GRMN2409 German Studies 9

Credit
6 points
Offering
(see Timetable)
AvailabilityLocationMode
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 2 option in the GRMNA German Studies major sequence
  • Category A broadening unit for Bachelor of Arts students where relevant according to the broadening requirements for each student
  • Level 2 elective
Content
This unit, if taken with GRMN2410 German Studies 10, forms Pair 2 of options in the MJD-GRMNA and MJD-GRMNA German Studies majors. The unit develops students' proficiency in advanced German reading and writing. Its focus is on particular aspects of language study such as translation of newspaper articles, intensive grammar studies, development of advanced reading skills and techniques of essay writing. The unit teaches students to study German texts in great detail and to develop their written expression in both German and English. Part of the class is spent in discussion in small groups of two or three students, comparing translations and considering the differences. The remaining part of the class is open forum and discussion of the meaning of the original text and the accuracy and appropriateness of the suggested translations. This open forum leads to a better understanding of the specific language/translation problems posed by the text and of the techniques required to solve them, while sharpening students' writing, speaking and presentation skills, as well as their critical information literacy and interpersonal skills. Each text is chosen to illustrate a specific area of language use in particular, such as reported speech, syntax, tenses or collocations; or a specific area of translation practice such as accuracy, audience, explicitness and appropriateness; or a specific area of contrastive language study such as sentence structure, verbal/noun structures and register.

Students gain an increased level of competency in all four macro skills—listening to as well as speaking German, and reading and writing German corresponding to Levels B2/C1 and upwards of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (Gemeinsamer Europaischer Referenzrahmen). Students develop an increased awareness of intercultural understanding and of language learning, as well as research skills and communication strategies and increased awareness of how languages work in general.
Outcomes
Students are able to (1) gain an increased level of competency in all four macro skills—listening to as well as speaking German, and reading and writing German corresponding to Levels B2/C1 and upwards of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (Gemeinsamer Europaischer Referenzrahmen) and (2) develop an increased awareness of intercultural understanding and a greater sensitivity to modern German perspectives on world events.
Assessment
Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) in-class tests; (2) written assignments; and (3) oral tasks. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Professor Alexandra Ludewig
Unit rules
Prerequisites:
GRMN1406 German Studies 6 or GRMN1106 German Advanced II
or
GRMN2407 German Studies 7
or
GRMN2408 German Studies 8
Incompatibility:
GRMN2209 German Advanced Language I, GRMN3309 German Advanced Language I
Contact hours
seminars: 2 hours per week (over 13 weeks); language classes: 1 hour per week (over 13 weeks)
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