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ULGE20020 - Post-intermediate German (B2.1)

  • Credits: 20
  • Level: 2
  • Pre-requisite: A-level German any grade, or ULGE20010, or equivalent knowledge.
  • Co-requisite: Open to students not following Honours courses in German.
  • Taught during: Both semesters.
  • Timetable: Timetable for the course.

Description

This course aims to further develop reading, speaking, writing and listening skills practised in ULGE20010. It emphasises communication and comprehension, but also builds on the grammar base acquired in previous courses. Class tests and assignments ensure that you keep abreast of your work and consolidate and review earlier material.

Learning outcomes

Upon successful completion of the course, students should be able to:

  • Understand extended speech, most TV news programmes and many films;
  • Read articles about contemporary problems which put forward arguments and different points of view;
  • Speak with some fluency and spontaneity and take an active part in discussions;
  • Give a presentation on a specialist subject, outlining advantages and disadvantages of particular cases;
  • Write essays, reports and letters, putting forward personal points of view.

By the end of the course, students should be able to perform at Level B2.1 of the Common European Framework.

Transferable skills

Information handling, IT skills, cultural appreciation, language awareness, discussion, formal presentations.

Teaching and learning methods

Seminars, three hours per week.

Assessment

  • Semester one: One written test (20%), one group presentation (10%), one dossier mark (10%). Orals will normally be scheduled during weeks 8-11 and the written assessment will be in week 12.
  • Semester two: One written test (20%), one aural (15%), one oral test (15%), one dossier mark (10%). Listening assessment will take place in the week before the Easter break; oral and written assessments will normally be scheduled during weeks 11 and 12.

Nature and timing of feedback

Feedback will include a combination of:

  • Informal ongoing oral and written feedback resulting from homework and class-based learning activities;
  • Formal written feedback will be given following every assessment.

Convenor

Dorit Fellner

Taught by

Marina Micke, Melanie Födisch

Maximum entry

23

Set text

  • Sicher! in Teilbanden: Kurs- und Arbeitsbuch B2.1 Lektion 1-6, mit Audio-CD, Max Hueber Verlag, ISBN 978-3195012072.

Recommended texts

  • The German Handbook - Your guide to speaking and writing German, Cambridge University Press, ISBN: 0521648602.
  • Upgrade your German, by Annemarie Künzl-Snodgrass and Silke Mentchen. (2003), ISBN 978-0340-80662-1 Publisher Hodder Arnold.
  • Übungsgrammatik für die Mittelstufe (B1-C1) Hueber(2009), ISBN 978-3-19-011657-7.
  • Großes Übungsbuch Wortschatz A2-C1, by Lilli Marlen Brill + Marion Techmer. (Hueber 2011) , ISBN 978-3-19-201721-6.

Pathway

ULGE20030, Further German, or/and German for....90 minutes (the latter is a non-credited course only).

Employability

Successful completion of this course unit will enhance your curriculum vitae and your employability by showing that you have a capacity to learn other languages and the desire to engage with other cultures.