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 us if you want to know more about study with The Open University before you register.
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.
A compulsory residential school takes place in Germany (or you can study an online alternative).
The one-week residential school provides excellent opportunities to enhance and develop the skills covered in the module, to practise your German in a variety of situations and learn more about the country. The residential school programme runs from approximately 09:00 until 21:00 most days but it allows for breaks and has flexible evening activities.
All students attending residential schools are responsible for their cost of travel to the venue.
If you are resident in England or outside the UK, the tuition fee does not include accommodation and meals at the residential school and you will be asked to pay an additional fee of up to £255.
If you are resident in Northern Ireland, Scotland or Wales, the cost of your accommodation and meals is included in the module fee.
If you are already a student studying under transitional fee arrangements, this additional fee for accommodation and meals does not apply to you.
If you have any queries regarding residential school fees, please contact us.
If you cannot attend the school for reasons beyond your control, an alternative learning experience (ALE), which runs in April, must be completed. This is provided online using a computer conferencing system which allows you to speak with your tutor and fellow students in real time. However, the residential school in Germany offers a wider range of learning opportunities than the ALE.
In order to successfully complete the module you have to participate satisfactorily in either the residential school or the ALE.
The details given here are for the module that starts in October 2014. We then expect it to be available once a year.
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.