German Language Skills
Run by School of Languages, Literatures and Linguistics
20 Credits or 10 ECTS Credits
Semester 1 & 2
Organiser: Prof Anna Saunders
Overall aims and purpose
- To develop students' translation and reading comprehension skills through the study of texts and/or audio-visual materials varying in style and register.
- To enable students to translate texts from and into German and to produce more advanced pieces of writing in German, such as short essays.
- To enhance vocabulary acquisition.
- To develop in students a more complex understanding of key grammatical structures and an ability to use grammatical constructions in set grammar exercises and essay writing.
Students on this module will be working towards achieving B2 on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR)
This module has been designed in order to enable post 'A' level students to develop written communicative skills in German by extending linguistic competence acquired at 'A' level. It comprises a text-based class in which students have the opportunity to develop translation skills and paraphrasing techniques. Students also have the opportunity to revise and consolidate key areas of grammar in a second class which constitutes the grammatical spine of the module. The texts used in this module are chosen from a range of sources including the media and literary works in order to familiarise students with variations in tone and register. A thematic approach is used in the text-based class in order to enable students to gain an insight into particular German themes and issues while developing the various written communicative skills outlined.
Birgit Braun, Stefanie Dengler, Nadja Fügert, Sandra Hohmann: "Mittelpunkt neu B1+ Deutsch als Fremdsprache für Fortgeschrittene Lehr- und Arbeitsbuch + Audio-CD zum Arbeitsbuch" (ISBN 978-3-12-676645-6) Albert Daniels, Renate Köhl-Kuhn, Klaus F. Mautsch, Ilse Sander, Heidrun Tremp Soares: "Mittelpunkt neu B2. Lehrbuch" (ISBN 978-3-12-676652-4) Fehringer, Carol, German Grammar in Context: Analysis and Practice (London: Arnold, 2002) Zorach, Cecile, Charlotte Melin & Elizabeth A. Kautz, English Grammar for Students of German, 5th edn (USA: The Olivia and Hill Press, 2009) Stocker, Paul, Wort für Wort. A new advanced German vocabulary, 5th edn (London: Hodder & Stoughton, 2010) German-English dictionary: Oxford-Duden German Dictionary (Oxford) or Collins German Dictionary (Collins) German-German dictionary: (Wahrig, Langenscheidt or Duden)
40-49%: Limited knowledge of grammar and vocabulary resulting in a limited ability to communicate in writing.
50-69%: Good knowledge of grammar and vocabulary resulting in a good ability to communicate in writing.
70+%: Excellent knowledge of grammar and vocabulary resulting in a excellent ability to communicate in writing.”
Develop translation and reading comprehension skills through the study of texts and audio-visual materials varying in tone and register.
Demonstrate an ability to paraphrase selected German texts.
Demonstrate an understanding of key grammatical structures and use more complex grammatical constructions in set grammar exercises and essay writing.
Apply new areas of vocabulary to written work.
|CLASS TEST||Translation from German/English||16.67|
|CLASS TEST||Translation from English/German||16.67|
|Written assignment, including essay||Written exercise||16.66|
Teaching and Learning Strategy
1 writing skills class per week (1 hour) x 11 weeks per semester 1 grammar class per week (1 hour) x 11 weeks per semester
- Literacy - Proficiency in reading and writing through a variety of media
- Self-Management - Able to work unsupervised in an efficient, punctual and structured manner. To examine the outcomes of tasks and events, and judge levels of quality and importance
- Exploring - Able to investigate, research and consider alternatives
- Inter-personal - Able to question, actively listen, examine given answers and interact sensitevely with others
- Critical analysis & Problem Solving - Able to deconstruct and analyse problems or complex situations. To find solutions to problems through analyses and exploration of all possibilities using appropriate methods, rescources and creativity.
- Teamwork - Able to constructively cooperate with others on a common task, and/or be part of a day-to-day working team
- Argument - Able to put forward, debate and justify an opinion or a course of action, with an individual or in a wider group setting
Subject specific skills
- Studying the countries or regions where the target language is used, including aspects of their literatures, cultures, linguistic contexts, history, politics, geography and social or economic structures. (Benchmark statement 5.10)
- Sensitivity to and analysis of grammar and syntax in the target language, as well as morphology and phonology.
- The ability to develop independent study skills, such as making effective use of notes. (Benchmark statement 5. 8, and 5.9)
- The ability to use the target language creatively and precisely in short written assignments in the target language. (Benchmark statement 5.14)
- The ability to translate short passages into and out of the target language. (Benchmark statement 5.3, 5.4)
- The ability to read, understand and summarise written texts in the target language. (Benchmark statement 5.3, 5.4)
- 1. The ability to use the target language creatively and precisely in short written assignments in the target language. (Benchmark statement 5.14)
- 2. The ability to translate short passages into and out of the target language. (Benchmark statement 5.3, 5.4)
- 7. The ability to read, understand and summarise written texts in the target language. (Benchmark statement 5.3, 5.4)
- The ability to extract and synthesise key information from written and spoken sources in the target language. (Benchmark statement 5.3, 5.4, 5.14)
Resource implications for students
Students will have to purchase two textbooks which will be the core text for Semester 1 and 2 in all classes.
Talis Reading listhttp://readinglists.bangor.ac.uk/modules/lzg-1001.html
Core text Semester 1: Birgit Braun, Stefanie Dengler et al.: "Mittelpunkt neu B1+. Lehr- und Arbeitsbuch + Audio-CD zum Arbeitsbuch B1 Plus", ISBN: 978-3-12-676645-6
Core text Semester 2: Albert Daniels, Renate Köhl-Kuhn et al.: "Mittelpunkt neu B2. Lehrbuch B2", ISBN: 978-3-12-676652-4
Pre- and Co-requisite Modules
Courses including this module
Compulsory in courses:
- N1R2: BA Business Studies with German year 1 (BA/BSGER)
- NR1F: BA Business Studies and German year 1 (BA/BUSSG)
- T111: BA Chinese and French with German year 1 (BA/CHFG)
- T105: BA Chinese and German year 1 (BA/CHG)
- T114: BA Chinese and German with French year 1 (BA/CHGF)
- T115: BA Chinese & German with Italian year 1 (BA/CHGI)
- T116: BA Chinese & German with Spanish year 1 (BA/CHGS)
- T118: BA Chinese & Italian with German year 1 (BA/CHIG)
- T121: BA Chinese & Spanish with German year 1 (BA/CHSG)
- WR92: BA German and Creative Studies year 1 (BA/CSTG)
- QR3F: BA English Language and German year 1 (BA/ELG)
- R901: BA French & German with Italian year 1 (BA/FGI4)
- R916: BA French, German & Italian year 1 (BA/FGI4#)
- R913: BA French & German with Spanish year 1 (BA/FGS4)
- R912: BA French, German & Spanish year 1 (BA/FGS4#)
- R918: BA French & Italian with German year 1 (BA/FIG4)
- R1R2: BA French with German year 1 (BA/FRWGER)
- R914: BA French & Spanish with German year 1 (BA/FSG4)
- PR32: BA Film Studies and German year 1 (BA/FSGER)
- RR12: BA German/French year 1 (BA/G4F)
- NR42: BA German/Accounting year 1 (BA/GA)
- NR32: BA German/Banking year 1 (BA/GB)
- R2NC: BA German with Business Studies year 1 (BA/GBS)
- T109: BA German with Chinese year 1 (BA/GCH)
- MR92: BA Criminology&CrimJustice/German year 1 (BA/GCR)
- LR12: BA German/Economics year 1 (BA/GEC)
- 3N7S: BA German and English Literature year 1 (BA/GEL)
- R200: BA German year 1 (BA/GER)
- R2W8: BA German with Creative Writing year 1 (BA/GERCW)
- R2N1: BA German with Marketing year 1 (BA/GERMKT)
- R2R1: BA German with French year 1 (BA/GERWFR)
- RR23: BA German/Italian year 1 (BA/GI)
- R2R3: BA German with Italian year 1 (BA/GI4)
- R921: BA German & Italian with French year 1 (BA/GIF4)
- R924: BA German & Italian with Spanish year 1 (BA/GIS4)
- R925: BA German, Italian & Spanish year 1 (BA/GIS4#)
- R2P5: BA German with Journalism year 1 (BA/GJO)
- R2P4: BA German with Media Studies year 1 (BA/GMST)
- R2C8: BA German with Psychology year 1 (BA/GPSY)
- RR24: BA German/Spanish (4 years) year 1 (BA/GS)
- R2R4: BA German with Spanish year 1 (BA/GS4)
- R922: BA German & Spanish with French year 1 (BA/GSF4)
- R923: BA German & Spanish with Italian year 1 (BA/GSI4)
- 8Y64: BA German and Spanish (with International Experience) year 1 (BA/GSIE)
- RV21: BA History/German year 1 (BA/HG)
- R927: BA Italian & Spanish with German year 1 (BA/ISG4)
- QR12: BA Linguistics/German year 1 (BA/LG)
- N5R2: BA Marketing with German year 1 (BA/MKTGER)
- NR52: BA Marketing and German (4 year) year 1 (BA/MKTGER4)
- P3R2: BA Media Studies with German year 1 (BA/MSG)
- WR32: BA Music/German year 1 (BA/MUGE)
- VVR2: BA Philosophy and Religion and German year 1 (BA/PRG)
- R4R2: BA Spanish with German year 1 (BA/SPG)
- CR62: BA Sports Science/German year 1 (BA/SPSG)
- QR52: BA Cymraeg/German year 1 (BA/WG)
- M117: LLB Law with German (European Experience) year 1 (LLB/LGE)
Optional in courses:
- M100: LLB Law year 1 (LLB/L)
- M11B: LLB Law (4 year with Incorporated Foundation) year 1 (LLB/L1)