Learning German 4 - GE507

Location Term Level Credits (ECTS) Current Convenor 2017-18 2018-19
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Autumn and Spring
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5 30 (15) DR ID Cooper


GE301 or GE516 or equivalent

Wild module students must have language skills commensurate with German degree programme students taking the module. The language skills of wild module students will be assessed by members of the German department prior to the commencement of the module.


Must have passed GE301 or GE516 or equivalent.

This module cannot be taken by native German speakers. If students are unsure of their language level they will need to consult with the German department before registering.



The module develops 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 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 vocabulary development with discursive writing on topics of relevance to the contemporary German-speaking world. Oral classes with a native speaker develop oral competence through discussion, enabling students to speak confidently and effectively at the intermediate level.


This module appears in:

Contact hours

4 contact hours per week for 20 weeks

Method of assessment

50% Coursework, 50% Exam

Preliminary reading

Indicative Reading List:

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

By the end of the module, students will:

(11.1) be able to render the content of an English original in accurate and comprehensible German.
(11.2) have an enlarged active vocabulary and increased critical understanding of sentence structure, grammatical correctness and register through the production of written German, in particular formal and academic German, in preparation for the Year Abroad.
(11.3) have knowledge of the techniques for approaching translation and for learning; recalling vocabulary, working with monolingual and bilingual dictionaries
(11.4) be able to perform close analysis of written German and to produce accurate and stylistically appropriate English translations of German originals demonstrating a wide range of vocabulary and knowledge of structure in both languages.
(11.5) deal critically with a variety of texts and registers in both languages
(11.6) speak German confidently and accurately in a variety of situations
(11.7) be able to discuss demanding topics and abstract concepts effectively in spoken German.
(11.8) have deepened their knowledge and critical understanding of contemporary German-language culture and society and developed an appreciation of its relevance to the Year Abroad
(11.9) be able to research topics individually and in teams and present their work and findings in German.

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