German Advanced C1 - GE503

Location Term Level Credits (ECTS) Current Convenor 2018-19 2019-20
(version 3)
Autumn and Spring
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6 30 (15)


Prerequisite: GRMN5070 (GE507); or GRMN5160 (GE516); or equivalent ability to B2 of the CEFR must be demonstrated.

GRMN5030 is required for students who pursue a degree for the BA German. It is open to bilingual students with secondary education in a German speaking country, and German native speakers.





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

Total Contact Hours: 60

Method of assessment

• English to German Translation ICT (40 minutes) – 10%
• German to English Translation ICT (40 minutes) – 10%
• Audio-visual Comprehension ICT (40 minutes) – 10%
• Essay (600 words) – 10%
• English to German Translation – 10%
• German to English Translation – 10%
• Written Examination (3 hours) – 30%
• Oral Examination (15 minutes) – 10%

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:

8.1 Demonstrate consolidated and extended translation skills, as developed in the first and second years;
8.2 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;
8.3 Demonstrate perfected linguistic skills by means of studying grammatical and lexical subtleties of the German language;
8.4 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;
8.5 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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