ULGE20030 - Advanced German 2 (B2.2)

  • Credits: 20
  • Level: 2
  • Pre-requisite: ULGE20020, or A-level + 1 year in a German-speaking country, or equivalent knowledge. Recommended for students returning from their year abroad.
  • Co-requisiteIf you are studying a Modern Languages Degree, either single or joint honours, please refer to relevant guidance about eligibility for LEAP units on your programme structure.
  • Taught during: Both semesters (September to May)
  • Timetable: Timetable for the course.

Description

This course aims to further develop linguistic skills in the language for those who have either obtained an A-level or who have successfully completed ULGE20020. It lays emphasis on speaking and listening skills, but equally places a strong emphasis on grammar and accuracy. Students will be expected to practise all skills outside the classroom, using the resources of the Language Centre and, where possible, the Face to Face scheme (enquire at the Language Centre library reception).

Learning outcomes

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

  1. Understand extended speech, lectures, films and TV programmes without too much effort;
  2. Understand long and complex texts and specialised articles in a different field from one's own;
  3. Interact with native speakers with a degree of fluency and spontaneity and take an active part in discussion;
  4. Give a presentation on a reasonably complex subject;
  5. Write letters, reports and essays in a clear and well structured way, tailoring the style appropriately.

By the end of the course, students should be able to perform at Level B2.2 / C1 of the Common European Framework.

Transferable skills

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

Teaching and learning methods

One three-hour seminar per week, delivered through blended learning which integrates on campus and on-line instruction as necessary. This will also include online digital learning available via Blackboard and supplemented by extra online resources to aid students in their independent learning.

Assessment

  • Semester one: One written test (reading and writing) submitted via Turnitin (30%); one independent learning dossier (10%).
  • Semester two: One dossier mark (10%); Goethe-Zertifikat B2 Examination (Oral, Listening, Reading and Writing) 50%, on Saturday 23rd May (to be confirmed). NB: The Goethe grade will be modified to conform to university regulations. PLEASE NOTE: Members of the public have to pay a fee of £75 for the Goethe exam. Progression to B2.1 is possible without the Goethe exam but is dependent on the completion of a short written and oral progression test.

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

See timetables

Maximum entry

22

Set text

  • Sicher! aktuell B2.2 Deutsch als Fremdsprache / Kurs- und Arbeitsbuch mit MP3-CD zum Arbeitsbuch, Lektion 7-12. Michaela Perlmann-Balme, Susanne Schwalb, Magdalena Matussek (Autoren). ISBN 978-3-19-621207-5 

Recommended texts

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

Pathway

None.

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.