Introduction to the Course
This course develops an interest in, and enthusiasm for, language learning and encourages you to consider your study of the language in a broader context. During the course you will study technological and social change, looking at the multicultural nature of German-speaking society. You will study highlights of German-speaking artistic culture, including art and architecture, and will learn how Germany’s political landscape was formed. You will also explore the influence of the past on present-day German-speaking communities. Throughout your studies, you will learn German in the context of German-speaking countries and the issues and influences which have shaped them. In addition you will study texts and film and will have the opportunity to carry out independent research on an area of your choice. The course requires you to develop your ability to write and speak in German with accurate grammar and syntax for a range of purposes and to understand written or spoken German in a variety of contexts and genres. Your communication skills will improve, as will your knowledge and understanding of the world around you.
Standard entry requirements as well as a B grade in German.
40% = 1 written exam in Listening, Reading and Translation
- Understand spoken texts from a range of sources;
- Understand a variety of written texts genres;
- Translate an unseen passage from German into English.
30% = 1 written exam in Written Response to Works and Translation
- Translate an unseen passage from English into German;
- Produce a written response to a German literary text;
- Produce a written response to a German film
30% = 1 spoken exam
- Discuss a theme, responding to two statements;
- Produce a spoken presentation based on independent research;
- Respond to questions on your presentation.
Future Career Progression
The ability to speak a foreign language opens up an entire sphere of international opportunities in a wide range of well-paid and highly competitive professions including banking and insurance; health and social services; journalism and publishing; marketing and advertising and travel and tourism industries. Many companies have international offices and global trading partners, and the ability to communicate with contacts abroad is invaluable in an increasingly cosmopolitan society.