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German 3 (Level 4)


  • Credit value: 30 credits at Level 4
  • Convenor: Dr Peter Damrau
  • Assessment: continuous assessment (20%), a listening in-class assessment (20%), written in-class assessment (35%), oral in-class assessment (20%) and class participation (5%)

Module description

This 24-week course is designed to help you practise and improve your oral and written comprehension, written composition and conversation, and leads to CEFR* B2 (Upper Intermediate)/A-level+. You will be introduced to more complex grammatical structures, helping to bring your German up to an advanced level. A variety of media and class activities also develop your knowledge of the cultures of the German-speaking countries.

* Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. Please note: this is only an approximate equivalence.

Learning objectives

By the end of this module, you will be able to:

  • understand extended speech and lectures and follow even complex lines of argument provided the topic is reasonably familiar
  • understand most TV news and current affairs programmes
  • understand the majority of films in standard dialect
  • read articles and reports concerned with contemporary problems in which the writers adopt particular attitudes or viewpoints
  • understand contemporary literary prose
  • interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers quite possible
  • take an active part in discussion in familiar contexts, accounting for and sustaining your views
  • present clear, detailed descriptions on a wide range of subjects related to your field of interest
  • explain a viewpoint on a topical issue giving the advantages and disadvantages of various options
  • write clear, detailed text on a wide range of subjects related to your interests
  • write an essay or report, passing on information or giving reasons in support of, or against, a particular point of view
  • write letters highlighting the personal significance of events and experiences.