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Archived Version 2020 - 2021

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NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 10
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

This module aims to introduce students to some of the essential aspects of the language and cultures of German-speaking countries. Students will 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 the highest frequency vocabulary.
2. Understand simple instructions in the language learning context.
3. Produce short texts, for example personal emails, and write short basic descriptions of events, past and present activities and personal experiences, using simple coordinating conjunctions.
4. Produce sentences that are largely orthographically correct.
5. Demonstrate control of the most important basic grammatical structures (e.g. word order in main clauses, the use of genders and cases).
6. Identify basic economic, social and cultural similarities and differences between Ireland and German-speaking countries.
7. 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
Directed learning100Homework and other task completion.
Independent Study78Consolidation of language through revision by using both print and online resources.
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 level, according to the CEFR.
Learning Outcomes are pitched at A1 level.

Practice of skills and competences
Reading, writing and listening skills are developed both in class and as part of homework/independent learning time, using the textbook and additional print and online materials. Topics include family, work, free time, travel and 'Landeskunde'.

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

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment% Examination Weight%
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. Bock et al.: 2003, Themen Aktuell 1 and 2 Workbook, latest edition, Hueber, Ismaning,
  • H. Aufderstraße et al.: 2003, Themen Aktuell 1 and 2 Kursbuch, Hueber, Ismaning,
  • Collins: 0, English-German / German-English dictionary,
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