Undergraduate Course: German 3 Language (ELCG09014)
|School||School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures
||College||College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 9 (Year 3 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||Further development and practice of written and spoken German language skills at about CEFR level C1.1.
There is a weekly synchronous session to practice the spoken language (German Oral) and a fortnightly synchronous session to practice written language (German Language Paper 1). In addition to this, there are asynchronous online learning activities.
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.
Course materials will be provided on LEARN, students produce written work, both individually and in groups, on a weekly basis. There are three précis assignments and three translation assignments for the course.
In the oral classes, students will continue to develop their spoken German through discussions of select topics on German and Austrian current political and cultural issues. Students will be required to read the texts provided in the Oral Language Practical 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 semesters. Both the presentation and synchronous 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)
|| Students MUST have passed:
German 2 (ELCG08006) AND
||Other requirements|| A pass in ELCG08008 German 2 Language
Information for Visiting Students
|Pre-requisites||Knowledge of German language at approximately CEFR level B2.2 or above.
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2020/21, Available to all students (SV1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 70,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
Best coursework precis (25%)
Best coursework translation (25%)
Recorded presentation Sem. 1 (10%)
Recorded presentation Sem. 2 (10%)
Final oral assessment during exam diet (30%)
||Students will receive regular oral feedback on their spoken and written work in class. They will also receive written feedback on their coursework assignments. 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.
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- 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
- Produce 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
- Write and talk at length about topical and cultural issues in a critical manner, summarizing information and developing an argument based on critical analysis and evaluation of a range of sources
- Present and convey information effectively both orally and in writing and both on an impromptu and prepared basis, using a range of media.
|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 attributes website: https://www.ed.ac.uk/graduate-attributes
|Additional Class Delivery Information
||Students will be allocated to tutorial groups according to their timetables.
|Course organiser||Dr Eleoma Bodammer
Tel: (0131 6)50 3627
|Course secretary||Ms Ashley Stein
Tel: (0131 6)50 4465