LANG08034 2021 German Language, Culture and Contemporary Media 4.1
This module builds on the previous years of language studies and equips the student with linguistic skills to communicate competently in German at CEFR Level A2 (basic user) while progressing to B1 level. The module develops the student's appreciation of and sensitivity to cultural, social and economic issues relevant to German-speaking societies. It also develops the student's individual capacity to carry out independent research in German.
On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;
consolidate progress at CEFR Level A2. Students who have spent a semester / year abroad in a German speaking environment will be encouraged to progress towards CEFR Level B1.
communicate and interpret the main ideas of clear standard information covering an increased range of subjects regularly encountered in education, employment, social situations and travel.
Express correct responses with increasing fluency and some spontaneity in a broad range of everyday situations likely to arise while travelling or living in a German speaking area.
Summarise material, and independently compose connected text on topics relevant to everyday personal and professional life, and to social and leisure activities, while beginning to include experiences, events, dreams, hopes and ambitions, and briefly giving reasons and explanations for opinions and plans.
independently use a range of contemporary media resources to explore and evaluate information on German cultures and societies, and to relay this information in the form of a class paper or oral presentation.
Teaching and Learning Strategies
- Active classroom participation
- Use of computer laboratory to access contemporary online learning platforms and websites which impart linguistic and cultural information
- Encouragement of collaboration with Erasmus students who are native speakers of the language whether through project collaboration, a buddy system, social outings or other means preferred by the students. Tandem Learning Initiative with Hochschule Brandenburg, February 2021 is an example of this active collaboration.
- Improvement through sustained practice of grammar, reading and writing skills appropriate to the level.
- Reinforcement of key skills through consistent self-study and independent reading and research.
Module Assessment Strategies
- Written Assessment
- Oral Assessment
- Independent Project work
ONGOING = Every TWO To FOUR weeks, assessment in these areas will occur through Oral/Aural/Written work and/or Role-play
These assessments measure student progress in the consolidation of A2 level and progress towards B1 level.
- Written Assessment
- Oral Assessment
Listening: with relatively few impediments can understand clear, standard speech on familiar subjects relating to study, personal life and professional life; can keep pace with short broadcasts and extract the central ideas and points of view, providing the delivery is relatively clear.
Reading: can read with ease material which consists of high-frequency, everyday or professional language; can understand and appraise nuanced descriptions of events, feelings and ambitions in correspondence and general written text.
Spoken interaction: can readily interact in a broad range of situations likely to arise while travelling or working in an area where the language is spoken; can spontaneously contribute to conversation on topics that are familiar or of personal interest, and pertinent to everyday life (hobbies, work, travel, issues in contemporary society); can intervene to request explanations or assistance in circumstances where interaction becomes challenging.
Spoken production: can connect phrases in a relatively extensive way, readily incorporating new vocabulary and structures, in order to describe more fully experiences, dreams, hopes and ambitions; can use appropriate vocabulary to give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans; in simple terms can narrate the plot of a film or short narrative, describing one's own reaction to it, posing questions about the material and expressing a critical viewpoint.
Writing: can write simple but connected and extensive text on topics covered under oral interaction and production. Can draft clear personal correspondence offering personal views, experiences and reactions. Can observe at a simple level different registers appropriate to different types of writing tasks.
Culture and Society: can engage with a range of contemporary media to deepen particular areas of cultural and social interest and to demonstrate the use of these media in classroom discussions and presentations.
Coursework & Assessment Breakdown
|Learning Outcomes Assessed
|Continuous Assessment aural, written reports/dissertation, essays
|Continuous Assessment oral exams, presentations, reports...
Full Time Mode Workload
|study, project work, research, etc
Required & Recommended Book List
2010-01-07 Alltag, Beruf & Co.: Kurs- Und Arbeitsbuch 3 MIT CD Zum Arbeitsbuch (German Edition) Max Hueber Verlag
ISBN 3193015903 ISBN-13 9783193015907
2019 Menschen. Deutsch als Fremdsprache. B1. Kursbuch. Per le Scuole superiori
ISBN 3192119039 ISBN-13 9783192119033
2012 Sicher! Hueber Verlag
ISBN 9783190112067 ISBN-13 3190112061
2012 Sicher! : Deutsch als Fremdsprache. B1+ : Kursbuch Hueber Verlag
ISBN 9783190012060 ISBN-13 3190012067
Kursbuch ISBN 978-3-19-001206-0 EUR 13.99 Arbeitsbuch mit Audio-CD ISBN 978-3-19-011206-7 EUR 12.99 Ein Lehrwerk fr Erwachsene und junge Erwachsene.
- Book resources as listed under Recommended Texts
A variety of links and URLs will be selected to suit the level and interests of the students and for their contemporary relevance. Students will be encouraged to research their own resources.
Online monolingual dictionary
Online bilingual dictionary