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LANG6008 - German 1.2

Title:German 1.2
Long Title:The German Language and Culture
Module Code:LANG6008
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 deepens the student’s knowledge of the German-speaking regions and the people who live there. It also widens the student’s repertoire of basic German vocabulary and enhances his/her ability to converse in German. Completion of this module results in attaining a level comparable to that of a midway point at Level A1 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 demonstrate a deeper understanding of aspects of German, Swiss and Austrian culture, geography and history;
LO2 demonstrate comprehension of basic spoken statements and questions in German, by reacting appropriately;
LO3 speak basic sentences about him-/herself in German;
LO4 write short, basic sentences in German;
LO5 comprehend short, basic 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).

9468 LANG6007 German 1.1 (Beginners)
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
A brief historical outline from 1938 to 1990; the dialects of Germany, Austria and Switzerland; travelling to and within Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Examples of project themes: ‘The diverse languages of Germany’; ‘An itinerary for a holiday in German-speaking Switzerland’; ‘Germany during the Second World War’; ‘A brief biography of a famous Austrian person’; ‘German Beer’; ‘Food in Switzerland’; 'Austrian festivals'.
Listening Skills
Basic classroom student to student and student to teacher interaction; audio materials; film materials.
Speaking Skills
Classroom interaction (paired and group role-playing); CALL interactive programmes. Themes: describing your home, your family and your hobbies; asking for and giving directions; booking a hotel room; booking bus and train tickets.
Writing skills
Writing short statements and questions.
Reading Skills
Reading short, basic paragraphs in German, e.g. paragraphs about people’s daily lives or short adverts.
Areas of grammar covered for listening, speaking, writing and reading skills include: present tense (forms for all persons); separable verbs; modal verbs (present tense only); definite and indefinite articles in the Nominative and Accusative Cases; the Imperative (du and Sie forms); introduction to the Perfect tense.
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work100.00%
Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Project Project: Cultural Studies 1 20.0 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 50.0 Every Week
No End of Module Formal Examination
Reassessment Requirement
Repeat examination
Reassessment of this module will consist of a repeat examination. It is possible that there will also be a requirement to be reassessed in a coursework element.

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 speaking, listening, reading, writing 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 and vocabulary; independent project research 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., Chapter 5-8 only, Palgrave MacMillan London [ISBN: 978-0-230-28474-6]
  • Oxford University Press 2006, Oxford Beginners German Dictionary [ISBN: 0-19-929857-2]
Supplementary Book Resources
  • Delfin, Lehrwerk für Deutsch als Fremdsprache 2007, Aufderstraße, Hartmut, Jutta Müller and Thomas Storz, Hueber Ismaning [ISBN: 3-19-001601-1]
  • Oxford University Press 2000, Oxford German Cartoon-Strip vocabulary builder [ISBN: 13-978-0-19-860305-4]
  • German Foreign Office 1998, Tatsachen über Deutschland [ISBN: 3-936238-08-1]
  • Lane, Kathryn 2001, Germany: The Culture, Crabtree [ISBN: ISBN 0-7787-9740-6]
  • Hammond, R, A German Reference Grammar, OUP [ISBN: ISBN 01992048X]
  • M.I. Campbell-Schotsaert 1994, Übung macht den Meister, Folens [ISBN: 0-86121-5958]
  • Turner, Barry, Germany Profiled: Essential facts on society, business and politics in Germany, St. Martin’s Press New York [ISBN: 0-312-22726-4]
  • 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]
  • 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 WelleDeutsch Interaktiv
  • Online dictionary with discussion fora: LEOLEO online dictionary
  • various German-language magazines: Der Spiegel, Focus, Stern, and Brigitte
  • computer programme: Grammatik à la Carte (Computerprogramm)
  • computer programme: Goethe InstituteÜbungen zur Grundstufengrammatik
  • DVD: Run Lola Run (Lola Rennt)
  • computer programme: Kommunikationstrainer 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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