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Course Times & Enrolment

Tuesdays from 22nd April 2014 (Code K3335) Add to Basket Tuesdays, 6:30pm - 8:30pm • (10 classes) Room LG47, Paterson's Land, Holyrood Campus • Tutor: Jeannette Rissmann MA MSc PhD
£110.00/£73.00 concessions

Course Summary

This course aims to improve/maintain the speaking, listening, reading and writing skills in German at advanced level through various aspects that would enable a better understanding of the reality of the German-speaking countries. The course offers a diversity of approaches, enabling you to understand and produce complex argumentations by mixing a wide range of perspectives.

Course Details

Pre-requisites for enrolment

Students should be proficient speakers of German.

Content of Course

  • Reading and discussing a German short story or novella (all term).
  • Cultural aspects of contemporary Germany and its German-speaking neighbours: Exploration of various contemporary social trends and the ‘global’ world through diverse material (literature, films, video clips, newspapers etc.)
  • Speaking, listening and writing activities focusing on current affairs and topical studies.
  • Activities to develop a wide understanding of the vocabulary and idioms specific to various contexts, social situations and cultural environments.
  • Revision of complex grammar according to the needs of the class.

Teaching method(s)

The course is tutorial based with a combination of whole class activity and group work; use of audio-visual material as teaching aids.
In order to fully benefit from the course and to achieve the learning outcomes, you will need to devote some time outwith classes to revision and homework.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course students should be able to:

  • Gain a greater insight into the contemporary reality of Germany and its German-speaking neighbours.
  • Master communication strategies specific to various contexts.
  • Effectively employ argumentative strategies and linguistic means that facilitate argumentation.
  • Understand a wider range of idiomatic expressions in German differentiating finer shades of meaning in a wide range of complex situations.
  • Produce clear, detailed texts on a wide range of subjects and explain a viewpoint on a topical issue.
  • Understand long and complex factual and literary texts, appreciating distinctions of style.


Core Readings

If appropriate, the tutor will recommend a textbook to students in week 1 of the course.

Web Sources

Where appropriate Web sources will be provided.

Class Handouts

Handouts will be provided during the course.

Student support

Please contact us to arrange a confidential appointment if you think you have any specific study requirements that may need to be put in place to enable you to study a Languages for All course. Giving us this information will enable us to make arrangements to meet your requirements for studying in accordance with your rights under the Disability Discrimination Act.