The module develops advanced proficiency in writing, speaking and comprehending German. It concentrates on translation into German and English and the development of analytical skills in the production of written and spoken German. Translation exercises confront students with a variety of advanced texts in different styles and registers, and encourage accuracy and critical reflection as well as acquisition and consolidation of grammatical structures. The language skills component combines discursive writing on advanced topics with the development of proper oral competence through discussion. Conversation classes with a native speaker develop presentational ability, and enable students to speak fluently and idiomatically at the advanced level.
Total Contact Hours: 60
Method of assessment
Translation In-Course Test (80 minutes) – 20%
Audio-visual Comprehension Assignment ( Equivalent to 1,000 words) – 10%
Essay (700 words) – 10%
English to German Translation Assignment (500 Words) – 10%
German to English Translation Assignment (500 Words) – 10%
Written Examination (3 hours) – 30%
Oral Examination (15 minutes) – 10%
Duden-Verlag Deutsches Universalwörterbuch, Neue Rechtschreibung (most recent edition) (Mannheim: Duden)
Hammer's German Grammar and Usage (most recent edition) (Oxford: Routledge)
See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
Demonstrate consolidated and extended translation skills, as developed in the first and second years;
Demonstrate consolidated and extended ability to accurately recognise and use a range of registers in German, and demonstrate enhanced sensitivity to the equivalent English registers;
Demonstrate perfected linguistic skills by means of studying grammatical and lexical subtleties of the German language;
Analyse and demonstrate a deep and cogent understanding of topics related to language and cultural studies, and the complex inter-relationships between such topics, in both German and English;
Demonstrate the benefit of having had regular oral practice in German on an extensive range of topics, including academic topics, at an advanced level.
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Credit level 6. Higher level module usually taken in Stage 3 of an undergraduate degree.
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