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Business English for Mechanical Engineers

Module name (EN):
Name of module in study programme. It should be precise and clear.
Business English for Mechanical Engineers
Degree programme:
Study Programme with validity of corresponding study regulations containing this module.
Mechanical and Process Engineering, Bachelor, ASPO 01.10.2019
Module code: MAB_19_A_1.05.BEM
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.

MAB_19_A_1.05.BEM (P241-0238) Mechanical and Process 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:
MAB_19_A_2.06.TEM Technical English for Mechanical Engineers and Professional Presentations
MAB_19_A_3.03.AEJ Applying for an Engineering Job
MAB_19_IP_5.07.MPE Manufacturing Project in English (1)
MAB_19_PE_5.12.DPE Design Project in English
MAB_19_V_5.15.PEP Process Engineering Project in English (1)

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Module coordinator:
Prof. Dr. Christine Sick
Lecturer: Prof. Dr. Christine Sick

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Learning outcomes:
The modules _Business English for Mechanical Engineers_, _Technical English for Mechanical Engineers and Professional Presentations_, _Applying for an Engineering Job_ and "Design / Manufacturing / Process Engineering Project in English" 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.
The focus of the _Business English for Mechanical Engineers_ module is to provide students with business English skills that will enable them to master basic business situations in an intercultural environment.
After successfully completing this module, students will possess the communicative means of speech and behavior required for basic business situations and will be able to apply them appropriately in given oral communication situations. They will be able to understand and write various business documents. They will be sensitized to different language registers and can apply them adequately within the framework of written communication situations with international business partners. They will be able to recognize potential difficulties and conflicts in intercultural communication situations and can draw conclusions for their own behaviour in international contexts.

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Module content:
- Socializing: Greetings, introductions and small talk
- Business travel: Business trips
- Talking about work: Describing a company, their field of activity and professional career
- Making appointments: Arranging an appointment
- Telephoning: Making phone calls in a professional context and taking telephone messages
- Types of business documents: Different types of business documents
- Business correspondence: Understanding business correspondence and corresponding with business partners (emails and letters)
In addition, we will work on:
- Independent repetition of standard vocabulary
- Expanding the Business English vocabulary relevant for the students
- Repetition of relevant grammatical structures (especially questions and the use of tenses)
- Raising awareness for functional language use and registers
- Intercultural aspects

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Teaching methods/Media:
Learning objectives will be achieved through integrated training of the four basic skills (listening comprehension, reading comprehension, speaking and writing) in relevant communication situations supported by multimedia, as well as the repetition of basic grammar and vocabulary.
Target group-specific teaching/learning materials (print, audio, video), as well as multimedia CALL and e&mLearning materials will be used.

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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:
Susanne Ley, Christine Sick: prep course English m&eLanguageLearningPortal@CAS (e&m-Learning-Angebot zur Unterstützung der Studierenden beim Englischlernen am Campus Alt-Saarbrücken der htw saar)
Christine Sick (2015): htw saar TechnoPlus Englisch VocabApp (Mobile-Learning-Angebot insbesondere zum Grundwortschatz, alle Niveaustufen), EUROKEY.
Christine Sick, unter Mitarbeit von Miriam Lange (2011): TechnoPlus Englisch 2.0 (Multimediales Sprachlernprogramm für Technisches und Business Englisch, Niveau B1-B2+), EUROKEY.

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