Learning German 5 - GE503

Location Term Level Credits (ECTS) Current Convenor 2017-18 2018-19
(version 2)
Autumn and Spring
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6 30 (15) PROF BW Hutchinson


GE507 – Learning German 4 or equivalent.





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.


This module appears in:

Contact hours

4 workshop contact hours per week for 20 weeks


GE503 is required for students who pursue a degree in German. It is open to bilingual students with secondary education in a German speaking country, and German native speakers.

Method of assessment

50% Coursework, 50% Exam

Preliminary reading

Indicative Reading:

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)

See the library reading list for this module (Medway)

Learning outcomes

On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

11.1 Demonstrate consolidated and extended translation skills. This is done via exposure to a selection of texts covering a range of registers and topic areas, including the journalistic and the literary.
11.2 Demonstrate consolidated and extended ability to accurately recognise and use a range of registers in German, and gain enhanced sensitivity to the equivalent English registers.
11.3 Demonstrate perfected linguistic skills by means of studying grammatical and lexical subtleties of the German language.
11.4 Analyse and gain a deeper understanding of concepts (both linguistic and cultural), and the complex relation between such concepts, in both German and English.
11.5 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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