GRMN4104 Advanced Writing Skills

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Multi-mode
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Multi-mode
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Honours core unit in German Studies [Bachelor of Arts (Honours)]
This unit, taught entirely in German, is designed to extend students' written and oral competence. While the range of teaching and learning activities in the unit are intended to strengthen students' grasp of German discursive practices and methods of argumentation, they also expand knowledge of contemporary German-speaking societies and cultures.

The academic objectives of the unit are to (1) further advance competency in written composition of the German language; (2) develop and strengthen the independent learning and research skills necessary for postgraduate studies; (3) develop skills in reading, analysing and producing different types of discursive texts by exercises in reformulation and paraphrase, textual cohesion and coherence, summarising, synthesising, composition of newspaper articles, book and film reviews, and editorials; (4) further students' knowledge of contemporary German society and culture; (5) reflect critically on a wide variety of topical subjects; and (6) bring students' proficiency of oral and written German up to the advanced level of C1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (Gemeinsamer Europaischer Referenzrahmen).
Students are able to (1) attain high competency in written German (up to the advanced Level C1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages); (2) gain a broader knowledge of discursive structures and practices across a variety of written texts; (3) demonstrate the ability to skillfully produce concise written texts on diverse subjects; and (4) acquire a high level of competency in independent learning and research skills in preparation for possible postgraduate studies in German.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) seminar preparation and participation in discussions; (2) written assignments; and (3) oral presentations. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Professor Alexandra Ludewig
Unit Outline
Semester 1_2019 [SEM-1_2019]
Semester 2_2019 [SEM-2_2019]
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