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

Undergraduate Course: German Language for Students of Education (ELCG10033)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Literatures, Languages and Cultures CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryStudents on this course attend the German Language Paper 1 classes and the Oral for German classes taken by all final year honours students of German. German Language Paper 1 is a year-long course of written language seminars that develop students skills in German to English translation and writing in German. The course works with texts from contemporary German media covering a variety of subjects, and introduces students to the techniques and practice of German to English translation. The other aspect of this seminar is concerned with précis writing in German: students produce summaries of English texts in German, reading for the informational content of the text, and practising writing German that conveys complex information clearly, succinctly and in an appropriate style.

Students on this course also attend the Oral for German tutorial for final year students of German. This course focuses on advanced spoken language skills, debating skills, presenting logical arguments and the discussion of social, political and cultural topics of contemporary importance.
Course description German Language for students of Education has a programme of two class hours per week. In one class hour students attend the German Language Paper 1 course which trains advanced written German language skills. Students practice two different writing skills: the translation of journalistic texts from German into English, and the production of German summaries of English-language journalistic texts. Working from a course dossier provided on LEARN at the beginning of the semester, students are tutored in advanced German grammar, and prepare for the written language classes, both individually and in groups, on a weekly basis for class discussion.

In a second class hour students develop their spoken German language skills on the Oral for German course. On this course students reflect on and discuss contemporary topics relating to German culture, politics and society in German at advanced level (the equivalent of C1-C2 on the Common European Framework for Languages, CEFR). Students practise oral communication, and speak about the selected topics in a weekly one hour tutorial. They give a presentation in each semester, prepare a handout for one of the topics in the dossier, speak about their reflections on the topic, and lead the group discussion on it. Students practice arguing logically and drawing objective conclusions at the end of the discussion. They also learn how and where to find information for arguments, how to evaluate these sources, how to discuss, present and contextualise ideas and hypotheses, and how to enhance their debating skills.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2017/18, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  10
Course Start Full Year
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 22, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 174 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 50 %, Coursework 50 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Written language coursework: December class exam 20%
Written language exam: Degree exam 80%
Spoken language coursework: Continuous assessment 40%
Spoken language exam: Degree oral exam 60%
Students who achieve an overall first class mark are awarded a distinction in the spoken language.
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Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)German Language Paper 13:00
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
Martin Durrell and Katrin Kohl, Essential German Grammar (Routledge, 2002)
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 40 contact teaching hours
KeywordsGerman language ¿ German oral ¿ translation ¿ précis writing
Course organiser Michael Wood
Course secretaryMiss Gillian Paterson
Tel: (0131 6)50 3646
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