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Business English for Automotive Engineers

Module name (EN):
Name of module in study programme. It should be precise and clear.
Business English for Automotive Engineers
Degree programme:
Study Programme with validity of corresponding study regulations containing this module.
Automotive Engineering, Bachelor, ASPO 01.10.2019
Module code: FT03.1
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: 1
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.

FT03.1 (P242-0009) Automotive Engineering, Bachelor, ASPO 01.10.2019 , semester 1, 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):
Recommended as prerequisite for:
FT07.1 Technical English and Professional Presentations for Automotive Engineers
FT13.1 Advanced Technical English and Applying for an Engineering Job
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 "Business English for Automotive Engineers" module:
After successfully completing this module, students will have received insight into the differences in international working environments, especially in English-language working environments, and will be able to recognize difficulties in intercultural communication situations. In this context, they will be able to use adequate means of speech for specific oral communication situations. In addition, they will be sensitized to different language registers and can apply them adequately in given written communication situations.

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Module content:
_ Introductions (greeting/introducing people)
_ Making small talk
_ Talking about work
_ Telephoning
_ Formal and informal business correspondence
In addition, we will work on:
_ Independent repetition of standard vocabulary
_ Expanding the relevant Business English vocabulary
_ Repeating relevant grammatical structures (especially questions and use of the tenses)
_ Raising awareness for functional language use and registers
_ Intercultural aspects

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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 (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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