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German Advanced Two

Module titleGerman Advanced Two
Module codeFLG3530
Academic year2024/5
Module staff

Dr Birgit Hanke (Convenor)

Duration: Term123
Duration: Weeks



Number students taking module (anticipated)


Module description

German Advanced 2 is intended for students who have successfully completed FLG3430 German Advanced 1 or who have a level broadly of A level (Grade A*-B) plus one year of further study on an Advanced course or equivalent. The module develops all four core language skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing, as well as advanced grammatical structures of German, in a communicative context.

The module is taught in German.

Module aims - intentions of the module

This module aims to:

  • review and consolidate the advanced structures of the target language, developing both vocabulary and range of language structures thus equipping you with the linguistic tools to enable you to communicate effectively in everyday and academic situations
  • further develop and embed active and passive language skills, including comprehension skills in listening and reading, with particular emphasis placed on the skills necessary for effective oral and written communication in the target language at an advanced level
  • build on knowledge of the sociocultural aspects of the regions/countries in which the languages are spoken and to continue to develop transferable skills necessary for studying and/or working abroad.

This module is broadly equivalent to a high B2/ low C1 Proficient User Level of the Common European Framework for Languages.

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

ILO: Module-specific skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 1. Demonstrate competence in the use of a range of advanced grammatical structures of German
  • 2. Read and comprehend a range of demanding, longer written texts in most registers, on both concrete and abstract topics in German, including articles and reports concerned with contemporary problems in which the writers adopt particular attitudes and viewpoints which may be implicit
  • 3. Communicate fluently and spontaneously, orally or in writing, on complex and abstract topics and produce coherent, cohesive and near-accurate texts in a range of appropriate styles and genres

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 4. Demonstrate advanced levels of autonomy in language learning, with minimal direction from the teacher
  • 5. Use available learning aids in a variety of media, including an advanced reference grammar and specialist dictionary, to consolidate your learning

ILO: Personal and key skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 6. Work proactively and flexibly with others as part of a team, react and adapt to some unexpected situations as appropriate
  • 7. Apply self-study skills and demonstrate an awareness of and sensitivity to a foreign culture
  • 8. Defend a viewpoint in debate and evaluate or critique other viewpoints in interaction

Syllabus plan

Whilst the content may vary from year to year, it is envisioned that it will cover some or all of the following topics:

  • The module provides a systematic approach to acquiring essential advanced grammar structures in a communicative context and in accordance with the skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing. At this level, you are expected to demonstrate competence in the use of advanced grammatical structures. However, there may be remedial revision / consolidation of grammar during the module.
  • The coursebook used in this combines a range of contemporary topics with systematic revision of those areas of grammar required for communicating at an advanced level in an idiomatic manner. Topics range from more personal topics to contemporary issues related to modern society.
  • Teaching methods are based on interactive language development tasks, such as pair / group work and may include the study of longer and more complex texts, oral development work and listening comprehension exercises.
  • You will be expected to spend time studying outside the class and we provide guidance, facilities and materials to help you develop your expertise as an independent and advanced language learner.
  • You will be asked to consolidate your class work by learning advanced vocabulary and structures, and by reading, watching or listening to material in German.
  • You will receive regular feedback on your progress from class activities, homework assignments and formative assessment tasks. You will also receive feedback on the formative In-Class Task, including suggestions on how to improve and identify your own strategies for improvement.

Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning and Teaching66Language classes
Guided independent study234Preparation

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
4 formative tasks covering some or all of the following areas: grammar, writing, listening, reading, speaking.Variable1-7Written and oral

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Oral Exam 2517-18 minutes 1, 3, 8Written and oral
Written examination251.5 hours1-5, 7Written and oral
Portfolio 50As described on the ELE page 1-7Written and oral

Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
Oral ExamOral Exam1, 3, 8Referral/Deferral period
Written examination Written examination 1-5; 7Referral/Deferral period
PortfolioPortfolio1-7 Referral/Deferral period

Re-assessment notes

Deferral – If you miss an assessment for certificated reasons judged acceptable by the Mitigation Committee, you will normally be either deferred in the assessment or an extension may be granted. The mark given for a re-assessment taken as a result of deferral will not be capped and will be treated as it would be if it were your first attempt at the assessment.

Referral – if you have failed the module overall (i.e. a final overall module mark of less than 40%) you will be required to submit a further assessment as necessary. If you are successful on referral, your overall module mark will be capped at 40%.

You will only be required to retake any failed assessments. Marks for any passed assessments will be carried forward. If you have failed any assessments but managed to pass the module overall, you will not be allowed to retake the failed assessments.

Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

  • Buscha et al., Erkundungen – Deutsch als Fremdsprache C1: Integriertes Kurs- und Arbeitsbuch. Schubert Verlag, 2016.
  • Elke F. Gschossmann-Hendershot & Lois Feuerle, Schaum's Outline of German Grammar, 5th edition, McGraw Hill, 2014.

Indicative learning resources - Web based and electronic resources

Key words search

German, advanced, Advanced German, German Advanced 2, German Advanced Two, German Language

Credit value30
Module ECTS


Module pre-requisites

Completion of FLG3415/3430: German Advanced One or equivalent

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