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German 2 (GERM10005)

Undergraduate level 1Points: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Overview

Year of offer2019
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 1
Subject codeGERM10005
Campus
Parkville
Availability
Summer Term
Semester 2
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

This subject consolidates and builds upon the basic skills and knowledge acquired in German 1. It continues to provide a firm grounding in the fundamentals of German grammar, the tense system and language structure in conjunction with the development of cultural literacy, focussing on regional cultural and linguistic diversity in the German-speaking world. Through cultural components, which include architecture, music and literature, students enhance their vocabulary and engage with more complex grammatical and syntactic structures to enable them to understand more sophisticated texts drawn from a variety of sources – such as biographical, journalistic, popular media and literary texts – and expand their appreciation of texts in context. Emphasis is placed on increased oral proficiency, enhanced communicative skills and the ability to initiate and sustain conversation in a greater range of informal and formal settings. Students also improve their written proficiency in German through writing short narratives, i.e. news reports and biographies, and engage in guided creative writing.

Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of this subject, students should:

  • be able to interpret and synthesize information from biographical and journalistic texts, popular media such as film and television and shorter literary texts;
  • be able to read and write personal narratives about events in the present and past with a high degree of accuracy
  • be able to 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;
  • be able to understand and use idiomatic and conversational forms appropriately in a range of informal and formal settings;
  • be able to find information from various sources, including dictionary, library and the internet;
  • have become familiar with German cultural traditions and practices, and to appreciate regional diversity;
  • 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;
  • have acquired time management and planning skills through managing and organizing workloads and develop analytical skills, learning strategies and the ability to process, organize and integrate information;
  • be able to work effectively in groups in both English and German and develop the ability to reflect on their language learning process.

Generic skills

At the completion of this subject, students should:

  • be able to find information from various sources, including dictionary, library and the internet;
  • have developed a differentiated and informed understanding of self and other and of cross-cultural exchange;
  • have acquired time management and planning skills through managing and organizing workloads;
  • have developed analytical skills, learning strategies and the ability to process, organize and integrate information;
  • have developed an openness to the world and an awareness of cultural and historical contexts;
  • be able to apprehend and appreciate features of the interaction of language and identity.

Last updated: 12 December 2018