German 2

Subject GERM10005 (2014)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2014.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 1 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2014.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 4-hours. 2 x 2-hour seminars per week
Total Time Commitment:

4 contact hours/week, 4 additional hours/ week. Total of 8 hours per week.


German 1 or German Beginners Language and Culture A or equivalent

Subject Code(s): GERM10004



Recommended Background Knowledge:


Non Allowed Subjects:

GERM10005 German Beginners Language and Culture B

Core Participation Requirements:

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Subject Overview:

This subject consolidates and builds upon the basic skills and knowledge acquired in German 1. It continues to provide a firm grounding in the fundamentals of German grammar, the tense system and language structure in conjunction with the development of cultural literacy, focussing on regional cultural and linguistic diversity in the German-speaking world. Through cultural components, which include architecture, music and literature, students enhance their vocabulary and engage with more complex grammatical and syntactic structures to enable them to understand more sophisticated texts drawn from a variety of sources – such as biographical, journalistic, popular media and literary texts – and expand their appreciation of texts in context. Emphasis is placed on increased oral proficiency, enhanced communicative skills and the ability to initiate and sustain conversation in a greater range of informal and formal settings. Students also improve their written proficiency in German through writing short narratives, i.e. news reports and biographies, and engage in guided creative writing.

Learning Outcomes:

At the end of this subject students will be able to:

  • use an elementary vocabulary from a wider range of everyday communicative situations about the self, family, occupations and pastimes;
  • use basic grammatical and syntactic forms of German including basic elements of the tense and case system;
  • interpret and synthesize information from biographical and journalistic texts, popular media such as film and television and shorter literary texts;
  • understand and use idiomatic and conversational forms appropriately in a range of informal and formal settings;
  • read and write personal narratives about events in the present and past with a high degree of accuracy.
  • become familiar with key German cultural traditions and practices, and to appreciate regional diversity
  • Mid semester test (equivalent to 600 words) [15%]
  • 1 x Oral presentation (equivalent to 400 words) during semester [10%]
  • 3 x written homework (equivalent to 200 words each) during semester [15%]
  • 5 x vocabulary tests (equivalent to 80 words each) during semester [10%]
  • 2 hour final exam during the examination period [50%]

This subject has the following hurdle requirements:

  • Regular participation in tutorials is required with a minimum of 80% attendance.
  • All pieces of written work must be submitted to pass this subject.

Assessment submitted late without an approved extension will be penalised at 10% per day and in-class tasks missed without approval will not be marked.

Prescribed Texts:
  • Begegnungen. Deutsch als Fremdsprache. Integriertes Kurs- und Arbeitsbuch.
    Sprachniveau A1+. Anne Busch and Szilvia Szita. Schubert-Verlag: Leipzig. (latest edition.)
Breadth Options:

This subject potentially can be taken as a breadth subject component for the following courses:

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Generic Skills:

At the end of this subject students will be able:

  • to find information from various sources, including dictionary, library and the internet
  • to develop a differentiated and informed understanding of self and other and of cross-cultural exchange
  • to acquire time management and planning skills through managing and organizing workloads
  • to develop analytical skills, learning strategies and the ability to process, organize and integrate information
  • to develop an openness to the world and an awareness of cultural and historical contexts
  • to apprehend and appreciate features of the interaction of language and identity
Related Course(s): Diploma in Modern Languages (German)
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Classics
Related Breadth Track(s): German - Entry Point 1

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