ULGE30010 - Beginners' German (A1+) for final years
- Credits: 20
- Level: 3
- Pre-requisite: This unit is suitable for those who have never studied German before.
- Co-requisite: This enhanced level is open to year 3 or year 4 students only. If 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: This course follows the same timetable as ULGE10010.
This course is for absolute beginners who are final year students. It aims to give students a basic competence in the skills of reading, listening, spoken and writing German in a dynamic and communicative way, through individual, pair and group work, using studio-based and authentic texts. The focus is on accuracy as well as the development of communicative skills. Students will be expected to use the range of resources available to them in the Language Centre and to communicate with native speakers wherever possible, in order to develop cultural competence. This is an enhanced course unit for Level 3, so students are also expected to complete a number of independent learning tasks and submit this work in the form of an assessed dossier - four tasks per semester.
Upon successful completion of the course, students should be able to:
- Understand short, simple messages and announcements;
- Read short simple texts and find specific information;
- Communicate in simple, routine situations;
- Write simple notes, messages and short personal letters.
By the end of the course, students should be able to perform at Level A1/A2 of the Common European Framework.
Pair and team work, focused listening, informal presentations, language awareness, cultural appreciation.
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.
Six pieces of assessed work as follows:
- Semester one: A reading and writing test (70 minutes) submitted online, 20%; Independent learning dossier - four tasks 10%.
- Semester two: Oral 20%; Listening 20%; Written (Reading, Grammar, Writing) 20%. Independent learning dossier - four tasks 10%.
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.
22 per group.
- Menschen A1, Kursbuch mit DVD-ROM, Hueber Publisher, ISBN: 978-3-19-101901-3
- Menschen A1, Arbeitsbuch mit 2 Audio-CDs, Hueber Publisher, ISBN: 978-3-19-111901-0
- Grammatik - ganz klar! Übungsgrammatik A1-B1 (Hueber 2011), ISBN 978-3-19-051555-4.
- Übungsgrammatik Deutsch als Fremdsprache. Grammatik - kein Problem, Cornelsen Verlag, ISBN 978-3-589-01598-6.
- Kurzgrammatik zum Nachschlagen und Üben. A Compact Grammar for Reference and Practice (A1-B1), by Monika Reimann. (Hueber 2010), ISBN 978-3-19-109569-7.
- Fit in Grammatik A1/A2, Taschentrainer , by Anneli Billina. (Hueber 2010), ISBN 978-3-19-357493-0
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.