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2010/1 Module Catalogue
Module Provider: Language & Translation Studies Short Name: GER3020
Level: HE3 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( %)
One group presentation based on research topic
Individual presentation based on German audio or video stimulus.
Oral examination, normally based on German dissertation or other specialised research topic.

Qualifying Condition(s)
A weighted aggregate of 40% is required to pass the module
Module Overview
This is a Level 3 module for German. It is taught in the target language, over Autumn and Spring semesters, one contact hour per teaching week. Attendance is compulsory.
Successful completion of placement in German-speaking country or equivalent
Module Aims
The aim of this module is to build on the communication skills and oral proficiency acquired during the placement year in terms of accuracy of pronunciation and intonation patterns, grammar, vocabulary, register and overall proficiency at conversing. Within this context, students will be introduced to the differences between formal and informal interpersonal communication, building on the experience acquired during their placement year.
Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module, students will:

  • have developed their oral presentation skills;
  • be able to structure and deliver formal presentations in German at an advanced level;
  • be able to distinguish between different levels of formality in conversation and conduct discussions both in a formal and informal manner;
  • have developed strategies to handle questions confidently and engage in discussions successfully;
  • have gained in accuracy and flexibility in spoken German;
  • have developed time management skills;
  • have developed ability to work both independently and as part of a team;
  • have improved communication skills, through presentations and structured discussions;
  • have acquired research skills necessary to give an informed presentation;
  • be able to discuss the process and resuLG00 of their research with an informed audience.
Module Content

All aspects of making a presentation will be covered:

  • finding ideas, documentation
  • structuring arguments
  • handling questions (active listening, comprehending and reacting)
  • capturing and keeping the audience’s attention
  • adapting the presentation to the audience
  • aspects of non-verbal communication (eye contact, gestures, facial expression etc)
  • timing and time-keeping
  • use of media

Topics for presentation and discussion will be chosen from various specialised and non-specialised fields relevant to students’ academic and professional interests and future careers.

Methods of Teaching/Learning
One contact hour per teaching week in Autumn and Spring semesters. Classes will be conducted entirely in German. Students are encouraged to participate actively in a variety of exercises designed to enhance their oral proficiency and presentation skills. Emphasis will be on self- and peer-feedback.
Selected Texts/Journals
Materials will be drawn from a variety of sources and will be provided by the module tutor.
Last Updated
JULY 2009