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German Business Language II

Code

GBE-GER3

Version

1.0

Offered by

Global Business Engineering

ECTS

5

Prerequisites

For international students at least three years of German at high school level or an equivalent background. I.e. Zertifikat Deutsch, 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 fluently in German on business and/or technical subjects. Students should also be able to negotiate in German and have the necessary knowledge of business etiquette and protocol. Besides, students should be able to make product/company presentations.

Knowledge

Have knowledge about/understand and reflect on:
  • The German language, including syntax, phonetics, grammar, and semantics.
  • Have knowledge about German industry and business life.
  • Have knowledge about intercultural affairs and business protocol in Germany and/or German-speaking countries.
  • Have knowledge about how to make presentations.

 

Skills

After the course, the students should be able to:
  • Read, understand and discuss texts in German on social, business and engineering issues.
  • Be confident in using appropriate terminology within subject areas discussed in class.
  • Negotiate with German-speaking cooperation partners.
  • Make presentations in German.
  • Express themselves orally in German with a rather high level of accuracy.

 

Competences

After the course, the students should, to a high extent, be able to:
  • Communicate 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.
 

Topics

The students are trained in reading, understanding and discussing German texts on business and/or technical issues. Students will also learn about German business etiquette and protocol. Besides, negotiation will be part of this course as well as product/company presentations.

Teaching methods and study activities

1 semester equivalent to 120 hours of work for the student. Training of oral proficiency through discussions, role-plays, group/pair work, oral presentations by students. Vocabulary exercises. Grammar exercises. Listening exercises. Training of written proficiency.
Students are expected to make a written report (max. 5 pages) regarding a foreign market in groups of 2 - 4 students. The report must be presented in class.
 

Resources

Evaluation

Oral examination with external examiner (30 min.) with 30 minutes for preparation. The purpose of the examination is to test that the examinee has achieved the expected learning outcomes.

Examination

Admission to the examination is on condition that 3 compulsory written assignments will be handed in and approved within the stipulated deadlines.

The student is examined on the basis of:

1)
A presentation and discussion of a previously unknown text, handed out prior to the preparation, and one or more questions to the course curriculum. OR a negotiation case where the student plays one part and the teacher the other part, and one or more questions to the course curriculum.

2)
A presentation of a company or a project according to the students´ own choice (10 min. power point presentation).

All aids are allowed.

Please note that re-examinations may take a different form than the ordinary exams.

Grading criteria

Marks will be given according to the Danish 7-point grading scale. 

Additional information

Responsible

Marianne Lippert

Valid from

2/1/2017 12:00:00 AM

Course type

Language and Communication

Keywords

Business etiquette and protocol, Business and/or technical language, Negotiations, Product/company presentations