German for Business (FLG3615)

StaffMs Astrid Hermes - Convenor
Credit Value15
ECTS Value7.5
NQF Level6
Pre-requisitesCompletion of FLG3515/3530: German Advanced Two or equivalent
Duration of Module Term 1: 11 weeks; Term 2: 11 weeks;

Module aims

The module is appropriate for students who have spent a period of study/work in a country where the language is spoken (such as students on a

ILO: Module-specific skills

  • 1. Demonstrate a consistent grammatical control of complex language and structures of the target language
  • 2. Read, comprehend and summarise a wide range of demanding, longer written and aural texts in most registers on business-related topics in the target language, including articles and reports concerned with business issues in which the writers adopt particular attitudes and viewpoints.
  • 3. Communicate confidently, fluently and precisely in range of business-related situations, both orally and in writing, and demonstrate the ability to research a specialist business topic, extracting and summarising key information from a range of written and spoken sources, and produce a written portfolio of material to a high professional standard

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

  • 4. Demonstrate advanced levels of autonomy in language learning and ability to research a project - with minimal direction from the teacher
  • 5. Use available learning aids in a variety of media, including a specialist dictionary, to consolidate his/her learning.

ILO: Personal and key skills

  • 6. Give an oral presentation on a business-related topic, expanding on and responding to requests for further information from others
  • 7. Work creatively and flexibly with others as part of a team, reacting to situations as appropriate
  • 8. Make progress through developing skills of self-study and application and develop an awareness of and sensitivity to a foreign business culture.

Syllabus plan

The course provides a systematic approach to acquiring advanced structures in a communicative context and in accordance with the skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing. At this level, you are expected to demonstrate competence in the use of all advanced grammatical structures. However, there may be remedial revision/consolidation of certain grammar topics.

Whilst the content may vary from year to year, it is envisioned that it will cover some or all of the following topics:

Main topics term 1:

  • Introduction to the module
  • Experience in German-speaking countries and individual business interests
  • German industry sectors and features of the economy
  • The workplace and organisational structures
  • Marketing and sales
  • Presenting a business

Term 2:

  • Ecology and the economy
  • Corporate responsibility
  • Intercultural communication
  • Typical business communication
  • Meetings
  • Job application and interview techniques

You will be expected to spend time studying outside the class and we provide guidance, facilities and materials to help you develop your expertise as a proficient language learner.

For this module, you will be asked to consolidate your class work by learning advanced business vocabulary and structures, and by reading, watching or listening to material in German. You will receive regular feedback on your progress from class activities, homework assignments and formative assessment tasks.

Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled learning and teaching44Language classes
Guided independent study106Consolidation of class work by learning business-related vocabulary and structures and by reading, watching or listening to material from a wide range of sources in German. Prepare exercises and learning activities for class, write assignments and further develop a repertoire of effective language learning strategies

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
4 formative tasks per year (grammar and vocabulary, writing, reading and listening comprehension)VariableAllWritten feedback

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
In-class test251.5 hours1-5, 8Written feedback
Oral test259-10 minutes2, 4-5, 7-8Written feedback
Dossier 50Consists of different components, including short summaries and an essay (1500 words) in the target language1-6, 8Written feedback

Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
In-class testWritten examination1-6, 8Referral/Deferral period
Oral testOral test2, 4-5, 7-8Referral/Deferral period
DossierDossier1-6, 8Referral/Deferral period

Re-assessment notes

Written exam - 25%, Oral test - 25%, Dossier - 50%.

Deferral – if you miss an assessment for certificated reasons judged acceptable by the Mitigation Committee, you will normally be either deferred in the assessment or an extension may be granted. The mark given for a re-assessment taken as a result of deferral will not be capped and will be treated as it would be if it were your first attempt at the assessment.

Referral – if you have failed the module overall (i.e. a final overall module mark of less than 40%) you will be required to submit a further assessment as necessary. If you are successful on referral, your overall module mark will be capped at 40%.

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German, business, German for Business, Advanced German, German Language