Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Academic Year
Semester 2 (Taught over 2 semesters)
Mutually Exclusive
A-level or equivalent in German
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Seminars / Tutorials 3 hours per week; 1 hour per fortnight


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Exam 3 Hours   Written examination in semester 2  30%
Semester Exam Oral examination  The oral examination takes the form of a 20-minute interview with the oral class tutor. During this interview the candidate will be asked: (a) to offer a brief presentation (maximum 5-7 minutes), in German, on a selected topic and (b) to engage in a general conversation, arising in the first instance from one of the 4-6 topics covered during the first-year oral classes. Only one topic will be provided per candidate. Candidates thus need to be prepared to discuss a wide range of topics. The presentation topic will be provided to the candidate 20 minutes before the examination (exact arrangements will be on the notice-board well before the examination). Candidates are reminded that they are not allowed to read from a script; they may not bring extensive notes to the examination (notes will be collected at the end of the examination); they must not deliver a previously learnt speech. The presentation should lead into (and be constructed so as to lead into) a conversation and further discussion of the topic. A more general conversation will follow.  20%
Semester Assessment Continuous Assessment - Listening Comprehension  20%
Semester Assessment Regular work assignments  Eight work assignments  20%
Semester Assessment Attendance and performance  Attendance, active contribution and performance in small groups  10%
Supplementary Exam If the module has been failed, the supplementary exam will consist of a 3-hour written examination which will count for 100%. If the student has failed the oral exam but has a passing average without the oral exam being taken into consideration, the supplementary exam will consist of an oral examination only (same format as in May/June). The mark of this supplementary oral exam will be integrated into the final mark. 

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module, students should be able to

- identify an increase in their own skills in independent language study since A level
- demonstrate the improvement in their linguistic knowledge and skills since A level
- display proficiency in German grammar and syntax at the appropriate level
- translate selected passages from and into German
- identify different registers of written German
- use a range of linguistic structures
- communicate in written and oral German at a standard appropriate to Level 1
- produce summaries of material written in German
- use a relatively extensive German vocabulary
- give their own insights into key aspects of German society
- participate in debate at a standard appropriate to Level 1
- respond with clear understanding of spoken German
- demonstrate familiarity and confidence in the spoken application of German grammar

Brief description

This is a thin module with 3 hours per week and one hour per fortnight extending over Semesters 1 and 2. Students will do a range of listening/writing/oral exercises. All classes will be devoted to the integrated study of the German language in its cultural context. Exercises will be set regularly. Marks for these - and for occasional tests in class, including tests in listening comprehension - will constitute the C/A mark for the course.

Reading List

Recommended Text
German Dictionary Collins Oxford, Duden Primo search Revised by Martin Durrell German Grammar and Usage Hammer. Edward Arnold Primo search
Recommended Consultation
Zorach English Grammar for Students of German Arnold Primo search


This module is at CQFW Level 4