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This is an introductory subject for students with little or no knowledge of German. Its goal is to generate a firm grounding in the basics of German grammar and language structure in conjunction with the development of cultural literacy (including a sensitivity to the social contexts of communication). Students acquire a basic vocabulary, learn to discern and employ the structures, patterns and grammatical features of a foreign language, and develop the ability to engage with simple texts. Students reach a level of simple text production (eg. letters, emails, personal résumés or family backgrounds). Students will learn how to converse in a number of different informal communicative situations and begin to use language in limited formal settings. The study of key aspects of German, Austrian and Swiss culture is integrated into language acquisition through the engagement with a variety of authentic texts and media.
Intended learning outcomes
On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:
- Interpret and synthesise information from biographical and journalistic texts, popular media such as film and television and shorter literary texts
- Read and write personal narratives about events in the present and past with a high degree of accuracy
- Use an elementary vocabulary from a wider range of everyday communicative situations about the self, family, occupations and pastimes as well as use basic grammatical and syntactic forms of German including basic elements of the tense and case system
- Understand and use idiomatic and conversational forms appropriately in a range of informal and formal settings
- Demonstrate familiarity with German cultural traditions and practices, and appreciate regional diversity.
At the completion of this subject, students should:
- Be able to work effectively in groups in both English and German and develop the ability to reflect on their language learning process
- Be able to find information from various sources, including dictionary, library and the internet
- Have acquired time management and planning skills through managing and organising workloads and develop analytical skills, learning strategies and the ability to process, organise and integrate information
- have developed a differentiated and informed understanding of self and other and of cross-cultural exchange, apprehend and appreciate features of the interaction of language and identity, and develop an openness to the world and an awareness of cultural and historical contexts.
Last updated: 20 February 2024