The aim of every language course at the University is to enable you to communicate in your target language (TL) at that particular level and in your particular area of interest. We use the word ‘communicate’ in its widest sense, meaning that you will not only be able to talk to people in the language but also to develop your proficiency in listening, reading, and writing. This means that the module aims for you to understand all the things which affect communication in that language, including knowledge of how the language is used, how it works and how to analyse it, and the cultural contexts in which it is spoken.
This particular module is aimed at students having already met the learning outcomes of stage 4.
German Language Stage 4
Aims and Objectives
Transferable and Generic Skills
Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:
- research effectively, and handle appropriately bibliographic information
- become more self-reliant, use more your own initiative, show more your adaptability and flexibility
- take accurate and effective notes and summarise material
- work autonomously, manifested in self-direction, self-discipline and time management
- write and think under pressure and meet deadlines
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills
Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:
- communicate, present, interact in a more flexible, creative and effective way
- use language more creatively and precisely for a range of purposes and audiences
- use successfully intercultural competence.
- organise and present ideas within the framework of a structured and reasoned argument
- use and present material in the target language and in English, in written and oral forms in a clear and effective manner
Knowledge and Understanding
Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:
- ways to reflect critically and to make judgements in the light of evidence and argument
- mediation between both languages in both speaking and writing
- ways to be proficient in and to learn a foreign language; you will know this is a key skill in its own right
- layers of meaning within texts and other cultural products
- analytical and evaluative thinking and continue to develop problem-solving skills
- ways to translate more idiomatically into English
- how to extract and synthesise key information from written and spoken sources
This Stage is topic-based, with topics relating to the specialist interests of the students and/or the culture of the target language, dealing with issues of contemporary relevance. There will be an introduction to non- standard varieties of the language. Material is derived from authentic print and audio-visual media.
Development of language proficiency is based on the most suitable grammar book available. Open-access material will be available in the relevant resources area. Inadequacies in your linguistic proficiency will begin to be addressed through discussion with the tutor, who will refer you to self-access material relevant to your particular needs available in the relevant resources area and help you to develop an individual learning programme.
Learning and Teaching
Teaching and learning methods
The combination of direct teaching, opportunities for participation, and support for resource-based independent study are specifically designed to ensure that you can achieve communicative competence as outlined in the learning outcomes above.
Although part of any class session is likely to involve direct teaching, the emphasis is on student participation and you will be expected to take part actively in discussion and in tasks like small group and pair work, role play, and individual or group presentations. As much of the class as possible will be taught in the target language.
You will be expected to spend time studying outside the class, and we provide guidance, facilities and materials to help you develop your expertise as an independent language learner. As you progress through the Stages you will learn to understand, monitor and improve your own learning style; you will also acquire some expertise as a researcher and develop the kind of key skills which are valued by employers.
You are encouraged to use the self-access area at Avenue Campus and the Hartley Library on the main campus in the University where relevant. These facilities include on-line and computer-based resources, films on DVD, current newspapers and magazines (soft and hard copies), books (fiction and non fiction), grammatical resources, dictionaries and other self- access materials. Some of the resources are available on short loan.
For this Stage, you will be asked to consolidate your class work, to read, watch or listen to material in the target language, to prepare exercises and activities for the class, to write assignments, undertake projects and continue to develop your repertoire of effective language learning strategies.
|Preparation for scheduled sessions||48|
|Wider reading or practice||48|
|Completion of assessment task||44|
|Total study time||300|
Resources & Reading list
Recommended: Dreyer/Schmitt; Lehr- und Übungsbuch der deutschen Grammatik. Verlag für Deutsch; the Oxford Duden German Dictionary (English-German-English) or the equivalent Collins German Dictionary.
At the beginning of the module, you will receive information about your assessment. This will include:
- what tasks you will be expected to carry out.
- clear criteria against which your work will be assessed.
- what the provisional date and deadline of each assessment task is.
Note that it is your responsibility to ensure that you have read and understood this documentation, to plan your work schedule in advance, and to keep to the deadlines. If you are in any doubt, talk to the module coordinator in good time.
Assessment will cover what you have studied in class and what you are expected to have acquired as an independent learner. The design of the tasks and the criteria by which they are assessed ensure that you will be able to demonstrate all aspects of your learning: language skills, strategies and knowledge related to language learning, and key skills. Coursework and other assessment will give you formative feedback on your progress, that is, feedback which will help you learn. The assessment at the end of the module will test what you have achieved and also what you are able to do in real life conditions of language use where you need to think on your feet and use your own linguistic resources.
This is how we’ll give you feedback as you are learning. It is not a formal test or exam.Coursework Written assignment
This is how we’ll formally assess what you have learned in this module.
This is how we’ll assess you if you don’t meet the criteria to pass this module.
An internal repeat is where you take all of your modules again, including any you passed. An external repeat is where you only re-take the modules you failed.
Repeat type: Internal & External