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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 Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
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 to about CEFR level B2.2.
Course description There is a weekly seminar to practice the spoken language (German Oral) and a weekly seminar 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. The presentations 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 A pass in ELCG08008 German 2 Language
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesKnowledge of German language at approximately CEFR level B2.
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: 200 ( Lecture Hours 70, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 126 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 100% coursework
Of which:

Written language:
3 précis assignments (25%)
3 translation assignments (25%)

Recorded presentation Sem. 1 (10%)
Recorded presentation Sem. 2 (10%)
Final oral assessment during exam diet (30%)
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. 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
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 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 and developing an 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.
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 attributes website:
Additional Class Delivery Information Students will be allocated to tutorial groups according to their timetables.
Course organiserDr Jennifer Watson
Tel: (0131 6)50 8980
Course secretaryMiss Hope Hamilton
Tel: (0131 6)50 4167
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