Higher Intermediate German
Language and Linguistics
Undergraduate: Level 5
Thursday 03 October 2019
Friday 26 June 2020
29 March 2019
Requisites for this module
The Department of Language and Linguistics can offer guidance on prior knowledge or qualification exemptions.
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.
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.
• 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.
Written Exam: 2hr exam in summer examination period.
This module has three components (all compulsory):
1. a weekly two-hour seminar based on the course book.
2. a weekly one-hour lab session, with group work, practical application 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.
Students will have to purchase the course books before the start of term, see below. Additional module material will be available on-line (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
||120 minutes during Summer (Main Period) (Main)
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Ms. Claudia Alsdorf
Claudia Alsdorf, 4.315, ext. 2212, e-mail c.alsdorf (add @essex.ac.uk)
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).
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