Proficiency Level German

The details
Language and Linguistics
Colchester Campus
Full Year
Undergraduate: Level 6
Thursday 05 October 2023
Friday 28 June 2024
16 October 2023


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



Key module for


Module description

The module covers a variety of topics, including Environmental Issues, modern Technologies, and cultural developments in German speaking countries. The second term will focus on post-second world war history, the building of the Berlin Wall, and the reunification of Germany.
There will be 3 contact hours per week over 2 terms, plus revision classes in the summer term. The classes are structured in the following way:

Class 1: text work, reading and writing skills
Class 2: oral and aural skills
Class 3: grammar

In addition to working with a course book and authentic materials, will discuss three novels (see Reading List for details).

Module aims

This module is designed to
• Prepare students for the year abroad in Germany
• introduce students to a variety of topics, including the environment, the history of the German language, life in East and West Germany
• familiarize students with a variety of complex grammatical phenomena,
• to develop and improve oral and written presentation skills
• introduce students to reading contemporary German literature (3 novels, see reading list)

Module learning outcomes

Students will reach level C1 language competency by the end of this module.

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 discuss three authentic novels, watch authentic movies, and work with authentic websites, news clips and other video materials. 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. 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.


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 Coursework weighting
Coursework   Oral presentation     
Coursework   Video summary  15/12/2023   
Coursework   Essay  23/02/2024   
Coursework   Grammar  21/03/2024   
Exam  Main exam: In-Person, Open Book (Restricted), 180 minutes during Summer (Main Period) 
Exam  Reassessment Main exam: In-Person, Open Book (Restricted), 120 minutes during September (Reassessment Period) 

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
0% 100%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Mrs Emma Hopper, email:
Emma Hopper, Felicia Stuhldreher
Emma Hopper, Office: 4.303, Telephone: 01206 872191, email: Felicia Stuhldreher, Room 3.302,



External examiner

Mrs Laura Hedwig Anneliese Lewis
Durham University
Assistant Professor
Available via Moodle
Of 45 hours, 45 (100%) hours available to students:
0 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s), module, or event type.


Further information
Language and Linguistics

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