To refine and develop students' command of written and spoken German.
Students will be able to translate competently from German into English in a variety of contemporary registers, produce a précis in sophisticated German of a complex English text on a subject of broad contemporary interest, write coherent, well-argued and grammatically correct essays in German in response to issues raised in complex German texts, converse fluently in German on contemporary issues and deliver sophisticated oral presentations on topics of their choice.
Skills in precision and creativity in the use of written and spoken language, effective communication in the target language and translation are taught and assessed in this unit.
(a) Translation from German into English is the focus of one of the two weekly hours. Texts will be selected from colloquial as well as formal registers.
(b) The second weekly hour is devoted to the production of German in summarisation and essay-writing exercises.
Spoken language: The emphasis is on project work carried out both on a group and an individual basis, with topics of an appropriately complex and controversial nature.