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Practising English Online with a Tandem Partner

Module name (EN): Practising English Online with a Tandem Partner
Degree programme: Mechanical and Process Engineering, Bachelor, ASPO 01.10.2019
Module code: MAB_19_4.2.1.32
SAP-Submodule-No.: P241-0399
Hours per semester week / Teaching method: -
ECTS credits: 1
Semester: according to optional course list
Mandatory course: no
Language of instruction:
Written documentation, ungraded

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Applicability / Curricular relevance:
MAB_19_4.2.1.32 (P241-0399) Mechanical and Process Engineering, Bachelor, ASPO 01.10.2019, optional course, general subject
The total student study time for this course is 30 hours.
Recommended prerequisites (modules):
Recommended as prerequisite for:
Module coordinator:
Prof. Dr. Christine Sick
Lecturer: Prof. Dr. Christine Sick

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Learning outcomes:
After successfully completing this tandem course with students from our partner univeristy, the University College Cork (UCC) in Ireland, students will have expanded their language and expression skills at level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages acquired in the course of their Bachelor´s degree.  

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Module content:
There will be a joint introduction with the program managers of both universities and students from the htw saar and UCC.
At least 5 tandem online sessions via video conference
First session: warm-up/getting-to-know each other session
Background, studies, family, hobbies, experience abroad, experience with the other language, expectations for the tandem
Other sessions should be across a range of the following topic areas (academic, cultural, intercultural, professional, social):
1.        Academic
Present your university, interactions in an academic setting (dos and don’ts), role of the university in the community, comparison of university systems.
2.        Cultural
Music, sports, virtual visit to your city, a museum, theater, opera, historical building, concert etc. or any other aspect of culture.
3.        Intercultural
Reflecting on cultures other than your own "home" culture, dos and don’ts, critical incidents.
4.        Professional
Reflecting on events or interactions in a work situation, your dream job, the job application process, dos and don’ts, professional norms (e.g. punctuality, clothing, “Anredeformen” (first name vs surname and “siezen” vs “duzen”), how to say no, reading between the lines).
5.        Social
Where do social gatherings happen?
What does it mean to "go out" in Germany/Ireland?
Culture around alcohol?
Culture around money?
Starting and continuing romantic and platonic relationships male/female?
Students will document their online sessions in the form of a portfolio with entries on the content, intercultural and language aspects of each session.  

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Teaching methods/Media:
Teaching methods:
Self-directed and self-organized learning with the Tandem language learning method:  
This involves combining students from the htw saar with students from our partner university UCC (University College Cork), Ireland, to form pairs or small groups.
They will meet online via videoconference for five or more thematically different sessions of at least one hour and document these sessions in writing.
Media selected by yourself (print, audio, video, internet),

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