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2010/1 Module Catalogue
 Module Code: GER1018 Module Title: GERMAN GRAMMAR AND FUNCTIONS I
Module Provider: Language & Translation Studies Short Name: LIG108
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( %)
Two take-home assignments, one in each semester
One hour in-class test, end of Semester 1
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, two contact hours per teaching week (1 hour of lecture, 1 hour of tutorial). Attendance is compulsory.


A level German or equivalent

Module Aims

The module aims at consolidating students' knowledge of German grammar. It identifies areas of particular concern within an academic environment and encourages students to analyse and use appropriate morphological and syntactical structures. The main aim is to improve accuracy and flexibility in the target language. The module also encourages independent learning and student self-assessment.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the module, students will:

  • have gained a better understanding of how languages are structured, including their first language;
  • be able to understand and use the grammatical terminology related to the topics covered;
  • have improved grammatical accuracy in German;
  • have acquired a high level of knowledge of the grammatical and pragmatic conventions of language use which are required for establishing
  • communication and understanding in an academic or professional context;
  • be able to use language reference materials such as grammars and specialised dictionaries effectively;
  • be able to recognise and eliminate first language interference.
Module Content

Grammatical forms and functions are revised and consolidated, and grammatical terminology is introduced. A number of areas of grammar will be covered, typically to include the following:

  • grammatical terminology in the target language;
  • effective use of grammars and dictionaries;
  • revision of German conjugation and declension;
  • German verbs in context: weak/strong/irregular verbs; tenses and sequence of tenses; verb position; transitive/intransitive verbs; separable and reflexive verbs; modal verbs;
  • German nouns in context: gender/number/case;
  • German case system: valency; direct/indirect objects; prepositions;
    pronouns and determiners;
  • adjective: declension; comparison;
  • linguistic structures in the context of specialised language use: simplifying and paraphrasing.
Methods of Teaching/Learning

Teaching will be in small groups. The module is taught largely in the target language. Students will work in pairs and groups to analyse linguistic structures and prepare short presentations of their findings. Self- and peer-assessment will be used to foster students' analytical and critical skills and to develop language learning strategies.

Selected Texts/Journals

Essential Reading:
Durrell M et al: Essential German Grammar, London 2002
Other materials will be drawn by the module tutor from a range of sources, and will be handed out to students throughout the semester.

Recommended Reading:
Dodd B et al: Modern German Grammar. A Practical Guide, London & New York 1996
Drosdowski G et al: DUDEN Grammatik der deutschen Gegenwartssprache, Mannheim/Leipzig/Wien/Zürich 1998
Durrell M: Hammer's German Grammar and Usage, London 1996
Helbig G/Buscha J: Deutsche Grammatik, Leipzig 1989
Helbig G/Buscha J: Übungsgrammatik Deutsch, Berlin/München/Leipzig 1991
Weinrich, Harald: Textgrammatik der deutschen Sprache, Mannheim 1993

Last Updated

JULY 2009