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LANG6007 - German 1.1 (Beginners)

Title:German 1.1 (Beginners)
Long Title:Introduction to the German Lan
Module Code:LANG6007
Duration:1 Semester
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:Fundamental
Field of Study: Languages
Valid From: Semester 1 - 2013/14 ( September 2013 )
Module Delivered in 5 programme(s)
Module Coordinator: Pio Fenton
Module Author: SHEREE BORGE
Module Description: This module introduces the student to the German-speaking regions(Germany, Switzerland and Austria), their people and some of their customs. It also introduces the student to the sounds of German, and includes some basic phrases. This module commences at level A1.1 (beginner's level) as described in the Common European Framework of Reference for language proficiency.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 discuss basic aspects of German, Swiss and Austrian culture, geography and history;
LO2 demonstrate basic comprehension, by reacting appropriately to spoken statements and questions in German
LO3 speak basic sentences about him-/herself in German
LO4 write short sentences in German
LO5 comprehend short authentic texts in German
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations

This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is strongly recommended before enrolment in this module. You may enrol in this module if you have not acquired the recommended learning but you will have considerable difficulty in passing (i.e. achieving the learning outcomes of) the module. While the prior learning is expressed as named MTU module(s) it also allows for learning (in another module or modules) which is equivalent to the learning specified in the named module(s).

Incompatible Modules
These are modules which have learning outcomes that are too similar to the learning outcomes of this module. You may not earn additional credit for the same learning and therefore you may not enrol in this module if you have successfully completed any modules in the incompatible list.
No incompatible modules listed
Co-requisite Modules
No Co-requisite modules listed

This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is mandatory before enrolment in this module is allowed. You may not enrol on this module if you have not acquired the learning specified in this section.

No requirements listed

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
German Cultural Studies
The geography of Switzerland, Germany and Austria. The 16 Bundesländer in Germany; neighbouring countries; daily life in Germany, Switzerland and Austria. Project topic: Research and write about a German 'Bundesland' and a city within it; research and write about a region of Austria and a city within that region; research and write about a German-speaking region of Switzerland and a city within that region.
Listening Skills
Basic classroom interaction (e.g. comprehending questions about yourself and your family); audio materials; film materials; CALL (Computer Assisted Language Learning) programmes
Speaking Skills
Classroom interaction (paired and group role-playing); CALL interactive programmes.
Writing skills
Writing the German alphabet; writing short, basic statements and questions.
Reading Skills
Reading short, basic paragraphs in German, e.g. paragraphs about people’s daily lives, short adverts or menus.
Areas of grammar covered for listening, speaking, writing and reading skills include: present tense forms (regular verbs only) for ich/du/er/sie/es/wir/Sie/sie; how to form questions; definite and indefinite articles; personal pronouns; negation.
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work100.00%
Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Project Project: Cultural Studies 1 30.0 Week 8
Other Listening Comprehension 2 10.0 Week 10
Oral Examination/Interview Group oral assessment 2,3 20.0 Week 12
Other ongoing in-class assessments 4,5 40.0 Every Week
No End of Module Formal Examination
Reassessment Requirement
Coursework Only
This module is reassessed solely on the basis of re-submitted coursework. There is no repeat written examination.

The institute reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture writing, speaking, listening, text comprehension and Cultural Studies 2.0 Every Week 2.00
Lab language lab work and supervised project research 2.0 Every Week 2.00
Independent & Directed Learning (Non-contact) independent revision of language structures; project research; vocabulary revision 3.0 Every Week 3.00
Total Hours 7.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 7.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 4.00
This module has no Part Time workload.

Module Resources

Recommended Book Resources
  • Carty, Tom and Ilse Wührer 2011, German 1 (with audio CD's), 2nd edition Ed., Chapters 1 - 4 only, Palgrave and MacMillan London [ISBN: 978-0-230-28474-6]
  • OUP 2006, Oxford Beginners German Dictionary [ISBN: 0-19-929857-2]
Supplementary Book Resources
  • Auferstraße, Hartmut, Jutta Müller and Thomas Storz 2007, Delfin, Lehrwerk für Deutsch als Fremdsprache, Hueber Ismaning [ISBN: 3-19-001601-1]
  • OUP 2000, Oxford German Cartoon-Strip vocabulary builder, OUP [ISBN: 13-978-0-19-860305-4]
  • Lane, Kathryn 2001, Germany: The Culture., Crabtree [ISBN: ISBN 0-7787-9740-6]
  • Barry Turner (ed.), Germany Profiled: Essential facts on society, business and politics in Germany, St. Martin’s Press NY [ISBN: 0-312-22726-4]
  • M.I. Campbell-Schotsaert 1994, Übung macht den Meister, Folens [ISBN: 0-86121-5958]
  • Flippo, Hyde, The German Way. Aspects of Behaviour, Attitudes, and Customs in the German-speaking world., Passport Books Chicago [ISBN: 0-8442-2513-4]
  • Dollenmayer/Hansen 1999, Neue Horizonte. Textbook and Workbook (plus computer study module, cd-Rom, video and CD) [ISBN: 0-618-09860-7]
  • Goethe Institute, Übungen zur Grundstufengrammatik (Computerprogramm)
  • Klett International 2001, Passwort Deutsch - Kurs und Übungsbuch, Klett International [ISBN: 3-12-675806-1]
This module does not have any article/paper resources
Other Resources
  • Interactive website for learning German: Deutsch Interaktiv
  • companion audio CDs: Delfin
  • multimedia materials: 2000Kommunikationstrainer Deutsch digital
  • website: http://www.tatsachen-ueber-deutschland.d e/de/
  • website: www.germany-tourism.de
  • website: www.austria.info
  • website: www.myswitzerland.com
  • website: www.about.ch

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