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Advanced Technical English and Applying for an Engineering Job

Module name (EN):
Name of module in study programme. It should be precise and clear.
Advanced Technical English and Applying for an Engineering Job
Degree programme:
Study Programme with validity of corresponding study regulations containing this module.
Automotive Engineering, Bachelor, ASPO 01.10.2019
Module code: FT13.1
The exam administration creates a SAP-Submodule-No for every exam type in every module. The SAP-Submodule-No is equal for the same module in different study programs.
Hours per semester week / Teaching method:
The count of hours per week is a combination of lecture (V for German Vorlesung), exercise (U for Übung), practice (P) oder project (PA). For example a course of the form 2V+2U has 2 hours of lecture and 2 hours of exercise per week.
2S (2 hours per week)
ECTS credits:
European Credit Transfer System. Points for successful completion of a course. Each ECTS point represents a workload of 30 hours.
Semester: 3
Mandatory course: yes
Language of instruction:
Written exam 120 min.

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Applicability / Curricular relevance:
All study programs (with year of the version of study regulations) containing the course.

FT13.1 (P242-0001) Automotive Engineering, Bachelor, ASPO 01.10.2019 , semester 3, mandatory course
Workload of student for successfully completing the course. Each ECTS credit represents 30 working hours. These are the combined effort of face-to-face time, post-processing the subject of the lecture, exercises and preparation for the exam.

The total workload is distributed on the semester (01.04.-30.09. during the summer term, 01.10.-31.03. during the winter term).
30 class hours (= 22.5 clock hours) over a 15-week period.
The total student study time is 60 hours (equivalent to 2 ECTS credits).
There are therefore 37.5 hours available for class preparation and follow-up work and exam preparation.
Recommended prerequisites (modules):
FT03.1 Business English for Automotive Engineers
FT07.1 Technical English and Professional Presentations for Automotive Engineers

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Recommended as prerequisite for:
FT30 Engineering Project in English

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Module coordinator:
Prof. Dr. Christine Sick
Lisa Rauhoff, M.A.

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Learning outcomes:
The "Business English for Automotive Engineers", "Technical English and Professional Presentations for Automotive Engineers", "Advanced Technical English and Applying for an Engineering Job" modules, as well as the compnent "Technical Reports and Presentations in English" in the "Engineering Project in English" module should be seen in conjunction with one another. They offer students a framework to further develop their English language skills in a professionally related area from the desired entry level B1 to level B2.
About the "Advanced Technical English and Applying for an Engineering Job" module:
After successfully completing this module, students will be familiar with different reading strategies and will be able to apply them to course-specific specialist texts. In addition, they will be familiar with the linguistic characteristics of technical texts and will be able to integrate them into their own writing style.
Furthermore, they will also be able to successfully apply for a job as an automotive engineer in response to a job advertisement written in English for an international company. Students will be able to prepare appropriate application documents and apply strategies for job interviews.

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Module content:
_ How to apply for a job (job advertisements, letters of application, CV, job interviews)
_ Understanding texts and videos on automotive engineering
_ Reading strategies: understanding technical texts
_ Summarizing technical texts
_ Expressing cause and effect (e.g. describing how an engine works)
_ Introduction to technical writing
In addition, we will work on:
Expanding their technical English and international job market vocabulary and application procedures
_ Repeating relevant grammatical structures (passive voice, cause and effect)
_ Raising awareness for functional language use

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Teaching methods/Media:
Teaching methods:
The learning goals will be achieved through integrated training of the four basic skills (listening comprehension, reading comprehension, speaking and writing) supported by multimedia, as well as the repetition of basic grammar and vocabulary in self-study phases.
Teaching and learning materials (print, audio, video), multimedia teaching and learning software for specific target groups.

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Recommended or required reading:
Students will receive a list of recommended teaching and learning materials. The following materials are free of charge for students of the htw saar. We recommend their use for independent learning:
Christine Sick, unter Mitarbeit von Miriam Lange (2011): TechnoPlus English 2.0. Ein multimediales Sprachlernprogramm für Technisches Englisch und Business English. CD-ROM. EUROKEY.
Christine Sick, unter Mitarbeit von Lisa Rauhoff und Miriam Wedig (seit 2016): Online Extensions zu TechnoPlus Englisch, EUROKEY.
Christine Sick (2015): htw saar TechnoPlus Englisch VocabApp, EUROKEY.
Susanne Ley, Christine Sick: prep course English in m&eLanguageLearningPortal@CAS (e- and mobile learning offer to support students in English language learning at the Alt-Saarbrücken campus of the htw saar)

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