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Session: 2021/22

Last modified: 27/04/2021 10:18:56

Title of Module: Introduction to German 2

Code: GERM07008 SCQF Level: 7
(Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework)
Credit Points: 10 ECTS: 5
(European Credit Transfer Scheme)
School:School of Education & Social Sciences
Module Co-ordinator:Paul  Pilger

Summary of Module

This module will provide students with an introduction to the German language and some basic communication skills. It will equip students with linguistic survival skills such as shopping for items of daily necessity, ordering food and drink, identifying and locating facilities and amenities, and booking accommodation and events. The following lexical and grammar items will be covered: regular and irregular verbs in the present tense, definite and indefinite articles, personal, demonstrative, indefinite pronouns in adjectival form, predicative adjectives, numerals, simple sentence structure, questions, negation, complex predicate structures involving modal verbs, direct objects, adverbials, accusative and dative cases. Students will acquire oral language skills through guided interactive oral exercises in class, supported through independent listening and reading exercises. They will acquire reading and writing skills through guided exercises in class, supported by independent reading and writing work.

  • Linguistic "survival skills" in German, such as shopping for items of daily necessity, ordering food and drink, identifying and locating facilities and amenities, booking accommodation and events.

  • Basic vocabulary and grammar.

  • Basic conversational and listening skills.

  • Basic reading and writing skills.

  • Basic introduction to German culture.

Module Delivery Method
Face-To-FaceBlendedFully Online
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Term used to describe the traditional classroom environment where the students and the lecturer meet synchronously in the same room for the whole provision.

Fully Online
Instruction that is solely delivered by web-based or internet-based technologies. This term is used to describe the previously used terms distance learning and e learning.

A mode of delivery of a module or a programme that involves online and face-to-face delivery of learning, teaching and assessment activities, student support and feedback. A programme may be considered “blended” if it includes a combination of face-to-face, online and blended modules. If an online programme has any compulsory face-to-face and campus elements it must be described as blended with clearly articulated delivery information to manage student expectations

Campus(es) for Module Delivery
The module will normally be offered on the following campuses / or by Distance/Online Learning: (Provided viable student numbers permit)
Paisley:Ayr:Dumfries:Lanarkshire:London:Distance/Online Learning:Other:
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Term(s) for Module Delivery
(Provided viable student numbers permit).
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Learning Outcomes: (maximum of 5 statements)

On successful completion of this module the student will be able to:

L1. Communicate orally at a basic level in situations involving basic interactions relating to personal information, facilities and amenities, and leisure activities, at level A 1 of the CEFR.

L2. Demonstrate competence in listening skills regarding basic interactions relating to personal information, facilities and amenities, and leisure activities, at level A 1 of the CEFR.

L3. Extract the gist and some specific details from written texts related to personal information, facilities and amenities, and leisure activities, at level A 1 of the CEFR.

L4. Write short messages relating to personal information, facilities and amenities, and leisure activities, at level A 1 of the CEFR.

Employability Skills and Personal Development Planning (PDP) Skills
SCQF Headings During completion of this module, there will be an opportunity to achieve core skills in:
Knowledge and Understanding (K and U) SCQF Level 7.

Understanding key grammatical and syntactic concepts of the German language.

Practice: Applied Knowledge and Understanding SCQF Level 7.

Use of language skills relevant to everyday situations
Understanding of written and audiovisual texts based on everyday situations.

Generic Cognitive skills SCQF Level 7.

Relating abstract concepts (grammar) to practical applications.

Communication, ICT and Numeracy Skills SCQF Level 7.

Communicating effectively in a very limited range of everyday routine situations.
Understanding uncomplicated written and audiovisual texts.

Autonomy, Accountability and Working with others SCQF Level 7.

Working effectively individually or in teams.
Managing limited resources and being able to address own learning needs.

Pre-requisites: Before undertaking this module the student should have undertaken the following:
Module Code:
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Co-requisitesModule Code:
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* Indicates that module descriptor is not published.

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Learning and Teaching
This module is a practical and communicative language course. Students will be active participants in class and will work either in pairs and/or groups to practise their oral/aural and written skills. Independent learning is an integral part of this course, and students will be given independent written and oral tasks to prepare for and consolidate classroom work.
Learning Activities
During completion of this module, the learning activities undertaken to achieve the module learning outcomes are stated below:
Student Learning Hours
(Normally totalling 200 hours):
(Note: Learning hours include both contact hours and hours spent on other learning activities)
Tutorial/Synchronous Support Activity24
Independent Study76
100 Hours Total

**Indicative Resources: (eg. Core text, journals, internet access)

The following materials form essential underpinning for the module content and ultimately for the learning outcomes:

Willkommen 3rd Ed., Hodder Arnold

(**N.B. Although reading lists should include current publications, students are advised (particularly for material marked with an asterisk*) to wait until the start of session for confirmation of the most up-to-date material)

Attendance Requirements

In line with the Academic Engagement and Attendance Procedure, Students are defined as academically engaged if they are regularly engaged with timetabled teaching sessions, course-related learning resources including those in the Library and on Moodle, and complete assessments and submit these on time. Please refer to the Academic Engagement and Attendance Procedure at the following link: Academic engagement and attendance procedure

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Supplemental Information

Programme BoardEducation
Assessment Results (Pass/Fail) No
Subject PanelEducation
ModeratorDr. F. Leon-Solis
External ExaminerK Pfeiffer
Accreditation Details
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Assessment: (also refer to Assessment Outcomes Grids below)
Coursework 100%
(N.B. (i) Assessment Outcomes Grids for the module (one for each component) can be found below which clearly demonstrate how the learning outcomes of the module will be assessed.
(ii) An indicative schedule listing approximate times within the academic calendar when assessment is likely to feature will be provided within the Student Handbook.)

Assessment Outcome Grids (Footnote A.)

Component 1
Assessment Type (Footnote B.) Learning Outcome (1) Learning Outcome (2) Learning Outcome (3) Learning Outcome (4) Weighting (%) of Assessment ElementTimetabled Contact Hours
Class test (written)check mark check markcheck mark451
Essay   check mark200
Clinical/ Fieldwork/ Practical skills assessment/ Debate/ Interview/ Viva voce/ Oralcheck markcheck mark  350.1
Combined Total For All Components100% 1.1 hours

A. Referred to within Assessment Section above
B. Identified in the Learning Outcome Section above

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  1. More than one assessment method can be used to assess individual learning outcomes.
  2. Schools are responsible for determining student contact hours. Please refer to University Policy on contact hours (extract contained within section 10 of the Module Descriptor guidance note).
    This will normally be variable across Schools, dependent on Programmes &/or Professional requirements.

Equality and Diversity
This module is appropriate for all students irrespective of ethnic status, disability, age, gender, socio-economic background, religious and sexual orientation. To promote inclusive practice, procedures and processes have been subject to Equality Impact Assessment where appropriate. Flexibility and anticipatory adjustments in teaching and learning strategies and assessment facilitate inclusiveness within this module. The learning activities include an audiovisual assignment for which appropriate support can be provided where required.
In line with current legislation (Equality Act, 2010) and UWS Equality Scheme (2010-13) the School of Education encourages disability disclosure throughout recruitment, selection and throughout the duration of this module. Emphasis is placed on confidentiality of information, the benefits of disclosure and that no detriment to progress will be experienced.

UWS Equality and Diversity Policy
(N.B. Every effort will be made by the University to accommodate any equality and diversity issues brought to the attention of the School)

2014 University of the West of Scotland

University of the West of Scotland is a Registered Scottish Charity.

Charity number SC002520.