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LANG8019 - Experiencing Germany

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Title:Experiencing Germany
Long Title:Working and Living in Germany
Module Code:LANG8019
 
Duration:1 Semester
Credits: 10
NFQ Level:Advanced
Field of Study: Languages
Valid From: Semester 1 - 2021/22 ( September 2021 )
Module Delivered in 1 programme(s)
Module Coordinator: Katie Power
Module Author: SHEREE BORGE
Module Description: This module prepares students for work or study placement in a German-speaking environment. Cultural and Business aspects of living and working in the German-speaking regions are examined. Subject areas include: Culture Studies (societal norms, laws, customs, belief systems, historical backgrounds; literature and the arts); successful negotiation in a German-speaking business environment; company structures; job market and salary trends in Germany, Switzerland and Austria. This module is delivered at CEFR level B1.2 (also commonly referred to as upper B1 level, or B1+).
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Utilise acquired cultural awareness to negotiate successfully in German-speaking everyday and business contexts
LO2 Comprehend spoken German in the media, as well as in everyday and business situations, at independent user (CEFR B1.2) level.
LO3 Speak German at independent user (CEFR B1.2) level in everyday and business situations.
LO4 Write extended essays, reports and projects on a broad range of topics at independent user (CEFR B1.2) level.
LO5 Analyse and discuss CEFR B1.2 level authentic texts in German.
LO6 Present acquired knowledge of an aspect or aspects of German culture such as a work (or works) of literature, art or film.
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 MTU module(s) it also allows for learning (in another module or modules) which is equivalent to the learning specified in the named module(s).

14356 LANG7015 Applied German Studies
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.

CEFR level B1.1 in spoken and written German
 

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Business German
Creating and dealing with business documentation; oral and written communication in areas such as customer service; negotiation with management; invoicing and form-filling. The purpose and economic importance of trade fairs in Germany.
German Business Culture
Overcoming barriers to successful communication and negotiation in a German-speaking business environment. Company structures; job markets and salary trends, basic income tax systems in Germany, Switzerland and Austria. Materials include current affairs articles, podcasts, documentaries and radio broadcasts.
Daily Life and Culture in Germany/Switzerland/Austria
Shopping; transport and transport routes; university life; leisure activities; cultural norms and behavioural expectations in German-speaking society. The arts and their importance in modern German culture; literature studies (short stories, novels, novellas, poetry).
Grammar
Aspects of advanced grammar appropriate to CEFR B1.2 level such as: The Subjunctive; The Passive; Prepositional phrases; Adjectival phrases; Subordinate clauses.
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work100.00%
Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Essay Culture Studies Essay or Video submission 2,3,6 15.0 Week 7
Project Portfolio. Theme: Living and Working in Germany. Inclusion of materials such as: research and analysis of cultural aspects of living and working in a German-speaking environment; form completion; analysis of information gained from interviews conducted with business people with German or Austrian connections, as well as with students who have returned from work and/or study placement in a German-speaking environment; analysis of media content such as current affairs items; short videos of peer-to-peer teaching of e.g. an aspect of grammar or a current affairs topic. 1,2,3,4,5 35.0 Week 10
Short Answer Questions In-class test 1,4,5 25.0 Week 12
Oral Examination/Interview The oral exam will assess a student's ability to negotiate successfully in everyday and business situations in German at CEFR level B1.2. 1,2,3,5 25.0 Week 13
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
Lecturer-Supervised Learning (Contact) Listening, speaking, reading, writing, culture studies 4.0 Every Week 4.00
Lab Language lab 2.0 Every Week 2.00
Directed Learning Independent revision of language structures and vocabulary; independent project and essay research and writing 8.0 Every Week 8.00
Total Hours 14.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 14.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 6.00
Workload: Part Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecturer-Supervised Learning (Contact) listening, speaking, reading, writing, culture studies 4.0 Every Week 4.00
Lab language lab 2.0 Every Week 2.00
Independent & Directed Learning (Non-contact) independent revision of language structures and vocabulary; independent project and essay research and writing 3.0 Every Week 3.00
Total Hours 9.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 9.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 6.00
 

Module Resources

Recommended Book Resources
  • Hering, Axel & Magdalena Matussek 2014, Berufspraxis Deutsch B1, Ernst Klett Verlag Stuttgart [ISBN: 978312675722]
  • Buscha, Anna & Szilvia Szita 2012, B-Grammatik, Schubert Verlag [ISBN: 9783941323100]
Supplementary Book Resources
  • Guenat, Graziella & Peter Hartmann 2010, Deutsch für das Berufsleben B1, Ernst Klett Verlag Stuttgart [ISBN: 9783126757256]
  • Schlenker, Jörg & Wolfram Braunert 2010, Unternehmen Deutsch Aufbaukurs - Lehrbuch, Ernst Klett Verlag Stuttgart [ISBN: 9783126757454]
  • Braunert, Jörg 2010, Unternehmen Deutsch Aufbaukurs - Arbeitsbuch, Ernst Klett Verlag Stuttgart [ISBN: 9788374290340]
  • Kaminer, Wladimir 2000, Russendisko, Manhatten München Munich [ISBN: 3442545196]
  • edited and translated by Stanley Appelbaum 1993, Five great German short stories, Dover Publications New York [ISBN: 0486276198]
  • David Hampshire 2015, Living and Working in Switzerland, Survival Books [ISBN: 9781909282599]
  • Hampshire, David 2017, Living & Working in Germany, Survival Books [ISBN: 9781909282902]
  • Sylvia Schroll-Machl 2010, Die Deutschen - Wir Deutsche. Fremdwahrnehmung und Selbstsicht im Berufsleben, Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht [ISBN: 9783525461648]
This module does not have any article/paper resources
Other Resources
 

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CR_BIBLA_8 Bachelor of Business (Honours) in International Business with Language 5 Group Elective 1

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