LANG20450 German for General Purposes 4

Academic Year 2023/2024

This module is designed for students who already have an intermediate level of German. The aim is to develop communicative competence in a wide range of situations including more specialized topics. The course will focus on a broad range of contemporary themes and issues. Emphasis will be placed on communication and comprehension skills as well as written communication, vocabulary building and grammar review. Themes will be introduced to develop an understanding of the culture and society of contemporary Germany. This module will be delivered via small group teaching with classes having a maximum of 18 students. Students will also have access to extra resources and materials via the Virtual Learning Environment, Brightspace.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this module students should be able to:
• express an opinion or ambition and give brief oral explanations for these in the target language;
find information on a topic and present it in the form of a short oral presentation (spoken production)
• intervene in a conversation and exchange information on familiar topics (spoken interaction)
• understand the main points of clear, standard speech on familiar matters and understand the
main points of short, clear listening texts which deal with cultural themes or topics of personal interest (listening)
• understand written texts using fairly high frequency, everyday or university-related language (reading)
• write simple, connected texts on familiar topics or topics of personal interest (writing)
• show progress in developing an awareness of and sensitivity to a foreign culture

Students who achieve at least a B grade at the end of this module are deemed to have reached Level B1.1/ B1.2 of the Common European Framework.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Small Group


Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
This module involves an interactive small group class using pair work and task-based activities. Students prepare short presentations and short writing assignments. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations
Learning Requirements:

Leaving Certificate or approved equivalents to CEFR A2.2.

Learning Exclusions:

Students taking German major or minor in BA, BA International or BComm International.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
GER10010 - German Language I a, GER10020 - German Language I b, GER10110 - German Beginners B, GER20060 - German Language II a, GER20070 - German Language II b, GER30080 - German Language III a, GER30090 - German Language III b, LANG10110 - German Gen Purp 4

Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Examination: Oral Examination Week 12 No Graded No


Examination: Mid-Term Examination Week 6 No Graded No


Examination: Written Examination 1 hour End of Trimester Exam No Graded No


Attendance: Attendance and Participation Throughout the Trimester n/a Graded No


Examination: Aural Examination Week 11 No Graded No


Carry forward of passed components
Remediation Type Remediation Timing
Repeat Within Two Trimesters
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

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Students will receive feedback individually on the midterm exam. Feedback can be sought on the other components, post-assessment.

Name Role
Dr Anna Nunan Tutor
Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.
Small Group Offering 1 Week(s) - Autumn: All Weeks Tues 16:00 - 17:50
Small Group Offering 1 Week(s) - 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33 Mon 16:00 - 17:50