ULGE30030 - Advanced German (C1)

  • Credits: 20
  • Pre-requisite: Excellent level of fluency in spoken and written German, with an ability to interact meaningfully with a broad range of texts and in the spoken language, or ULGE20030 (pass mark 65%+, or subject to the tutor's approval). 
  • Co-requisite: Open to students not following Honours courses in German.
  • Taught during: Both semesters.
  • Timetable: Timetable for the course.


The course is aimed at advanced students who wish to develop their proficiency in and understanding of both oral and written German at a higher level and who intend to broaden their insight into contemporary Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Specific topics and themes are adapted to the interests and needs of participants. Activities will include:

  • Discussions on current affairs, based on individual research tasks as well as on German print media and/or online media articles.
  • Listening comprehension and oral activities centred around TV or radio broadcasts, podcasts and films.
  • Written activities in the format of summaries, argumentative-discursive text productions, commentaries, creative writing.
  • Researching various aspects of contemporary life in German speaking countries, including history; culture; political system; politics & society; immigration & multiculturalism /cultural pluralism; linguistic diversity.
  • Advanced German grammar — revision and further development of language skills towards an ever more effective use of German in understanding, speaking and writing.

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course students will:

  1. Have a broader and more solid understanding of relevant aspects of contemporary German life;
  2. Have widened their intercultural competence, combined with a deepened understanding of different cultural groups and traditions in German speaking countries and regions;
  3. Have developed an understanding of the German stance on world affairs;
  4. Have an enhanced knowledge of topic-specific vocabulary;
  5. Have an advanced understanding of German grammar and usage;
  6. Be able to distinguish and select different spoken and written registers and styles appropriately;
  7. Be able to apply different writing techniques, including summaries and argumentative writing;
  8. Be able to produce grammatically correct German in a variety of controlled/guided as well as creative contexts, both spoken and written;
  9. Be competent to understand spoken and written German of an increasingly complex nature with greater confidence and ease;
  10. Be able to express themselves fluently and spontaneously in a variety of social contexts and on a broad number of different topics;
  11. Be able to formulate views and opinions with precision and relate them to those of others;
  12. Be able to use persuasive techniques.

Transferable skills

At the end of the course students will:

  • Have improved their ability to research and analyse complex topics;
  • Be able to present information in a well-structured and rounded-off format;
  • Be able to formulate ideas and defend an argument;
  • Express points of view;
  • Be able to select salient points and write summaries;
  • Communicate flexibly and successfully in social and professional situations;
  • Have widened their cultural awareness and intercultural understanding;
  • Will have developed further their IT skills.

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

Teaching and learning methods

Seminars, 3 hours per week; within the class a combination of teacher-led activities and student-centred / group learning activities will be employed.


  • Semester 1: written test (essay in class) in week 12: 500 words on a topic covered in class with the option of at least two topics ; no dictionaries allowed. Duration: 100 minutes (25%)
  • Semester 2: coursework/written task: 750 words (25%), week 9: first draft, week 12: second draft; Goethe-Zertifikat C1 examination (50%) on Saturday, 30th May 2020 NB: The Goethe grade achieved will be modified in order to conform to university assessment scales. PLEASE NOTE: Members of the public have to pay a fee of £75 for the Goethe exam. Progression to C2 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.


Dorit Fellner

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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.