German for Professions: Emerging Independent

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Course Information
Discipline(s): 
German Language
Terms offered: 
Summer
Credits: 
3
Language of instruction: 
German
Contact Hours: 
45
Description: 

By the end of this course students will be able to: 

  • Express themselves in a variety of contexts at their competence level 
  • Relate different pieces of information within their professional context 
  • Converse with ease in (limited) formal and informal situations 
  • Improve their use of grammar / reading and listening comprehension

Research has demonstrated that study abroad can enhance every aspect of language ability. One of the most important general findings of this research is, however, that study abroad is most beneficial for the development of abilities related to social interaction. Students who go abroad can learn to do things with words, such as requesting, apologizing, or offering compliments, and they may also learn to interpret situations calling on such speech acts in ways that local people do…In short, and logically, study abroad has been shown to enhance the aspects of communicative competence that are most difficult to foster in classroom settings (IES Abroad MAP for Language and Intercultural Communication, p. 6).

Attendance policy: 

Attendance at all IES Abroad courses is mandatory. Absences will only be excused with a doctor's note. Unexcused absences will negatively affect the grade for participation. Excessive absenteeism will negatively affect the final grade.

Learning outcomes: 

By the end of the course, students will be able to achieve the outcomes for the Novice Abroad level as defined by the MAP for Language and Intercultural Communication. The key learning outcomes from the MAP are summarized below:

  1. Intercultural Communication

    1. Increasingly, students will be able to make informed comparisons between the host culture and the students' home cultures.
    2. Students will be able to distinguish between verbal and nonverbal communication that reflects politeness, formality, or informality.
    3. Students will be able to recognize simple patterns of intonation and their meaning.
    4. Students will be able to solve some daily unexpected situations and meet needs with limited help.
  2. Listening
    1. Students will be able to understand some interactions (media, speeches, music, conversations, etc.), especially if the speaker is used to interacting with non-native speakers.
    2. Students will be able to understand direct requests, questions, and simple conversations on familiar and concrete topics.
  3. Speaking
    1. Students will be able to use simple phrases appropriately in everyday situations with increasing accuracy (home, the IES Abroad Center, and the community).
    2. Students will be able to address moderately complicated situations involving familiar subjects.
  4. Reading
    1. Students will be able to read passages and uncomplicated longer texts (simple narratives, detailed instructions, etc.) on familiar topics and understand the general meaning.
    2. Students will be able to support their understanding of texts through the use of context, visual aids, dictionaries, or with the assistance of others in order to facilitate comprehension.
  5. Writing
    1. Students will be able to communicate with some effectiveness through notes, emails, and simple online discussions and chats.
    2. Students will be able to write short essays on concrete topics of limited levels of complexity and accuracy, and with reliance on the communicative patterns of their native language.
    3. Students will be able to write with increased accuracy.
Method of presentation: 

Participation in class discussion, homework, essays, field studies, presentations, reading and listening comprehensions, classroom dialogues, roleplays, group work, internet research, oral presentations, interviews.

Required work and form of assessment: 
  • Participation - 20%
  • Presentation - 10%
  • Written Reports - 15%
  • Midterm exam - 15%
  • Final exam - 20%
  • Oral Exams (2 exams) – each 10%
content: 
Week Content Assignments Corresponding Learning Outcome(s)
Week 1
INTENSIVE WEEK

Functional: 

  • Becoming familiar with a new environment 
  • Talking about your living situation, food, everyday routine and past working experiences 
  • Identifying the ideal candidate for a job position 
  • How to conduct a job interview

Grammatical: 

  • Revision of the Perfect tense / Local prepositions / Polite requests: Konjunktiv II / Temporal connectors / Verbs using the Dative case

Vocabulary: 

  • Vocab related to living 
  • Vocab related to food 
  • Vocab related to everyday routine 
  • Vocab related to working environments / skills in Germany and the US

Culture: 

  • Getting to know Berlin 
  • Getting familiarized with the
  • German everyday routine / working world

MIDTERM
1st Oral EXAM

Writing: A daily diary entrance (0.5 – 1 page)

Reading: Two short texts about living in Berlin

Speaking: Interview with roommates / host family about living and working in Berlin

Grammar: Related homework to the various grammar topics

Field Study: TBA

1.1. / 1.4.

2.1. / 2.2.

3.2.

4.2.

5.1. / 5.3.

Week 2

Functional: 

  • Talking about first working experiences and impressions

Grammatical: 

  • Two-way connectors

Vocabulary: 

  • According to need 
  • Revision

Culture: 

  • Changes when working / living abroad

Grammar: Related homework to the various grammar topics

Writing: Fictive Dialogue - Problem solving around work issues with a colleague

Reading comprehension: An Email from your boss (fictive)

1.1. / 1.4.

2.1. / 2.2.

3.2.

4.2.

5.1./ 5.3.

Week 3

Functional: 

  • Understanding / making simple phone calls 
  • Asking for information and favors / Ways of granting favors and permission 
  • How to give a simple presentation

Grammatical: 

  • Revision of Indirect questions 
  • Verbs and fixed prepositions

Vocabulary: 

  • Vocab related to phone calls 
  • Vocab for presentations

Culture: 

  • Facts about topics related to business and work (pensions, vacations, gender …etc.)

PRESENTATIONS

Grammar: Related homework to the various grammar topics

Speaking: Making different phone calls – reservations, asking for information..etc.

Preparing / giving a presentation on a topic related to work in Germany

1.3.

2.1.

3.2.

4.2.

Week 4

Functional: 

  • How to survive and manage a meeting in German

Grammatical: 

  • Passive voice

Vocabulary: 

  • Vocab related to leading / following a discussion

Culture: 

  • Dress codes in Germany and the USA

Grammar: Related homework to the various grammar topics

Speaking: Problem solving – a group discussion on work related issues

Reading comprehension: Work related (newspaper) article

1.1. – 1.4.

2.1.

3.2.

4.2.

Week 5

Functional: 

  • Writing formal emails 
  • Differences between spoken and written German

Grammatical: 

  • Formal connectors

Vocabulary: 

  • Revision of learned vocab

Culture: 

  • Identifying different levels of formality according to different situations

WRITTEN WORKING REPORT (2 pages)

Grammar: Related homework to the various grammar topics

Writing: A simple email to your boss / colleague

1.1.

2.2.

3.2.

5.1. / 5.2. /

5.3.

Week 6

Functional: 

  • How to talk like a native speaker

Grammatical: 

  • Modalpartikel

Vocabulary: 

  • German “Redewendungen” 
  • Modalpartikel

Culture: 

  • Language change 
  • German dialects

Grammar: Related homework to the various grammar topics Writing: A conversation at a bar

Speaking: Interviewing people about the Berlin dialect

Listening: Hearing different German dialects

1.1. – 1.4.

2.2.

3.2.

5.2. / 5.3.

Week 7

Functional: 

  • Writing a résumé and application

Grammatical: 

  • Genitive

Vocabulary: 

  • Vocab related to an application / résumé

Culture: 

  • Differences in the application process – Germany vs. USA

Grammar: Related homework to the various grammar topics

Reading / speaking: A résumé – commenting on it

Writing: your résumé and a formal application

1.1. / 1.4.

2.2.

3.2.

4.2.

5.2. / 5.3.

Week 8

Revision for the written FINAL

2nd Oral EXAM

 

3.1. / 3.2. /

Week 9 FINAL   1.4. / 2.2 / 4.2. / 5.2.