German (advanced I)

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Module code: LG1033 

Number of Aston credits: 10 

Entry requirements: Intermediate German II or equivalent, AS level grade C

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Duration: 2 hours per week for 12 weeks per module
Teaching Period when Offered: Teaching Period 1

Module convenor: Elisabeth Wielander

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This is an advanced-level module developed with the purpose of teaching students to express, interpret, and negotiate meaning in context. The module content follows the Languages Ladder framework and the Common European Framework.

The TP will be divided into two areas of focus: an intercultural one and professional one. Each lesson will aim to develop the skills of reading, writing, listening and speaking, and to deepen knowledge and understanding of the grammar and lexis of the German language through a variety of activities such as:

1. Communicating in different situations (through role plays, presentations, group discussions)

2. Reading activities and exercises

3. Writing activities ranging from CVs to compositions

4. Practice grammatical structures and vocabulary

Educational Aims

The module emphasises the functional use of language within a proficiency-oriented framework around two main themes: a job or professional-related theme and a more cultural one. The development of the basic skills – listening, speaking, reading, writing – are given equal weight and are taught as building blocks toward proficiency and communication.

  • This module aims to consolidate and expand the fundamentals of German language acquire at the level of German Intermediate I and II (or equivalent). This course offers a practical knowledge of German-speaking cultures and the German language as spoken by native speakers in professional and every-day situations in five areas: listening, speaking, reading, writing, and cultural competence.
  • This course will help students build on existing and acquire new communicative skills in German at an advanced level. Students will consolidate their grammar knowledge and be able to use a wide range of vocabulary in different communicative situations.
  • Students will demonstrate understanding of different varieties of German spoken at normal speed on a variety of selected topics in various formats and be able to use conversational skills in a variety of communicative and professional situations and to produce written compositions for different purposes.
  • Students will be able to apply for a placement of job in a German-speaking country and communicate (orally and in writing) effectively and appropriately in both formal and informal situations.
  • Students will be able to work autonomously inside and outside the classroom, to further their knowledge of German through independent learning skills and to work in pairs and groups to practise and consolidate written and spoken communicative competence.


The course will be delivered in German. English will be used only if necessary or requested by students in particular situations or grammar explanations. Students are expected to use the target language as a means of communication in the classroom.

Students will be encouraged to seek opportunities to practise the four skills outside the classroom. They will be expected to take advantage of the learning resources available in the School to practise, revise and consolidate their learning of the German language (for instance by using Auralog - Tell me more - a language software available in the Language labs)

The module will consist of two contact hours per week.

A minimum of 3-4 hours a week, in addition to the 2 taught hours, should be devoted to German outside the classroom to complete work set by the tutor, assignments on grammar structures, learn and revise vocabulary and practise reading, writing, and listening skills.

Learning Hours

Seminar- A discussion or classroom session focusing on a particular topic or project - (20%)

Independent Study - might include preparation for scheduled sessions, follow-up work, wider reading or practice, completion of assessment tasks, revision, etc - (80%) 

Feedback will be given through:

  • Formative feedback throughout the module through informal, verbal comments on weekly activities.
  • Formative and summative feedback following the oral presentation.

  • Summative written feedback provided as part of the marking process for the exam.

Summative assessment

  • A 8-min (approx.) individual discussion with the tutor on topics covered in class (no notes allowed) in week 10 - (20%)
  • A 30-min listening test in week 11 - (20%) 
  • A 2-hour exam (grammar and vocabulary exercises, reading comprehension, and a written composition) (examination period), No dictionary allowed - (60%)

Students are advised that all marks obtained in tests are subject to moderation and approval by the external examiner.

Course Book:

Sander I. ( et al) (2011). DaF kompakt A1-B1. Stuttgart: Klett, ISBN 9783126761802

Grammar book:

DaF kompakt Grammatik A1-B1. Stuttgart: Klett, ISBN 3126761933

Gschossmann-Hendershot, E. / Feuerle, L. (2014). Schaum’s Outline of German Grammar. NYC: McGraw-Hill, ISBN 0071824707

Dreyer, H., Schmitt, R. (2009). Lehr- und Übungsbuch der deutschen Grammatik. Ismaning: Hueber, ISBN 319307255


Bilingual Dictionary of choice (to be identified with assistance of module convenor)

A list of resources will be available on Blackboard.

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