GER30080 German Language III a

Academic Year 2020/2021

This module is aimed at consolidating independent language use (CEFR level B2) and the transition to autonomous language ability (CEFR level C1). The module builds on the foundations acquired in level two language modules (GER20070 German language IIb, or GER 20250 German Ex-Beginners B) The focus of the module is on the comprehension and synthesis of audio-visual and written sources. Students will be expected to research German material independently and to extract and summarise oral and written texts on a range of topics, with a particular focus on personalities from the German-speaking world. Students who have achieved at least a B grade in this module are deemed to be successfully progressing towards level C1 of the European framework of reference.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On successful completion of the module students will be able to

• Demonstrate comprehension of medium-length and longer-length clips from audio and audiovisual material in German.
• Summarise information and synthesise ideas in writing.
• Show a commitment to autonomous learning by researching independently from German-language material such as newspapers and online sources.
• Express different positions on a current issue in written German using a variety of grammatical structures and appropriate vocabulary and idiom
• Keep up a casual conversation with a good degree of fluency, coping with abstract expressions
• Give a talk on a familiar abstract topic with a good degree of fluency using the appropriate register and a wide range of vocabulary

Indicative Module Content:

This module explores audio-visual and written materials drawn from a variety of media including TV documentaries, online audio-visual and press sources that deal with personalities from different historical periods and different areas of German-speaking society It focuses on advanced written and oral production and comprehension in German, supporting students as they independently refine their grammatical knowledge and expand their vocabulary to present portraits of selected persons and hypothesize about their view on social, cultural and political issues

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Small Group


Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
In order to benefit from the learning experience, students need to attend fully and participate actively in this module. Contact hours will be conducted partly in the physical and partly in the virtual classroom. It will be possible to participate fully online if required and students who are unable to attend physical classes will be fully supported in their learning. Students are also expected to work consistently and independently outside of class time.

In-class work will include:
• small group and partner work
• class discussion
• aural comprehension work

Independent work outside of class will include:
• selecting, reviewing and researching German-speaking personalities and current issues
• drafting texts and correcting written work
• preparing and practising oral presentations
• practising spoken skills (conversation and phonetic practice)
• reading/viewing/listening to source materials and taking notes or answering comprehension questions
• recording and learning vocabulary
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations
Learning Requirements:

Programme students of German must have successfully completed GER 20060 (German Language 2a) and GER 20070 (German Language 2b) OR GER 20180 (Intensive German Ex-Beginners) OR GER 20240 (German Ex-Beginners A) and GER 20250 (German Ex-Beginners B) prior to taking GER 30080.

Learning Recommendations:

An extended period spent abroad in a German-speaking country or frequent exposure to a German-speaking environment is highly recommended. The proficiency level recommended is a minimum of B2 (CEFR). Programme students of German are deemed to have met this if a minimum of a B grade has been achieved in GER 20070 (German Language IIb).

Non-programme students of German or students taking this module as an elective, but who have not completed or passed both Level 2 German language modules, must contact the module coordinator.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
GER20060 - German Language II a, GER20070 - German Language II b, GER20180 - Intensive German Ex-Beginners, GER20240 - German for Ex-Beginners A, GER20250 - German for Ex-Beginners B

LANG10110 - German Gen Purp 4, LANG10130 - German Gen Purp 2, LANG20070 - German Gen Purp 5, LANG20250 - German Gen Purp 3, LANG20450 - German for General Purposes 4

Additional Information:
Prerequisites: EITHER GER 20060 and GER 20070 OR GER 20240 and GER 20250 OR GER 20180

Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Continuous Assessment: Participation in small-group conversations on selected topics Throughout the Trimester n/a Graded No


Examination: Open-book exam Week 12 No Graded No


Presentation: Recording of an Oral Presentation (Porträt) on a selected and independently researched personality Week 5 n/a Graded No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Spring No
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, on an activity or draft prior to summative assessment
• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
• Group/class feedback, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Individual feedback on homework tasks in the lead-up to first assessment. Peer review activities in practise for oral recording Group/class feedback after first assessment Individual feedback during writing tasks preparing for final written assessment

Name Role
Ms Zeineb Bahri Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Siobhan Donovan Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Assoc Professor Gillian Pye Lecturer / Co-Lecturer