The beginner’s course: ‘Deutsch-Anfänger’ contains all the basics you need, when you’re just starting to learn German.
‘Deutsch-Anfänger’ allows you to learn via internet and in the class room as well as at home . During face-to-face phases, you will converse with other learners – in German. Communicating means participating. One of the main working methods during the sessions will be group work of one kind or another. This will require you to take an active part in the business of communicating in the target language, working collaboratively with peers on projects and tasks, and interacting with one another and with native-speaker student assistants assigned as helpers to the groups.
The primary emphasis in the modules is on communication. Communication in the target language
will be the main goal, and also the principal means, of learning. The weekly sessions are designed to engage you in regular active use of the target language, since it is through using the language that we best learn, develop and practise our target language skills.
There will be several modes of assessment in the 2014–15 Language Modules programme.
Continuous assessment will be based on three aspects of of project work during the the course:
There will be two to four project presentations in (MT) Michaelmas term; (HT) Hilary term; (TT) Trinity term; attendance and participation in all classes and presentations.
The fourth project presentation and a one-hour pencil-and-paper test will be assessed formally. Your final grade will be based on the marks you accumulate across all modes of assessment. You must sit the pencil-and-paper test and complete all projects at the scheduled times during the year in order to be considered to have made a reasonable attempt at the course.
Projects will be presented orally and there is also a written requirement. The dossier (see below) must be submitted for correction on the same day as the project presentation. As part of each project you must submit your own individual dossier. The dossier is a course requirement and should be maintained as part of your European Language Portfolio.
1. all source documents used by each student in the preparation of the project. Any documents that were not used in the preparation of the project should be left out of the dossier, and only documents in the target language (the language you are learning) should be used;
2. the preparatory notes which were made during the project preparation;
3. a vocabulary list,
4. the first draft of written text;
5. the final draft of written text;
6. a bibliography of all works used in preparation of the project.
The purpose of requiring first and final drafts is to encourage critical revision by the student.
Therefore, final drafts should show clear change, through revision, compared to initial drafts.
Your final assessment grade will be returned to the appropriate Faculty and School of your main subject(s) of study. Procedures for handling and publishing these grades vary according to Faculty, School and year of study. Further information will be provided later via email. In addition you will receive a certificate of attainment upon successful completion of the module. Successful completion of a Language Module entitles you to enrol in the next proficiency level in 2015–16.
Your primary contact, however, will be with the CLCS Language Modules coordinator, Dr Lorna Carson.
All queries you have regarding your participation in the language modules should be addressed to her:
by e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
by phone: 01 896 4035
by mail: c/o CLCS,
in person: Room 3039, Arts Building
German for beginners, year 1
The modules are designed to develop your practical communication skills in German through a combination of approaches. The emphasis in the early stages will be on developing a simple communicative repertoire and basic grasp of grammatical structures. From the beginning, however, you will be engaged in using the basic skills acquired in a variety of communicative tasks.
During Hilary lecture term, you will prepare a group-based project. Each project group will prepare a short interactive presentation (in German) over a period of 3 weeks, and perform their presentation in the 4th week of the project cycle. At the end of each presentation, the assessors briefly question the students in German.
There will be at least 2 such presentations during the year. The second presentation, in Trinity Term will be formally assessed as part of the end-of-year assessment. In addition, during Hilary Term, you will work on a language-based project in which you will use authentic text in German to generate a range of exercises.
Working methods will vary from plenary sessions with the whole class to group work, pair work and individual work, both in the classroom and in the language laboratory.
The method of presentation of the projects ensures that you will also gain valuable experience in making public presentations, using prompts and materials such as handouts and PowerPoint.