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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

Please note that this information is subject to change.

Module Title German for Teaching Purposes
Module Code GE492
School SALIS
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Olga Springer
Semester 2: Olga Springer
Autumn: Olga Springer
Module TeachersAngela Leahy
Olga Springer
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

This module is designed to further develop advanced proficiency in German with a particular focus on language use in the classroom, and the teaching of German as a foreign language. Its aim is to empower students to use accurate and appropriate German in the classroom and to explore a range of teaching strategies and exercises to develop comprehension, production, interaction and mediation skills, including vocabulary and grammar, in secondary-school learners. The module also covers the teaching of cultural awareness and intercultural competence with a focus on the German-speaking world.

Learning Outcomes

1. Develop higher intermediate proficiency in German, which includes the ability to communicate with appropriate grammar and lexical resources in a range of unrehearsed situations, whether these require producing and understanding the language, interacting with other speakers or mediating between speakers.
2. Design appropriate activities that foster the development of reception, production, interaction and mediation skills in secondary school pupils.
3. Demonstrate an in-depth understanding of core aspects of German grammar, vocabulary and culture and an ability to explain these through German in a manner that supports learning.
4. Source and create appropriate and accurate German language learning materials both digital and print at a level suitable for the junior cycle and senior cycle curricula.
5. Critically discuss issues related to assessment and feedback within the context of the secondary school level using appropriate terminology both in spoken and written German.
6. Critically reflect on their own teaching and adapt it as needed regarding the teaching context, students’ profiles (e.g., proficiency, age, motivation) and external requirements (e.g., Leaving Cert).

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Seminars24Small group seminars
Directed learning42Preparation for class sessions is essential for the success of this class; this includes reading/watching the required materials before the session and completing any assigned activities.
Independent Study34Students are expected to engage autonomously in activities that will foster their understanding of the module's content. This includes individual work and planned interaction with classmates to review class content or/and complete collaborative tasks.
Assignment Completion25Preparation and completion of continuous assessment tasks.
Total Workload: 125

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

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
AssignmentProduce a written reflective piece on student's teaching experience.30%n/a
AssignmentDesign a lesson plan on a German-language or -culture related topic, including teaching materials used.30%n/a
Oral ExaminationThe oral examination, conducted through the target language, will test students' ability to communicate in unrehearsed situations as well as their ability to critically reflect on the concepts studied during the semester.40%n/a
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

  • Bimmel, Peter, Bernd Kast and Gerd Neuner.: 0, Deutschunterricht Planen Neu.,
  • Smith, Steve, and Gianfranco Conti.: 0, The Language Teacher Toolkit.,
  • Barkowski, Hans, and Hans-Jürgen Krumm: 0, Fachlexikon Deutsch als Fremd- und Zweitsprache.,
  • Daum, Susanne, and Hans-Jürgen Hantschel.: 0, 55 kommunikative Spiele Deutsch als Fremdsprache,
  • Brenner, Gerd: 0, Methoden für Deutsch und Fremdsprachen,
Other Resources

Programme or List of Programmes
BEDGGBachelor of Ed. in Gaeilge and German
BEDLANBachelor of Ed. in Gaeilge and FR/GE/SP

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