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Programme and Module Handbook

Undergraduate Programme and Module Handbook 2005-2006 (archived)




Type Open Level 1 Credits 20 Availability Available in 2005/06 Module Cap None. Location Durham


  • AS-Level German or equivalent.


  • None.

Excluded Combination of Modules

  • No other German language module available within the Language Centre or MLAC


  • To enable students to communicate competently in a variety of social situations.
  • To develop basic essay writing skills.
  • To foster an understanding of contemporary German society and institutions.
  • To develop basic presentation skills in German.


  • Most functional topics studied at this level will be determined by the main course book and will address issues such as education and the world or work, television and the press etc.
  • Course book materials will be supplemented with topic related sources from TV and the press.
  • Free role-play and group discussion exercises will provide the basis for developing confidence, flexibility and fluency in conversations.
  • Statistical tables and charts may be used to practice group presentations and discussions.
  • As part of this module students are required to complete a small project which will include a presentation and a written component.

Learning Outcomes

Subject-specific Knowledge:
  • By the end of this module students will:
  • understand the main point of selected radio or TV programmes on current affairs or topics of personal or professional interest when the delivery is relatively slow and clear.
Subject-specific Skills:
  • By the end of this module students will:
  • give a short class presentation in German.
  • narrate a story or relate the plot of a book or a film.
  • write a short essay demonstrating the ability to organise ideas in a logical and coherent sequence in sustained prose.
  • express doubt, probability, dreams and wishes in personal letters.
Key Skills:
  • By the end of this module students will:
  • enter unprepared into conversation on topics that are familiar, of personal interest or pertinent to everyday life.
  • demonstrate the ability to carry out basic research in the target language and present an oral and written summary.

Modes of Teaching, Learning and Assessment and how these contribute to the learning outcomes of the module

  • This module is delivered through seminar style classes and multi media lab sessions which will meet twice weekly.
  • Contact time will be used to introduce new material and to provide students with high quality target language input from the module tutor and from recorded material.
  • Small group teaching is particularly suitable for the development of oral/aural skills as it offers all students the chance to participate in role-play and other speaking exercises.
  • In preparation for each session students will be expected to revise new material and complete formative language exercises.
  • The assessment scheme for this module is designed to test students' level of attainment in language production (speaking and writing) and reception (listening and reading).
  • In order to reflect the continuous nature of the language learning process the module will be assessed by a combination of formative and summative in-course assessment and by formal written examination.
  • Summative assessments will also fulfil a formative function since feed-back on summative in-course assessments will be made available to students.

Teaching Methods and Learning Hours

Activity Number Frequency Duration Total/Hours
Seminars 22 1 per week 2 Hours 44
Multimedia Lab 22 1 per week 1 Hour 22
Preparation and Reading 134
Total 200

Summative Assessment

Component: Written Examination Component Weighting: 20%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
one-hour written examination 100%
Component: Continuous Assessment Component Weighting: 40%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
written mid-term class test 50%
portfolio 50%
Component: Oral Assessment/Aural Assessment Component Weighting: 40%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
oral assessment 50%
aural assessment 50%

Formative Assessment:

Students will be given short fortnightly assignments in preparation for seminars and to practise and consolidate new material. All formative assessment will be submitted to the module tutor during class time. Summative language portfolio tasks will also fulfil a formative role since full feed-back will be provided to students.

Attendance at all activities marked with this symbol will be monitored. Students who fail to attend these activities, or to complete the summative or formative assessment specified above, will be subject to the procedures defined in the University's General Regulation V, and may be required to leave the University