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Ab Initio German Language & Society - LAN00037C

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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

Module will run

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

Module aims

This module introduces some aspects of German society and culture. The emphasis will be on developing your communicative skills and your ability to engage with cultural, social, political and historical topics. 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. This module will lay the groundwork to more advanced study of German language and society 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 culture


Task Length % of module mark
N/A 40
Oral presentation/seminar/exam
Group/Pair presentation
2 hours 60

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
N/A 40
Oral presentation/seminar/exam
Group/Pair presentation
2 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 3

Oral pair or group presentation in Term 3

Individuals will be given feedback sheet for oral examination, and will be allowed to see their open paper with comments, under supervision, at an appointed date after the external examiner has reviewed the papers.

Indicative reading



A textbook with materials for the course will be provided by the tutor at the beginning of the academic year.


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.