Course ID 17ST15N
Programme
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Tourism and Hospitality
  • Trade and International Business
ESPB 5
Number of classes 2+2
Semester 6
Status Optional
The main objective of the course is for students to become skilled at understanding, speaking, reading and writing in German. Furthermore, they acquire basic grammatical knowledge and the lexis both from the register of "general" language and simplified professional business terminology with the aim of preparing for the day-to-day business situations.
By mastering the content of the course the student acquires the following course-specific competence:
• expands the lexis of general language,
• acquires and applies knowledge from all levels of language structure (phonetics, morphology, syntax, semantics),
• simultaneously develops all linguistic skills (reading, listening, writing, speaking),
• forms consciousness about sociolinguistic and cultural differences,
• recognizes the importance of knowing the linguistic, cultural and situational context for the proper choice of language resources,
• knows the basic forms of written communication,
• uses paper dictionaries (also print or hard copy dictionaries) and dictionaries in electronic form,
• reads numeric records,
• forms the basis for the application of acquired knowledge and further independent work on the language acquisition.
Theoretical training
• Grammatical structures: personal pronouns; present; question words (W-Fragen); definite and indefinite article; modal verbs in the present tense; imperative; possessive pronouns; time adverbs; the preterit (sein , haben); polite forms of address (würde , könnte), the comparison of adjectives.
• Topics: Introducing and presenting yourself in different situations; numbers and tense; activities during the work day; the situation at the restaurant (with business partners); company tour and relationship with business partners; (business) trips and their organisation (reservation of tickets, accommodation, purchase of adequate clothing); finding the way in an unknown city; calling, cancelling or postponing (business) meetings.
• The lexis from the general register and the language of the profession in relation to simple situations in the business sphere; written and oral communication (telephone conversation, e-mail and fax, forms).
• Interpreting data from schedule, road maps, company charts, small advertisements, and manufacturers’ offers.

Practical teaching
• Enriching the grammatical structures of the German language through speech situations and the acquisiton of a particular vocabulary. Developing all four language skills (reading, writing, speaking, understanding the written and spoken text).
2. Becker, N., & Braunert, J. (2009). Alltag, Beruf & Co 1, Kursbuch + Arbeitsbuch.Ismaning. Deutschland: Max Hueber Verlag.
3. Loibl, B. et all. (2015). Schritte Plus im Beruf 2-6. Kommunikation am Arbeitsplatz. Ismaning, Deutschland: Max Hueber Verlag.
4. Becker, N., Braunert, J., & Schlenker, W. (2004). Unternehmen Deutsch Grundkurs. Kursbuch.Stuttgart, Deutschland: Klett Verlag.
5. Becker, N., & Braunert, J. (2004). Unternehmen Deutsch Grundkurs. Arbeitsbuch.Stuttgart, Deutschland: Klett Verlag.
Conlin, C. (2000). Unternehmen Deutsch. London: Chancerel International Publishers.
Interactive teaching. The use of audio-visual materials.
Assessment (maximum number of points – 100)
Exam Requirements 45 points Final exam 55  points
Attendance 5 Written exam 40
Ongoing assessment 30 Oral exam 15
Class participation 10  
Case  study