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97601 German Language and Culture 1

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UTS: International Studies: International Studies
Credit points: 8 cp
Result type: Grade and marks

Description

This subject is designed to provide students who have no prior knowledge of the German language with basic reading, listening, speaking and writing skills. It also facilitates an understanding of and engagement with the sociocultural contexts in which the language is used. Students take active part in learning activities to practise and consolidate their language skills with their peers.

This subject corresponds to Level A1 (basic user) of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (Council of Europe).

Subject learning objectives (SLOs)

A. Communicate effectively in oral and written form, in German, within the range of situations set out in the subject program. This corresponds to the skill set for students at the A1 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.
B. Demonstrate critical cultural awareness of and intercultural competencies relating to German-speaking peoples and societies.
C. Effectively employ strategies and resources for independent learning as relevant to the subject program.
D. Critically and creatively engage with the specific topics discussed in the subject program.

Course intended learning outcomes (CILOs)

This subject engages with the following Course Intended Learning Outcomes (CILOs), which are tailored to the Graduate Attributes set for all graduates of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (INT = International Studies CILOs):

  • Graduates will demonstrate the application of international knowledge as adaptable, flexible and resourceful practitioners (INT.1.2)
  • Graduates will be able to personally reflect upon the relationship between diverse cultures in Australia while confidently engaging successfully with cultures overseas, particularly in this region (INT.3.1)
  • As informed and engaged international citizens, graduates will demonstrate cosmopolitan openness, with an awareness of, and commitment to, ethical practices (INT.5.1)
  • Graduates will possess a high level of oral and written communication skills in English and, where relevant, a developed level of oral and written communication skills in at least one language other than English (INT.6.1)

Teaching and learning strategies

In line with the UTS Model of internationalised and practice-based learning, the following learning strategies are embedded in this subject:

  • Communicative approach: Use of authentic text and situations (music, videos, articles, news clips, films, role-plays, interviews, etc.); focus on functional aspects of language; encouragement to connect own personal experiences to language learning; use of German when communicating with other students or teacher in class whenever possible.
  • Flipped learning: Class time is used for interactive practice and advancement of skills through work in pairs, small and large groups and/or presentations, as well as clarification of subject content. Preparation for these activities requires students to complete exercises and reading/listening/viewing activities prior to coming to class and for them to make effective use of resources supplied to support their learning. As this is an 8 credit point subject, the approximate time commitment expected from students is 12 hours per week, including class time.
  • Inquiry-based learning: Students customise their learning experience to promote their engagement with German speaking people and societies.

Assessment

Assessment task 1: Progress and Learning

Objective(s):

A, B and C

Weight: 10%
Criteria linkages:
Criteria Weight (%) SLOs CILOs
Demonstration of consistent participation in class on a level that reflects tin-depth preparation for the classroom tasks 25 A, B, C INT.6.1
Progression of the discussion or activity via comments, questions and/or answers 25 A INT.5.1
Engagement with and appropriate use of source texts as relevant to the task 25 C INT.3.1
Appropriate use of cultural conventions relevant to the task 25 B INT.1.2
SLOs: subject learning objectives
CILOs: course intended learning outcomes

Assessment task 2: Test: Listening, Reading, Writing

Objective(s):

A, B and D

Weight: 30%
Criteria linkages:
Criteria Weight (%) SLOs CILOs
Comprehension of spoken and written German 40 A, B, D INT.6.1
Lexical and grammatical accuracy 40 A INT.6.1
Variety, originality and demonstration of the full range of vocabulary and structures 20 A INT.1.2
SLOs: subject learning objectives
CILOs: course intended learning outcomes

Assessment task 3: Speaking Skills Assessment

Objective(s):

A and B

Weight: 30%
Criteria linkages:
Criteria Weight (%) SLOs CILOs
Variety, originality and demonstration of the full range of vocabulary and structures studied 20 A INT.1.2
Lexical and grammatical 20 A INT.6.1
Appropriate use of cultural conventions and/or communication strategies relevant to the intercultural dialogue scenario and task 20 B INT.3.1
Intelligibility of pronunciation (use of appropriate intonation/stress 20 A INT.6.1
Degree of fluency (rate and speed of utterance 20 A INT.6.1
SLOs: subject learning objectives
CILOs: course intended learning outcomes

Assessment task 4: Final Assessment

Objective(s):

A, B and D

Weight: 30%
Criteria linkages:
Criteria Weight (%) SLOs CILOs
Comprehension of spoken and written German 40 A, B, D INT.6.1
Lexical and grammatical accuracy 40 A INT.6.1
Variety, originality and demonstration of the full range of vocabulary and structures studied 20 A INT.1.2
SLOs: subject learning objectives
CILOs: course intended learning outcomes

Minimum requirements

In order to pass this subject, you must earn an overall total of 50 marks or more for the subject.

Required texts

  • Tschirner and Nikolai, (2017). Kontakte: A Communicative Approach. 8th ed. New York: McGraw-Hill

Prescribed Texts are available for loan from the UTS library or for purchase from online booksellers or the Language Book Centre, York St, Sydney (opposite QVB)

Recommended texts

Students should be aware of the Policies and Procedures for Assessment of Coursework Subjects: http://www.gsu.uts.edu.au/policies/assessment-coursework-policy.html, http://www.gsu.uts.edu.au/policies/assessment-coursework-procedures.html

References

The UTS Library contains a collection of books and other resources to assist you in your language learning. The call numbers for these resources are 433 – 438 (including the prescribed textbook, grammar reference books and dictionaries). The library’s reference section also contains numerous dictionaries to consult. Following is a list of suggested resources for you to consult:

  • Dodd, B. et al (2013) Modern German grammar: a practical guide
  • Routledge
  • Duden Duden Deutsches Universal Wörterbuch Duden
  • Gschossmann-Hendershot, E
  • and Feuerle, L. ( 2011) German Grammar McGraw-Hill
  • Gütz et al Grosswörterbuch Deutsch als Fremdsprache Langenscheidt
  • Russ, J.M (2013) German Grammar Hodder and Stoughton
  • Strutz, H 501 German Verbs Barron’s Educational Series
  • Collins German Concise Dictionary Harper Collins
  • Zorach, C. (2000) English Grammar for Students of German Olivia and Hill Press
  • Wahrig Wörterbuch der deutschen Sprache dtv Wahrig

A German-English online dictionary can be found at http://dict.leo.org/

The Library also has a number of CD-ROMs and videos to assist in your language learning. For example:

  • Countertop Software (2000) Instant Immersion. German (electronic resource)
  • Fairfield Language Technologies (2001)
  • The Rosetta Stone. German Explorer (electronic resource)
  • Goethe Institut Inter Nationes (2002)
  • Redaktion D (Videorecording)
  • Jenkins, E.M, et al (1993) Schau mal an (Videorecording)

You should also consult this subject’s UTSOnline site for extensive lists of online resources relevant to particular units of work.

Other resources

Experiencing German Language and Culture in Sydney
Students are encouraged to experience aspects of German language and culture through various sources in Sydney. Here are just a few examples:
SBS Radio and Television
SBS television broadcasts movies and documentaries from all over the world. Check their website for information on programs in German or about German –speaking countries: www.sbs.com.au German Language Programs in German are broadcast on SBS radio on Sydney AM: 1107 and FM: 97.7. Again check SBS’s websites for up-to-date program details.
German Language News: Deutsche Welle TV
SBS regularly presents “Das Journal”, the German news, weekdays at 8:00 am.
Deutsche Welle Radio
ABC NewsRadio (AM 630) occasionally broadcasts programs from Deutsche Welle Radio (in English). Check the ABC website for program schedules (www.abc.net.au).
The Goethe Institut
The Goethe Institute is the German Culture Centre in Sydney and is located at 90 Ocean St, Woollahra. The Goethe Institute organises concerts, conferences, language classes and exhibitions as well as sponsors numerous culture events in Sydney. They also have an InfoSpace & Gallery where you can find a comprehensive collection of German newspapers and magazines, free internet access, all day German TV and changing exhibitions. www.goethe.de/ins/au/syd/ (click on either the German or Australian flag icons for German or English language versions of the website).
UTS Library
The UTS library holds a variety of German Language and Culture related resources available for loan or in Closed Reserve. Students can access these from the catalogue using, for instance, “German language” as the keywords.