German Language and Society 2 (Intermediate)

This information is for the 2022/23 session.

Teacher responsible

Dr Peter Skrandies PEL.6.01f


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.


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 MT. 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 reading weeks in weeks 6 of the Michaelmas and 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. (2016) 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. (2015) Essential German Grammar, London: Routledge

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


Exam (30%, duration: 1 hour and 30 minutes) in the summer exam period.
Oral examination (30%) 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

(2019/20 - 2021/22 combined)

Classification % of students
First 87.5
2:1 12.5
2:2 0
Third 0
Fail 0

Key facts

Department: Language Centre

Total students 2021/22: 4

Average class size 2021/22: 4

Capped 2021/22: Yes (12)

Value: One Unit

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Personal development skills

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