GM3LMB-German Language for Management & Business II

Module Provider: Modern Languages
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Level:6
Terms in which taught: Autumn / Spring term module
Pre-requisites:
Non-modular pre-requisites: PRE-REQUISITE: Pass in Part 2 German or Equivalent
Co-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Module version for: 2017/8

Module Convenor: Ms Regine Klimpfinger

Email: r.klimpfinger@reading.ac.uk

Summary module description:
This module aims to develop and expand on the language and knowledge which students have acquired after two years of undergraduate study and a Year Abroad (or equivalent). Students will expand their knowledge of German business lexis and of the principles of business practice and its socioeconomic context. They will further develop their ability to translate commercial German into the appropriate register of English. They will reinforce their ability to summarise documents and to write on business topics in German and they will be able to present in oral and written form syntheses and analysis of different types of information.

Aims:

This module aims to enable students to write at an advanced level in German on management and business topics. It also aims to develop students' skills in translating texts from German into English on management/business topics and to elaborate on and evaluate in German sets of statistics and diagrams.


Assessable learning outcomes:
By the end of the module it is expected that students will be able to:

- translate advanced texts on financial, business and management topics from German into English;
- demonstrate that they have acquired the necessary knowledge of the concepts, terminology and institutional structures relating to these topics to translate such texts;
- recognise the common stylistic and syntactical features of technical texts in German;
- write German at an advanced level on management/business topics in the form of summaries, responses to written texts, or letters;
- elaborate on and evaluate in German under exam conditions sets of statistics and diagrams.

Additional outcomes:
The module also aims to enable students to:
• develop reading and oral communication skills in German;
• express themselves clearly in writing in both English and German;
• develop their IT skills by using the internet as a source for material relating to the German-speaking business world;
• make good use of appropriate reference materials (dictionaries, grammars, etc.);
• increase their business awareness, particularly as regards the German-speaking business world;
• acquire an awareness and some experience of business working practices and environments where German is used, and an acquaintance with current developments in the commercial and economic life of German-speaking countries and the UK.

Outline content:
Students are introduced to a variety of texts of advanced difficulty covering different areas of commercial activity with a focus on, but not limited to German-speaking countries. Some of the contact hours will be devoted to the development of translation skills in the topic areas: banking and finance, management and marketing, etc. In each area an introduction is provided to important concepts and institutional structures, as well as to the relevant terminology and vocabulary, in both English and German.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
The module will use a variety of strategies for teaching and learning, involving a mixture of group-work, class discussion and analysis, and independent work between sessions. Students will complete regular exercises as homework and will also do a variety of exercises in class.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Practicals classes and workshops 10 20 2
Guided independent study 89 79
       
Total hours by term 99.00 99.00 2.00
       
Total hours for module 200.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written exam 60
Project output other than dissertation 20
Oral assessment and presentation 10
Class test administered by School 10

Other information on summative assessment:
Coursework
Students will produce a project (20% of final mark) and take a class test (10% of final mark)

Examination
Oral presentation (10%)
Three-hour written paper (60%)

Formative assessment methods:
Feedback will be given on homework tasks and assignments and there will be opportunities for class-based discussions.

Penalties for late submission:
The Module Convenor will apply the following penalties for work submitted late, in accordance with the University policy.

  • where the piece of work is submitted up to one calendar week after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for the piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day (or part thereof) following the deadline up to a total of five working days;
  • where the piece of work is submitted more than five working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.

  • The University policy statement on penalties for late submission can be found at: http://www.reading.ac.uk/web/FILES/qualitysupport/penaltiesforlatesubmission.pdf
    You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.

    Length of examination:
    Three hours

    Requirements for a pass:
    40%

    Reassessment arrangements:
    Written examination only in August in the event of failure in this module and in Finals as a whole.

    Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
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    6) Travel, accommodation and subsistence:

    Last updated: 31 March 2017

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