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Modulübersicht B 25.03 International Competence: Languages
Verwendung des Moduls
This module addresses the needs of students who would like to combine a clear focus on Business English with a moderate focus on Spanish in order to acquire a second important world busi-ness language.
Lernergebnisse und Kompetenzen
As one foreign language may not be sufficient for today’s global business environment, students will also make their first steps towards mastering a second world business language. They will acquire a good grasp of the basic structures of Spanish grammar in order to communicate in response to a business situation. They will be able to react adequately in everyday situations and show linguistic and cultural competence. Training situations will be taken from business life. The appropriate word fields and phrases are discussed and practiced. The module builds on the linguistic and intercultural skills acquired in Module B14. Thus, students will expand their English business vocabulary and the range of relevant standard phrases for typical business tasks and routines, especially in situations such as interacting with customers, sustaining negotiations and presenting their companies/products. They will familiarise themselves with international job search methods and application procedures in order to prepare for study abroad semesters, international internships and international academic projects. They will also develop their written skills in order to deal with typical academic assessment methods at our partner universities. Students design their own individualised “Personal Improvement Plan” to keep their Business English on a high level for their lifelong learning. The focus on strategic managerial interaction in international business environments provides the students with professional skills and business tools (SMART goals, SWOT analysis, etc.) to communicate appropriately in situations characterised by high-tech communication tools, fast-paced change and a high need for media literacy. Students practise managerial vocabulary and phrases required for leadership roles and develop confidence in chairing and documenting meetings with professionally written minutes. Students also design their own “Internationalisation Concept” in order to sound out their options for internationalising themselves during their studies or later on the job. Communication skills for international experience also include the opportunity to prepare for and take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL®) in the context of the Institutional Testing Program. It aims to introduce students to the basic structure of the test and show them ways of preparing for this situation. Special emphasis will be placed on the grammar skills required for the successful completion of the "Structure and Written Expression" section of the test. Substantial practice for the listening and reading sections of the test will boost students’ academic vocabulary and their awareness of the skills required for a successful academic experience. As a result, students are able to assess their own ability to study in an English-speaking environment and to organise their successful study abroad semester or international internship. They are able to assess individual strengths and weaknesses accurately and they are able to select and utilise different types of resources in order to develop their language skills both in class and outside the classroom.
Analytical skills, Spanish communication skills, social and intercultural competences, integrated listening skills, text production skills, reading skills, oral skills.
International language and communication skills, distinction of different registers, conflict management skills, job search and assessment centre skills.
Project management skills (tender bids, mile stones, final reports), lifelong learning skills, creative and critical thinking, self-improvement and leadership skills, story-telling skills, time management skills, sustainability focus skills, attention to detail, managing an online presence.
Integrated listening skills, text production skills, reading skills, time management skills.
Students will study Spanish vocabulary, grammar and useful phrases for standard business situations. Reflecting the diversity of Spanish-speaking cultures, almost all Spanish-speaking countries will play a role in the regional information, listening materials and in-class discussions. Following the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages, the learning puts emphasis on classroom engagement, learner autonomy, focus on competencies and portfolio work. Students will be introduced to successful office work in the English language: telephoning, relevant skills for business meetings and negotiations, written documents for decision support, international application documents (such as cover letter, resume, references), essay writing skills and virtual communication in blogs, online meetings and similar digital environments. Students will try out successful leadership in the English language and reflect about their progress: organising and chairing meetings, initiating, proposing and supervising their own projects, analysing and giving professional feedback on minutes and email messages. Students use management tools (such as SMART and SWOT) for creating sustainability-focused improvement plans and internationalisation strategies and learn how to encourage change and to organise collaboration. Students learn about the relevance and usability of the standardised TOEFL test and the learning is adjusted to the students’ individual needs. Integrated practice for the Listening and the Reading sections of the test is supplemented with skill-building exercises on specific problems tested in TOEFL tests – such as inversion, noun clauses, adjective clauses, prepositional phrases, tenses, conditional clauses, causatives, parallel structures, transitive and intransitive verbs, impersonal expressions of importance etc. Students discover a variety of resources for self-directed language improvement.
Interactive talks and in-class discussions, guided pair work and small-group assignments, Blended Learning formats, analysis of video case studies, exercises to enable self-reflection and understand stereotypes, simulation of business communication situations, text discussions, text production with individual feedback.
Formal: Full time B.A. students in the Faculty of Business and Social Sciences.
Academic: Skills developed in Module B14. Students must be able to communicate in an English-speaking academic environment. Digital Placement Test Business Spanish in OpenOLAT.
Prüfungsleistung in Form von Assignments (bestehend aus vier schriftlichen gleichgewichteten Einheiten).
Voraussetzung für die Vergabe von ECTS-Punkten ist das Bestehen der Prüfungsleistung für das Modul. Diese wird aus den einzelnen Bestandteilen des Assignments generiert, welche gleichge-wichtet in die Modulbewertung eingehen. Es gibt keine Bestehensgrenzen auf Basis der einzelnen Einheiten des Assignments. Das Modul geht mit 7 ECTS in die Gesamtzahl von 180 ECTS-Punkten ein.
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Abstract: International Competence: Languages
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