LN112GC      Half Unit
German Language and Society 2 (Intermediate) (Spring Semester)

This information is for the 2020/21 session.

Teacher responsible

Dr Peter Skrandies PEL.6.01f


This course is available to General Course ‘Spring Semester’ students.


A good pass at GSCE/AS Level or its equivalent is required. An interview with the course co-ordinator prior to registration is compulsory.

Course content

The course is designed to be a bridge from intermediate to advanced study of the German language within the framework of social sciences and culture. It will introduce students to the study of the society, economy and culture of German-speaking countries through the medium of German. In a dynamic and communicative way the course develops speaking, listening, reading and writing skills through individual and group work, topical discussions, and by using authentic and multi-media material. The focus is on accuracy as well as communication that advance students’ language competence, transferable skills and cultural awareness.


50 hours of classes in the LT. 5 hours of classes in the ST.

Five 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. This course has a reading week in week 6 of the Lent term.

Formative coursework

Weekly language exercises

Indicative reading

Beattie, S. (ed.) (2007) Collins German Dictionary, 7th edition, Glasgow: Harper Collins

Braun, Birgit, Margit Doubek et. al. DaF kompakt neu B1, Kursbuch und Arbeitsbuch. Stuttgart: Ernst Klett. ISBN: 978-3-12-676315-8. (Set course book, purchase is required)

Durrell, Martin et al. (2002) Essential German Grammar, London: Routledge

Wolski, Werner (2012), Pons Kompaktwörterbuch Deutsch als Fremdsprache, Stuttgart: Klett Verlag


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.

Important information in response to COVID-19

Please note that during 2020/21 academic year some variation to teaching and learning activities may be required to respond to changes in public health advice and/or to account for the situation of students in attendance on campus and those studying online during the early part of the academic year. For assessment, this may involve changes to mode of delivery and/or the format or weighting of assessments. Changes will only be made if required and students will be notified about any changes to teaching or assessment plans at the earliest opportunity.

Key facts

Department: Language Centre

Total students 2019/20: Unavailable

Average class size 2019/20: Unavailable

Capped 2019/20: No

Value: Half Unit

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

Personal development skills

  • Self-management
  • Team working
  • Problem solving
  • Application of information skills
  • Communication