VSL703 Business German

Code VSL703
Name Business German
Status Compulsory/Courses of Limited Choice
Level and type Undergraduate Studies, Professional
Field of study Languages
Faculty
Academic staff Tatjana Smirnova, Ilze Siliņa, Larisa Rozenberga
Credit points 4.0 (6.0 ECTS)
Parts 2
Annotation An integrated domain specific course on Business German intended to develop skills required for professional communication in the context of knowledge intensive economy. Students are involved in a wide range of interactive learning activities (presentations, discussions, case studies, problem solving tasks) facilitated by the application of authentic materials and up-to-date study aids. Students are motived to work autonomously and as a part of a team, study the specifics of doing business across countries and cultures, master professional terminology and professional slang, as well as develop advanced communicative competences. Problem-oriented tasks aim at promoting student creativity and entrepreneurial abilities, cross-culture competences, managerial and leadership skills in international business contexts in the global market. .
Goals and objectives
of the course in terms
of competences and skills
The goal of the course is to develop integrated advanced German language skills and competences in different business and special professional field related contexts. The objectives of the course: To develop reading and writing skills (text organization, terminology and formulaic expressions); To develop presentation and discussion skills (critical evaluation and analysis, argumentation, explanations etc.); To develop listening comprehension skills (audio and video recordings); To improve accuracy of expression (professional terminology, slang and clichés).
Learning outcomes
and assessment
Students are able to use complex, integrated methodology working with texts, are able to analyse texts, tables, diagrams, graphs, select and comprehend relevant information using the terminology acquired, to answer questions, to summarize a text. - During the classes, the lecturer’s comments on the accuracy of responses. At the exam to read and comment on text on economics (2,400 pr. s.) in German in 30 mins; to complete reading comprehension tasks. Assessment according to 10-grade scale.
Students are able to understand the terminology in texts related to business issues and texts in the major, to use terminology commenting on the texts and delivering presentations, to take part in conversations on professional issues in German. - Regular terminology tests assessed as Tested/Not Tested (at least 3 mini-tests per semester). At the exam, terminological competence is assessed according to 10-grade scale.
Students are able to express their views in writing on various aspects of their special field in argumentative essay format, to summarize information, to prepare business documents (letters, forms, statements). - Assessment according to 10-grade scale. Writing summaries, essays and business documents is a necessary precondition for the admission to the exam. At the exam, writing skills are assessed according to 10-grade scale.
Students are able to use communicative skills taking part in discussions, dialogues, delivering presentations, etc. Able to make presentations about various aspects of business and their major, to use PowerPoint preparing presentations. - Assessment according to 10-grade scale. Preparing at least 2 presentations and delivering them to the audience is a necessary precondition for the admission to the exam.
Students are able to participate in discussions related to their major, expressing their views and listening to and analyzing different views expressed by peers. - During the classes, the lecturer’s comments on the participation in discussions. At the exam, speaking skills are assessed according to 10-grade scale.
Students are able to understand audio and video recordings related to their major, to prepare and answer questions about the information heard. - During the classes, the lecturer’s comments on the accuracy of responses. At the exam, listening skills are assessed according to 10-grade scale.
Course prerequisites Level B2 according to CEFR

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