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Students will further consolidate their ability to communicate in German in oral and written discourse and develop cultural literacy in German by engaging with key themes in modern German-speaking societies such as: e.g. relationships and individualism vs. community. Students will develop more advanced language skills through reading short newspaper and magazine articles and watching film and television clips. They will produce shorter texts of different types (eg. argumentative essays, reviews) and learn how to debate contemporary issues. Students will also gain an understanding of the principles of organizing language as well as developing proficiency in the use of the appropriate linguistic tools for the formation of situation-appropriate vocabulary, sentence and text structures. The Cultural Studies seminars give students the opportunity to develop topics of interest within the general areas of German literature, linguistics and culture. Students will be introduced to a variety of specialized terminology and should develop analytical skills relevant to the topic area.
Intended learning outcomes
On successful completion of this subject, students should:
- have acquired the ability to use research skills to find information from various sources, including dictionary, library, the internet and interviewing people;
- have developed a comprehension of more formal spoken discourse of a moderate complexity on a range of topics to do with contemporary life in German-speaking societies, including on a specialist topic of their choice;
- have acquired the knowledge to use a greater range of vocabulary relating to contemporary German societies including specialised terminology in relation to literary, linguistic or cultural topics of their choice;
- have acquired the ability to use writing forms of a moderate complexity and using specialized language on cultural and literary topics; begin to acquire specialized vocabulary for genres such as film;
- have acquired the skills to express themselves accurately and appropriately in formal and informal settings through tutorial and seminar discussion and class presentations;
- have acquired the skills to deploy linguistic structures to speak and write about cultures and societies both past and present and to express opinions, desires and intentions;
- have acquired written and oral communication skills through essay writing and seminar discussion;
- have sufficient time management and planning skills to manage and organize study workloads for recommended reading, essay and assignment completion;
At the completion of this subject, students should:
- be able to use research skills to find information from various sources, including dictionary, library, the internet and interviewing people;
- have acquired a foundation in intercultural communication practices;
- have acquired written communication skills through essay writing and seminar discussion;
- be able to show 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.
Last updated: 22 November 2023