German-speaking countries and reflect critically on relevant viewpoints and arguments
6. demonstrate an awareness of the use of German language skills in a professional context


Language is taught and practiced in context by studying current affairs relevant for German speaking countries. The topics could include migration, education, gender and diversity, media, business and many more. They will be studied through authentic materials and sources. The written seminars focus on reading and writing about current affairs, while the oral seminars will give students the opportunity to practice their presentation and communication skills and to discuss important aspects of the topics in depth.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours140.00
Total Contact hours60.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

- Preparation for and follow up after classes
- Completion of coursework
- Preparation for exams
- Self-study including keeping up-to-date with German current affairs and learning relevant vocabulary

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

- One monitoring assessment each semester with individual feedback
- Regular written homework with individual and/or group feedback.
- Student-led oral seminar in semester 1 with individual feedback
- Feedback in class

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)30.00

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 20 mins40.00
Online Time-Limited assessment48 hr 30.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)70.00

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

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 29/04/2022 15:24:44


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