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German Intermediate Accelerated


Summary

Level:

The module is designed to enable students who have demonstrated higher linguistic skills to complete two levels, (levels 3 and 4), in one year instead of two.

Main Objectives:

To improve and strengthen reading and writing skills, listening and speaking skills and develop greater fluency in a German-speaking environment.

Credits:
This is a 24 or 30 CREDIT module.
Teaching:

4 hours language class each week for 21 weeks

Students are reminded that 1 credit = 10 hours of study, therefore the minimum expected amount of study is 240 hours, which averages over 10 hours per week. A substantial amount of independent study is therefore required. Students can make use of Languages@Warwick (a virtual learning environment) to facilitate this.

Tutor:

Dr Birgit Oehle
 

Course Texts

Braun, B., Dengler, S., Fügert, N., Hohmann, S. (2014) Mittelpunkt neu B1+: Lehr- und Arbeitsbuch mit Audio-CD, Stuttgart: Ernst Klett Sprachen (ISBN 978-3-12-676645-6)

Sander, I., Daniels, A., Köhl-Kuhn, R., Bauer-Hutz, B., Mautsch, K.F., Tremp Soares, H. (2012) Mittelpunkt neu B2, Stuttgart: Ernst Klett Sprachen (ISBN 978-3-12-676652-4)

Klapper, J. and McMahon, T. (2006) Aktion Grammatik! New Advanced German Grammar, 3rd edn, London: Hodder Education (ISBN 978-0340-915-257)

Additional Material
  • Students will be expected to have at least a medium-sized dictionary, such as: Collins Concise English/German - German/English Dictionary (new edition, 2003). Preferable would be one of the full-sized dictionaries (eg. Collins, new edition 2013).

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the module, students should be able to:

  • apply a basic knowledge of grammar appropriate to the level
  • develop strategies for locating information and understanding structure
  • understand and produce the main ideas of complex text on concrete and abstract topics
  • understand extended speech in a variety of contexts, and the gist of most current affairs programmes and films (including implied meaning)
  • read articles and reports concerned with contemporary problems
  • interact with fluency and spontaneity, and account for and sustain viewpoints
  • write clear detailed text on a wide range of subjects; explain viewpoints on topical issues, giving advantages and disadvantages

By the end of the course, students should be able to perform at Level B2 (Independent User: Vantage) of the Common European Framework. of Reference for Languages.

Syllabus


These will vary a little from year to year, but indicative topics are:

  • societal values;
  • work;
  • interacting with others;
  • studying abroad.
Grammar
  • review and develop essential features such as: case; adjectives; word order.
  • items allowing greater differentiation and sophistication of expression, such as: relative clauses; the passive; conditions.

 

Course Description:

The syllabus will include the following:

Writing and speaking activities will be supported by authentic written and spoken material focusing on aspects of German life and culture in German speaking countries.

Successful completion of German Intermediate Accelerated qualifies students to progress to German 5.