Higher Intermediate German

The details
Language and Linguistics
Colchester Campus
Full Year
Undergraduate: Level 6
Thursday 08 October 2020
Friday 02 July 2021
04 August 2020


Requisites for this module
The Department of Language and Linguistics can offer guidance on prior knowledge or qualification exemptions.



Key module for


Module description

This is a practical, interactive and fast-paced German language module for students with lower intermediate German language skills who are highly motivated and able to commit to regular independent study. The module leads to CEFR B1 (roughly comparable to A level in German). We cover reading, writing, listening and speaking skills and study the language in its cultural context.

Module aims

Practical expansion and application language competence, enabling the student to proceed to advanced level modules, with an exit level comparable to Threshold Level (B1) of the Common European Framework. The level of the final exam will be comparable to “Zertifikat Deutsch” or an A-level in German.

Module learning outcomes

Students will
• learn how to master fairly complex written and spoken material in German, to analyse language structures, to comment and express opinions, and to produce coherent texts.
• 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

Written Exam: 2hr exam in summer examination period.

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. two 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 3 hrs contact time plus 5 hrs self-study, i.e. a workload of 8 hours in total. Students will have to purchase the course book before the start of 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.


  • (2016) Motive B1: Kursbuch, Munchen: Hueber Verlag.
  • (2016) Motive B1: Arbeitsbuch, Munchen: Hueber Verlag.

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     
Coursework   Portfolio      
Practical   Test 2     
Practical   Presentation     
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:
Ms. Claudia Alsdorf
Claudia Alsdorf, 4.315, ext. 2212, e-mail c.alsdorf (add



External examiner

Prof Paul Bishop
University of Glasgow
Available via Moodle
Of 60 hours, 40 (66.7%) hours available to students:
20 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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