Upon completion of the course, the student becomes proficient in producing linguistically correct business correspondence in German. He/ She will be able to operate in support functions related to international sales, purchasing processes and administration. The student also can operate in typical social business occasions.
Assessment components and their respective weights:
Written exams 75 %
Portfolio 20 %
Class Work 5 %
The course focuses on business letters in German, including review of vocabulary and common expressions. The course involves the writing of business letters as homework. The letters are then corrected on the basis of the teacher feedback and added into the students portfolio. In addition a CV is written.
Business correspondence including
•thank you letters
•letters relating to travel
Contact lessons and independent study
Three written exams
Portfolio with business letters
Self-assessment (1 h)
Recognising and validating prior learning (RPL)
A student can demonstrate his or her equivalent language skills relating to the course objectives and contents. This must be agreed upon with the teacher no later than two weeks before the course begins. Each student may attempt this only once in the period prior to the giving of the course. The evaluation takes place on a scale of 1-5.
A book announced by the teacher and other materials provided by the teacher.
The self-assessment does not influence the course grade. The assignment is the same for all courses/modules and the answers will also be used for course/module development. The assignment is completed on an electronic form.
Starting level and linkage with other courses
Competence level: B1-B2
Starting level and linkage with other courses:
German Business Communication 1 (GER4LE201)
Assessment criteria - grade 1
The student can write the standard business letter fairly well. He/ She communicates fairly well, is able to sometimes choose an appropriate style and produces somewhat correct language. Grammatical aspects of the language need to be worked on. Messages are for the most part
understandable, but they need to be carefully corrected and cannot be sent as written.
Assessment criteria - grade 3
The student can write the standard business letter well, communicates well, is able to generally choose an appropriate style and produces mostly correct language. He/ She is able to write understandable and correct messages using basis phrases related to the topic of the letter. In addition the use of dictionaries and other sources of information is practised by the student and the messages that are for the most part accurate and ready to send.
Assessment criteria - grade 5
The student can write the standard business letter very well, communicates very well, is able to choose an appropriate style and produces correct language. He/ She is able to apply during the course acquired skills and can use dictionaries and other sources of information well. The use of vocabulary and phrases is versatile and fluent. The student can write accurate messages that are ready to send.