Advanced German

The details
Language and Linguistics
Colchester Campus
Full Year
Undergraduate: Level 5
Thursday 06 October 2022
Friday 30 June 2023
30 March 2022


Requisites for this module
LA230 or LA222
The Department of Language and Linguistics can offer guidance on prior knowledge or qualification exemptions.


LA250, LA260

Key module for

BA R9R2 European Studies with German,
BA R9R6 European Studies with German (Including Foundation Year),
BA RR90 German Studies and Modern Languages (5 Years Including Foundation Year),
BA RR9F German Studies and Modern Languages

Module description

This module covers material that takes you to level B2 of the European Framework. We will practise text comprehension and production, both orally and in writing and concentrate on advanced vocabulary work. Topics include "Arbeit und Studium", "Zwischen den Kulturen", and "Technik und Fortschritt".
In addition, main features of spoken language, like modal particles, will be studied and practised in role play situations in addition to aural comprehension exercises. In the second term we will discuss the book and film "Knallhart" (see reading list).There will also be a dedicated grammar revision class each week.

All classes will be taught in German and exercises are usually done in pairs or small groups to ensure individual active class participation.
Detailed work plans for each module component will be available at the beginning of each term.

Module aims

The aims of this module are:

to increase the student’s awareness of different variants of the language and
to expand and consolidate their knowledge of grammar and vocabulary through both theoretical study and a wide range of practical exercises.

Module learning outcomes

By the end of the module students should be quite fluent in standard German (Exit Level B2). They should be able to understand spoken and written authentic texts of medium difficulty. Furthermore, students should have the ability to correctly express themselves both orally and in writing on more demanding topics in present day German speaking countries.

Module information

Students will be able to study abroad, if this module is taken and successfully completed as a 2nd year option in a 4 year degree.

Learning and teaching methods

There will be a balanced skills approach, with equal emphasis on speaking, writing, aural and textual comprehension. We will read an authentic novel, watch an authentic movie, and work with authentic websites. It is essential to attend and actively participate in classes at all times, submit homework regularly, interact with other students in pair and group work, and spend a minimum of 6 hours per week self-studying. The module consists of 4 contact hours per week for 21 weeks. In addition to face-to- face teaching (subject to Government regulations at the time), students have access to a varied range of E-learning materials which are integrated into the module.


This module does not appear to have a published bibliography for this year.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Coursework weighting
Coursework   Oral presentation/in-class test  02/12/2022   
Coursework   Assignment 2 (Video summary)   16/12/2022   
Coursework   Assignment 3 (Essay)  17/02/2023   
Coursework   Assignment 4 (Grammar)   24/03/2023   
Exam  Main exam: In-Person, Open Book (Restricted), 120 minutes during Summer (Main Period) 
Exam  Reassessment exam: In-Person, Open Book (Restricted), 120 minutes during September (Reassessment Period) 

Additional coursework information

Students will be prepared to spend the year abroad in a German speaking country.

Exam format definitions

  • Remote, open book: Your exam will take place remotely via an online learning platform. You may refer to any physical or electronic materials during the exam.
  • In-person, open book: Your exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer to any physical materials such as paper study notes or a textbook during the exam. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, open book (restricted): The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer only to specific physical materials such as a named textbook during the exam. Permitted materials will be specified by your department. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, closed book: The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may not refer to any physical materials or electronic devices during the exam. There may be times when a paper dictionary, for example, may be permitted in an otherwise closed book exam. Any exceptions will be specified by your department.

Your department will provide further guidance before your exams.

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
50% 50%


Coursework Exam
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Module supervisor and teaching staff
Mrs Emma Hopper, email:
Emma Hopper
Emma Hopper, office: 4.303, telephone: 01206 872191, email:



External examiner

Prof Paul Bishop
University of Glasgow
Available via Moodle
Of 57 hours, 55 (96.5%) hours available to students:
2 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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