German For Engineers (Language Centre) LANGCTR1010

  • Academic Session: 2019-20
  • School: School of Modern Languages and Cultures
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 1 (SCQF level 7)
  • Typically Offered: Runs Throughout Semesters 1 and 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

The main aims of the Introductory Stage module are to provide students with the opportunity of learning the basic social and "survival" skills in the target language, to give them some insight into cultural differences and to introduce them to some specifically technical terminology.

Objectives:

to develop general linguistic competence, particularly oral skills
to help students acquire confidence in dealing with others by encouraging pairwork and group work
to broaden students' understanding of other cultures
to encourage self-directed learning

Timetable

Weekly on Wednesday at 10am for one hour and on Thursday at 9am for two hours.

Assessment

The course is assessed throughout the year by regular written work and a mark for attendance and performance is given. Assessment will be by a combination of continuous assessment, worth 60% of the total marks, and an end of module final examination, worth 40%.

Main Assessment In: April/May

Course Aims

The main aims of the Introductory Stage module are to provide students with the opportunity of learning the basic social and "survival" skills in the target language, to give them some insight into cultural differences and to introduce them to some specifically technical terminology.

Objectives:

to develop general linguistic competence, particularly oral skills
to help students acquire confidence in dealing with others by encouraging pairwork and group work
to broaden students' understanding of other cultures
to encourage self-directed learning

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of the Introductory Stage module, students will be able to:

exchange introductions, greetings and other courtesies
hold a short conversation on personal circumstances, background, family, studies, country
deal with numbers, dates, times and financial transactions
find their way around in a town / building
make travel arrangements and cope with travelling by air / train /other public transport / car
understand and give simple instructions
tackle finding accommodation, including asking for advice and information and understanding small ads
cope with shopping for everyday items
deal with public services such as the post office and banks
talk about leisure, hobbies, social events, sport
complete straightforward forms
write a simple formal letter
handle a simple telephone conversation
understand the gist of current affairs items on television or reasonably accessible newspaper articles
understand key differences in culture and social and professional etiquette

While profession-specific material will not be extensively studied in this Beginners' module, students will acquire enough technical terminology to allow them to:

recognise and use common technical vocabulary
describe / understand simple technical descriptions
give simple profession-related instructions and participate in a very straightforward technical conversation
recognise common terminology relating to health and safety

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.