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2023/24 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

FLTU1413 Elementary German 20 credits, Semesters 1&2

20 creditsClass Size: 10

Module manager: Kirsten Rathjen

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

Year running 2023/24

Pre-requisite qualifications

FLTU Level 0 or equivalent in this language.

This module is mutually exclusive with

FLTU1415Elementary German 10 Credits

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 already have a basic knowledge of the language and wish to take their German to the next level. The emphasis is on achieving a practical level of communication in all four skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing) while developing greater confidence and accuracy when using the language in a limited range of situations. The module also aims to stimulate students' interest in Germany and deepen their knowledge and understanding of German society and some of the major cultural and linguistic differences.


With their beginners' competence in Greman, students taking this module should be able to build on their existing knowledge of the language and develop and extend their ability to communicate and function in German.

They should also further develop their understanding of German culture and know how to avoid major social, cultural and linguistic faux pas when speaking German and/or when in Germany.

Learning outcomes
- demonstrate an understanding of commonly used instructions, commands and expressions in the topics covered;
- read short texts in German and respond in English and German;
- extract accurately the key information from audio and/or video material;
- handle short conversations in a familiar context;
- understand, and make themselves understood by, a proficient language speaker in specific contexts;
- demonstrate awareness of cultural and linguistic differences between the use of German and English;
- produce short pieces of independent writing in German;
- demonstrate their knowledge of key areas of grammar.


1. Describing the characteristics of a person, place or thing
2. Giving opinions, making comparisons and asking preferences
3. Talking about routines, habits and interests
4. Understanding and giving common instructions and commands
5. Health and illnesses
6. Changes and developments regarding places and people
7. Making a detailed self-introduction
8. Feelings and emotions
9. Arranging to meet, accepting and declining invitations

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Language Class202.0040.00
Private study hours160.00
Total Contact hours40.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

Guided independent study each week including homework, review of the lesson as well as preparation, practice and consolidation for the weekly classes and the final exam.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Guided independent study, participation in class, feedback on in-class tasks, homework and preparation for the final speaking exam.

Methods of assessment

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Practical Exam / OSCE0 hr 10 mins50.00
Online Time-Limited assessment2 hr 00 mins50.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)100.00

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: 22/08/2023


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