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Meetings, Negotiating and Intercultural Communication

Module name (EN): Meetings, Negotiating and Intercultural Communication
Degree programme: Engineering and Management, Master, ASPO 01.10.2019
Module code: MAM_19_A_2.01.MNI
SAP-Submodule-No.: P241-0065
Hours per semester week / Teaching method: 2S (2 hours per week)
ECTS credits: 2
Semester: 2
Mandatory course: yes
Language of instruction:
Written exam 120 min.

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Applicability / Curricular relevance:
MAM_19_A_2.01.MNI (P241-0065) Engineering and Management, Master, ASPO 01.10.2019, semester 2, 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:
MAM_19_A_3.02.RWP Reading, Writing and Presenting for Academic Purposes

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

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Learning outcomes:
After successfully completing this module, students will have consolidated and expanded their job-related 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.
Through integrated training of the four basic skills of listening comprehension, reading comprehension, speaking and writing, this course consolidates skills and knowledge in the areas of pragmatics, lexis and grammar at a higher level using selected situations and topics that are relevant to the students and their future professional field.
Particular emphasis will be placed on successfully conducting negotiations and participating in and managing meetings in an intercultural context.

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Module content:
The curriculum, that is continuously being revised and adapted to the needs of the economy and the requirements of the students, includes the following main points:
- How good are your business manners?
- Intercultural communication in business
- Case studies
- Dealing with difficult situations (critical incidents)
- Negotiating a contract (Writing and understanding quotations and formal business letters/e-mails in general; negotiating a contract face to face, on the telephone and virtually)
- Preparing a meeting (scheduling a meeting, agenda)
- Introductions and greetings
- Small talk
- Chairing a meeting
- Taking part in a meeting
Functional language:
- Polite language
- Expressing an opinion
- Agreeing and disagreeing
- Suggesting
- Giving, accepting, asking for advice
- Criticizing
- Repairing, compensating, explaining
- Metacommunication: Talking about what we mean

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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): TechnoPlus Englisch VocabApp (Mobile-Learning-Angebot insbesondere zum Grundwortschatz, alle Niveaustufen), EUROKEY.

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