This module combines language, culture, and the study of business in Germany today. A brief revision of core grammar is offered in the first three weeks followed by either a cultural or a business-oriented syllabus. The cultural component comprises an overview of contemporary socio-cultural issues such as the division of Germany, the re-unification and its aftermath, Germany’s role in European integration, the debates on “Leitkultur” and multiculturalism. The business German oriented syllabus will concentrate on written and spoken skills indispensable in a commercial environment, including mastering a job interview, job description, communication with customers, reading & interpreting business news items, commercial correspondence etc
- Unit 1 – 3: Grammar: regular and irregular verbs, tenses, conjugation; nouns and gender, prepositions, pronouns, adjectives, declensions, adverbs, sentence structure.
- Unit 4 – 6: Culture; selected readings from the German press, readers in German cultural studies and ‘A’ level textbooks. Issues include neo-Nazism, racism, demise of the feminist movement, environmentalism, German youth and their role in European integration, German family & public life.
- Unit 7 – 10: Business; reading and interpreting commercial texts, reading statistics, tables and diagrams, job interview practice, dealing with customers, business correspondence, application forms and letters of complaints etc.
- To develop oral and written skills in order to improve communication in the language being studied.
- Develop fluency of language.
- To extend knowledge of national culture.
- Learn grammar rules which apply to this language.
- To be able to research the subject in more depth and independently.
- Good understanding of language studied.
- To be able to apply grammar rules effectively.
- To have more knowledge of national culture.
- To have developed effective research skills.
- To complete assignments on a weekly basis
Assessment will be continuous and consist of several assignments, as well as class tests, two of which will be undertaken in exam conditions and represent 50 % of the final grade.
Assessment will include:
- Vocabulary tests
- Completion of various assignments
- A written presentation in the target language on a topic agreed with the tutor
- Role plays; giving opinions
- An oral presentation in English of an aspect of national culture
- Evidence of research in the subject
- Participation in classroom
This class is normally delivered over one term, with 90 teaching hours or equivalent in Michaelmas term, and 60 teaching contact hours for Hilary and Trinity terms. For students requesting credit, we recommend the transfer of three college credits for Michaelmas and two college credits for Hilary and Trinity, on successful completion of the class and the final project.
The list below is for guidance and to supply some ideas for preliminary reading. We recommend that you do not purchase the books on this list before arrival and certainly not all of them; most should be available from a good library. Your tutor will recommend the most appropriate books for purchase at the first class of term.
- Karen König, Ich Fühle Mich So Fifty-Fifty
- Alan Watson, The Germans; Who Are They Now? (Ch. 6 – 9)
- Rob Burns (Ed), German Cultural Studies (Ch. 6 – 7)