Module LZG-1002:
Advanced German 2

Module Facts

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

  1. To develop students' aural comprehension skills through group conversation exercises and selected audio-visual materials varying in tone and register.
  2. To develop students’ ability to interpret, analyse and critically evaluate short and longer cultural texts (short stories and short films in S1; novel and film in S2)
  3. To enable students to develop oral skills, and to become confident with German phonology.
  4. To enhance vocabulary acquisition and incorporate key expressions into oral work.
  5. To discuss and defend arguments and ideas in group discussions and in-class presentations.
  6. To understand some key debates informing contemporary German identity

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

Course content

This topic-based module complements LZG 1001 by developing proficiency in spoken German acquired at 'A' level. A range of audio and visual aids is used in each class in order to stimulate group discussions, debates and individual presentations on a particular theme. Aural skills are also developed through audio and video comprehension exercises. The purpose of this module is to enable students to defend themselves orally in a range of topics relating to contemporary life and society in the German-speaking world and to improve comprehension of different German accents

Set Texts: Deutschland 09. 13 Kurzfilme zur Lage der Nation, dir. by Dani Levi, Fatih Akin et al. (piffl medien, 2009) Sven Regener, Herr Lehmann (Munich: Goldman, 2003) Herr Lehmann, dir. by Leander Haußmann (Universal, 2004)

  • The dictionaries and websites listed for LZG-LCG 1001 are also useful for students on this module.

Other Learning Resources: Course Reader will be provided with extra materials needed for class Students registered for this module (and for LZG-LCG 1001) are expected to complete the School’s co-curricular Self-Study Portfolio which is available to download from the School’s website. This portfolio encourages students to read German-language newspapers and watch German TV and German films. They should also complete online grammar exercises and read one German-language novel per semester. Students should complete one portfolio for German per semester.

Assessment Criteria

threshold

40-49%: Basic grasp of German pronunciation; basic understanding of aural material in German. Limited ability to converse freely in German and respond to spoken material; limited ability to present and defend a Referat in German.

good

50-69%: Good grasp of German pronunciation; good understanding of aural material in German. Some ability to converse freely in German and respond to spoken material; ability to present and defend a Referat in German.

excellent

70+%: Excellent grasp of German pronunciation; excellent understanding of aural material in German. Clear ability to converse freely in German and respond to spoken material; clear ability to present and defend a Referat in German.

Learning outcomes

  1. Use their vocabulary and knowledge of German grammatical structures to express themselves

  2. Engage with German language in spoken form, understanding, reacting and responding to it in an interactive context

  3. Discuss and defend a presentation topic orally in a Referat.

  4. Explore and evaluate some of the key themes and debates dominating contemporary German culture and, where applicable, discuss these as part of a group or in a written assignment.

  5. Demonstrate an ability to extract and use information presented in audio-visual sources to answer questions in the target language.

Assessment Methods

Type Name Description Weight
COURSEWORK Book/Film Review 20
ORAL In-class Presentation 20
CLASS TEST Audio-Visual Comprehension Test 15
EXAM Final Oral Exam 30
CLASS TEST Audio-Visual Comprehension Test 2 15

Teaching and Learning Strategy

Hours
Seminar

1 x cultural class (1 hour per week for 11 weeks per semester) 1 x conversation class (1 hour per week for 11 weeks per semester)

44
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
  • 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.
  • 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

  • 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)

Resources

Pre- and Co-requisite Modules

Courses including this module

Compulsory in courses:

Optional in courses: