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Vokiečių kalba I (HUM124)

Course description

German has its place in an international environment, be it in the field of business or of culture. Within the EU in particular, a basic knowledge of the German language is an indispensable tool. Moreover, it is most useful to be able to enlarge on German basics in order to access the cultural venues that constitute an integral part of business nowadays.

Course objective

After successful completion of this course the students will be able to employ simple syntactic structures using a basic set of words. They will be able to communicate within this framework in writing and speaking. The students will have acquired the skills necessary to tackle simple texts and to read for the gist. They will know how to best use dictionaries, not only to understand texts but also to enlarge their vocabulary while working on them. As soon as possible basic business vocabulary will be integrated into the vocabulary segment of the course. By the end of this course students will have lost the beginner’s shyness in using a foreign language in front of others due to regular exposure to communicative situations in class. Last but not least, students will be familiar with some categories of texts in German such as letters, emails, ads etc.

Learning outcomes

  • Communicative skills: To be able to understand and express simple German sentences. Give a polite and good impression according to the German cross-cultural context. Get the gist and contribute to simple discussions, make phone calls within the limits of basic business vocabulary. Develop basic business communication skills in key performance areas such as exchanging information, discussing and presenting business issues.
  • Reading comprehension: All students should be able to read simple texts within the A1 vocabulary and grammar range after successful completion of the basic course. They will be able to deal with new texts by using derivative vocabulary and syntax skills acquired in the course at the same time enlarging their vocabulary continuously. Derive vocabulary meaning from context by developing vocabulary building skills and acquiring sufficient vocabulary will be part of the basic aims.
  • Enlargement of communicative basic skills: Give presentations, participate in meetings, discussions and negotiations.
  • Writing skills: Be able to write several kinds of short texts e.g. memos and short letters/emails, invitations, requests using appropriate formats. Write basic business reports, statements and summaries.
  • Introduction to cross-cultural insights: The students will have reached a basic understanding of German/Austrian mentality (simple polite phrases, non verbal aspects such as shaking hands, using the polite form “Sie”, how to deal with written invitations etc.) in as far as this is necessary to deal adequately with everyday and business situations.
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