Through our required language modules you will attain a high level of proficiency in speaking, writing and reading the German language, whilst developing your knowledge and critical understanding of German culture and society.
Our three-year language course is designed to support a range of levels of competence in German – from beginner to native fluency – and for the internationally recognised Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). The German Department’s extensive list of cultural modules reflects our commitment to innovative and research-led teaching, with staff from across the Department contributing introductory and specialist modules that draw on their own research in German literature, culture and history.
The Department of English prides itself not only on the range and diversity of the modules we offer – from medieval literature to modern poetry and women’s writing – but also on the diversity of our approaches, from contemporary literary theory to close textual examination and historical scholarship.
You will spend your year abroad in a German- speaking country. This will allow you to reach a very high level of German, whilst developing your knowledge and critical understanding of the culture and society of your host country. Your study will help you develop transferable skills such as linguistic fluency and analytical and communication skills.
Modules are taught through a combination of lectures, small seminars or tutorials, and one-to-one supervision, through which you will have contact with our staff, who are experts in their fields. Language classes involve in-depth work with different kinds of media, literary and academic texts. Our teaching style is interactive; you will participate informally in small group discussions, in seminars or online discussion platforms, and formally through seminar presentations and oral assessments.
You will be assessed in a variety of ways, including précis (written or spoken summaries) and oral presentation, work placement portfolios, longer academic essays in both English and German, and oral and written exams.
Located in the heart of London, our Department can draw on unparalleled print, audio-visual and online resources, including the King’s College London's Maughan Library, Senate House Library, the Institute of Germanic and Romance Studies, the British Film Institute and the British Library. All are within easy walking distance of the Strand Building. The Goethe-Institut and Austrian Cultural Forum also have extensive media and library holdings, and run lively programmes of films, readings, seminars and exhibitions which complement our Department’s internal film screenings, open seminars, exhibitions, and annual departmental play.
The third year of this programme is spent in Germany, Austria or German-speaking Switzerland, normally as a student at university or as a teaching assistant in a school or on an approved work placement. We have exchange links with universities in Munich, Frankfurt (Main), Heidelberg, Berlin, Mannheim and Vienna (under the European Union Socrates-Erasmus scheme).