German Language Intermediate II

Second year module

This module consolidates and further extends skills acquired in LC German Language I & II. Most main (remaining) grammatical structures and functions of the language will be dealt with through classroom exercises reinforced by private study.

Students will become proficient in a wide range of less predictable and complex situations and functions. Practical language classes will focus on productive and receptive skills helping students to achieve effective communicative competence in even unpredictable situations.

Simple texts for translations from German into English and vice versa will be introduced. Wide-ranging aspects of modern Germany will be integrated at appropriate points by using a variety of materials: complex authentic texts, dialogues, short presentations, interviews and semi-authentic radio & TV programmes.

Students will be given the opportunity to work in a group as well as individually. Strategies for independent learning will continue to be developed. Discussion and debating skills in German will also be developed and enhanced.

Learning outcomes

By the end of this module the student should be able to:

  • deal with a range of less predictable language tasks, situations and complex topics
  • speak with a degree of fluency about semi-complex topics covered in the course
  • develop debating and discussion skills on semi-prepared complex topics
  • read and understand authentic articles / texts from a wide variety of sources covering a great range topics
  • listen to and understand native speakers of German at `normal¿ speed when discussing less predictable topics
  • discuss and express opinions in writing and speaking on unpredictable topics
  • deliver an oral presentation in German from notes
  • write short essays in German expressing complex thoughts
  • translate simple texts from German into English and vice versa
  • demonstrate full understanding of complex grammatical issues
  • work with a selection of authentic German sources and use relevant reference materials