Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
German Language
Academic Year
Semester 2 (Taught over 2 semesters)
(Normally) Eligibility for entry to Level 2 German
Reading List
Other Staff

Course Delivery



Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Semester Assessment  20%: 8 written assignments, 4 of them under exam conditions (those taken under exam conditions counting twice as much as the others); 10%: oral (4 marks based on engagement, active contribution and performance in small oral groups); 20%: listening comprehension (4 marks).  50%
Semester Assessment Oral Exam  20%
Semester Exam 3 Hours   Written Exam  30%
Supplementary Exam 3 Hours   1 x 3-hour written examination (unless ONLY the oral component is failed, in which case the supplementary exam will be an oral examination).  100%

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

Identify your own improvement in German vocabulary and grammatical knowledge in written and spoken language

Differentiate between major stylistic levels of German

Recognise and understand different linguistic registers in German

Translate selected passages into and out of German showing idiomatic, authentic style and grammatical usage

Present independently prepared material in spoken or written German

Discuss and debate topical issues in German

Summarise in your own words selected pieces of written or spoken German

Give your own insights into contemporary German life and culture

Enter into conversation in German with confidence in your ability to express yourself

Brief description

An intermediate level course in German language. It will cover material from level B1-B2 of the European Common Framework of Reference for Languages (ECFR). Commensurate to their engagement with the module, students should achieve B1+ / B2 proficiency by the end of the module.


The aims of the module are:
1. To consolidate students' knowledge of German grammar and vocabulary, with the ultimate aim of fostering accuracy in writing German.
2. To train students to translate accurately into English (or German) passages of continuous German (English) prose. Accuracy refers to content, idiom and style, and to grammatical usage, i.e. the translation ought to include all the information in the original and this ought to be expressed in English (German) that sounds as if a native-speaker had written it, that is grammatically correct, and is as formal or informal as the original.
3. To develop students' oral competence.


Students will cover material appropriate to levels B1 / B2 of the ECFR. This will include developing translation, writing, oral and listening skills.
Material covered will help students increase and refine their knowledge and understanding of the target language and culture. Class content will familiarise students with contemporary issues, tendencies and debates in their language of study. Students will work towards being able to synthesize their knowledge of relevant social and cultural themes while developing their analytical skills and advancing their spoken and written expression across a variety of registers. Students will also have the opportunity to practice and progress essential language skills that will help prepare them for the Year Abroad.
Language modules have, as an integral part of their structure, regular homework assignments and class tests, as well as end of year examinations. Assessments aim to measure student progress against learning outcomes at the appropriate level and are designed to allow students to produce examples of progressively more complex and accurate spoken and written expression.

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Adaptability and resilience Written and oral communication; preparation for the Year Abroad; formative and summative assignments; self-directed study.
Co-ordinating with others Conversation classes; presentations; group work; preparation the Year Abroad.
Creative Problem Solving Grammar, writing, listening, oral and translation.
Critical and analytical thinking Communicative and cultural awareness.
Professional communication Oral and written communication.
Real world sense Employability awareness; communication skills in the target language; cultural awareness; translation theory and practice.
Reflection Oral and written communication; formative and summative assignments.
Subject Specific Skills Grammar, writing, listening, oral and translation skills.


This module is at CQFW Level 5