The aim of every language course at the University is to enable you to communicate in your target language 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 course 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 5.
Aims and Objectives
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills
Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:
- use language quite creatively and precisely for a range of purposes and audiences
- use successfully intercultural competence.
- communicate, present, interact in a flexible, creative and effective way
- organise and present ideas within the framework of a structured and reasoned argument
- use and present material in the target language and your own language in written and oral forms in a clear and effective manner
Transferable and Generic Skills
Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:
- work autonomously, manifested in self-direction, self-discipline and time management
- write and think under pressure and meet deadlines
- research effectively, and handle appropriately bibliographic information
- become self-reliant, use your own initiative, show your adaptability and flexibility
- take accurate and effective notes and summarise material
Knowledge and Understanding
Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:
- learn to convincingly translate into English
- extract and synthesise key information from written and spoken sources
- be proficient in a foreign language and know how to learn a language
- reflect critically and make judgements in the light of evidence and argument
- engage with and interpret layers of meaning within texts and other cultural products
- engage in analytical and evaluative thinking and further develop problem-solving skills
- mediate between both languages both orally and in writing
This Stage is built to consolidate and integrate activities and tasks whose purpose is to help you move towards the highest level of language proficiency.
Course books, reference material and topic-based material will be used as appropriate. Much of the material will be derived from authentic print and audio-visual media. Independent learning material will be available in the Learning Commons, the Library and on Blackboard.
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. We will work together on a variety of texts, listenings, we will work towards improving our ranges of expression, translation skills (in both text and prose), mediation skills (oral and written), high-level comprehension, oral skills...
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 facilities in the Learning Commons at the Avenue Campus and at other sites in the University, including the Southampton Oceanography Centre, the Hartley Library and Winchester School of Art. These include on-line and computer-based resources, current newspapers and magazines, and self-access materials. 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.
|Completion of assessment task||44|
|Preparation for scheduled sessions||48|
|Wider reading or practice||48|
|Total study time||300|
Resources & Reading list
German dictionary. Either the Oxford Duden German Dictionary (English- German-English) or the equivalent Collins German Dictionary
Martin Durrell. ‘Using German’ - A guide to contemporary usage. Cambridge University Press.
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 the responsibility of students to ensure that they have read and understood this documentation, to plan their 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. Both formative and summative tasks will give you feedback on your progress, that is, feedback which will help you learn. The exams 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.
Formative assessment descriptionWritten assignment
Summative assessment description
|Attendance and engagement||5%|
Referral assessment description
Repeat type: Internal & External