HVD108 The German Language

Code HVD108
Name The German Language
Status Compulsory/Courses of Limited Choice
Level and type Undergraduate Studies, Academic
Field of study Languages
Academic staff Larisa Iļinska, Ludmila Rotaja, Ilze Siliņa, Žanna Blaževiča
Credit points 2.0 (3.0 ECTS)
Parts 2
Annotation Entering the university after secondary school the students nowadays have a relatively high level of the German language skills. Therefore, sustaining and improving this level it is important to provide the students with the opportunity to apply their basic knowledge within the framework of the chosen scientific and professional field. The aspects of language application are significant, i.e., it is important to acquire special terminology, grammar constructions that are typical of the literature of specific areas. To improve the competitiveness of graduate engineers in the international labor market it is necessary to provide the students with opportunity to use the language often and more effectively in all those aspects within the selected professional field. All the texts for reading comprehension, writing and speaking topics are selected according to the study program taking into account the average level of language skills. The selected lexical and syntactic constructions typical of the technical language and language for specific purposes (LSP) are taught independently on the study program. .
Goals and objectives
of the course in terms
of competences and skills
The aims of the program are to develop students' speaking, writing, reading and listening skills; to improve students' knowledge of business german and business correspondence skills; to increase the stock of professional terminology, and to develop students' communicative competences. Particular emphasis is put on developing and improving of reading, comprehension and interpretation skills while working with professional original texts of intermediate and advanced level in German identifying, solving and explaining problems of text comprehension.
Learning outcomes
and assessment
The students are able to adequately use terminology and specific grammar constructions, recognize and define particular terms. - During the classes the students correctly use terms in speaking and writing activities. During the assessments they complete tasks for special vocabulary usage to test terminology competence.
The students are able to recognize and write essays of different types, and compile technical documentation. - The students successfully perform all the tasks connected with writing skills development having completed three written works per academic semester.
The students are able to participate in general and profession-oriented discussions, dialogues, interviews and other types of communicative situations. - During the semester the students take active part in the speaking activities at the regular and assessment classes, presenting their thoughts in a clear comprehensible form, answering questions
The students are able to recognize, analyze, evaluate and summarize scientific technical information from various scientific and popular scientific resources. - The students independently select and master at least two scientific technical texts from internationally approved sources, prepare presentation and commentaries on the obtained information.
The students are able to successfully pass a final exam testing listening, reading, writing and speaking skills. - The assessment is carried out according to 10-grade scale. Language proficiency level should correspond to the level B2 according to CEFR.
Course prerequisites Secondary school level after centralised exam

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