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German Language & Society I - LAN00004C

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  • Department: Language and Linguistic Science
  • Module co-ordinator: Ms. Nadine Saupe
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: C
  • Academic year of delivery: 2019-20

Related modules

Pre-requisite modules

  • None

Co-requisite modules

Prohibited combinations

  • None

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Autumn Term 2019-20 to Summer Term 2019-20

Module aims

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.

Module learning outcomes

After satisfactorily completing the module you should be able to show:

  • Increased fluency and accuracy in spoken German
  • Increased accuracy and sophistication in the production of a variety of written German texts
  • Improved aural language comprehension
  • Improved presentation skills
  • An insight into certain aspects of German Society and current issues


Task Length % of module mark
Open Examination (7 day week)
Open Exam: Konspekt
N/A 30
Oral presentation/seminar/exam
3 hours 30
University - closed examination
German Language & Society I
3 hours 40

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
Oral presentation/seminar/exam
Reassessment: Oral Exam
N/A 40
University - closed examination
Reassessment: German Language and Society I
3 hours 60

Module feedback

Feedback on formative work

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 Formative work:

Written comments on the work, mark on University mark scale

Oral/written feedback in class

Discussions on major issues and mistakes/content/structure

Individual feedback during office hours and in feedback/progress meetings, when necessary

Oral Formative work:

Feedback on oral presentations and class discussions

Direct oral feedback in class discussions

Written Feedback form for oral presentations

Video recording of oral presentations

Feedback includes mark on university marking scale

Comments on different aspects of the presentation, i.e. content, argumentation, logic, register etc.

Individual feedback during office hours and in feedback/progress meetings, when necessary

Assessment and feedback

There are three components to the final assessment:

Written Assignment (1,000 words) (Paper 1)

Feedback: written feedback form with a mark on the university marking scale, confirmed by the second marker, written comments on different aspects of the work, i.e. structure, content, logic and argumentation, grammatical accuracy, examples of typical mistakes (language).

A 3-hour closed written examination, consisting of reading comprehension and text production (Paper 2)

Feedback: Students will be allowed to see their exam paper with comments, under supervision, at an appointed date after the external examiner has reviewed the papers.

Oral presentation

Feedback: Written feedback with comments on overall performance, content, structure, language and presentation skills

Indicative reading

A good bilingual dictionary, one of the following:

The Collins German Dictionary, 8th edition or later. (2013). Collins. Glasgow

The Oxford Duden German Dictionary. (2008). Oxford University Press. Oxford

A monolingual dictionary is strongly recommended, e.g.

Langenscheidts Großwörterbuch Deutsch als Fremdsprache. (2015). Langenscheidt. Munich.

Duden Deutsches Universalwörterbuch. (2015). Duden

The information on this page is indicative of the module that is currently on offer. The University is constantly exploring ways to enhance and improve its degree programmes and therefore reserves the right to make variations to the content and method of delivery of modules, and to discontinue modules, if such action is reasonably considered to be necessary by the University. Where appropriate, the University will notify and consult with affected students in advance about any changes that are required in line with the University's policy on the Approval of Modifications to Existing Taught Programmes of Study.