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Ab Initio German Language & Society - LAN00020C

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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

Related modules

Pre-requisite modules

  • None

Prohibited combinations

  • None

Module will run

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

Module aims

This module introduces some aspects of German society and culture. The emphasis will be on developing your communicative skills. The programme is intended to develop language proficiency, consolidate and expand written and oral skills in order for you to achieve accurate and idiomatic expression, as well as sound comprehension of aural material. This module will lay the groundwork to more advanced study of German at levels I and H.

Module learning outcomes

After satisfactorily completing the course you should be able to demonstrate:

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

An insight into certain aspects of German Society and current issues.


Task Length % of module mark
N/A 30
Oral presentation/seminar/exam
Oral presentations
N/A 30
University - closed examination
Ab Initio German Language & Society
3 hours 40

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
Oral presentation/seminar/exam
Reassessment: Oral Presentations
N/A 40
University - closed examination
Reassessment: Ab Initio German Language & Society
3 hours 60

Module feedback

Formative work and feedback

Formative exercises will be assigned on a weekly basis.

Written comments and mark on University 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 three components to the final assessment:

Coursework, due in week 1 of Term 2

Oral Presentation in Term 3

A closed 3-hour exam, taken in Term 3

Individuals will be given feedback sheet for oral examination, and 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


1) Textbook:

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

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

2) Grammar book:

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

Lehr- und Übungsbuch Der Deutschen Grammatik - Aktuell: Lösungsschlüssel. Max Hueber Verlag (8 July 2009) ISBN: 978-3-19-407255-8


A good bilingual dictionary, one of the following:

  • The Collins German Dictionary, 8th edition or later. (2013). Collins. Glasgow
  • The Oxford Duden German Dictionary. (2005). Oxford University Press. Oxford

A monolingual dictionary is strongly recommended, e.g.

  • Langenscheidt's Großwörterbuch Deutsch als Fremdsprache. (2015). Langenscheidt. Munich.
  • Duden – Deutsches Universalwörterbuch. 8th edition. (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.