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

Undergraduate Course: German Language Paper 1 (ELCG10016)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Literatures, Languages and Cultures CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryThe Language Paper 1 course will focus on German précis writing, German to English translation and German grammar at C1/C2 level on the CEFR.
Course description This course develops students' skills in translation and writing in German. In translation, the course works with texts from contemporary German media covering a variety of subjects, and introduces students to the techniques and practice of translation as cultural mediation, and to questions of genre and text function, style and register. The other half of the course is concerned with précis writing: 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.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: German 2 (ELCG08006)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements Entry to Honours in German
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2024/25, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  40
Course Start Full Year
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Lecture Hours 22, Summative Assessment Hours 3, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 73 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 40 %, Coursework 60 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 60% coursework; 40% exam


Summative coursework submitted over the year includes:
2 précis assignments (in German and 200 words each = 15% per assignment)
2 translation assignments (German to English and 350 words each = 15% per assignment)

May Exam includes:
1 précis (in German and 200 words = 20%)
1 translation (German to English and 350 words = 20%)

No December exam; a practice exam under timed conditions will be offered during the teaching Semester 2.

Feedback Students will receive individual feedback on their assignments and group feedback will be available in the Learn folders provided for the week the feedback is due to be issued.

Please be aware that grades located within Learn are provisional until these have been confirmed by the exam board at which point, they will be available via EUCLID.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate a broad palette of German vocabulary with a high degree of grammatical accuracy in writing, even on abstract, complex and unfamiliar topics, supported by a sophisticated understanding of the culture of the German-speaking countries.
  2. Engage successfully with complex written texts on concrete and abstract topics and in a variety of styles.
  3. Demonstrate an ability to extract information from a text and summarise it efficiently in German for a new audience.
  4. Engage with the practice of translation from German into English, showing an excellent command of English in an appropriate style and a sensitivity to cultural difference.
Reading List
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
KeywordsDELC German 4 LP1
Course organiserMiss Clarisa Novello
Course secretaryMiss Kara McCormack
Tel: (0131 6)50 3030
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