Applied Language Skills-Writing in German in the Public & Professional - GRMN5940

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This module is not currently running in 2024 to 2025.


This module introduces students to the forms and varieties of modern written German through engagement with a wide variety of print and digital media. It explores the similarities and differences between different dimensions of German as it is used today, for example in the media, in teaching and in business. Students taking this module will examine the rhetorical patterns underlying all of these forms of communication, and will thereby improve their own language skills. Emphasis is placed on using a variety of resources (news media, websites, blogs) to build up a thorough awareness of the modern German language in context, and on encouraging students to work together in using up-to-date resources in producing German texts. In particular, the module aims to prepare students for their graduate life and for the uses of written German that will be expected of them on work placements, in their graduate jobs and in the German public sphere.


Contact hours

Total Contact Hours: 20

Method of assessment

Examination (3 hours) – 40%
Group Project (1,000 words) – 30%
Assignment 1 (500 words) – 10%
Assignment 2 (500 words) – 10%
Assignment 3 (500 words) – 10%

Indicative reading

Indicative Reading List:

Aitchison, J. (1991). Language Change: Progress or Decay? 2nd edition, Cambridge: CUP
Baumert, A. (2011). Professionell texten, 3rd edition, Munich: DTV
Crystal, D. (2001). Language and the Internet, Cambridge: CUP
Der Duden – Stilwörterbuch (2010). 9th edition, Leipzig: Verlag Bibliographisches Institut
Knorr, D., Jakobs, E.-M. (eds.) (1997). Textproduktion in elektronischen Umgebungen. Frankfurt a. M.: Peter Lang
Lord, R. (2005). Culture Shock: Germany. A Survival Guide to Customs and Etiquette. Portland (Oregon): Graphic Arts Centre Publishing
Runkehl, J., Schlobinski, P., Siever, T. (1998). Sprache und Kommunikation im Internet. In: Muttersprache. Vierteljahresschrift für deutsche Sprache. 2.
Smith, B. (1991). German Philosophy: Language and Style. Topoi.

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

Recognise and apply German writing styles and communicative patterns in different professional and public contexts, e.g. in legal, academic and political registers, in the classroom, in a commercial environment and in a media/journalistic context;
Deploy a range of established critical knowledge in the production of German idiomatic texts;
Identify and critically analyse different linguistic criteria and aspects of the German language (for example register, sentence structure, tonal range) including an array of rhetorical and genre strategies necessary to produce idiomatically correct German texts;
Recognise and apply linguistic & stylistic criteria of electronic/digital text production in German;


  1. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  2. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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