Module Identifier GE20130  
Academic Year 2001/2002  
Co-ordinator Dr Winifred Davies  
Semester Semester 2 (Taught over 2 semesters)  
Pre-Requisite (Normally) Eligibility for entry to Level 2 German  
Course delivery Seminars / Tutorials   60  
Assessment Oral examination   One 20-minute oral examination   40%  
  Continuous assessment   30%: fortnightly translation passages; 10%: atttendance, active contribution and performance in the oral class.   30%  
  Exam   3 Hours   30%  

Brief description

The format of this 'thin' module is as follows: there will be two weekly classes (one concentrating on oral and one concentrating on written skills) and one fortnightly class. The weekly hours will be devoted to a variety of language exercises aimed at developing written and oral skills. The fortnightly hour will involve translation practice from and into German. Continuous assessment marks for the module will be derived from written work set at that fortnightly hour, and from attendance, active contribution and performance in the weekly oral hour.


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.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the module, if you have made satisfactory progress, you will 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 German passages 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
- take part in role-plays in German
- enter into conversation in German with confidence in your ability to express youself

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.

Reading Lists

** Recommended Text
A.E. Hammer . Revised by M. Durrell.. German Grammar and Usage. Edward Arnold - paperback
The New Collins German-English, English-German Dictionary.
The Oxford-Duden Dictionary (German-English, English-German).