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On successful completion of the module students will be able to
- demonstrate comprehension of podcasts and video commentaries on current affairs
- research independently from German-language material such as newspapers and online sources.
- identify, summarize and express different positions on a current issue in written and oral German using a variety of grammatical structures and appropriate vocabulary and idiom
- demonstrate an ability to distinguish between and make use of factual, analytical and polemical style when creating a convincing argument
- keep up a casual conversation with a good degree of fluency, coping with abstract expressions
- give a well-structured broadcast type presentation on a current issue with a good degree of fluency using a wide range of vocabulary and appropriate rhetorical devices
This module explores the discussion of current affairs in the German speaking media by means of audio-visual and written source material drawn from online audio-visual and press sources, course-work relates to social, cultural and political issues. It focuses on the analysis, summary and discussion of different positions on these social, political and cultural issues, thus advancing written and oral comprehension and production in German, recognising and using a wide range of grammatical and rhetorical devices.
Last Edited - 08th Jul 2019
|Student Effort Type||Hours|
|Specified Learning Activities||
|Autonomous Student Learning||
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:
Programme students of German should have successfully completed GER30080 (German language IIIa) prior to attempting GER30090.
An extended period spent abroad in a German-speaking country or frequent exposure to a German-speaking environment is also highly recommended before embarking on this module.
Non-programme students of German or students taking this module as an elective, but who have not completed or passed GER 30080, must contact the module coordinator.
|Description||Timing||Component Scale||% of Final Grade|
|Examination: Written "Kommentar"||2 hour End of Trimester Exam||No||Graded||No||
|Oral Examination: Live 10-minute conversation with two examiners||Coursework (End of Trimester)||n/a||Graded||No||
|Presentation: Recording of short broadcast-style presentation||Week 7||n/a||Graded||No||
|Resit In||Terminal Exam|
|Autumn||Yes - 2 Hour|
• Feedback individually to students, on an activity or draft prior to summative assessment
• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
• Group/class feedback, post-assessment
Regular written feedback will be provided on written homework, either in class to the whole group, or individually to students inside. This includes at least one piece of work before the presentation and before the written end-of-trimester assessment which is similar in format to the assessment task. Individual feedback and group/class feedback will also be provided after the first summative assessment.
|Ms Zeineb Bahri||Lecturer / Co-Lecturer|
|Assoc Professor Gillian Pye||Lecturer / Co-Lecturer|
|Dr Sabine Strumper-Krobb||Lecturer / Co-Lecturer|