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The Teaching of German as a Foreign Language – UNIT SECTIONS

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GER10: Research Methodology and Techniques of Composing Scientific Papers

Module Code: GER10
Credits ECTS: 15
Module Type: Compulsory
Semester: First (1st)
Language: German
Module Outline

Course Content:

The aim of this unit is to provide theoretical knowledge and practical skills on research methodology and techniques of writing scientific papers. To this end, students become familiar, on the basis of educational activities, with both the management of theoretical knowledge in the context of scientific work and research and their active participation in scientific dialogue at the level of written and spoken discourse in the field of Teaching German as a Foreign Language. A basic prerequisite for the above is the ability of students to critically study scientific texts, to conduct oral presentations/interventions and to pose targeted questions that contribute to the research process.

Learning Outcomes:

Upon completion of the unit, the student is expected to be able to:

  • define what science is,
  • express themselves in a scientifically sound way in a written or oral scientific discussion,
  • identify and handle scientific literature by citing texts and writing bibliographic references in an appropriate manner,
  • compose notes for the presentation of research results,
  • prepare scientific papers in the context of coursework and in the context of writing the postgraduate thesis.

Subject areas of the module:

  • Basic principles of writing scientific assignments: problem statement and research question, development of the structure of scientific assignments.
  • Critical review of literature, citing and quoting bibliographic sources.
  • Characteristics of written and spoken scientific discourse.
  • Use of scientific evidence to justify teaching proposals.

Evaluation: Completion of written assignments during the academic semester which constitute a 60 percent of each student’s grade, if a pass is obtained in the final written assignment. Final written assignment grades constitute a 40 percent of the students’ final course grade.

Prerequisite courses: None

GER11: Didactic-pedagogical principles in the teaching process

Module Code: GER11
Credits ECTS: 15
Module Type: Compulsory
Semester: First (1st)
Language: German
Module Outline

Course Content:

The aim of this unit is to present pedagogical principles and modern approaches to the teaching of German. Additionally, it aims to analyse and create teaching materials according to the specifications of formal (curriculum) or informal (content-specific) education, depending on the needs of the students and in the light of the pedagogical principles of autonomous learning, student autonomy and differentiated instruction, in accordance with the principles of both face-to-face and distance education for the teaching of German as a foreign language.

Learning Outcomes:

Upon completion of the unit, the student is expected to be able to:

  • describe, in terms of enduring criteria, the pedagogical principles and approaches to the teaching of German as a foreign language,
  • identify the differences between the principles and approaches in relation to the needs of planning, implementation and evaluation of teaching practice,
  • select the appropriate principles and approaches to teaching, according to pedagogical and educational criteria, for a specific target group,
  • adapt the development, implementation and evaluation of new teaching material as well as the assessment of existing teaching material according to pedagogical principles and approaches for a specific target group,
  • identify possibilities for shaping teaching practice on the basis of differentiated instruction.

Subject areas of the module:

  • Pedagogical principles and modern approaches to the teaching of German as a foreign language.
  • Lesson planning, implementation and evaluation in the teaching of German as a foreign language for general and specific purposes.
  • Analysis and planning of teaching materials according to the curriculum and the needs of the students.
  • Design of learning objects in line with the principles of distance education in teaching German as a foreign language.

Evaluation: Completion of written assignments during the academic semester which constitute a 60 percent of each student’s grade, if a pass is obtained in the final written assignment. Final written assignment grades constitute a 40 percent of the students’ final course grade.

Prerequisite courses: None

GER12: Language learning theories and Grammar models

Module Code : GER12
Credits ECTS: 15
Module Type: Compulsory
Semester: Second (2nd)
Language: German
Module Outline

 Course Content:

The aim of the this is to present linguistic theories and theories of language acquisition/learning in relation to teaching and methodological approaches to the teaching of grammar in the foreign language course. It also aims to organize and conduct grammar lessons effectively on the basis of the rules governing the language, while setting out the appropriate options or combinations of options for these rules. 

Learning Outcomes:

Upon completion of the unit, the student is expected to be able to:

  • describe the structure of the German language according to linguistic theories and apply these theories to teaching methods,
  • reflect on theories of foreign language acquisition/learning and their impact on teaching, with an emphasis on grammar teaching,
  • describe and apply teaching and methodological approaches to the teaching of grammar in the foreign language course,
  • organize and plan the grammar lesson, with the main aim of raising awareness of the rules governing the language and the effectiveness of the lesson,
  • apply grammar rules in exercises/activities aimed at developing grammatical competence.

Subject areas of the module:

  • Theories of language acquisition/learning.
  • Theories of grammar and their application to foreign language teaching.
  • Linguistic and pedagogical grammar.
  • Grammar in foreign language teaching methods.
  • Development of grammatical competence in German as a foreign language.

Evaluation: Completion of written assignments during the academic semester which constitute a 60 percent of each student’s grade, if a pass is obtained in the final written assignment. Final written assignment grades constitute a 40 percent of the students’ final course grade.

Prerequisite courses: None

GER13: Communicative activities

Module Code: GER13
Credits ECTS: 15
Module Type: Compulsory
Semester: Second (2nd)
Language: German
Module Outline

Course Content:

The aim of this module is to present the communicative activities of comprehension and production of written and spoken language, which are cornerstones of communicative ability. To this end, the basic principles governing communicative activities, textual genres of written and spoken language, criteria for the selection and use of appropriate conventional/ multimodal texts and digital technologies in teaching practice, and possibilities for the categorisation and application of strategies for the development of communicative activities and language mediation in the course of German as a foreign language are systematically presented.

Learning Outcomes:

Upon completion of the unit, the student is expected to be able to:

  • describe the basic principles of written and oral communication,
  • identify textual genres of written and spoken language,
  • critically examine and select written and spoken texts appropriately according to their level of difficulty and the language proficiency level of the target group,
  • make appropriate use of multimodal internet texts and digital technologies,
  • critically evaluate and develop appropriate exercises to practice communicative activities of comprehension and production of written and spoken language, as well as language mediation,
  • relate communicative activities to extra-linguistic elements and to the socio-cultural dimension of written and oral communication.

Subject areas of the module:

  • Basic principles of oral and written language comprehension and production.
  • Promotion of communicative activities for oral comprehension and production in German as a foreign language.
  • Promotion of communicative activities for written comprehension and production in German as a foreign language.
  • Development of the communicative activity of language mediation in German as a foreign language.

Evaluation: Completion of written assignments during the academic semester which constitute a 60 percent of each student’s grade, if a pass is obtained in the final written assignment. Final written assignment grades constitute a 40 percent of the students’ final course grade.

Prerequisite courses: None

GER20: Student Competences

Module Code: GER20
Credits ECTS: 15
Module Type: Compulsory
Semester: Third (3rd)
Language: German
Module Outline

Course Content:

The aim of this unit is to present the primary skills that the student must develop in order to be able to respond successfully to communicative situations of knowledge and use of German as a foreign language. In particular, according to the European Framework of Reference for Languages, these abilities include both general abilities (declarative and procedural knowledge, intercultural awareness, learning ability, etc.) and communicative-linguistic abilities. This unit focuses mainly on the latter, in which phonological, lexical and pragmatic skills are presented in detail, both in terms of theory and in terms of their development in teaching practice.

Learning Outcomes:

Upon completion of the unit, the student is expected to be able to:

  • describe the basic theoretical principles underlying phonological, lexical and pragmatic skills,
  • recognize the importance of these principles for foreign language learning,
  • relates general and communicative-linguistic competences to the characteristics and level of linguistic skills of the students,
  • develop and evaluate appropriate exercises aimed at developing phonological, lexical and pragmatic skills at individual levels of language proficiency

Subject areas of the module:

  • General competences as the basis of the student’s communication competences.
  • Basic principles and development of phonological competence in German as a foreign language.
  • Basic principles and development of lexical competence in German as a foreign language.
  • Basic principles and development of pragmatic competence in German as a foreign language.

Evaluation: Completion of written assignments during the academic semester which constitute a 60 percent of each student’s grade, if a pass is obtained in the final written assignment. Final written assignment grades constitute a 40 percent of the students’ final course grade.

Prerequisite courses: None

GER21: Lesson planning and assessment

Module Code: GER21
Credits ECTS: 15
Module Type: Compulsory
Semester: Third (3rd)
Language: German
Module Outline

Course Content:

The aim of this unit is to present the process of designing and evaluating teaching modules according to the theories of language acquisition and learning, the pedagogical principles and approaches to the teaching process, as well as the theoretical framework for the development of communicative activities and competences described in the previous Modules. It also aims to familiarise students with the design, implementation and evaluation of lesson scenarios and teaching materials in specific learning contexts. In addition, students practice describing, evaluating and creating measurement instruments (tests) based on relevant theories and quality criteria.

Learning Outcomes:

Upon completion of the Module, the student is expected to be able to:

  • assess the needs of creating or selectively using instructional material and developing a learning scenario, depending on the teaching circumstances,
  • select didactically and pedagogically appropriate approaches, techniques and practices for the application of a learning scenario,
  • implement learning scenarios, undertaking necessary modifications or adaptations to the lesson plan according to didactic and pedagogical criteria, for a specific target group,
  • reflect on language proficiency measurement tools and assessment systems of productive communicative activities,
  • describe the theories, quality criteria and principals related to the assessment of communicative language competence and understand the results of quality measurements,
  • create techniques and measurement instruments for assessing communicative activities and evaluate the quality of the measurement instruments.

Subject areas of the module:

  • Development and implementation of lesson plans for teaching German as a foreign language.
  • Basic principles of assessment and language proficiency measurement tools.
  • Development and implementation of techniques for the assessment of communicative activities.
  • Alternative forms of assessment and their application in German as a foreign language.

Evaluation: Completion of written assignments during the academic semester which constitute a 60 percent of each student’s grade, if a pass is obtained in the final written assignment. Final written assignment grades constitute a 40 percent of the students’ final course grade.

Prerequisite courses: None

GER PD: Post-graduate Diploma Thesis

Unit Code: GER PD
ECTS Credits:30
Unit Type: Compulsory
Semester in which it is submitted: Fourth (4th)
Language: German
Module Outline

Content:

The preparation of the Post-graduate Diploma Thesis provides the opportunity to synthesize and utilize the knowledge acquired in specific applications. It is a written work of up to 15,000-18,000 words, which focuses on specific research issues and applications in the field of teaching German as a foreign language. For this purpose, students plan, conduct and present in a scientifically documented way research studies related to their scientific field, aiming at their professional development.

Learning Outcomes:

Upon completion of this module, students will be expected to be able to:

  • identify different types and processes of educational action research
  • demonstrate a working awareness of different quantitative and qualitative research methods
  • design educational action research plans that are relevant to their purposes and needs
  • administer educational action research
  • analyse the research findings using the appropriate and relevant tools
  • present their research findings in ways that are appropriate to their academic context.

Prerequisites: The presentation of the Post-Graduate Diploma Thesis takes place after the successful completion of the program’s Modules.

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