German Business Language I





Offered by

Global Business Engineering




Admission requirements for the Global Business Engineering Programme.

For international students at least two years of German at high school level or an equivalent background. I.e. Start Deutsch 2, Goethe-Institut Certificate. Documentation is required.

Main purpose

The purpose of this course is to develop the students’ language ability so that they will be able to communicate in German on business subjects in their future jobs as global business engineers.


The students should have knowledge about/understand and reflect on:
  • the German language including basic grammar
  • sentence structure, vocabulary and pronunciation
  • business and industry in Germany
Topics relating to business and industry in other German-speaking countries can also be included.


After the course, the students should be able to:
  • use relevant business terminology
  • read and understand authentic texts in German on issues relating to business and industry
  • find, use, and discuss information in German on business subjects
  • make presentations in German on various subjects
  • prepare simple texts in German with special focus on the global business engineer’s professional area.


After the course, the students should be able to:
  • communicate in German in a clear language, orally and in writing, in international contexts
  • function and cooperate with people with different educational, language, and cultural backgrounds
  • structure own learning in an effective way and critically acquire new knowledge within relevant engineering areas
  • put the knowledge of the language and the German society and the German-speaking countries into practice in an international context.


Teaching methods and study activities

1 semester equivalent to approx. 137 hours of work for the student. Training of oral proficiency through discussions, roleplays, group/pair work, oral presentations by students. Vocabulary exercises. Grammar exercises. Listening exercises. Training of written proficiency.
Participation of lecturer and students
Initiated by the lecturer
44 hours- 32 %
  • Lessons, scheduled
  • Excursions
  • Project guidance
  • Exams and tests
Participation of students
Initiated by the lecturer
46 hours -34 %
  • Assignments, self-study
  • Project and group work
  • Homework and preparation for exams
  • Evaluation of the teaching
Participation of students
Initiated by students
44 hours - 32 %
  • Homework and preparation for exams
  • Self-study
  • Project work
  • Study groups
  • Literature search
Participation of lecturer and students 
Initiated by students 
3 hours - 2 %
  •  Debate meetings
  • Study guidance




Permit criteria for attending examination:
  • Mandatory course activities completed
  • Mandatory assignments handed in be-fore deadline and accepted.One mandatory oral presentation, accepted by the teacher.


Admission to the examination is on condition that 1) a number of written assignments - stipulated by the teacher at semester start - has been handed in on time and approved and that 2) one oral presentation has been made and approved within the stipulated deadline.
Oral examination
  • Individual oral examination based upon a subject found by draw
  • No preparation
  • Preparation time 40 minutes, examination 20 minutes.
Allowed tools: All
External examiner.
Please note that re-examinations may take a different form than the ordinary exams.

Grading criteria

Examinations account for 100 % of final grade

Additional information

To be informed.


Marianne Lippert (MLIP)

Valid from

2/1/2019 12:00:00 AM

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