ULGE51040 - LEAP German 4 (B2)

  • Credits: 20
  • Level: 2
  • Pre-requisite: LEAP German 3 or A-level German.
  • Co-requisiteIf 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 (September to May).
  • Timetable: Timetable for the course.

Description

This course is for students who have successfully completed LEAP German 3 or equivalent and wish to take their German to the next level.

The course offers the solid foundation required for achieving language competency with the use of complex grammatical structures of the German language and sophisticated written and aural texts on a variety of subjects covering contemporary issues.

The course provides an extensive range of vocabulary which will enable students to communicate fluently and effectively, both orally and in writing, and use language flexibly and effectively for social and professional purposes.

It will help students produce clear, well-structured written texts on complex subjects, expressing points of view at some length.

Communication skills will be developed including discussion, presentation, and reporting skills.

More aspects of the culture and current issues of the countries where the language is spoken will also be covered.

Learning outcomes

Upon successful completion of the course, students should be able to:

  • demonstrate competency in understanding and knowledge of language structure grammatical rules;
  • understand a wide variety of demanding longer texts and conversations, and recognize implicit meaning;
  • speak with reasonable fluency and spontaneity and take an active part in discussions;
  • give a presentation on a specialist subject, outlining advantages and disadvantages of particular cases;
  • independently write short essays, reports, and letters putting forward personal points of view by using a variety of vocabulary and formulaic expressions and using the target language in a wide range of contexts.

By the end of the course, students should be able to perform at Level B2 of the Common European Framework.

Transferable skills

Information handling, IT skills, cultural appreciation, language awareness, discussion, formal presentations.

Teaching and learning methods

One three-hour seminar per week, delivered through blended learning which integrates on-campus and online 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%

If government or university guidance requires assessment to be held online, then Listening Exam may be assessed alongside the Oral Exam.

The Goethe Zertifikat B2 exam can be taken externally after the course has finished. Candidates are to pay the full Goethe B2 Zertifikat exam fee. PLEASE NOTE: There is a fee of £175 for the Goethe B2 exam.

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

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Maximum entry

22

Set text

  • Sicher! AKTUELL B2 by HUEBER Kursbuch ISBN 978-3-19-301207-4 +Arbeitsbuch ISBN 978-3-19-311207-1 

Recommended texts

  • The German Handbook - Your guide to speaking and writing German, Cambridge University Press, ISBN: 0521648602.
  • Upgrade your German, by Annemarie Künzl-Snodgrass and Silke Mentchen. (2003), ISBN 978-0340-80662-1 Publisher Hodder Arnold.
  • Übungsgrammatik für die Mittelstufe (B1-C1) Hueber(2009), ISBN 978-3-19-011657-7.
  • Großes Übungsbuch Wortschatz A2-C1, by Lilli Marlen Brill + Marion Techmer. (Hueber 2011) , ISBN 978-3-19-201721-6.

Pathway

ULGE51030 LEAP German 5

Employability

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