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Programme and Module Handbook

Undergraduate Programme and Module Handbook 2022-2023 (archived)

Module CFLS1G61: German Stage 6

Department: Centre for Foreign Language Study

CFLS1G61: German Stage 6

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


  • Successful completion of German Stage 5, achievement of CEFR Level B2 Goethe-Zertifikat or an equivalent qualification, subject to decision by the module coordinator. No higher entry German language qualification permitted.


  • none

Excluded Combination of Modules

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


  • To consolidate and widen further the knowledge of the German language, including grammar and lexis;
  • To enhance communicative proficiency in German further, in both writing and oral (presentation and interaction);
  • To develop further listening and reading skills;
  • To broaden the knowledge of the contemporary German-speaking countries;
  • To develop intercultural awareness


  • The development of the students' language skills (reading, writing, listening, spoken production and interaction) will be integrated into a framework focussing on various aspects of contemporary German-speaking countries (culture, politics, everyday life, social issues, etc);
  • Course materials will be supplemented with handouts and digital resources;
  • The module is conducted in German.
  • There will be two one-hour seminars each week, which will be used to consolidate and develop grammatical and lexical knowledge as well as to practice oral, aural and writing skills.

Learning Outcomes

Subject-specific Knowledge:
  • On successful completion of this module learners will be able to:
  • demonstrate analytical knowledge and effective understanding of the lexis, structures, registers, and different varieties of German (equivalent to CEFR level C1) used in various different contexts.
  • demonstrate the ability to carry out research in the target language and present an oral and written summary;
  • demonstrate a broad knowledge of some aspects of contemporary Germany and German-speaking countries;
  • demonstrate a good knowledge and understanding of the cultures and societies in Germany and German-speaking countries gained through the study of a wide range of materials used in various types of media (print-media, audio-visual, and electronic)
Subject-specific Skills:
  • On successful completion of the module learners will be able to:
  • write on a wide range of various contemporary German topics, expressing and discussing views;
  • express ideas fluently and spontaneously without much obvious searching for expressions on a range of different topics – both familiar and unfamiliar
  • understand and report on the main points of authentic aural passages on various topics;
  • apply a wide range of grammatical principles;
  • 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:
  • Give an oral presentation in German;
  • Discuss topical or general subjects with a high degree of fluency;
  • Write an essay demonstrating the ability to produce a well-structured, analytical and detailed text on complex subjects, showing controlled use of lexical structures, connectors and cohesive devices.
  • Extensively communicate information, ideas and arguments both orally and in writing;
  • Gather, process and evaluate critically information and evidence from a variety of paper, audio-visual and electronic sources.;
  • Read complex and multivalent text with intellectual nuance, and a sensitivity to context and genre.

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;
  • 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.
  • Small group teaching (up to 15 students) will allow for the development of oral/aural skills as it offers all students the chance to participate in various communicative activities in pairs and groups stimulating the students and encouraging them to fully participate in the class.
  • 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.

Teaching Methods and Learning Hours

Activity Number Frequency Duration Total/Hours
Seminar 40 2 per week 1 hour 40
Student assessment, preparation and reading time 160
Total 200

Summative Assessment

Component: Reading, Writing & Listening Component Weighting: 75%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
In-course summative portfolio (in-course): three written entries based on the research of various sources from or related to the culture(s) of the target language. The different formats of the entries will range from informal text production to writing for academic and professional purposes, and will test the flexible and effective use of the target language 100% Yes -one representative submission
Component: Speaking Component Weighting: 25%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
In-course summative assessment. Oral presentation & critical analysis of the tasks from the reading, writing & listening portfolio 20 minutes 100% Yes - individual presentation

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