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

Undergraduate Course: German 1A (ELCG08001)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Literatures, Languages and Cultures CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 1 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits40 ECTS Credits20
SummaryAn intensive course in spoken and written German, with a main focus on grammatical structures, for those with little or no previous knowledge of the language. This is a course for highly motivated students willing to put in a year of sustained hard work to acquire degree-entry level competence in German language. The course is open to students of any year, but not to those with Advanced Higher / A-level or equivalent knowledge in German; those should be registered for German 1B instead (please also see below 'other requirements'). A great deal of private study and high motivation are necessary to meet the requirements of the course. Sustained commitment is required throughout, the pace being such that any lost ground can prove extremely difficult to recover. We strongly recommend that students have a pass in at least one modern or classical language at Higher Grade (SCE) or a Grade B in National 5 or GCSE or evidence of linguistic proficiency.
Course description German 1A is a year-long course that aims to take students to approximately CEFR Level B1, so that they can progress to, and survive in, German 2.
There are five contact hours per week, four of which focus mainly on the acquisition of knowledge of grammatical structures and their correct application in the production of both written and spoken language.
Students must attend all 4 Language Seminars and an Oral Tutorial.
The fifth contact hour each week is dedicated to spoken practice and listening comprehension, including the practice of a number of common situations (providing personal details, talking about friends, family, hobbies and work, asking for and giving directions, ordering in a restaurant etc.). In order to take this course, students will need to have a good grasp of grammatical terminology, or at least be prepared to acquire this terminology very quickly.
Students are expected to prepare for each class by working through the autonomous study guides, the recorded grammar slides and completing the matching tasks and exercises in the Course- and Workbook; this preparation is basis for the discussion of questions and further practice in class. Regular attendance at all classes and the completion of all set work, including formative homework exercises, is vital for the successful completion of the course. Overall, students should expect to spend at least 8-10 hours per week in self-study, in addition to the five contact hours.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements Students with a 'C' pass at Higher (SQA) or A-level may be considered for entry to German 1A at the discretion of the Course Organiser.

If you hold a Scottish Higher in German, you will be automatically admitted to German 1B rather than German 1A. However, if you enter the course more than twelve months after you took your Higher, you should take our Diagnostic Test:

Please send the test result to the course organiser Annette Götzkes: who will then advise if you are better suited to 1A or 1B. The Diagnostic Test is also open to students who have done a 'crash Higher', whether or not it was in the past twelve months.

For students who hold a qualification in German other than a Scottish Higher: if your entry qualification for German entitles you to admission to German 1B but is over three years old, you will be automatically admitted to 1B. However, you may also, if you wish, take our Diagnostic Test, and if this tells us that you are better suited to 1A than to 1B, you will be given the option of switching to 1A. (We recommend that you take the test if you have not engaged in language learning activities since you gained that entry qualification.)Please note that changing from 1B to 1A is not allowed in any other circumstances, and is not possible after week 2 of semester 1.
Additional Costs Cost of course books.
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2024/25, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  0
Course Start Full Year
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 400 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 108, Summative Assessment Hours 4, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 8, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 280 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Grammar test week 11/ S1 and S2, Blackboard, (fill in the gap) @ 15% total 30 %

Grammar test mid-term, S1, S2, open book, auto graded formative

Text Production 4 out of 10 options with flexible deadlines in S2, Turnitin* (230-250w) @ 5% total 20 %

Vocab tests 5 per term @ 2 %, Blackboard, (fill in the gap), auto graded 20%

Listening Tests 1 per term @ 5% total 10%

Podcast S1 10%

Presentation S2 10%
Feedback Throughout both semesters, students will receive regular written and oral feedback on the assignments submitted as well as on their performance in class.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. demonstrate a familiarity with everyday German vocabulary, grammar and syntax, along with a broad understanding of German and Austrian culture
  2. appraise straightforward spoken and written information about familiar everyday-, study- or work-related topics, identifying both general messages and specific details
  3. communicate with reasonable accuracy in familiar contexts on familiar topics both orally and in writing, expressing personal opinions, and comparing and contrasting those of others
  4. develop effective communication, presentation and interaction skills across a range of media
  5. demonstrate self-reliance, initiative, and the ability to work flexibly with others as part of a team
Reading List
Essential Reading:
Coursebook: DaF kompakt neu A1-B1 Kursbuch A1 - B1,Birgit Braun, Margit Doubek et al.
Workbook: DaF kompakt neu A1-B1 Übungsbuch A1 - B1,Birgit Braun, Margit Doubek et al.

Recommended Reading
Essential German Grammar (some copies available from Main Library )
Martin Durrell, Katrin Kohl 2nd edition
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 5 contact hours per week: 4 grammar/written language seminars, plus 1 oral language practical tutorial.
KeywordsDELC German 1A
Course organiserMs Annette Gotzkes
Tel: (0131 6)50 3604
Course secretaryMr Callum Lennie
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