German Studies Electives for B.Ed. Students:
Intermediate German 1
This module focuses on German language learning based on Leaving Certificate German knowledge. It supports students in establishing a firm basis in the German language, focusing on grammatical correctness and communicative skills. The module is particularly recommended for students who wish to teach German in primary schools. Building on Leaving Certificate knowledge in German, the module will help B.Ed. students to establish a firm basis in the German language, focusing especially on communicative skills, pronunciation and grammatical correctness (2 hours per week: 1 tutorial, 1 language lab). The lecture in this language module focuses on the consolidation and extension of existing (second level) grammatical knowledge.
Intermediate German 2
In continuation of Intermediate German 1, this module focuses on German language learning. Building on the knowledge of Intermediate German 1, the module will help B.Ed. students to further develop their skills in the German language, focusing especially on communicative skills, pronunciation and grammatical correctness (2 hours per week: 1 tutorial, 1 language lab). The lecture in this language module focuses on the extension of existing grammatical knowledge.
Children’s Literature in German
This module provides B.Ed. students with an introduction to children’s literature in German by means of a CLIL approach (Content and Language Integrated Learning). Participants are introduced to selected texts from several perspectives: as examples of a literary genre, as a reflection of aspects of German-speaking cultures and as a teaching tool for the foreign language classroom. Due to the CLIL approach taken, participants will further develop their German language skills and are encouraged to reflect on their learning process. The module is recommended in particular for students who wish to teach German in primary schools, but is also of benefit to students with a general interest in German-speaking cultures and/or second language teaching.
The module consists of a 2-hour lecture/workshop on examples of children’s literature by German-speaking authors in their cultural context and a tutorial, in which texts will be read and discussed together (1 hour). All of these units will be taught mainly through German, employing a CLIL approach. The lecture/workshop may focus on examples of children’s literature as a specific literary genre, how these texts may reflect aspects of German-speaking cultures, and how they may be used in the foreign language classroom or integrated into the current primary school curriculum. Methodologies to be used in the framework of the CLIL approach may include drama teaching and learning, presentations and group activities. Participants will be encouraged to reflect on their learning experience in the course of the module.
Teaching German in Primary School
In the context of the aim of plurilingualism in European education, this module provides insights into key issues of SLA and second/third language pedagogy and explores the ways in which this knowledge can aid our teaching and learning of German. The module will focus particularly on the practice of teaching German based on the relevant key issues of SLA methods and principles (from audiolingual and direct to communicative, natural, learner-centred approaches, total physical response and silent way), and explore the ways in which SLA pedagogy can be used in teaching basic German and language awareness to children. The use of drama and comics in the language classroom and the benefits of CLIL (Content and Language Integrated Learning) will be examined. The module will also address the ways in which a language classroom can be an inclusive space for special needs children and how a multicultural classroom benefits from learning German.
[NB: German language skills required (minimum CEFR/Common European Framework of Reference for Languages level: B1)]
Cultures of German-Speaking Europe
The module provides an introduction to the cultures of the German-speaking countries, according to the internationally accepted “D-A-CH”-concept of teaching German “Landeskunde” (focussing on Germany, Austria and Switzerland, while not excluding other German-speaking regions). Topics, which may change from year to year, may include youth cultures or minority cultures in German-speaking Europe. Facts and figures will be complemented with aspects of contemporary everyday culture to provide students with relevant context knowledge. Students will be introduced to the concept of “Landeskunde” as part of the learning of German as a second language, and will reflect on how to integrate this into the classroom at different levels. Participating students as future teachers are encouraged to reflect on their own learning experience and the methodologies used. While the lectures are taught primarily through English, students will be supplied with relevant German vocabulary and encouraged to discuss aspects of the topic through German in the accompanying tutorial.
[NB: no previous knowledge of German is necessary for this module]