Advanced German

The details
Language and Linguistics
Colchester Campus
Full Year
Undergraduate: Level 5
Thursday 03 October 2019
Friday 26 June 2020
27 March 2019


Requisites for this module
LA230 or LA221 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 lev el 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 "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 students 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 fairly fluent in standard German. 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 Germany.

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

Module information

No additional information available.

Learning and teaching methods

There will be a balanced skills approach, with equal emphasis on speaking, writing, aural and textual comprehension. The module consists of 3 contact hours per week for 21 weeks. In addition to face-to- face teaching, students have access to a varied range of E-learning materials which are integrated into the module.


  • Tessnow, Gregor. (2006) Knallhart, Wien: Ueberreuter.
  • Buscha, Anne; Raven, Susanne; Szita, Szilvia. (2016) Erkundungen Deutsch als Fremdsprache B2: Integriertes Kurs- und Arbeitsbuch, Leipzig: Schubert Leipzig.

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 Class Test 1
Coursework Class Essay
Coursework Class Test 2
Practical Oral Presentation
Exam 120 minutes during Summer (Main Period) (Main)

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
50% 50%


Coursework Exam
50% 50%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Emma Hopper
Emma Hopper, office: 4.303, telephone: 01206 872191, email:



External examiner

Prof Paul Bishop
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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