Beginners' German Plus
Run by School of Arts, Culture and Language
10.000 Credits or 5.000 ECTS Credits
Organiser: Mr Ruben Chapela-Orri
Overall aims and purpose
- To enhance students' understanding of the language.
- To enable students to improve their oral skills.
This module runs during the second semester and is aimed at post- beginners. The course is based on a communicative approach and helps students to develop all the key language skills: reading, writing, speaking and listening. After each of the contact hours, students are expected to spend at least 30 minutes of self-study to revise and consolidate what they have learned in class. The textbook for this course is Menschen. Deutsch als Fremdsprache. Kursbuch A1, by Sandra Evans, Angela Pude and Franz Specht (Hueber, 2012). By the end of this course students will reach level A1-A2 Waystage as defined by the Common European Framework, Language Assessment Scales.(1)
(1) Level One: Competent in a limited range of predictable and simple language tasks, using mainly set expressions and simple combinations of these. Capable of some rehearsed grammatical manipulations. This applies to all the 4 language skills: speaking, reading, listening and writing.
40-49% For the award of credit, students should demonstrate a satisfactory comprehension of the various grammatical areas studied and an ability to implement them in specific situations at a basic level.
50-69%: For the award of higher grades, students should demonstrate a solid comprehension of the various grammatical areas studied and an ability to implement them in specific situations.
70+%: For the award of the highest grade, students should demonstrate a detailed comprehension of the various grammatical areas studied and an ability to implement them confidently in specific situations.
An understanding of the following topics and functions - Talking about oneself and others both in the present and in the past: family; daily routine; preferences; likes/dislikes; hobbies and free time; states of mind and emotions - Asking and answering questions about jobs - Ordering food and drinks - Rooms/furniture/equipment - Numbers - Writing a C.V./applying for a job
An understanding of the following grammar - Pronouns - Gender - Present tense of weak verbs and sein - Forming questions - Possessives - Indefinite and definite articles - Modal verbs - Strong verbs (lesen; fahren) - Adjectival endings - Imperative - Prepositions with the dative/accusative - Subordinate clauses: wenn, dass, weil - Perfect tense - The comparative
Teaching and Learning Strategy
2 contact hours per week. for 10 weeks
Students will be given homework each week to complete. They will also prepare for 2 exams.
- Literacy - Proficiency in reading and writing through a variety of media
- Inter-personal - Able to question, actively listen, examine given answers and interact sensitevely with others
- Argument - Able to put forward, debate and justify an opinion or a course of action, with an individual or in a wider group setting