DESCRIPTION OF COURSE UNIT


1.

Code

Course unit title

Title of the degree programme

LLL17B000538

German for Beginners

Elective subject


2.

Name of lecturer(s)

Departament(s)

Coordinator: Assoc. Prof. Dr. Renata Valūnė (renryn@mruni.eu)

a. o: Assoc. Prof. Dr. Diana Babušytė

Institute of Philosophy and Humanities


3.

Cycle of course unit

Level of course unit

Type of course unit

I

A1

Optional


4.

Mode of delivery

Year of study and semester when the course unit is delivered

Language of instruction

Face-to-face

2 semester

German


5.

Study requirements

Prerequisites:

Co-requisites:

Work placement(s):

Not applicable

Not applicable

Not applicable


7.

Number of ECTS credits allocated

Student's workload

Contact work hours and planned learning activities

Independent work hours

6

162

66

96


8.

Purpose of the course unit

This German language course is aimed at beginners, who have no previuos knowledge of German and who seek to attain level A1 in accordance with Common European Framework of Reference ( CEFR). The objectives of German Language for Beginners course are: • To provide knowledge of German phonetics, lexicon and grammar in accordance with CEFR A1 level requirements. • To develop practical German language skills in four linguistic areas: listening, reading, speaking and writing.

Learning outcomes of the course unit

Teaching and learning methods

Assessment methods

Upon completion of German Language for Beginners course, the students will be able to: • Recogize basic units of phonetic, lexical and grammatical structures in simple texts.

Working individually and as a group work, while completing written and oral tasks; texutal analysis; visual materials; interactive study methods.

Oral assessment methods – polls (frontal, group, individual), presentations (individual and as a group).

• To read and understand brief and simple texts, discussed during the course; • To comprehend oral expressions of known words and phrases, discussed during the course.

Training – individually and as a group; presentations; written assignments; language of dialogues and monologues; situation imitations; role plays; games; concept maps. Usage of various information resourses during the training sessions; dialogues; discussions; case studies; feedback analysis.

Oral assessment methods – polls (frontal, group, individual), presentations (individual and as a group).

• To take part in simple conversations; to talk about basic needs related to studied topics while guided by a colocutor; to ask and to reply using basic phrases; • To write a simple and brief text; to complete a questionnaire with personal data.

Working individually and as a group while completing written and oral tasks; presentations; dialogues, situation imitations; role plays; games; concept maps; a presentation of an independent project to an audience; feedback analysis.

Oral assessment methods –

• To work with various information resources and to apply them in the study process; • To assess and apply subject-specific and other information.

Usage of various information sources in the training sessions; individual tasks and groupwork; dialogues; discussions; written assignments; concept maps; case studies.

Oral assessment methods –


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Course contens

Topics

Contact work hours and planned learning activities

Independent work hours and tasks

Tasks

1 1.Introduction to language learning. Making an acquaintance. Family and friends.
Alphabet; language system and its main features, articles, noun genders and orthography, word sress; saying hello and saying goodbye; asking smb's name, introducing oneself, introducing one's family and friends, formal and informal greetings, listening to short dialogues; countries, languages and nationalities; short telephone conversations and related tasks; numbers 0-20; business card, filling in a registration form.
Question words; interrogative sentence , sentence structure, intonation; personal pronouns; verbs “ sein, kommen, heissen, sprechen, leben”; prepositions “ aus” and “in”.
Possessive pronouns “ mein, Ihr, dein”.



8

8

8

To learn the alphabet; to introduce oneself, one's friend and a family member; a role play according to the topic; description of family pictures.

2. Food. Meals.
Food and drinks; prices, measures and types of containers; numbers 20-100; short conversations in a shop; diversity of shops; paying for goods; expressing one's wishes and interests; recipes; German and Lithuanian cuisine; holiday table; cutlery and setting of the table; tasks related to audio materials. Answers “ ja/nein”; indefinite/ zero article; negative “kein/keine”; plural forms of nouns; types of verbs, conjugation of the weak verbs, verbs “ mogen, essen, wissen”.

8

8

8

To prepare a topic “ In a shop”; to play a dialogue between a shop assistant and a customer; to write a dish recipe. To be able to form questions and possible positive and negative answers.

3. My flat.
Asking, giving and understanding information about one's living place; description of one's flat/house and surroundings; writing of an e-mail and a short letter; furniture and domestic appliances; colours; numbers 100-1 000 000; flat/house rental advertisements in newspapers; living rules in a block of flats; short listening and related tasks.
Definite articles “der/die/das”; adverbs of place “hier/dort”; the adjective; negative “nicht”; personal pronouns “er/sie/es”; strong verbs and their conjugation in present tense.
Consultation and preparation for the interim assessment.

2

6

8

12

To write an e-mail and a short letter; to understand advertisements and to write an advertisement to a newspaper; tell about one's own room.To conjugate in present tense.

4. My workday. My weekend.
Days of the week; telling the time( official/non-official); everyday life, habbits, one's day; being late and being punctual; One's usual weekend; making an arrangement for a meeting (directly, on the phone or answerphone ); being able to evaluate ant speak about impressions.
Tasks related to audio materials.
Preffixes; verb “haben” and accusative case; place of the verb in a sentence; possesssive pronouns; use of prepositions with the names of the weekday, hours, months and years.

8

8

8

To form questions asking about the time and know how to answer them; to learn the names of the weekdays; to prepare a phone conversation; to perform tasks related to audio materials; to tell about one's weekend. To revise the topics and prepare for the test.

5. My freetime. Hobbies and activities.
Freetime spending ways and places; talking about one's hobbies, sports and cultural activities, animals; being able to speak about oneself and one's fields of interest; being able to speak about one's profession, freetime; weather forecast ( reading, listening and understanding); writing an advertisement to a newspaper and online; filling in a questionnaire.
Answers “ Ja/Nein/Doch”; irregular verbs in present tense; conjugation of “mochte”; impersonal verb form “man/es”; preposition “mit”, dative case of the noun.
Consultation and preparation for the interim assessment.

2

6

8

12

To prepare questions about freetime and be able to answer them; to be able to talk about the weather; to fill in a registration form at a hotel; to tell about one's freetime. To complete grammatical tasks.

6. My profession and studies.
Names of professions; profession for a woman/man; exchange of information about a past/present life, telling about past events/activities; introducing one's university/faculty/speciality/group/studies/ subjects; offers for training period: understanding advertisements; unusual professions, understanding short written and oral texts; talking about future plans.
Word formation with the help of suffixes; past tense “Prateritum: “sein, haben”, prepositions “als, vor, seit, fur”; future tense; reflexive pronoun “sich” and reflexive verbs.

2

6

8

8

To learn the words related to the topic “ My profession” and to form sentences; to tell about a past event. To complete listening tasks.

7. In town
Asking and telling the time; understanding a timetable; hours, days, months; understanding posters, advertisements in town; talking about what is allowed/forbidden/rules; asking for directions; means of transport; asking for information and help at the railway station and at a hotel; listening to infomation announcements and performing the tasks; sightseeing; writing a postcard.
Modal verbs and sentence structure; imperative mood; demonstrative pronouns “dieser, dieses, diese”; use of prepositions with questions “wo/wohin”.
Consultation and preparation for the interim assessment.

2

6

8

12

To be able to ask for and give directions; to find and understand information in a brochure; to play a dialogue; to write a postcard; to tell about one's town or other town. To perform online tasks.

8. Country study. Sightseeing.
The map: Europe, German speaking countries, names of the Lands in Germany; being able to start a conversation in a polite way; understanding informational text/statistical data; being able to make a phone call and answer the pnone; phone conversation phrases, news on the phone, intonation; being abe to imitate a pnone conversation; writing an e-mail; places of interest and traditions of the country/land; tasks related to listening materials.
Prepositions of time; a polite way of speaking- use of “Konjunktiv II: wurde, konnte” , sentence structure and intonation; different prepositions with the same verb.

6

6

8

To learn the names of the countries; to present Germany; to play a conversation about a place of interest; to complete grammatical tasks, to form sentences using prepositions. To revise the topics and prepare for the test.

Consultation before the examination.

2

2

20

Examination

2

2

Overall

10

54

2

66

 

96

 


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Assessment strategy

Weighting percentage

Period or date of assessment

Assessment criteria

Test / didactic test / progress test

10

5 week

Integrated reading, writing, and listening comprehension tests. Test consists of 50 tasks. Pass is awarded, if a student answers more than 50 per cent of questions: 10 – 50- 46 correct answers; 9 - 45 – 42; 8 - 41 – 38; 7 - 37 – 33; 6 -32 -28;5-27-23; 4-22-19; 3-18-14; 2-13-10; 1- 9-6; 0-5-0.

Tasks performance in practical training

30

Throughout the semester

A student actively participates in training sessions and completes oral, written and listening tasks; masters learning material orally and in writing, makes use of acquired vocabulary and terminology; asks and answers questions; makes use of grammatical forms and constructions acquired during the course, both orally and in writing; completes individual and group work tasks, uses methodological material, dictionaries and other information resources.

Examination

50

At the end of semester

During the examination student‘s knowledge of the German language is assessed, including all four areas of language use – conversation, listening, reading and writing. Written examination: An integrated reading, writing, and listening comprehension test. The test consists of 50 tasks. Pass is awarded, if a student answers more than 50 per cent of questions: 10 – 50- 46 correct answers; 9 - 45 – 42; 8 - 41 – 38; 7 - 37 – 33; 6 -32 -28; 5-27-23; 4-22-19; 3-18-14; 2-13-10; 1- 9-6; 0-5-0. Oral examination (conversation) – assessment of linguistic communication competencies. Students have the ability to: 1. recognize and understand familiar words and phrases, acquired during the course, both in oral and written form; 2. to pronounce well the main sounds and use correct intonation; 3. to use correctly the lexicon acquired during the course, both in written and oral form; 4. to use corectly grammatical forms and constructions acquired during the course, both orally and in writing; 5. to communicate on known topics about essential needs, to ask and answer with basic phrases.

Test / didactic test / progress test

10

11 week

Integrated reading, writing, and listening comprehension test.