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LANG7006 - Working with German

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Title:Working with German
Long Title:Working with German
Module Code:LANG7006
 
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:Intermediate
Field of Study: Languages
Valid From: Semester 1 - 2019/20 ( September 2019 )
Module Delivered in 7 programme(s)
Module Coordinator: Pio Fenton
Module Author: SHEREE BORGE
Module Description: This module focuses on living and working in the German-speaking regions. It prepares students for situations such as first contact in a German-speaking business environment, as well as business negotiation and phone etiquette. The Cultural Studies component focuses on changes in German society and the German economy after the fall of the Berlin Wall. This module is delivered at CEFR level A2.2 (also commonly referred to as upper A2 or A2+).
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 compare and contrast features of German, Austrian and Swiss cultures, including business culture;
LO2 react appropriately to spoken German in everyday business and social situations at CEFR level A2.2;
LO3 speak in the present tense and the past (Present Perfect) tense, in everyday and business situations at CEFR level A2.2;
LO4 write short paragraphs in German at CEFR level A2.2;
LO5 analyse and discuss reasonably complex authentic texts in German at CEFR level A2.2.
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations
This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is strongly recommended before enrolment in this module. You may enrol in this module if you have not acquired the recommended learning but you will have considerable difficulty in passing (i.e. achieving the learning outcomes of) the module. While the prior learning is expressed as named CIT module(s) it also allows for learning (in another module or modules) which is equivalent to the learning specified in the named module(s).
No recommendations listed
Incompatible Modules
These are modules which have learning outcomes that are too similar to the learning outcomes of this module. You may not earn additional credit for the same learning and therefore you may not enrol in this module if you have successfully completed any modules in the incompatible list.
No incompatible modules listed
Co-requisite Modules
No Co-requisite modules listed
Requirements

This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is mandatory before enrolment in this module is allowed. You may not enrol on this module if you have not acquired the learning specified in this section.

Minimum level CEFR level A2.1 in German.
Co-requisites
No Co Requisites listed
 

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Landeskunde
Film Studies: Goodbye Lenin. The Berlin Wall and its influence on German society; the impact of the fall of the Berlin Wall. First contact in a German-speaking business environment; getting to know colleagues; office etiquette and layout.
Listening Skills
Group and paired dramatic role-playing; audio materials; film materials.
Speaking Skills
Group and paired dramatic role-playing, including role plays based on working in a German environment; CALL programmes; use of main clauses and relative clauses in the Present and the Present Perfect (Spoken Past) tense.
Writing Skills
Writing longer paragraphs and letters (or emails) in the present and past tenses. Inclusion in a project of some fairly basic German text composition. Translation / text comprehension exercises using reasonably complex English-German and German-English texts. Basic Curriculum Vitae production; filling out basic forms.
Reading Skills
Reading moderately complex authentic texts (such as short newspaper, internet or magazine articles and operating instructions for computers) in German.
Grammar
Revision areas of grammar : word order, present and present perfect tenses, cases and declensions.
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work100.00%
Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Other Participation 1,2,3,4,5 20.0 Every Week
Project Project: Film Studies 1 15.0 Week 5
Practical/Skills Evaluation Listening test. 2 10.0 Week 10
Other Written exam 1,4,5 30.0 Week 12
Oral Examination/Interview Group role-play 2,3 25.0 Week 12
No End of Module Formal Examination
Reassessment Requirement
Coursework Only
This module is reassessed solely on the basis of re-submitted coursework. There is no repeat written examination.

The institute reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment

 

Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Speaking, listening, reading, writing, and Cultural Studies 2.0 Every Week 2.00
Lab Language lab 2.0 Every Week 2.00
Independent & Directed Learning (Non-contact) Independent revision of language structures and vocabulary; independent project research and writing 3.0 Every Week 3.00
Total Hours 7.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 7.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 4.00
Workload: Part Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Speaking, listening, reading, writing, and Cultural Studies 2.0 Every Week 2.00
Lab Language lab 2.0 Every Week 2.00
Independent & Directed Learning (Non-contact) Independent revision of language structures and vocabulary; independent project research and writing 3.0 Every Week 3.00
Total Hours 7.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 7.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 4.00
 

Module Resources

Recommended Book Resources
  • Norbert Becker 2017, Alltag, Beruf & Co 4 Niveau A2/2, Chapters 1.5, Max Hueber Verlag [ISBN: 9783194015]
Supplementary Book Resources
  • Oxford University press 2006, Oxford-Duden Dictionary [ISBN: ISBN-13: 978-0-19-861435-7]
  • Becker, N., J. Braunert & W. Schlenker 2008, Unternehmen Deutsch. Grundkurs Lehrbuch., (Chapters 7-10), Klett International [ISBN: 9783126757409]
  • Pond, Elizabeth 1993, Business Culture: Beyond the Wall. Germany‚Äôs Road to Unification., The Brookings Institution, Washington [ISBN: 0-8157-7155-X]
  • Roraff, Susan & Julie Krejci 2001, Culture Shock! Austria: a guide to customs and etiquette, Graphic Arts Center Publishing Company Portland, Oregon [ISBN: 1-55868-591-X]
  • Hampshire, David 2005, Living and Working in Switzerland: A Survival Handbook, Survival Books Ltd. London [ISBN: 1-901130-24X]
  • Boniface, Brian and Chris Cooper 2004, Worldwide Destinations, Chapter 13: The Tourism Geography of Austria, Germany and Switzerland, Butterworth Heinemann [ISBN: 978-0-7506-5997-0]
This module does not have any article/paper resources
Other Resources
 

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CR_BBUSS_7 Bachelor of Business 5 Elective
CR_BIBLA_8 Bachelor of Business (Honours) in International Business with Language 1 Elective
CR_BMRKT_8 Bachelor of Business (Honours) in Marketing 5 Elective
CR_FTRSM_8 Bachelor of Business (Honours) in Tourism Management 5 Elective
CR_BBADM_7 Bachelor of Business in Business Administration 5 Elective
CR_BMKTG_7 Bachelor of Business in Marketing 5 Elective
CR_FTOUR_7 Bachelor of Business in Tourism Management 5 Elective

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