- Department: Language and Linguistic Science
- Module co-ordinator: Ms. Nadine Saupe
- Credit value: 20 credits
- Credit level: C
- Academic year of delivery: 2023-24
The module will engage students in the study and discussion of selected topics of current debate, relevant to Germany.
It will expand students’ knowledge and understanding of key socio-political issues and will develop their academic communication skills in German.
The module will lay the groundwork for more advanced study of German language and cultures modules in year 2 and in the final year.
The medium of instruction and assessment is German.
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This module aims at expanding knowledge, skills and strategies necessary to effectively and accurately communicate in German, and to further develop a plurilingual and pluricultural communicative competence (i.e. students’ ability to use their own linguistic repertoire for effective communication).
The module is intended to enable students to develop their knowledge of academic writing conventions as well as their independent critical thinking, research, written, and presentation skills.
This module seeks to equip students with the knowledge and academic skills to understand and analyse key issues of the German-speaking world, with a particular focus on the energy debate, sustainability and consumerism.
Upon satisfactory completion of the course, students will be able to:
understand the main points and arguments of written, audiovisual and digital documents related to historical, cultural and social aspects of German-speaking countries
interpret and explain a document or event in German and relate it to documents or events from cultures with which they are familiar (including their own)
discuss contemporary written and aural authentic materials and have some understanding of the social, cultural and institutional references they contain
research, synthesise and present on a range of topics studied in the module, expanding and supporting (complex) ideas with subsidiary points and relevant examples
interact with an appropriate degree of fluency and spontaneity
express views effectively and coherently and use the language accurately and effectively on a range of topics
communicate with grammatical control.
This module will cover a number of social, cultural and political aspects relevant for German-speaking countries today, such as the renewable energy debate, sustainability and debates around the interface of politics, economics and consumerism.
Selected grammar topics will also form part of the module content in the form of exercises, revision, and independent study
Students will engage, individually and/or in groups, in communicative activities focussing on three modes of communication:
1) reception activities (oral, audio-video and reading comprehension);
2) production activities (oral and written production);
3) interaction (oral, written and online interaction).
Students will, independently and/or with their peers, complete a range of activities (in class and/or asynchronously online).
Regular oral and written contributions will develop students’ communicative and academic skills further and will foster their ability to work in teams.
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Students’ performance will be monitored through formative work throughout the semester and assessed via end of semester exams.
Formative assessment and feedback
Formative tasks done individually and/or in groups throughout the module
Feedback will include written comments for written formative work
Oral feedback during class discussions.
Summative assessment and feedback
Students will be given written feedback and marks for their work, in line with the University’s marking and feedback turnaround policy.
Course materials and guided readings will be provided by the module convenor(s) in class and/or via the VLE at the start of the semester.