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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

Please note that this information is subject to change.

Module Title German Language 2(Beginners)
Module Code GE108
School SALIS
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Angela Leahy
Semester 2: Angela Leahy
Autumn: Angela Leahy
Module TeachersAngela Leahy
Tanja Rudert
Inge Wagner
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 10
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

This module aims to help students develop their knowledge about some of the essential aspects of the language and cultures of German-speaking countries. Students will continue to be introduced to a range of everyday situations requiring the use of specified linguistic skills. Students will be guided in the development of a range of language learning strategies and transferable skills, such as independent learning.

Learning Outcomes

1. Understand short simple texts containing high frequency vocabulary and increasingly complex syntax.
2. Provide a simple written description of people, living or working conditions, daily routines, likes/dislikes.
3. Produce sentences that are largely orthographically correct.
4. Generally understand clear standard speech on familiar matters directed at him/her.
5. Ask and answer simple questions, initiate and respond to simple statements in areas of immediate need or on very familiar topics.
6. Use basic vocabulary which enables him/her to deal with everyday situations with predictable content.
7. Demonstrate control of basic as well as increasingly complex grammatical structures (e.g. word order in main and subordinate clauses, the use of genders and cases, adjectival endings).
8. Demonstrate metalinguistic awareness of the most important grammatical features encountered so far.
9. Source information in the target language, using a variety of online and offline media and contacts.

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Seminars72Textbook-based and other activities
Fieldwork100Homework and preparation for the oral exam etc.
Independent Study78Revision and practice of material covered in class.
Total Workload: 250

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

The materials used in this module are drawn from A1 - A2 level, according to the CEFR.
Learning Outcomes are pitched at this level.

Practising of skills
All skills with a particular focus on the development of oral skills: expressing agreement/disagreement, points of views, descriptions, interaction in role plays. Reading, writing and listening skills are developed both in class and as part of homework/independent learning time, using the textbook and other resources.

Digital literacies
Students will be familiarised with online reference and practice tools. IT skills include word processing, web-searches and accessing language specific resources.

Group work
Both in the classroom and outside.

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
In Class TestAssessing grammatical and lexical knowledge.30%Week 6
Oral ExaminationThe oral examination consists of a role-play between two students.30%As required
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

  • Aufderstraße et al: 0, Themen 1 and 2 aktuell - Kursbuch,
  • Bock et al.: 0, Themen 1 and 2 aktuell - workbooks,
Other Resources

56412, Websites, 0, Online resources,
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