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.
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.
You will need a device with internet access to study this module as a web browser is used to access learning materials and activities. Any other computer-based activities you will need to carry out, such as word processing, using spreadsheets, taking part in online forums, and submitting files to the university for assessment, are specified in the module materials. If any additional software is needed for these tasks it will either be provided or is freely available. You may need administrative privileges to install the software.
Suitable devices are:
- A Windows desktop or laptop running Windows 7 or later operating system
- A Macintosh desktop or laptop running OS X 10.8 or later operating system.
Some software will not run on Linux, iOS or Android devices.
A netbook, tablet, smartphone or Linux computer that supports one of the browsers listed below may be suitable. However, these devices may not be suitable for some activities. If you intend to use one of these devices please ensure you have access to a suitable desktop or laptop device that uses the Windows or OS X operating system in case you are unable to carry out all activities on your mobile device.
Recent versions of the following browsers are suitable for carrying out web-based activities:
Or Internet Explorer 9 and above.
Using a browser upgraded to the latest version will maximise security when accessing the internet.
Using company or library computers may prevent you accessing some internet materials or installing additional software.
To be able to talk and listen in our online discussions you will need both a microphone and speakers/headphones.
Devices with small screens may make it difficult to view the material provided and carry out the activities. However, a device that has a resolution of at least 1024 pixels horizontally and also at least 768 pixels vertically should be adequate.
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Materials to buy
- Collins German Dictionary Collins £40.00 - ISBN 9780007510832
- Whittle, R., et al. Modern German Grammar: A Practical Guide (3rd edn) Routledge £29.99 - 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 contact us to discuss your individual requirements 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.