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DRPS : Course Catalogue : School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures : European Languages and Cultures - German

Undergraduate Course: German 3 Language (ELCG09014)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Literatures, Languages and Cultures CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 9 (Year 3 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryFurther development and practice of written and spoken German language skills at about CEFR level C1.1. This course is mainly aimed at visiting students who want to continue their German language studies during their time in Edinburgh.
Course description There are two contact hours per week, one to practice written language (= Language Paper 1) and the other to practice spoken language (German Oral). Students will normally be taught together with German 4 students, but they will be assessed differently at the appropriate level.
In the written language class, students practice a mix of translation from German into English and précis writing in German. The translation classes systematically develop the ability to recognise the register, meaning, and cultural import of journalistic texts in German, and to render them appropriately in English. The précis are written in German and are a summary of an English text on a journalistic or cultural topic; they will allow students to further develop their vocabulary, syntax and idiomatic use of the language. Working from a course dossier provided on LEARN at the beginning of the course, students produce written work in class, both individually and in groups, on a weekly basis. They will also produce two written homework assignments per semester (one translation and one précis), in addition to either a précis or a translation in semester 2, which contribute to the coursework mark for the course.

In the oral classes, students will continue to develop their spoken German through class discussions of select topics on German and Austrian current political and cultural issues. Students will be required to read the texts provided in the course dossier (available on LEARN at the start of the course) and do further research on the topics in self study. Each student will give one presentation per semester on one of the topics chosen from the dossier and they are also expected to contribute to class discussions throughout both terms. Both the presentation and weekly class contributions will be assessed on linguistic criteria (range, fluency and accuracy of language) and on the quality of the content (knowledge of the topics, independence and originality of thought, analytical skill).
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: German 2 (ELCG08006) AND
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements In addition to a pass in German 2 overall, students must also have achieved a pass mark (40% or above) in the language component of German 2.
Additional Costs Print costs for course dossiers
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesKnowledge of German language at approximately CEFR level B2.2 or above.
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2017/18, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Full Year
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 70, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 126 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 50 %, Coursework 50 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) The course is assessed through a combination of coursework assessment (50%) and end-of-year examination (50%).

Students will submit 5 written language exercises (one précis and one translation per semester, as well as either a précis or a translation in semester 2).
The best précis mark counts for 25% of the coursework mark.
The best translation mark counts for 25% of the coursework mark.
There will be continuous assessment of oral work participation (regular contribution to class discussions.
Semester 1 - oral participation: counts for 16% of the coursework mark.
Semester 2 - oral participation: counts for 16% of the coursework mark.
Students will be assessed on one presentation in German in each semester, and the best of the 2 marks will count towards 18% of the coursework mark.
In addition, there will be 3-hour class test in December, consisting of 1 x précis and 1 x translation from German to English. The mark for this is formative only and does not count toward the overall coursework mark.

The end-of-year examination consists of a written exam and an oral exam. In the written exam, you will be required to produce one translation of a passage from German into English and a précis of about 250 words. The oral examination will last 20 minutes and consists of a presentation and a question/answer session in German on a number of select topics.
Translation - this counts for 25% of the overall exam mark.
Précis - this counts for 25% of the overall exam mark.
Oral examination - this counts for 50% of the overall exam mark.
Feedback Students will receive regular oral feedback on their spoken and written work in class. They will also receive written feedback on their coursework assignments and on the class exam. They will receive written feedback on their performance in the oral component of the course and will be offered the opportunity to receive further oral feedback on all aspects of their performance on request.
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)German 33:00
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate a nuanced command of German vocabulary, grammar and syntax, along with a critical understanding of a range of specific areas of German and Austrian culture
  2. Produce accurate written and spoken German and to translate from German into English, demonstrating an ability to deal with a variety of styles, registers and idiom in both languages
  3. Write and talk at length about topical and cultural issues in a critical manner, summarizing information accurately and developing a clear argument based on critical analysis and evaluation of a range of sources
  4. Present and convey information effectively both orally and in writing and both on an impromptu and prepared basis, using a range of media
  5. Demonstrate self-reliance, initiative and the ability to work creatively and flexibly with others as part of a team
Reading List
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills By the end of the course, students will have further developed their skills in the areas of research and enquiry, personal and intellectual autonomy, communication, and personal effectiveness. For further specification of these skills see the university¿s graduate and employability skills framework at
Additional Class Delivery Information 2 contact hours per week. Students will be allocated to tutorial groups according to their timetables.
Course organiserDr Sabine Rolle
Tel: (0131 6)50 3670
Course secretaryMiss Gillian Paterson
Tel: (0131 6)50 3646
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