German Intermediate B1 - B2 (Intensive) - GE516

Location Term Level Credits (ECTS) Current Convenor 2019-20
(version 3)
Autumn and Spring
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5 30 (15) DR T Heinrich


GRMN3290 (GE329) – German Beginners A1-A2 (Intensive); or equivalent ability to A2 of the CEFR must be demonstrated





This module is the natural follow-on for those who have, in the previous academic year, successfully taken an intensive beginners German course such as GE329, and who have covered the basics of grammar, acquired a stock of high frequency vocabulary and reached a degree of proficiency beyond GCSE and approaching A-level (A2 way stage in terms of the Common European Framework of Reference).
The module is designed to allow students, upon completion, to demonstrate a level of ability up to B2 threshold, turning students into independent users of German, in both oral and written contexts. The course is thus also designed to prepare students for their year abroad and independent life in Germany as a foreign country. This module is an intensive course, which develops the student's active and passive aural and written skills.


This module appears in:

Contact hours

Total Contact Hours: 80

Method of assessment

• Essay (500 words) – 10%
• English to German Translation – 10%
• Guided Comprehension – 10%
• Grammar In-Course Test 1 (40 minutes) – 10%
• Grammar In-Course Test 2 (40 minutes) – 10%
• Audio-visual Comprehension In-Course Test (40 minutes) – 10%
• Written Examination (3 hours) – 30%
• Oral Examination (10-15 minutes) – 10%

Indicative reading

Indicative Reading List:
Dodd, W., Eckhard-Black, C., Kalpper, R. & Whittle, R. (1996), Modern German Grammar: A Practical Guide, Routledge: London.
Dodd, W., Eckhard-Black, C., Kalpper, R. & Whittle, R. (1996), Modern German Grammar: A Workbook, Routledge: London.

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
- Demonstrate increased vocabulary, improved knowledge and critical understanding of the German language;
- Demonstrate enhanced skills in German speaking, listening, reading, writing and translation;
- Demonstrate familiarity with sources of information which will be useful during the year abroad, i.e. students will know how to apply their knowledge and understanding of the language in new and varied contexts;
- Show a good knowledge of German through translation and essay writing, and by summarising material and expressing opinions on a variety of topics;
- Converse with a native speaker of German on course topics;
- Demonstrate the ability to write in good and grammatically correct German, in formal and informal contexts.

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