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Programme and Module Handbook

Undergraduate Programme and Module Handbook 2022-2023 (archived)


Department: Centre for Foreign Language Study


Type Open Level 1 Credits 20 Availability Available in 2022/23 Module Cap None. Location Durham


  • Grade B or above in AS Level German or successful completion of German Stage 2 or an equivalent qualification corresponding to A2 of the Common European Framework, subject to decision by the module's language coordinator. No higher entry German language qualification permitted.


  • None.

Excluded Combination of Modules

  • Any Core Language Modules offered by the School of Modern Languages and Cultures.


  • To review, consolidate and further develop knowledge of main aspects of the German language.
  • To enable students to improve their German language skills effectively.
  • To enable students to communicate competently on a variety of general topics.
  • To foster an understanding of contemporary German society and institutions.
  • To develop presentation skills in German.
  • To develop writing skills.


  • Most functional and notional topics studied at this level will be determined by a course book.
  • Class materials will be supplemented by handouts and digital resources
  • Oral activities will promote the basis for developing confidence, flexibility and fluency in conversations.

Learning Outcomes

Subject-specific Knowledge:
  • On successful completion of this module learners will be able to:
  • demonstrate the ability to carry out basic research in the target language and present an oral and written summary;
  • demonstrate some knowledge of the main aspects of German social, economic and political structures;
  • demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of the cultures and societies in Germany and German-speaking countries gained through the study of cultural products;
  • demonstrate a reasonable knowledge and understanding of the main German linguistic principles, structures and registers.
Subject-specific Skills:
  • On successful completion of the module learners will:
  • write about personal and social spheres, expressing and discussing views;
  • enter unprepared into conversation and issues related to the topics of general interest;
  • understand the main points of selected radio or TV programmes on current affairs or topics of personal or professional interest;
  • understand and report on the main points of clear standard speech and authentic aural passages on current affairs, customs and social issues of Germany and other German-speaking countries;
  • relate a series of events and take part in semi-structured discussion on current affairs, customs and social issues;
  • apply a range of grammatical principles;
  • make effective use of references material such as grammars and dictionaries;
  • use a range of language learning techniques and skills effectively by independently developing strategies to extend their lexis and knowledge of grammar.
Key Skills:
  • On successful completion of this module learners will be able to:
  • have a structured discussion in German;
  • be able to organise ideas in a logical and coherent sequence and critically analyse arguments both orally and in writing;
  • communicate information, ideas and arguments both orally and in writing;
  • gather, process and reference information from a variety of paper, audio-visual and digital resources;
  • use IT effectively both as a means of communication and as an aid to learning;
  • deal effectively with a variety of situations whilst abroad.

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

  • This module is delivered through three 1-hour seminars each week.
  • Contact time will be used to introduce new material and provide the students with high quality target language input from the module tutor and multimedia sources.
  • 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).

Teaching Methods and Learning Hours

Activity Number Frequency Duration Total/Hours
Seminars 60 three times per week 1 hour 60
Preparation and Reading 140
Total 200

Summative Assessment

Component: Reading and Writing Component Weighting: 50%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
Assignment 1 45 minutes 40% No
Assignment 2 60 minutes 60% Yes
Component: Listening and Speaking Component Weighting: 50%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
video-podcast 40% No
oral assessment with pre-prepared listening tasks (Weeks 21-22) 20 minutes 60% Yes

Formative Assessment:

Regular homework/assignments will be given to the students to practise and consolidate what they have done in class and to prepare the following session, some of which will be submitted and marked as formative assignments and regular feedback will be given to the students accordingly.

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