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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

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Module Title German Language and Culture 7 (B1+)
Module Code GE3007
School SALIS
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Elena Lopez
Semester 2: Elena Lopez
Autumn: Elena Lopez
Module TeachersElena Lopez
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

This module is conducted entirely through German and aims to develop students’ language competencies and fluency in written and spoken production at an intermediate level. Students will encounter a variety of literary and non-literary texts as well as a range of audio-visual resources in order to develop reading and listening comprehension. Awareness and knowledge of culture and society in German countries are further consolidated. Moreover, teamwork and collaboration will be developed throughout participation on different projects during the semester.

Learning Outcomes

1. Understand main points in stories and other narratives from authentic textual and audio-visual sources on selected topics made for a wider audience.
2. Communicate reasonably confident orally on both familiar topics and some beyond their immediate personal experience,such as societal developments and cultural production in the German-speaking countries. Express their own points of views on these matters, provided that the interlocutor makes an effort to support understanding.
3. Express him/herself coherently in simple writing on both familiar topics and some beyond his/her immediate personal experience, and show awareness of text type conventions and sociolinguistic appropriateness in a variety of texts such as personal email, online written interactions, reports, news articles etc.
4. Demonstrate a good understanding of intermediate language and structure in order to communicate efficiently in a variety of contexts. Draw on relevant and appropriate vocabulary to express him-herself on topics concerning German-speaking culture, popular culture, and related topics, being able to use communicative strategies, e.g some circumlocutions, to convey the intended message.
5. Demonstrate knowledge of intercultural differences and on how behaviour in various types of social interactions in different cultures may convey a message different to the one he/she intends.
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
Seminars22Class contact hours
Assignment Completion25Complection of prescribed work to monitor the progress of the students.
Independent Study33Autonomous learning outside the classroom, for example, participation in activities organised in the LanguageCulture Space.
Portfolio Preparation45Preparation, design, and final submission of the E-Portfolio.
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 Weight%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
ParticipationAttendance to at least 50% of seminars10%n/a
Performance evaluationCompletion of activities to practice your 4 language skills40%n/a
PortfolioProgress based on completion of a portfolio to show evidence of completion of activities and independent learning during the course.50%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 2
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