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Unit information: German for General Purposes Level 1 Grade 3 (post A'Level) in 2014/15

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Unit name German for General Purposes Level 1 Grade 3 (post A'Level)
Unit code LANG13023
Credit points 20
Level of study C/4
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 4 (weeks 1-24)
Unit director Mr. Langner
Open unit status Open
Pre-requisites

Pass at A Level (Grade C) or equivalent in German

Co-requisites

None

School/department Department of German
Faculty Faculty of Arts

Description

Consolidation and development of advanced language structures and functions. Introduction and/or review and practice of specialist concepts and terminology to enable students to develop their existing language competence into areas related to their fields of study. The unit includes practice in the four skills (speaking, listening, reading and writing), grammar review, vocabulary development (general and specialist), and cultural and social aspects of the language. Particular emphasis will be placed on the skills necessary for effective oral and written communication in the target language at an advanced level.

Intended learning outcomes

Students will:

  1. be able to communicate both orally and in writing with a reasonable degree of accuracy
  2. and fluency.
  3. be able to work with authentic material and retrieve necessary information.

Overall, students will attain a level comparable to B1/B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

Teaching details

3 hours of teaching per week covering all four topics of Reading writing speaking and listening. Classroom based learning is supplemented by online access to resources delivered via Blackboard. Regular formative homework is set.

Assessment Details

The four skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing) are assigned equal weighting for the purposes of assessment (25% each).

For reading and writing there is a formal examination in the summer examination period, which comprises 25% of the total mark. This assesses ILOs 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5.

Listening is assessed by continuous assessment, consisting of listening assignments and class tests, which comprise 25% of the total mark. Both assess ILOs 1 and 2.

Speaking is tested by continuous assessment, consisting of marked coursework (oral presentation) and an oral test. Both assess ILOs 1, 2 and 3.

Reading and References

Materials developed in house by the relevant Language Department. Reading and reference material will be provided on Blackboard.

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