Intensive Initial German 2

The details
Language and Linguistics
Colchester Campus
Undergraduate: Level 5
Sunday 17 January 2021
Friday 26 March 2021
04 August 2020


Requisites for this module


LA221, LA240

Key module for


Module description

This is an intense, fast-paced and challenging German language module, very practical and interactive, designed for students who are highly motivated and able to commit to substantial regular independent study. The module leads to CEFR A2 by the end of the spring term. We cover reading, writing, listening and speaking skills and study the language in its cultural context.

This module is a reinforcement and continuation of LA221, German Intensive Initial 1.

Module aims

The aim of the module is to enable students to attain a level of German equivalent to an A level. By completing it, and together with a summer course in Germany, students can reach an intermediate exit level B1 (equivalent to LA230); without attending the course in Germany your exit level will be elementary A2 (equivalent to LA220).

The intensive route is the compulsory path for those students with no knowledge of German who intend to take the study of the language to a Proficiency or Mastery level in their final year. This module can also be taken as an outside option.

Module learning outcomes

Students will
• learn how to master more complex situations in German and deal with extended texts like descriptive texts, narrative, opinion, newspaper articles;
• practise and expand transferable study skills such as independent learning, creative and analytical thinking, problem-solving, team-working, disciplined time-management, use of electronic media.

Module information

The course book Spektrum A2 will have to be purchased before start of spring term, and in order to progress to LA240 in their 2nd year students have to purchase and work through the course book Spektrum B1 during the summer.

Learning and teaching methods

This module has three components (all compulsory): 1. One 1-hour lecture per week introducing the week's material, giving explanations and guidance on vocabulary, grammar and self-study tasks, all based on the course book. 2. three 1-hour seminars per week, with interactive language work, application and practice of acquired skills including listening, speaking and pronunciation practice, online tasks, writing and group work. 3. these contact hours are complemented by an additional five hours independent study per week – overall 4 hrs contact time plus 8 hrs self-study, i.e. a workload of 12 hours in total. Students will have to purchase the course book before the start of each term, see below. Additional module material will be available online (via Moodle) with weekly topics, self-study material and dates of assessments. During contact hours we will work on selected aspects, assuming students prepare and revise regularly using the course books and online material. We use interactive, creative and reflective teaching methods, centred around the course book but with a strong emphasis on community-building communication, placing the language into its cultural context. Background reading and other media suggestions (available on Moodle) will complement and deepen language competence and give more insights into culture and history of the German-speaking countries.


  • Durrell, Martin; Kohl, Katrin M.; Kaiser, Claudia; Loftus, Gudrun. (2015) Essential German grammar, New York: Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group.
  • Appelbaum, Stanley. (1995) Great German poems of the Romantic Era =: Berühmte Gedichte der deutschen Romantik, New York: Dover Publications. vol. A dual-language book
  • (2015) Motive A2: Arbeitsbuch: Hueber Verlag.
  • Allinson, Mark. (2002) Germany and Austria, 1814-2000: modern history for modern languages, London: Hodder Arnold.
  • Zorach, Cecile; Melin, Charlotte; Oberlin, Adam. (2014) English grammar for students of German: the study guide for those learning German, Ann Arbor, Michigan: The Olivia and Hill Press. vol. The O & H study guides
  • (2016) Motive B1: Arbeitsbuch, Munchen: Hueber Verlag.
  • (2015) Motive A2: Kursbuch, Ismaning: Hueber Verlag.
  • Fehringer, Carol. (2014) German grammar in context: analysis and practice, Abingdon: Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group.
  • (2015) Motive A1: Kursbuch, Munchen: Hueber Verlag.
  • Smith, Brian. (2015) German easy reader: Super 500, [Place of publication not identified]: [publisher not identified].
  • Sally A. Johnson; Natalie Braber. (2008) Exploring the German language, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • (2015) Motive A1: Arbeitsbuch, Ismaning: Hueber Verlag.
  • Martin Durrell; A. E. Hammer. (2017) Hammer's German grammar and usage, Abingdon: Routledge.
  • (2016) Motive B1: Kursbuch, Munchen: Hueber Verlag.
  • Rocco, Goranka; Krauß, Susanne; Vogelwiesche, Nathalie. (2016) Wortschatztrainer Deutsch als Fremdsprache: üben, erweitern, wiederholen, Berlin: Duden.

The above list is indicative of the essential reading for the course. The library makes provision for all reading list items, with digital provision where possible, and these resources are shared between students. Further reading can be obtained from this module's reading list.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Weighting
Coursework   Test 1    30% 
Coursework   Test 2    30% 
Practical   Oral presentation    40% 
Exam  120 minutes during Summer (Main Period) (Main) 

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
50% 50%


Coursework Exam
50% 50%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Ms Claudia Alsdorf, email:
Claudia Alsdorf
Ms C. Alsdorf, Office: 4.313, Telephone 01206 872212, email



External examiner

Prof Paul Bishop
University of Glasgow
Available via Moodle
Of 59 hours, 48 (81.4%) hours available to students:
11 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s).


Further information
Language and Linguistics

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