This module aims to introduce grammatical structures of German at a very quick pace in order to develop the students' understanding and production of the systems of the language.
The grammar seminar will cover most grammatical aspects of the German language and you will see and use them in context. By analysing grammatical structures you will become more aware of their meaning and use in oral and written communication and you will familiarize yourself with the necessary grammatical terminology. You will use interactive exercises or practice materials provided by the tutor and you will work through the grammar book and use online materials.
Module learning outcomes
After satisfactorily completing the module you should be able to show:
Increased understanding of the structures of the German language
The ability to analyse grammatical structures and understand and produce them in context
Increased familiarity with grammar terminology
Grammar analysis and intensive self-study of the grammatical aspects discussed should lead to an increased awareness of their use in spoken and written German
independent language learning skills and techniques that enable you to acquire the language through self-study
% of module mark
University - closed examination Ab Initio German Grammar (paper 1)
University - closed examination Ab Initio German Grammar (paper 2)
Special assessment rules
% of module mark
University - closed examination Reassessment: Ab Initio German Grammar
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 grammar test, in week 1, Term 2
A closed 2-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.
Monika Reimann: Grundstufen-Grammatik: Essential Grammar of German with Exercises. Max Hueber Verlag (7 Aug 2012) ISBN: 978-3192015755
Dreyer Schmitt: Lehr und Übungsbuch der deutschen Grammatik AKTUELL - A Practice Grammar of German. Max Hueber Verlag (1 Sep 2010) ISBN: 978-3193272553
Dreyer Schmitt: 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.