German for Business - GRMN5950

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2022 to 2023
Canterbury
Spring Term 6 15 (7.5) Ian Cooper checkmark-circle

Overview

This module will introduce students to the German business environment, and will learn to be operational in such a context. As well as learning about essential aspects of companies and specific features of the German language encountered in such an environment, students will broaden their knowledge of current events and economic issues through the use of a dossier of contemporary texts/articles, which will be exploited in a variety of ways: CVs, document analysis, or free composition. In terms of key skills, business skills and language skills, this module encourages the practice of meticulous accuracy.
Students will develop their confidence in the use of specialised terminology and appropriate register in a professional context.

Details

Contact hours

Total Contact Hours: 20
Total Private Study Hours: 130
Total Study Hours: 150

Method of assessment

Main assessment methods:

Assignment 1 (400 words) – 30%
Assignment 2 (500 words) – 40%
Group Presentation (20 minutes) – 30%

Reassessment method:
100% Coursework (3,000 words)

Indicative reading

Indicative reading list:

Buscha, A., Matz, J.,Raven, S, and Szita, S. (2016). Entscheidungen: Deutsch als Geschäfts- und Verhandlungssprache. Leipzig: Schubert.
Durrell, M. (2017). Hammer's German Grammar and Usage. Sixth edition. London: Routledge.
Eismann, V. (2006). Training berufliche Kommunikation: B2-C1 - Erfolgreich am Telefon und bei Gesprächen im Büro: Kursbuch mit CD. Berlin: Cornelsen.

Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

1. Function confidently in German on a social and professional level within a general professional context and be confident to undertake further professional training;
2. Communicate effectively to a variety of audiences and/or using a variety of methods in everyday situations in a professional context, including producing summaries/précis of business or economic texts (Common European Framework of Reference indicative level: B2/C1);
3. Understand and accurately use an extended vocabulary and specialised forms of expression and register of the contemporary German business context.

The intended generic learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

1. Communicate and work as part of a team on a research and presentation project;
2. Problem solve by undertaking independent research in the library collections and using appropriate academic databases online;
3. Demonstrate transferable skills necessary for employment at the appropriate level in the target language: communication skills, marshalling information and being able to summarise it, playing an active role in meetings and other professional events.

Notes

  1. Credit level 6. Higher level module usually taken in Stage 3 of an undergraduate degree.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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