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2010/1 Module Catalogue
Module Provider: Language & Translation Studies Short Name: LIG102
Level: HE1 Module Co-ordinator: SALLER C Ms (Lang & Trans)
Number of credits: 10 Number of ECTS credits: 5
Module Availability

All year

Assessment Pattern

Unit(s) of Assessment
Weighting Towards Module Mark( %)
Coursework to include in-class and take-home written assignments
Two hour unseen examination, end of Semester 2

Qualifying Condition(s)
A weighted aggregate of 40% is required to pass the module.

Module Overview

This is a Level 1 module for German. It is taught in the target language, over Autumn and Spring semesters, one contact hour per teaching week. Attendance is compulsory.


A-level German or equivalent

Module Aims

The module aims are to provide students with an overview of the forms and functions of advanced written German and to develop their ability to write coherently and precisely for a range of purposes and audiences. Students are encouraged to self-assess their progress in writing German and to map their competence against the descriptors of the Common European Framework for Languages. To support the development of these skills, students study and analyse the norms and conventions of various text types and learn how to produce their own texts based on previous text analysis.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module, students will be able to:

  • categorise and analyse a range of text types using critical and evaluative thinking
  • produce different text types in academic and professional contexts using the appropriate norms and conventions, including appropriate styles, registers, and formats, specialist terminology, and common abbreviations and acronyms
  • paraphrase and summarise information
  • organise and present ideas within the framework of a structured and reasoned argument
  • retrieve and handle information from appropriate sources 
  • reference sources appropriately in the target language
  • produce collaboratively written texts and give peer feedback effectively
Module Content

Students' writing skills are developed within a multidisciplinary setting. Topics are taken from political and social studies, law, business studies, and cultural studies. Elements of academic writing are identified and practised. Topics include: 

  • Reading sub-skills 
  • Professional writing: classifieds, CVs, letters, reviews/reports
  • Academic writing: summaries, academic essay
Methods of Teaching/Learning

Teaching will be in small groups. The module is taught entirely in the target language and the stimulus material used will be drawn from a variety of texts and topics. Learning technology will be used to encourage students to take risks in their writing and to collaborate in correcting drafts.
Self- and peer-assessment will be used to foster students' insight into their learning progress.

Selected Texts/Journals

Produced by the tutor from a variety of authentic sources. Use of internet and self-access centre.

Recommended texts:

Duensing, Annette, and Uwe Baumann (eds), Developing Writing Skills in German (London and New York: Routledge, 2006).

Recommended dictionaries:

Last Updated

JULY 2009