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Ab Initio German language skills - LAN00019C

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  • Department: Language and Linguistic Science
  • Module co-ordinator: Ms. Nadine Saupe
  • Credit value: 30 credits
  • Credit level: C
  • Academic year of delivery: 2017-18

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Autumn Term 2017-18 to Summer Term 2017-18

Module aims

This module is intended to develop language skills at a very quick pace and introduce the structures, lexicon and skills necessary to communicate in the foreign language. The focus will be on a more formal analysis of the language as a system. It will equip students with the knowledge, tools and techniques necessary for effective independent language learning. Students will learn to analyse, understand and practice grammatical structures in different contexts.

Module learning outcomes

After satisfactorily completing the course you should be able to:

analyse language in context including grammatical concepts and terminology

show an understanding of key aspects of German structures

communicate in the foreign language using grammar appropriately

reflect on the skills required for effective language learning

acquire language independently through personal reading and listening

Assessment

Task Length % of module mark
Essay/coursework
Portfolio of exercises
N/A 60
University - closed examination
Ab Initio German Language Skills
3 hours 40

Special assessment rules

None

Reassessment

Task Length % of module mark
Oral presentation/seminar/exam
Reassessment: Oral Presentation
N/A 50
University - closed examination
Reassessment: Ab Initio German Language Skills
3 hours 50

Module feedback

Formative work and feedback

Weekly formative exercises carried out.

Written comments and mark on U scale given to individual students for practice essays, with opportunity for individual consultation.

Model answers may be given for class exercises with class discussion of difficulties.

Formative Written work will be returned within 2 weeks.

Oral commentary and dialogue within class on oral and written work. Given immediately both to individuals and to the group.

Oral commentary and dialogue on seminar presentation, written feedback sheet given to the individual presenter following the seminar.

Summative Assessment and feedback

There are two components to the final assessment:

A portfolio of exercises, to be submitted in week 10, Term 2

A closed 3-hour exam, taken in Term 3

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

Indicative reading

Compulsory:

1) Textbook:

DaF kompakt A1 - B1. Kursbuch mit 3 Audio CDs. Klett 2011. ISBN 978-3-12-676180-2

DaF kompakt A1 - B1. bungsbuch + 2 Audio-CDs. Klett 2011. ISBN 978-3-12-676181-9

2) Grammar book:

Dreyer Schmitt: Lehr und bungsbuch der deutschen Grammatik AKTUELL - A Practice Grammar of German. Max Hueber Verlag (1 Sep 2010) ISBN: 978-3193272553

Lehr- und bungsbuch Der Deutschen Grammatik - Aktuell: L¶sungsschl¼ssel. Max Hueber Verlag (8 July 2009) ISBN: 978-3-19-407255-8

Recommended:

A good bilingual dictionary German- English (for example: Collins)

A good monolingual dictionary (for example: Langenscheidt Grow¶rterbuch Deutsch als Fremdsprache; Pons Grow¶rterbuch Deutsch als Fremdsprache)



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.