Language Modules - German

Modules offered under the centre are as follows
Semester I, 2014-2015
Module Code Module Name
LAG1201 German 1
LAG2201 German 2
LAG3201 German 3
LAG4201 German 5
Semester II, 2014-2015
Module Code Module Name
LAG1201 German 1
LAG2201 German 2
LAG3202 German 4
LAG3203 German For Academic Purposes
LAG4202 German 6
There are no pre-requisites or qualifying test for Level 1000 language modules. But these modules are meant only for students without any prior knowledge. Those who have learned the language through formal and informal means (incl. through external courses, self-study or an extended stay in the target language country) must contact CLS to take a placement test.

Students may face disciplinary action by the University for making a false declaration.
Pre-requisites / Preclusions
Module Code Module Name Credit Student Requires
Pre-requisite Preclusion
LAG1201 German 1 4 NIL NIL
LAG2201 German 2 4 LAG1201 or placement test NIL
LAG3201 German 3 4 Passed LAG2201 or placement test NIL
LAG3202 German 4 4 LAG3201 or placement test LAG3203 German for Academic Purposes
LAG3203 German For Academic Purposes 4 LAG3201 or placement test NIL
LAG4201 German 5 5 LAG3202, LAG3203 or placement test NIL
LAG4202 German 6 5 LAG4201 or placement test NIL
LAG4203 German
Studies 1
5 LAG4202 or placement test NIL
LAG4204 German
Studies 2
5 LAG4203 or placement test NIL

LAG1201 German 1

This module is meant for students with no prior knowledge of the target language. Students with prior knowledge (including spoken proficiency) must contact CLS to take a placement test.
Modular credits Workload Pre-requisite Preclusion Cross-listing(s)
4 4-1-0-1-4 NIL NIL NIL

LAG2201 German 2

This module aims to further enhance students' proficiency in the four basic skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing as well as increase their knowledge of the syntactical, morphological, phonetic and lexical aspects of the German language. Students will also acquire a better grasp of learning and communicative strategies. Authentic texts from daily communicative situations will serve as the main source of learning materials.
Modular credits Workload Pre-requisite Preclusion Cross-listing(s)
4 4-1-0-1-4 LAG1201 or placement test NIL NIL

LAG3201 German 3

Building upon the foundation of the German 2 module, this module focuses on the development of students' ability to communicate on fairly complex topics of general interests. It will continue to adopt an integrated approach and cultivate students' proficiency in all areas of language learning, including their learning competence. Strategies to be developed focus on writing and speaking.
Modular credits Workload Pre-requisite Preclusion Cross-listing(s)
4 4-2-0-1-3 Passed LAG2201 or placement test NIL NIL

LAG3202 German 4

Students will be taught to comprehend longer listening and reading texts on more complex topics of general interest as well as on aspects of German culture, society and life. They will also acquire the ability to express their views and communicate meaningfully on the same topics at greater length. In the area of grammar and vocabulary, the focus will shift more towards textlinguistic and pragmatic features. Language learning skills and strategies will include recognising and applying common sociolinguistic norms in the use of the language.
Modular credits Workload Pre-requisite Preclusion Cross-listing(s)
4 4-2-0-1-3 Passed LAG3201 or placement test LAG3203 NIL

LAG3203 German for Academic Purposes

This module is specially aimed at teaching students who are interested in studying in a German-speaking country. They will be taught to comprehend longer listening and reading texts on more complex topics of academic interest as well as on aspects of German culture, society and life.
Modular credits Workload Pre-requisite Preclusion Cross-listing(s)
4 4-2-0-1-3 Passed LAG3201 or placement test NIL NIL

LAG4201 German 5

This module aims to equip students with adequate skills and strategies to engage in serious discourse with native or other foreign speakers or write argumentative pieces on complex social, political, cultural and environmental topics. Such skills will encompass learning how to summarise long and difficult texts, structuring essays, collating linguistic means of expressions for language production and improving text cohesion.
Modular credits Workload Pre-requisite Preclusion Cross-listing(s)
5 3-2-0-2-5.5 Passed LAG3202, LAG3203 or placement test NIL NIL

LAG4202 German 6

This module aims to provide students with further training in skills and strategies to engage in authentic discourse and more complex argumentative writing. Topics of social, historical and cultural interest will be introduced through authentic materials such as selected works of literature, texts from newspapers and magazines, and audio or video recordings.
Modular credits Workload Pre-requisite Preclusion Cross-listing(s)
5 3-2-0-2-5.5 Passed LAG4201 or placement test NIL NIL

LAG4203 German Studies 1

This module seeks to further develop the students' ability to comprehend texts as well as to effectively communicate their views on highly complex social, political, cultural and environmental topics. Students will be introduced to rhetorically more demanding text types such as argumentative texts or commentaries (e.g. newspaper and magazine articles, television documentaries etc.). This module will be conducted in German.
Modular credits Workload Pre-requisite Preclusion Cross-listing(s)
5 3-2-0-3-2 LAG4202 or placement test NIL NIL
* Workload: A-B-C-D-E
The components are as follow:
A: no. of lecture hours per week
B: no. of tutorial hours per week
C: no. of lab hours per week
D: no. of hours for projects, assignments, fieldwork etc per week
E: no. of hours for preparatory work by a student per week