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GERM9040 German Language Stage 1 and 2 (Accelerated)

Module Overview

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • Understand a wide range of vocabulary and structures relating to most everyday contexts as well as some specialised vocabulary relating to particular topics and experiences
  • Write accurate texts which are cohesive at sentence, paragraph and whole text level. Use complex grammatical structures and appropriate vocabulary, but still with first language interference.
  • Use bilingual and monolingual dictionaries and standard grammar reference books effectively to check complex grammar and a broad range of vocabulary.
  • Use a growing repertoire of skills in using resources for independent language learning.
  • Set, monitor and refine your learning goals.
  • Be prepared to take risks in trying out the language, monitor the accuracy and appropriacy of your performance and learn from your evaluation.
  • Engage with the current media in the target language on a regular basis.
  • Use basic repair and paraphrase strategies in order to convey, clarify and negotiate meaning and opinions appropriately with another TL user.
  • Use a range of conversational maintenance devices.
  • Identify and simulate fairly closely all TL sounds/sound sequences.
  • Identify a range of registers.
  • Understand the gist and detail of most spoken language in a range of registers, delivered at normal speed with only occasional need for concession by a TL speaker or written support. You should be able to follow most films and television programmes.
  • Have knowledge of all the grammatical structures of the TL, and command of most of them.
  • Have command of a good range of vocabulary on familiar and some specialised topics, including collocational patterns and some fixed expressions
  • Know sufficient metalanguage (terminology), where necessary in English, to understand and construct accurate descriptions of grammar and of how language is used.
  • Have a general understanding of intercultural differences in interactional behaviour.
  • Have a basic understanding of the paralinguistic meaning (non-linguistic communication devices/signs)
  • Have a general understanding of the political and educational systems and key historical issues in the countries in which the target language is spoken.
  • Read and understand the main ideas and most detail in authentic texts in a variety of genres (including emails, newspapers, textbooks and literature) without too much effort and with some recourse to dictionaries, glossaries and grammar reference materials
  • Accurately extract information, ideas, opinions and hypotheses relating to most general topics and to specialised topics of personal interest
  • Engage confidently and accurately in conversations relating to everyday topics and a range of specialised ones.
  • Employ a range of interactional strategies to deal effectively with familiar and some unpredictable situations.
  • Successfully present facts and ideas with the help of visual aids.
  • Manipulate language dealing with everyday topics, as well as some specialised ones, using a range of grammatical structures and vocabulary with a reasonable level of accuracy.
  • Write in a variety of common genres in order to communicate information, ideas, concepts and opinions relating to a variety of situations and topics.
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Learning, research and organisational skills
  • Communication skills: written, oral and C and IT
  • Intercultural and interpersonal skills


This Stage will integrate topics and, where appropriate, specialist areas with the study of the language. 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. Open-access material will be available in the relevant resources area.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Classes 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. While all this may seem daunting, the tutor will give you plenty of support to build your confidence and, particularly in the case of assessed work, will provide feedback which will help you to improve. Independent learning 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 Centre for Language Study Resources Centre at the Avenue Campus and at other sites in the University. These include on-line and computer-based resources, current newspapers and magazines, language laboratories and satellite TV, 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 build a repertoire of effective language learning strategies.

Independent Study204
Total study time300

Resources & Reading list

Centre for Language Study. 


Assessment Strategy

At the beginning of the course, 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. 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 your coordinator in good time.


MethodPercentage contribution
Coursework 10%
Coursework 10%
Coursework 10%
Coursework 10%
Examination  (120 minutes) 35%
Examination  (120 minutes) 15%
Test 10%


MethodPercentage contribution
Resubmit assessments 100%
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