Level of study First Year
Credit value 20
Semester 1 only
Other pre-requisites C at GCSE or equivalent in a foreign language
The course is aimed at absolute beginners or near beginners in German. It will introduce students to the main grammatical structures and functions of the language through classroom exercises reinforced by private study. Students will become sufficiently proficient in a wide range of common (predictable) situations and functions. Practical language classes will focus on productive and receptive skills helping students to achieve effective communicative competence up to `survival¿ level. Aspects of modern Germany will be introduced in the target language at appropriate points. The course will also help students to develop strategies for coping with German in real-life situations, using a variety of materials: semi authentic texts, dialogues and simulated radio & TV programmes. Students will be given the opportunity to work in a group as well as individually. Strategies for independent learning will also be developed. Support of independent learning is provided with the help of extensive WebCT material.
Teaching and learning methods
Practical Language Class / Small Group