German for Business - GRMN5950

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2021 to 2022
Canterbury
Spring Term 6 15 (7.5) 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

Method of assessment

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

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

Function confidently in German on a social and professional level within a general professional context and be confident to undertake further professional training;
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);
Understand and accurately use an extended vocabulary and specialised forms of expression and register of the contemporary German business context.

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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