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2010/1 Module Catalogue
Module Provider: Language & Translation Studies Short Name: LIG103
Level: HE1 Module Co-ordinator: DIPPOLD D Dr (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 (%)
In-class negotiation or debate and self-assessment report (400 words in German)
In-class presentation and self-assessment report (400 words in German)
In-class listening test on academic and professional topics and phonetics
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 in German or equivalent

Module Aims

This module aims to improve students’ oral proficiency in German beyond A-level or equivalent (B2 in the Common European Framework of Reference for languages - CEFR). The main focus of the module is on group discussions, negotiations and presentations to improve the students’ fluency, pronunciation, use of register and information literacy skills. Students are encouraged to self- and peer-assess their progress in speaking German and to map their competence against the descriptors of the CEFR.

Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of the module, the students will
  • speak German in a range of academic and professional situations with a good degree of fluency and appropriateness;
  • interact confidently and appropriately in a wide range of academic and professional situations in German;
  • use adequate and specific vocabulary and the appropriate register in a range of academic and professional situations;
  • understand and interpret complex spoken German on academic and professional topics;
  • pronounce German accurately and with good intonation;
  • be introduced to the German phonetic alphabet;
  • have acquired sufficient cultural awareness to enable them to communicate successfully and confidently in discussions, negotiations and presentations in German.
This module will enable students to develop the following transferable skills:
  • the ability to communicate successfully in a range of situations;
  • working in teams, specially the ability to discuss and negotiate in a group;
  • information literacy and critical thinking: the ability to collect, select , evaluate and present information through presentations, discussions and negotiations;
  • presentation skills through giving and observing presentations in class and through group and pair work preparations;
  • negotiation skills
Module Content

Telling a story

  • describing events, processes and results;
  • expressing cause, effect and purpose.


  • collecting and selecting information
  • structuring a presentation
  • delivering a presentation
  • taking notes in presentations
  • visual aids
  • handling difficult questions

Discussions and negotiations

  • presenting facts vs. opinions
  • expressing opinions and asking others’ opinion
  • agreeing and disagreeing
  • chairing a discussion
  • proposing, accepting and rejecting proposals
  • handling complaints
  • giving advice
  • summarising
Methods of Teaching/Learning

Teaching will be in small groups. The module is taught in the target language and the stimulus material used will be drawn from a variety of sources, including audio and video media. Students are expected to take part in discussions and negotiations, to give presentations and to evaluate their own and their peers’ work. Students are also required to work collaboratively in class and in the preparation of their assignments. Students will use multimedia resources in class and in their assignments.

Selected Texts/Journals
Essential Reading
There is no set text for this module. Materials will be drawn from a variety of multimedia sources.
Recommended Reading
Gesprächstraining deutsch für den Beruf: Kommunikation am Arbeitsplatz (2000). Hueber
Training berufliche Kommunikation: Erfolgreich am Telefon und bei Gesprächen im Büro (2006). Cornelesen.
Training berufliche Kommunikation: Erfolgreich bei Präsentationen (2006). Cornelesen.
Training berufliche Kommunikation: Erfolgreich bei Verhandlungen (2006). Cornelesen.
Geschäftskommunikation: Besser Telefonieren (2008). Hueber.
Geschäftskommunikation: Verhandlungssprache (2008). Hueber
Kursbuch Phonetik: Lehr-und Übungsbuch mit 2 CDs (1995). Hueber
Phonothek Intensiv: Aussprachetraining (2007). Langenscheidt.
Selected Websites
Deutsche Welle:


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