German IV

lgerm1501  2020-2021  Louvain-la-Neuve

German IV
Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the information below is subject to change, in particular that concerning the teaching mode (presential, distance or in a comodal or hybrid format).
5 credits
30.0 h + 30.0 h
Q1 and Q2
Suner Munoz Ferran;
Level B2 of the Common Europea Framework of Reference for Languages

The prerequisite(s) for this Teaching Unit (Unité d’enseignement – UE) for the programmes/courses that offer this Teaching Unit are specified at the end of this sheet.
Main themes
A wide range of written texts and multimedia documents are used as a prompt for receptive and productive activities in both speech and writing. The focus is on vocabulary extension, grammatical accuracy and coherent argumentation. Special attention is devoted to intercultural communication. Lexical, grammatical and discursive differences between the target language and French are highlighted and practised through translation exercises.

At the end of this learning unit, the student is able to :

1 To acquire advanced+ productive and receptive skills in both speech and writing (B2+ level - Common European Framework of Reference for Languages).
At the end of the course, the student will be able to:
- follow extended speech even when it is not clearly structured and when relationships are only implied and not signalled explicitly; - understand standard spoken language, live or broadcast;
- easily follow complex interactions between third parties in group discussion and debate, even on abstract, complex unfamiliar topics;
- understand spoken language displaying light regional varieties;
- easily summarize lectures, conferences and talks (even on specialized topics) presented by native speakers;
- understand a wide range of journalistic, literary or domain-specific texts;
- appreciate stylistic differences between texts (written or spoken); - discover the structure of discourse;
- recognize stylistic devices typical of the target language and provide equivalents in his/her mother tongue;
- identify the targeted readership of a text;
- have a good command of a broad lexical repertoire allowing gaps to be readily overcome with circumlocutions and avoidance strategies;
- have a good command of idiomatic expressions and colloquialisms;
- make no significant vocabulary errors;
- consistently maintain a high degree of grammatical accuracy; errors are rare;
- be able to vary intonation and place sentence stress correctly in order to express finer shades of meaning;
- use consistent and accurate layout, paragraphing, spelling and punctuation;
- produce clear, smoothly flowing, well-structured speech, showing controlled use of organizational patterns, connectors and cohesive devices.
Vocabulary extension with particular focus on its appropriate use in context (collocations, register).
Discursive and rhetorical techniques, typical of the target language.
Lexical and structural properties of written vs spoken discourse in the target language.
Teaching methods

Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the information in this section is particularly likely to change.

Formal lecture focused on systematic vocabulary extension, grammatical accuracy and stylistic appropriateness and the quality of translation.
Exercise sessions focused more particularly on oral production (phonetic and grammatical accuracy, lexical range and fluency).
Evaluation methods

Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the information in this section is particularly likely to change.

Continuous evaluation: active participation, six tests spread over the year, six written assignments and two oral presentations (30% of the final mark).
Final evaluation: written and oral exams in January (35% of the final mark) and in June (35% of the final mark). In case of failure in January, the student will retake the exam in the June session. The submission of exercises throughout the year is not part of the final mark, but is an indispensable condition for being admitted to the exams in January and June according to article 72 of the RGEE.
In case of a second registration for the examination, only the part corresponding to the assessment at the end of each quadrimester (70% of the final mark) may be submitted.
Students with a mark lower than 8/20 will in one (or more) parts of the final exam (writing, listening, reading, speaking) will fail the entire course (with 7/20 or less if the mean is lower) and will retake only those parts which they did not pass (10/20).
Faculty or entity
Force majeure
Evaluation methods
The current course evaluation modalities and percentages for all parts are maintained. Nevertheless, the written and oral exams of January 2021 and June 2021 will be organized online: a written exam in the form of a take home exam on moodle and oral exam to be held on teams.

Programmes / formations proposant cette unité d'enseignement (UE)

Title of the programme
Bachelor in Modern Languages and Literatures: German, Dutch and English

Minor in German Studies

Bachelor in Modern Languages and Literatures : General