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The following modules are offered:

  • German Elementary 1 and German Elementary 2 German (at first-year level)
  • German Intermediary 1 and German Intermediary 2 (at second-year level)
  • German Advanced 1 and 2 (at third-year level).

The teaching programme is an intercultural approach on a communication basis and offers a very practical training programme to students. The teaching focuses on:

  • Understanding and speaking German in everyday situations
  • The acquisition of a basic knowledge of German grammar.
  • The reading of Germane texts, for example narrations, stories, advertisements and newspaper reports.
  • The writing of text, for example post-cards, letters, summaries and essays.
  • The acquisition of knowledge about German literature and cultural history.

The following prerequisites apply:

  • German Elementary 1 is a beginners module and no pre-knowledge is required.  Business German 1 is specifically offered to third year students of International Trade and Marketing, but it is a beginners module that does not require any pre-knowledge and it is therefore also accessible to other students with an interest in Business German.
  • The prerequisite for German Elementary 2 is German Elementary 1 or Business German 1, but students with Matric German and/or a qualification of a recognized language institute may apply to be exempted from the beginners module and to enrol for the second semester module German Elementary 2.
  • The prerequisite for German Intermediary 1 is German Elementary 2 or Business German 2, but students with Matric German may directly enrol for the modules German Intermediary 1 and German Intermediary 2 in their second academic year and after a successful completion of an entrance exam.
  • The prerequisite for German Advanced 1 is German Intermediary 2, and German Advanced 1 is the prerequisite for German Advanced 2.

Did you know?

For South Africans German is a passport to the world, because:

  • German is a world language and an official language in seven European countries.
  • German is, next to English, the language used most on the internet.
  • German is the language in which most translations are done.
  • Today, German is the language of a new generation of thinkers, artists, scientists, journalists and business people.
  • German gives access to a variety of interesting careers in trade, marketing, tourism, diplomacy, music and many others.
  • Germany, Switzerland and Austria are important trade partners and cultural friends of South Africa.
  • A study of a foreign language opens up new worlds and promotes understanding between people and cultures. Learn a new language and you will understand your own language and culture so much more fully.

Module outcomes

GERMAN

Module code: GERB111 Semester 1 NQF level: 5
Title:  Business German Elementary 1

Module outcomes:  After completion of this module the student should be able to

  • understand  the basic rules of pronunciation in German;
  • understand and apply the basic rules of German grammar;
  • dispose of a vocabulary at an elementary level;
  • understand and apply basic German expressions and phrases at an elementary level;
  • use analytical, synthetical and evaluation skills to read and write simple texts;
  • have a basic knowledge of life and  culture in the German speaking countries in comparison to South Africa; 
  • use IT skills to perform tasks and reflect on their learning individually or in groups within an accepted ethical framework.

Method of delivery: Full-time
Assessment methods:
Tests and assignments – weight: 60%
Semester examination 1X3 hours – weight: 40%

 Module code: GERB121 Semester 2 NQF level: 5
Title:  Business German Elementary 2

Module outcomes:  After completion of this module the student should be able to

  • know and be able to apply the basic rules of  pronunciation and grammar;
  • dispose of a basic vocabulary;
  • understand common German expressions and phrases;
  • be able to conduct a basic conversation in German at an elementary level;
  • be able to use analytical, synthetical and evaluation skills to read, write and translate simple relevant texts;
  • have a general knowledge of life and culture in the German speaking countries in comparison to South Africa;
  • use IT skills to perform tasks and reflect on their learning individually or in groups within an accepted ethical framework.

Method of delivery: Full-time
Assessment methods:
Tests and assignments – weight: 60%
Semester examination 1X3 hours – weight: 40%

Module code: GERM111 Semester 1 NQF level: 5
Title:  German Elementary 1

Module outcomes:  After completion of this module the student should be able to

  • understand  the basic rules of  pronunciation in German;
  • understand the basic rules of German grammar;
  • dispose of a vocabulary of elementary level;
  • understand and apply basic German expressions and phrases at an elementary level;
  • use analytical, synthetical and evaluation skills to read and write simple texts;
  • have a basic knowledge of life and culture in the German speaking countries in comparison to South Africa; 
  • use IT skills to perform tasks and reflect on their learning individually or in groups within an accepted ethical framework.

Method of delivery: Full-time
Assessment methods:
Tests and assignments – weight  60%
Semester examination 1X3 hours – weight: 40%

Module code:  GERM121 Semester 2 NQF level: 5
Title:  German Elementary 2

Module outcomes:  After completion of this module the students should be able to

  • know and be able to apply the basic rules of  pronunciation and grammar;
  • dispose of a basic vocabulary;
  • understand common German expressions and phrases;
  • conduct a basic conversation in German at an elementary level;
  • use analytical, synthetical and evaluation skills to read, write and translate simple relevant texts;
  • have a general knowledge of life and culture in the German speaking countries in comparison to South Africa;
  • use IT skills to perform tasks and reflect on their learning individually or in groups within an accepted ethical framework.

Method of delivery: Full-time
Assessment methods:
Tests and assignments – weight: 60%
Semester examination 1X3 hours – weight: 40%

Module code: GERM211 Semester 1 NQF level: 6
Title:  German Intermediate 1

Module outcomes:  After completion of this module the students should be able to

  • understand and speak German at an intermediary level;
  • effectively communicate in German to other students in classroom situations;
  • have a basic understanding of grammatical structures and sentence patterns;
  • read and comprehend German non-literary as well as literary texts at an intermediary level;
  • write general texts as well as an essay on a literary work;
  • compare various aspects of the South African context with situations in German speaking countries;
  • use IT skills to perform tasks and reflect on their learning individually or in groups within an accepted ethical framework. 

Method of delivery: Full-time
Assessment methods:
Tests and assignments – weight  60%
Semester examination 1X3 hours – weight: 40%

Module code: GERM221 Semester 2 NQF level: 6
Title:  German Intermediate 2

Module outcomes:  After completion of this module students should be able to

  • understand and speak German at an intermediary level;
  • effectively communicate to other students in the classroom situation;
  • have a basic understanding and command of grammatical structures and sentence patterns;
  • read and comprehend German non-literary as well as literary texts at an intermediary level;
  • write general texts as well as essays on a literary work;
  • compare various aspects of the South African context with situations in German speaking countries;
  • use IT skills to perform tasks and reflect on their learning individually or in groups within an accepted ethical framework.

Method of delivery: Full-time
Assessment methods:
Tests and assignments – weight: 60%
Semester examination 1X3 hours – weight: 40%

Module code: GERM311 Semester 1 NQF level: 7
Title:  German Advanced I

Module outcomes:  After completion of this module the students should be able to

  • understand and speak German at an advanced level;
  • effectively communicate in German to other students in classroom situations;
  • have an adequate understanding of and ability to apply grammatical structures and sentence patterns;
  • read and comprehend German non-literary as well as literary texts at an advanced level;
  • write general texts as well as an essay on a literary work;
  • compare various aspects of the South African cultural and historical context with situations in German speaking countries;
  • use IT skills to perform tasks and reflect on their learning individually or in groups within an accepted ethical framework.

Method of delivery: Full-time
Assessment methods:
Tests and assignments – weight: 60%
Semester examinations 2X2 hours – weight: 40%

Module code: GERM311 Semester 2 NQF level: 7
Title:  German Advanced II

Module outcomes:  After completion of this module the students should be able to

  • understand and speak German at an advanced level;
  • effectively communicate in German to other students in classroom situations;
  • have a good understanding of and ability to apply; grammatical structures and sentence patterns;
  • read and comprehend German non-literary as well as literary texts at an advanced level;
  • write general texts as well as an essay on a literary work;
  • compare various aspects of the South African cultural and historical context with situations in German speaking countries;
  • use IT skills to perform tasks and reflect on their learning individually or in groups within an accepted ethical framework.

Method of delivery: Full-time
Assessment methods:
Tests and assignments – weight: 60%
Semester examinations 2X3 hours – weight: 40%

Enquiries:

Subject chairperson
Mr. Philip van der Merwe
Frans du Toit building
Office 216
Tel. (018)299 1565 (w)
E-mail Philip.VanDerMerwe@nwu.ac.za 
 
Ms. Gerda Wittmann
Frans du Toitgebou
Kantoor 206
Tel. (018)299 1560 (w)
E-pos Gerda.Wittmann@nwu.ac.za

 

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