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This subject aims to consolidate and expand students' proficiency in both written and spoken language and to develop cultural literacy in German by engaging with broad themes relevant to modern German-speaking societies such as: communications media and consumer culture. It builds on the development of communicative skills in informal settings and expands students’ competence in using more formal registers of contemporary German, demonstrating the differences between colloquial, formal and specialised registers where appropriate, and furthering skills in a greater variety of formal and informal contexts. Students will develop more advanced reading and listening skills through working with newspaper and magazine articles, listening to interviews and watching film and television clips. They will produce more complex texts of different types (eg. expository and argumentative essays, evaluative reviews and summaries) and consolidate their discussing and debating skills in relation to contemporary and historical issues. Students will also gain a more advanced understanding of grammar and the use of idiomatic expressions and sentence structures. Students will begin to gain proficiency in using specialized terminology and developing analytical skills in relation to specialist texts that will begin to prepare them to undertake studies at a German-speaking university.
Intended learning outcomes
On successful completion of this subject, students should:
- be able to comprehend spoken German occurring in a range of audio-visual media and genres from personal narratives and accounts in films and television to more formal discourse in radio interviews and lectures;
- be able to interpret and analyse written texts and public genres of a moderate to high level of complexity from newspapers, magazines and specialist texts;
- be able to deploy more specialised vocabulary and complex linguistic and grammatical structures to express opinions and feelings as well as to summarise the opinions of others;
- be able to use analytical and expository language to produce written discourse about historical and contemporary topics;
- have demonstrated proficiency in understanding and producing specialist terminology in preparation for tertiary studies at a German-speaking university;
- have developed research skills to find information from various sources, including dictionary, library, the internet and interviewing people.
At the completion of this subject, students should:
- have developed research skills to find information from various sources, including dictionary, library, the internet and interviewing people;
- have acquired written communication skills through essay writing and seminar discussion;
- have acquired an attention to detail through essay preparation and writing;
- have acquired time management and planning skills through managing and organising workloads for recommended reading, essay and assignment completion;
- have acquired public speaking skills through tutorial and seminar discussion and class presentations;
- have acquired more advanced skills in intercultural analysis.
Last updated: 16 May 2020