Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Academic Year
Semester 2 (Taught over 2 semesters)
Mutually Exclusive
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Seminars / Tutorials Core language classes: 4 hours per week


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Exam 1x3 Hours   written exam (50%) and oral exam (10%) in semester 2  60%
Semester Assessment Assignment: Regular work assignments.  40%
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

Students who have successfully completed this module should feel that they have a good introductory command of German across the four skills in the target language (reading, writing, speaking and listening) and should be able to proceed to take GE20130 or GE22020.

By the end of the module, if you have made satisfactory progress, you will be able to:

- demonstrate your interest in and understanding of the German language as a subject of study
- display proficiency in the essential framework of German grammar and syntax
- translate selected passages from and into German
- use a range of linguistic structures, particularly those in more frequent general usage
- communicate in written German at a standard appropriate to Level 1 beginners
- produce summaries of material written in German
- give your own insights into aspects of German society
- use a good range of German vocabulary
- respond with understanding to spoken German
- make both supervised and independent use of the facilities available in the department: video, language laboratory, satellite television

Language modules have, as an integral part of their structure, regular homework assignments and class tests as well as end of year examinations. All assessment is designed to measure your progress against learning outcomes at the appropriate level.

Brief description

Intensive introduction to the German language.

This module forms part of the core Level 1 programme in German and is the main language course in that year for students who do not have an 'A' level or equivalent in the language. It aims to introduce students to contemporary German, imparting all four skills (reading, writing, speaking and listening) and developing language awareness, and to bring students up to the standards which may enable them to proceed to Level 2. Students who successfully complete the module should feel that they have a good introductory command of German, and should be able to proceed to take GE20130 or GE22020.

Reading List

Should Be Purchased
(2003) Themen aktuell 1. Kursbuch Heuber, Munich Primo search (2003) Themen aktuell 1. Workbook (English) Heuber, Munich Primo search
Recommended Consultation
Dittrich, Roland and Frey, Evelyn (2005) Sequenzen. Übungsgrammatik Cornelsen Primo search


This module is at CQFW Level 4