ADVANCED GERMAN FOR BUSINESS

SHE Level 4
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code MHR224141
Module Leader Birgit Hoffmann
School Glasgow School for Business and Society
Subject Economics
Trimester
  • B (January start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

German Language Professional

Summary of Content

Futher development of the learner's linguistic and communicative competence. Development of learner's ability to initiate a range of exchanges and respond appropriately. Improvement of learner's awareness of relevant language skills and strategies. Improvement of learner's ability to investigate aspects of contemporary issues in the countries where the language is spoken. Sustained practice in techniques of a range of highly specialised language skills.

Syllabus

Extension and development not only of the linguistic competence but above all of the communicative competence of the learner. Development of learner's ability both to initiate exchanges and respond appropriately in a wide range of open-ended (spoken and written) linguistic contexts. Improvement of learner's awareness of language skills and strategies required for the discussion of topics of contemporary concern. Improvement of learner's ability to investigate aspects of contemporary issues of the country in question and apply the knowledge appropriately in a variety of contexts. Sustained practice in techniques of a range of highly specialised (spoken and written) language skills.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this Module the student should be able to:- write accurately and at length in the language over a wide range of topics;- discuss topics of contemporary political and economic concern with fluency;- understand the language when spoken at native speed;- analyse contemporary texts from a range of sources with particular attention to style, register etc;- use negotiating techniques appropriate to the business context.

Teaching / Learning Strategy

Analysis of the contemporary political and economic situation; analysis and discussion of a wide range of texts of varying contents and style; extended business simulations involving interpreting and negotiating techniques. Classroom activities will be mostly student-centred. All classes are conducted in the target language.

Indicative Reading

At this level, materials are taken from the current press, satellite broadcasts and a range of on-line resources.

Transferrable Skills

High level of oral and written communication skills, presentation skills, business communication and negotiating skills. High level of intercultural awareness, co-operation, teamwork and research skills.

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Seminars (FT) 36.00
Independent Learning (FT) 146.00
Assessment (FT) 18.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Coursework 0.00 50.00 35% 15 marks for the Advanced Comprehension skills, 20 marks for the translation from (language) to English and 15 marks for the Job interview role play and the production of a comprehensive CV. All assessment to total 50 marks.
Exam (Exams Office) 3.00 50.00 35% Business plan/presentation and a final exam: the translation from English-to target language, and a summary in the target language.