GRMN2408 German Studies 8

Credit
6 points
Offering
(see Timetable)

If this unit does not have an online alternative, then students who are presently unable to enter Western Australia and whose studies would be delayed by an inability to complete this unit, should contact the unit coordinator (details given on this page) to ascertain, on an individual case-by-case basis, if alternate arrangements can be made to support their study in this unit.

AvailabilityLocationMode
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face Predominantly face-to-face. On campus attendance required to complete this unit. May have accompanying resources online.
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 2 option in the GRMNA German Studies major sequence
  • Level 2 elective
Content
This 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 intercultural awareness and conventions of academic writing. The unit allows students to study German texts in great detail and to develop their written expression in both German and English. It leads to a better understanding of the specific language/translation problems posed by a selection of texts 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, speaking, reading and writing German corresponding to proficiency Levels B2/C1 and upwards of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (Gemeinsamer Europaischer Referenzrahmen). They 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) demonstrate an increased level of competency in all four macro skills—listening to, speaking, reading and writing German corresponding to proficiency Levels B2/C1 and upwards of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (Gemeinsamer Europaischer Referenzrahmen) and (2) demonstrate an increased awareness of intercultural understanding and language learning, as well as research skills and communication strategies.
Assessment
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) tests and quizzes; (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:
GRMN2407 German Studies 7 or GRMN2207 German Advanced III or GRMN2409 German Studies 9 or GRMN2410 German Studies 10
Incompatibility:
GRMN2208 German Advanced IV
Contact hours
seminars: up to 3 hours per week
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  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus. Copies of textbooks and other readings will be made available for students to access from the Library, online wherever possible as well as in print.