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Motive: upper intermediate German

This module builds on Auftakt: intermediate German (L130), or equivalent knowledge. It will enhance your cultural knowledge and develop the skills needed to study at a higher level as well as your practical language skills in listening, speaking, reading and writing. By studying a variety of authentic audio, video and printed materials from German-speaking countries, you will learn how to communicate in situations ranging from everyday conversation to putting forward your point of view in a debate. You will also improve your command of grammar and vocabulary. A compulsory residential school takes place in Germany (or you can study an online alternative).

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Module

Module code
L203
Credits
60
Study level
OU SCQF FHEQ
2 9 5
Study method
Distance Learning
Module cost
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What you will study

Motive: upper intermediate German  draws on a wide range of interactive audio-visual, web-based and printed material from German-speaking countries. The module is structured around themes, each covering a different aspect of life in German-speaking countries today. You will be working with print-based materials as well as practising listening and speaking with video footage and audio interviews from Berlin, Wuppertal, Jena, Zurich and Vienna. The materials also include a set film, ‘Good Bye, Lenin!’. A range of online activities gives you further access to authentic materials from German-speaking countries and fosters your ICT and communication skills.

The themes in detail are:

1. Lebenswelten: attitudes and views of different generations and their role in German-speaking societies; changing demographic and social patterns; issues that are relevant to people’s lives now and in the future.

2. Welt der Arbeit: jobs and training; the role of work in people’s lives; the changing world of work; different types of industry, including a closer look at the tourist industry in Switzerland; intercultural and business communication.

3. Medien: the role and use of the media in German-speaking countries, covering the press, TV, radio and internet; exploration of the impact on traditional media of increasing use of the internet; and consideration of issues surrounding media freedom such as the misrepresentation of information about people and events in the media.

4. Kunst und Kritik: the arts and their role in people's lives; emerging visual art forms in Germany; new German cinema and architecture; describing, discussing and reviewing works of art.

5. Weltanschauungen: issues of faith and personal beliefs; quests and pilgrimage today; what is happiness; and ethical and moral questions and debates.

6. Erlebte Geschichte gemeinsame Zukunft: the recent history of German-speaking countries (with a particular focus on Germany since the fall of the Berlin Wall); language and identity; the future of Germany, Austria and Switzerland and their role in an expanded European Union.

The module is varied, with a wide range of mixed-media material that has been selected in order to build up your confidence in the different language skills. The structure of the materials allows you to evaluate your progress regularly and provides confidence-building strategies to improve your learning skills. The materials are interactive and encourage your participation.

This module is designed to enable you to achieve a level of language proficiency equivalent to level B2 of the Council of Europe Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

Professional recognition

The Chartered Institute of Marketing now recognises this module under their Continuing Professional Development (CPD) programme.

Teaching and assessment

Support from your tutor

You have a tutor to help you with the study material and mark and comment on your written and spoken tutor-marked assignments (TMAs). You can also ask your tutor for advice and guidance. This module usually includes a mix of face-to-face and online tutorials. Please note that depending on where you live, the mix will vary and in some places face-to-face tuition may be replaced by telephone conferencing. Although you are not obliged to attend any of these, you are strongly encouraged to take part as they will provide you with plenty of opportunities to speak and listen to German. How tutorials are held will depend on the distribution of students taking the module in your area.  

Contact our Student Registration & Enquiry Service if you want to know more about study with The Open University before you register.

Assessment

The assessment details for this module can be found in the facts box above.

You must use the online eTMA system to submit your tutor-marked assignments (TMAs).

The TMAs test a range of skills, including writing and speaking. There is a Writing Test at the end of the module, which takes the form of a three-hour examination at a standard examination centre. You may have to travel some distance to the examination centre.

Future availability

The details given here are for the module that starts in October 2014. We then expect it to be available once a year.

Regulations

As a student of The Open University, you should be aware of the content of the Module Regulations and the Student Regulations which are available on our Essential documents website.

Course work includes:

5 Tutor-marked assignments (TMAs)
Examination
Embedded residential school

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Entry

This is a OU level 2 module for students who have successfully completed Auftakt: intermediate German (L130) or who have an equivalent knowledge of German. 

If you have not studied a language with The Open University before or you have any doubt about the standard of your German, you are advised to go to our Language diagnostics website to see some sample materials.

If you have any doubt about the suitability of the module, please contact our Student Registration & Enquiry Service.

Preparatory work

If you have time before the module begins, we suggest that you continue to use your German in any way you can. You could do this by redoing some of the activities in Auftakt: intermediate German (L130); watching and listening to the L130 video and audio materials; listening to German radio broadcasts; accessing authentic resources online; borrowing German books and films from the local library; or reading a German newspaper. Anything you can do to keep practising your German will be helpful. 

If you are new to The Open University, it would be useful to look at some of the L130 materials and work through them. Materials are either available to buy from The Open University Worldwide website or for viewing at your regional or national centre.

Register

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04 Oct 2014 Jun 2015 £2632.00

Registration closes 11/09/14 (places subject to availability)

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You may need to apply for some payment or funding options earlier. Please check the Fees and Funding information or contact us for information.

This module is expected to start for the last time in October 2017.

Additional Costs

Residential school fees

This course may contain a residential school, when you study this the tuition fee may not include accommodation and meals, and you may be asked to pay an additional fee of up to £255. You will also be responsible for the cost of your travel to the venue. If you're on a low income you will be able to apply for help with these costs after you've registered. 

Ways to pay for this module

Open University Student Budget Account

The Open University Student Budget Accounts Ltd (OUSBA) offers a convenient 'pay as you go' option to pay your OU fees, which is a secure, quick and easy way to pay. Please note that The Open University works exclusively with OUSBA and is not able to offer you credit facilities from any other provider. All credit is subject to status and proof that you can afford the repayments.

You pay the OU through OUSBA in one of the following ways:

  • Register now, pay later - OUSBA pays your module fee direct to the OU. You then repay OUSBA interest-free and in full just before your module starts. 0% APR representative. This option could give you the extra time you may need to secure the funding to repay OUSBA.
  • Pay by instalments – OUSBA calculates your annual fees and spreads them out over up to a year, enabling you to pay your fees monthly and walk away with a qualification without any further debt. APR 5.1% representative.

Read more about Open University Student Budget Accounts (OUSBA).  

Employer sponsorship

Studying with The Open University can boost your employability. OU qualifications are recognised and respected by employers for their excellence and the commitment they take to achieve one. They also value the skills that students learn and can apply in the workplace.

More than one in 10 OU students are sponsored by their employer, and over 30,000 employers have used the OU to develop staff so far. If the qualification you’ve chosen is geared towards your job or developing your career, you could approach your employer to see if they will sponsor you by paying some or all of the fees. 

  • Your employer just needs to complete a simple form to confirm how much they will be paying and we will invoice them.
  • You won’t need to get your employer to complete the form until after you’ve chosen your modules.  

For more information about employer sponsorship speak to an adviser or request a call back.

Credit/debit card

You can pay part or all of your tuition fees upfront with a debit or credit card when you register for each module. 

We accept American Express, Maestro (UK only), Mastercard, Visa/Delta and Visa Electron. 

Gift vouchers

You can pay for part or all of your tuition fees with OU gift vouchers. Vouchers are currently available in the following denominations, £10, £20, £50 and £100. 

Mixed payments

We know that sometimes you may want to combine payment options. You may, for example wish to pay part of your tuition fee with a debit card and pay the remainder in instalments through an Open University Student Budget Accounts (OUSBA).

For more information about combining payment options, speak to an adviser or request a call back.


Note: Your permanent address/domicile will affect your fee status and therefore the fees you are charged and any financial support available to you. The fees and funding information provided here is based upon current details for  year 1 August 2014 to 31 July 2015.
This information was provided on 24/07/2014.

What's included

Books, a set film on DVD and a dedicated website with access to a range of electronic tools, including real-time conferencing and asynchronous tools such as forums. 

You will need

You need a headset with a microphone and earphones to take part in online tutorials, record spoken TMAs and complete speaking activities.

Please also check the Computing requirements and Assessment sections.

Your Motive module books refer to the following books Collins German Dictionary and Modern German Grammar: A Practical Guide; however, you could use any other dictionaries or German grammar.

Computing requirements

You will need a computer with internet access to study this module as it includes online activities, which you can access using a web browser.

  • If you have purchased a new desktop or laptop computer since 2008 you should have no problems completing the online activities.
  • If you’ve got a netbook, tablet or other mobile device check our Technical requirements section.
  • If you use an Apple Mac you will need OS X 10.7 or later.

You can also visit the Technical requirements section for further computing information (including details of the support we provide).

Materials to buy

Set books

  • Collins German Dictionary Collins £40.00 - ISBN 9780007510832
  • Dodd, Bill et al. Modern German Grammar 3rd edition Routledge £24.99 - ISBN 9780415567268

If you have a disability

Please note that this module makes substantial use of audio and visual materials. Full transcripts of almost all the audio and video materials are provided. The study materials are available in Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF). Components may not be available or fully accessible using a screen reader and mathematical, scientific, and foreign language materials may be particularly difficult to read in this way. Comb-bound versions of the written study materials, including the residential schools materials, can be provided on request.

You are advised to discuss your individual requirements with our Student Registration & Enquiry Service before you register. After you have registered you will receive detailed information about the residential school site and the facilities available to help with the academic programme. 

You need to make extensive use of a personal computer throughout the module and will need to access the module website on a regular basis. You will also be offered tutorials, some of which will take place via an online conferencing system. 

There is a dedicated member of staff to support disabled students during the week in Germany. Some classrooms at the university have better accessibility than others but the needs of students with limited mobility are taken into account as much as possible when allocating rooms.

You will participate in some off-site activities, for example an excursion to Weimar. A taxi and assistance with access can be arranged for students with mobility difficulties.

If you have particular study requirements please tell us as soon as possible, as some of our support services may take several weeks to arrange. Find out more about our services for disabled students.