This module is intended to develop your language proficiency and academic skills; to consolidate and expand your written and oral proficiency in German in order to achieve accurate and idiomatic expression and sound comprehension of oral/aural material. This module will also lay the groundwork for the more advanced study of German at Levels I and H.
The module aims to introduce some aspects of German society and culture which will prepare students for a more in depth study of the ‘big debates’ in the second year. For instance discussions on trends in consumer behaviour, political attitudes in modern youth cultures in Germany, the energy debate or representations of crime in the media will give students an idea of the topics Germans care and talk about. By focusing on issues in society and culture we will start to develop students’ analytical, argumentative and presentational skills in German which will be crucial throughout the degree course.
After satisfactorily completing the module you should be able to show:
Students must have successfully completed:
The module lasts the whole year. It is taught for 2 hours per week. For each contact hour, you should expect to spend about two hours in preparation on average. Advanced language study demands regular, active practice and revision. Weeks 3 and 4 of the summer term will focus on the oral presentations.
There will be: weekly seminars training oral communication and writing skills. The seminars will be in small groups, using general conversation, guided discussion and oral presentation on a range of subjects. Students will also practise the production and analysis of different texts. For the aural comprehension exercises, both CDs and videotapes will be used and students will be required to watch videos and do research online on a regular basis.
All the lessons are conducted as seminars in order to encourage discussion and interaction. Therefore, completing weekly tasks in preparation for class discussion is an essential part of students’ commitment. German is used as the medium of instruction and learning in all classes wherever possible.
Students will be expected to complete and submit exercises and other written assignments regularly and to present some of this work in seminars. In addition, reading and other preparation for the seminars will be required.
Written feedback will usually be given within 1 or 2 weeks.
There are three components to the final assessment:
About this module
- Module name
German language and society I
Deutsche Sprache und Gesellschaft I
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- Term(s) taught