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Business English for Automotive Engineers

Module name (EN): Business English for Automotive Engineers
Degree programme: Automotive Engineering, Bachelor, ASPO 01.10.2019
Module code: FT03.1
Hours per semester week / Teaching method: 2S (2 hours per week)
ECTS credits: 2
Semester: 1
Mandatory course: yes
Language of instruction:
Written exam 120 min.

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Applicability / Curricular relevance:
FT03.1 Automotive Engineering, Bachelor, ASPO 01.10.2019, semester 1, mandatory course
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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