German Language and Society 4 (proficiency)
This information is for the 2018/19 session.
Dr Peter Skrandies
Available as an outside option to all undergraduate and General Course students. Students can take this course in any year of their studies following approval from the teacher responsible and subject to their own programme regulations. This course is capped at 16 students.
Completion of the German Language and Society 3 (advanced) (LN110) or equivalent knowledge and skills are required. An interview with the course co-ordinator prior to registration is compulsory.
Further advanced (up to proficiency) study of the German language within the framework of the social sciences and culture. In a dynamic and communicative way the course develops all four language skills (i.e. speaking, listening, reading and writing) through individual and group work, topical discussions, and the use of authentic multi-media materials. The focus is on accuracy and communication that advance students' language competence, transferable skills and cultural awareness.
33 hours of classes in the MT. 33 hours of classes in the LT. 3 hours of classes in the ST.
Three hours per week, which will feature: (a) interactive topical work; (b) oral practice; (c) grammar and vocabulary work; (d) tutorials; and (e) guided study using IT and web-based materials. Structured activities will take place in week 11 of the Michaelmas Term and the Lent Term.
Weekly language exercises
- Durrell, Martin (2011) Hammer's German Grammar and Usage, 5th edition, London: Routledge
- Durrell, Martin at al (2011) Practising German Grammar, 3rd edition, London: Routledge
- Götz, Dieter et al (2008) Grosswörterbuch Deutsch als Fremdsprache, München: Langenscheidt
- Hradil, Stefan (ed.) Deutsche Verhältnisse. Eine Sozialkunde, Bonn: Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung. Available online at http://www.bpb.de/shop/buecher/schriftenreihe/142805/deutsche-verhaeltnisse-eine-sozialkunde
Exam (40%, duration: 2 hours) in the summer exam period.
Oral examination (20%) in the ST.
Continuous assessment (40%) in the MT and LT.
Language courses map to the Common European Framework for Language Learning. This framework defines linguistic proficiency in the four language skills (reading, writing, speaking and listening) at different levels. To pass this course, students are therefore required to achieve a pass mark in each element of the assessment (continuous assessment, oral and written exams), as these test all four skills.
Student performance results
(2015/16 - 2017/18 combined)
|Classification||% of students|
Department: Language Studies
Total students 2017/18: 5
Average class size 2017/18: 5
Capped 2017/18: Yes (16)
Value: One Unit
- Team working
- Problem solving
- Application of information skills
Course survey results
(2015/16 - 2017/18 combined)1 = "best" score, 5 = "worst" score
The scores below are average responses.
Response rate: 47%
Reading list (Q2.1)
Course satisfied (Q2.4)