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Archived Version 2022 - 2023

Module Title Intermediate German Language Skills 1
Module Code GE103
School SALIS

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Module Co-ordinatorDr Heinz LechleiterOffice NumberC1119
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

This module is conducted predominantly through German. Throughout the year, students will perform individual and collaborative tasks to develop their confidence and competence in spoken and written production as well as interaction in the target language. They will develop skills that will help them source and critically evaluate information about German-speaking cultures and produce spoken and written texts directed to a German-speaking audience, as well as lifelong language learning strategies.

Learning Outcomes

1. Extract information from a range of different written materials such as newspapers and websites on familiar subjects, such as everyday life, university life, interests, travel, current affairs, etc.
2. Produce written pieces on topics of interest and give his/her opinion on familiar matters.
3. Communicate orally and in an intelligible manner, on familiar topics related to his/her interests.
4. Understand announcements, instructions, and messages on concrete topics spoken in standard dialect at normal speed.
5. 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.
6. Engage in activities to develop capacity for lifelong learning; reflect on his/her own development and learning experience.

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Tutorial11Small group language classes and task-based class activities
Assignment Completion20CA
Independent Study40Research resources
Directed learning49Interaction with native speakers, reading and listening to authentic materials
Assessment Feedback5Assessment Feedback on participation (learning activities, homework) and CA
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

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
Reassessment Requirement
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
Indicative Reading List

  • H. Aufderstrasse et al.: 2003, Themen aktuell 2 - Lehrbuch, latest,
  • H. Aufderstrasse et al.: 2003, Themen aktuell 2 - Workbook, latest,
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