Module LZG-1002:
Advanced German 2

Module Facts

Run by School of Languages, Literatures and Linguistics

20 Credits or 10 ECTS Credits

Semester 2

Organiser: Dr Sarah Pogoda

Overall aims and purpose

  1. To enhance students' translation and reading comprehension skills through the study of texts varying in style and register.
  2. To enable students to produce more advanced pieces of writing in German.
  3. To enhance students' advanced oral and aural skills through conversation exercises and selected audio-visual materials varying in tone and register.
  4. To enhance vocabulary acquisition and incorporate idiomatically complex expressions into oral and written work.
  5. To develop a more complex understanding of advanced grammatical structures and an ability to use such grammatical constructions in written and oral expression.
  6. To discuss and defend arguments and ideas in group and one-to-one discussions.
  7. To understand key aspects informing contemporary German identities.

Students on this module will be working towards achieving B2 on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).

Course content

This module provides continuation from LZG-1001, and aims to enhance the written oral and aural skills of advanced (post A-level) students of German. It comprises text-based classes in which students have the opportunity to enhance their translation and writing skills, as well as oral/aural classes, in which a range of advanced audio and visual aids are employed to stimulate group discussions and debates. Throughout the module, students also have the opportunity extend their knowledge of more complex areas of grammar. The texts and materials used in this module are chosen from a range of sources including the set textbook, as well as the media and literary works in order to familiarise students with variations in tone and register, as well as to improve comprehension of different German accents. Through these materials, students will also gain an insight into particular German themes and issues that relate to contemporary life and society in the German-speaking world. Learning outside of the classroom is supported through a co-curricular Self-Study Portfolio.

Assessment Criteria

threshold

40-49%: Limited knowledge of German grammar and vocabulary resulting in a limited ability to communicate in writing or translate from German-English and English-German. Basic understanding of aural and written material in German. Basic grasp of German pronunciation and limited ability to converse freely in German and respond to spoken material. Limited ability to present and defend opinions in written and oral German.

good

50-69%: Good knowledge of German grammar and vocabulary resulting in a good ability to communicate in writing or translate from German-English and English-German. Good understanding of aural and written material in German. Good grasp of German pronunciation and some ability to converse freely in German and respond to spoken material. Ability to present and defend opinions in written and oral German.

excellent

70+%: Excellent knowledge of German grammar and vocabulary resulting in an excellent ability to communicate in writing or translate from German-English and English-German. Excellent understanding of aural and written material in German. Excellent grasp of German pronunciation and clear ability to converse freely in German and respond to spoken material. Clear ability to present and defend opinions in written and oral German.

Learning outcomes

  1. Apply new areas of vocabulary and more complex idiomatic expression to written and oral work.

  2. Explore and evaluate some of the key themes and debates dominating contemporary German culture.

  3. Engage with German language in spoken form (including different accents) understanding, reacting and responding to it in an interactive context.

  4. Produce accurate and idiomatically correct written German.

  5. Understand and translate more challenging written texts varying in style and register.

  6. Employ advanced grammatical structures in written and oral work.

  7. Demonstrate confidence in extracting and using information presented in German-language sources to answer questions in the target language.

Assessment Methods

Type Name Description Weight
CLASS TEST Creative cultural project

An in-class test, which involves listening/watching an audio/video file, followed by written questions and a longer summary/response exercise.

25
ORAL Oral Exam

Oral presentation in German (6 minutes), followed by Q&A, including discussion of the Self-Study Portfolio.

25
EXAM Written Exam

2 hour exam structured in two parts: 1) German-English translation (ca. 200-250 words). 2) Translation of a set of 10 English sentences into German, designed to test more complex grammatical structures.

50
LOGBOOK OR PORTFOLIO Self-Study Portfolio

Students registered for this module are expected to complete the School’s co-curricular Self-Study Portfolio. This portfolio encourages students to read German-language newspapers and watch German TV and German films on a regular basis; they should also read one German-language novel per semester. Students should complete one portfolio for German per semester.

0

Teaching and Learning Strategy

Hours
Seminar

4 one-hour seminars per week, with a varying focus on oral, aural, written and reading skills.

44
Private study

Private study enables consolidation of vocabulary acquisition, grammatical structures as well as oral/aural techniques. On top of regular homework exercises, the Self-Study Portfolio provides a structured approach to private study.

156

Transferable skills

  • Literacy - Proficiency in reading and writing through a variety of media
  • Computer Literacy - Proficiency in using a varied range of computer software
  • 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
  • Information retrieval - Able to access different and multiple sources of information
  • 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.
  • Presentation - Able to clearly present information and explanations to an audience. Through the written or oral mode of communication accurately and concisely.
  • 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
  • Self-awareness & Reflectivity - Having an awareness of your own strengths, weaknesses, aims and objectives. Able to regularly review, evaluate and reflect upon the performance of yourself and others

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)
  • Engaging with, interpreting and critically evaluating short and longer contemporary texts (short stories, films, novels) in the target language (Benchmark statement 5. 8, and 5.9)
  • Effective oral communication and presentation skills (including delivery and argument development, discussion and defence) in the target language through individual and/or group discussions. (Benchmark statement 5.3, 5.4)
  • The ability to use the target language creatively and precisely in oral assignments, showing familiarity with a range of topics and registers in formal and informal situations. (Benchmark statement 5.3, 5.4)
  • Develop aural comprehension skills in the target language, supported by a wide range of appropriate materials in different media. (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)
  • 3. Engaging with, interpreting and critically evaluating short and longer contemporary texts (short stories, films, novels) in the target language (Benchmark statement 5. 8, and 5.9)
  • 4. Effective oral communication and presentation skills (including delivery and argument development, discussion and defence) in the target language through individual and/or group discussions. (Benchmark statement 5.3, 5.4)
  • 5. The ability to use the target language creatively and precisely in oral assignments, showing familiarity with a range of topics and registers in formal and informal situations. (Benchmark statement 5.3, 5.4)
  • 6. Develop aural comprehension skills in the target language, supported by a wide range of appropriate materials in different media. (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)

Resources

Resource implications for students

Students will have to purchase one textbook which will be the core text for all classes. They will also be expected to own a large bilingual German-English dictionary.

Talis Reading list

http://readinglists.bangor.ac.uk/modules/lzg-1002.html

Reading list

Core text:

Albert Daniels, Renate Köhl-Kuhn et al.: "Mittelpunkt neu B2. Lehrbuch B2", ISBN: 978-3-12-676652-4

Other recommended texts:

German-English dictionary: Oxford-Duden German Dictionary (Oxford) or Collins German Dictionary (Collins)

German-German dictionary: Wahrig, Langenscheidt or Duden

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)

Other Learning Resources: Students registered for this module are expected to complete the School’s co-curricular Self-Study Portfolio. This portfolio encourages students to read German-language newspapers and watch German TV and German films on a regular basis; they should also read one German-language novel per semester. Students should complete one portfolio for German per semester.

Pre- and Co-requisite Modules

Courses including this module

Compulsory in courses:

Optional in courses: