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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

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Module Title Intermediate German Language Skills 2
Module Code GE104
School SALIS
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Friederike Gelke
Semester 2: Friederike Gelke
Autumn: Friederike Gelke
Module TeachersAgnes Maillot
Friederike Gelke
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None
Repeat examination

This module aims to consolidate students’ language competence and fluency with particular emphasis on the quality of spoken production. Reading comprehension and written skills are also reinforced through reading newspaper articles and using on line language resources. Awareness and knowledge of key aspects of current affairs in German-speaking countries are increased. In addition, team work and oral presentation skills are practised throughout the semester.

Learning Outcomes

1. Scan texts in order to locate and gather desired information from different written materials such as newspapers, letters, brochures, websites on familiar subjects.
2. Retrieve relevant information from authentic audiovisual sources in German on chosen topics.
3. Communicate orally and in an intelligible manner, on familiar topics related to his/her interests; enter unprepared into conversation to exchange, check and confirm information pertinent to everyday life, university life, interests, travel, etc..
4. Show a good degree of grammatical control; draw on a sufficient vocabulary to express him/herself on most topics pertinent to his/her everyday life such as university life, interests, travel, current affairs, etc. and make only a few mistakes leading to misunderstanding.
5. Engage in activities to develop capacity for lifelong learning; reflect on his/her own development and learning experience.
6. Make effective use of digital tools and resources for language learning and language use (spoken and written) including searching and retrieving relevant and reliable information.

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Tutorial11Small group language classes and task-based language activities
Assignment Completion20CA
Independent Study40Interaction with native speakers, German films, reading and listening to authentic material
Directed learning49Interaction with native speakers, reading and listening to authentic materials
Total Workload: 120

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

Classroom sessions are interactive and learner-centered. The syllabus focuses on increasing the language fluency and accuracy as well as covering essential cultural aspects through a variety of tasks, class activities and group projects. Students will be asked to work in pairs/groups and complete a variety of language assignments/tasks. On successful completion of this module, students will be able to function at an A2+ level, orally and in writing.

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Group presentationResearch and reflective multimodal group project on module-related work: group research+product (20%); group presentation (20%); written reflection (10%)50%n/a
In Class Test2 small grammar and vocabulary tests20%n/a
In Class Testlistening comprehension test30%Week 11
Reassessment Requirement Type
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 1
Indicative Reading List

  • H. Aufderstrasse et al.: 2003, Themen aktuell 2 - Kursbuch, latest edition, Hueber,
  • H. Aufderstrasse et al.: 2003, Themen aktuell 2 - Workbook, latest edition, Hueber,
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Date of Last Revision23-NOV-11

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