GER10120 Spoken German for Beginners

Academic Year 2021/2022

This module focuses on oral and aural language skills and is intended primarily for students taking GER10110 (German Beginners B) or/and for students who took GER 10100 (German for Beginners A) in the fall trimester 2020. Using a variety of exercises and audiovisual material students will learn to comprehend and produce sentences and dialogues about everyday life situation in German and master the production of phonetic patterns specific to the German language. Students will be encouraged to record themselves and to extensively use online tools to practice their pronunciation and their spoken German.
During the first seven week of Spring Trimester the classes will be held online in the virtual classroom in Brightspace. Depending on the covid-19 updates and situation after week seven, classes could either be taking place face to face or continue being held online. Attendance in classes is extremely important to progress in this module, and assessment will often take place during (online) classes.
As this module is aiming for the A2 level, it is recommended to review some Grammar and vocabulary of level A1 (GER 10100) before coming to class. Further review option can be found in the overview in my learning in Brightspace. It is particularly important to understand that this module is not a review for the module “German for Beginners A” and will therefore not offer intensive grammatical classes. The main aim of this module is to speak German freely and clearly, using diverse vocabulary.
Students who have achieved at least a B grade in this module are deemed to have attained CEFR level of A2 in oral performance and listening comprehension. A more detailed description of the can dos for the A2 in oral performance and listening comprehension can be found in the module overview in my learning.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of the module students should be able to:
 pronounce simple German words and sentences correctly
 engage in simple conversations relating to everyday situations in a German-speaking environment
 orally describe themselves and other people, as well as places
 understand simple sentences and texts spoken in German.

Indicative Module Content:

The module is recommended for students who have little or no German, or who have started learning German at level A1 of the CEFR. It introduces basic phenomena of German pronunciation (theoretically and practically). Students will practise their listening, pronunciation and speaking skills by communicative tasks that ask for collaboration in the classroom.
The module builds on the module GER10110 (German Language for Beginners), but it is not essential to take GER10110 in conjunction with this module.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Specified Learning Activities

46

Autonomous Student Learning

30

Small Group

24

Total

100

Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
This is a highly active/task-based module which focuses on communicative skills. The students are asked to work collaboratively and will soon learn to lose their fear of speaking a foreign language.

Due to current health guidelines and restrictions, the module will be delivered online until at least week 7. Should the situation allow for any optional/additional learning activities to be moved on to the campus, this will be clearly communicated to students on Brightspace. However, all students will be permitted to follow the module remotely throughout the trimester and will be supported in their online learning.
In order to benefit from the learning experience, students need to participate actively in this module and attend class delivered each week in the virtual classroom. Students are also expected to work consistently and independently outside of class time.

In-class work will include:
• small group and partner work
• listening comprehensions
• speaking/pronunciation exercises.

Independent work outside of class will include:
• using different learning apps (view Brightspace)
• listening to German music and podcast (view Brightspace)
• recording oneself and improving the pronunciation
• review grammatical structures independently before coming to class (explanation videos and recording are in Brightspace)
• recording and learning vocabulary 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations
Learning Exclusions:

Students who have engaged in prior formal study of the German language are not eligible to take this module.

Learning Recommendations:

Students who are unsure of their eligibility for this module should consult with the module coordinator who may facilitate transfer between Beginner and Non-Beginner modules in the early weeks of the semester.


Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Incompatibles:
GER10010 - German Language I a, GER20060 - German Language II a, GER20070 - German Language II b, LANG10100 - German Gen Purp 1, LANG10130 - German Gen Purp 2


 
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Continuous Assessment: Regular Exercises in Class Throughout the Trimester n/a Graded No

30

Class Test: Aural Test Week 7 n/a Graded No

30

Examination: Oral interaction Week 12 No Graded No

20

Group Project: Role Play Week 9 n/a Graded No

20


Carry forward of passed components
No
 
Resit In Terminal Exam
Summer No
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, on an activity or draft prior to summative assessment
• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
• Group/class feedback, post-assessment
• Peer review activities

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

In order to practise speaking skills in a foreign language the learner has to lose the fear of speaking the language and learn how to produce sounds that are not used in their native language(s). Hence, feedback will be given throughout the semester by the tutor but also by fellow students: how to pronounce sounds, how to practise pronunciation and how to disassemble words (syllables) in order to make pronunciation and listening easier. You will be asked to record yourself and self-assess but you will also be given feedback on group activities by your tutor. Your homework assessments are based on listening comprehension tasks and will be handed in either as written homework or recordings. You will have three speaking assessments, which take place either one on one with your tutor or in groups with other learners. Feedback will be given as written or audio feedback individually.

Name Role
Ms Zeineb Bahri Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Ms Isabelle Jaekel Lecturer / Co-Lecturer