ULGE51020 LEAP German 2 (A2)

  • Credits: 20
  • Level: 2
  • Pre-requisite: Successful completion of LEAP German 1  or equivalent e.g. GCSE grade 8 or 9 taken in the last three years.
  • Co-requisite: If you are studying a Modern Languages Degree, either single or joint honours, please refer to relevant guidance about eligibility for LEAP units on your programme structure.
  • Taught during: Both semesters.
  • Timetable: Timetable for the course.

Description

This course is designed for students who already have some knowledge of the German language and have a basic understanding of the grammar system. The course aims to develop skills acquired in LEAP German 1 in speaking, listening, reading and writing. It lays emphasis on communication and comprehension skills but also builds on the fundamentals of grammar already acquired. The course introduces students to a wider range of vocabulary to enable them read longer texts and conduct a more general everyday conversation on familiar topics of everyday communication in German-speaking countries. Topics covered in LEAP German 1 will be revised and extended and new themes will be introduced which will develop understanding of the society and culture of Germany.

Learning outcomes

Upon successful completion of the course, students will have acquired the ability to:

  • demonstrate better understanding and knowledge of key grammar points with appropriate usage;
  • demonstrate reasonable competency in comprehension and listening through accurately extracting key information from written and audio sources on specific familiar topics;
  • communicate orally in simple, routine situations and handle short social exchanges about familiar topics.

By the end of the course, students should be able to perform at Level A2 of the Common European Framework.

Transferable skills

At the end of the course students will have developed their: active listening skills; skimming and scanning skills; presentation skills; ability to extract and process information textual information; intercultural competence.

Teaching and learning methods

One three-hour seminar per week, delivered through blended learning which integrates on campus and on-line instruction as necessary. This will also include online digital learning available via Blackboard and supplemented by extra online resources to aid students in their independent learning.

Teaching hours

69 hours (3 hours per week) including assessment time

Independent study hours

140 hours (not including assessment time)

Assessment

Four pieces of assessed work as follows:

  • Semester one: Week 12- Written Exam 30%
  • Semester two: Week 11- Listening 10% & Written Exam 30%; week 12 - Oral Exam 30%

Nature and timing of feedback

Feedback will include a combination of:

  • Informal ongoing oral and written feedback resulting from homework and class-based learning activities;
  • Formal written feedback will be given following every assessment.

Convenor

Dorit Fellner

Taught by

See timetables

Maximum entry

22 per group

Set texts

  • Menschen A2, Deutsch als Fremdsprache / Kursbuch mit DVD-ROM. Charlotte Habersack, Angela Pude, Franz Specht (Autoren). ISBN 978-3-19-211902-6 
  • Menschen A2, Deutsch als Fremdsprache / Arbeitsbuch mit 2 Audio-CDs Anna Breitsameter, Sabine Glas-Peters, Angela Pude (Autoren) ISBN 978-3-19-111902-7 

Recommended texts

  • Fit in Grammatik A1/A2, Taschentrainer , by Anneli Billina. (Hueber 2010), ISBN 978-3-19-357493-0.
  • Grammatik - ganz klar! Übungsgrammatik A1-B1 (Hueber 2011), ISBN 978-3-19-051555-4.

Pathway

ULGE51030 LEAP German 3

Employability

Successful completion of this course unit will enhance your curriculum vitae and your employability by showing that you have a capacity to learn other languages and the desire to engage with other cultures.