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Motive: Upper Intermediate German, Short Course

  • Application Deadline
  • 9 months
University rank #501 (WUR) Online
The Motive: Upper Intermediate German programme offered by The Open University UK 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, subject to University approval).

The Motive: Upper Intermediate German programme offered by The Open University UK 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.

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.

Professional recognition

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

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 9 months
    • Part-time variant
  • Credits
    60 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    • Teacher support
      Continuous support with feedback on request, Proactive tutoring and support

Programme Structure

The themes are:

  • Lebenswelten: attitudes and views of different generations and their role in German-speaking societies.
  • Welt der Arbeit: jobs and training; the role of work in people’s lives; the changing world of work; different types of industry.
  • Medien: the role and use of the media in German-speaking countries, covering the press, TV, radio and internet.
  • 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.
  • Weltanschauungen: issues of faith and personal beliefs; quests and pilgrimage today; what is happiness; and ethical and moral questions and debates.
  • Erlebte Geschichte – gemeinsame Zukunft: the recent history of German-speaking countries; language and identity; the future of Germany, Austria and Switzerland and their role in an expanded European Union.

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

Academic Requirements

There are no formal entry requirements to study this module.

However, as this is an OU level 2 module, you’ll need an appropriate knowledge of German obtained through any of the following:

  • German studies 1: language and culture of the German-speaking world (L116)
  • Auftakt: intermediate German (L130) – now discontinued
  • equivalent German knowledge

Tuition Fee

  • EU/EEA

    2928 GBP/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2928 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 9 months.
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