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Foreign Language I

level of course unit

Introduction or consolidation

Learning outcomes of course unit

Foreign Language I /ILV / Course no.: SPR.1 / 1st semester / ECTS: 3

The Foreign Language I, II and III modules are designed according to the Common
European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). In the three modules, students will acquire the language skills and develop the skills necessary for a business-oriented
professional or academic activity.

According to the CEFR, the following competences are taught in the three consecutive
Foreign Language I, II and III modules, depending on the language chosen and building on the students' existing prior knowledge:

A1 - Beginners
The students are able to:
• understand and use familiar, everyday expressions and very simple sentences aimed at satisfying specific needs
• introduce themselves and others and ask other people questions about themselves
• e.g. where they live, what kind of people they know or what things they have, and to
answer questions of this kind
• communicate in a simple way if the interlocutor speaks slowly and clearly and is prepared to help

A2 - Basic knowledge
Students are able to:
• understand sentences and frequently-used expressions related to areas of most immediate relevance (e.g. personal and family information, shopping, work, local area)
• communicate in simple, routine situations involving a simple and direct exchange of
information on familiar and routine matters
• describe in simple terms their own background and education, immediate environment and matters relating to immediate needs

B1 - Advanced Language Use
Students are able to:
• understand the main points of clear standard language use and familiar matters related to work, school, leisure, etc.
• cope with most situations encountered when traveling in the language area
• express themselves in a simple and coherent way on familiar topics and areas of personal interest
• report on experiences and events, describe dreams, hopes and ambitions and briefly give reasons or explanations for plans and opinions



B2 - Use language independently
Students are able to:
• understand the main ideas behind complex texts on both specific and abstract topics, as well as technical discussions in their own field of expertise
• communicate with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes normal conversation with native speakers easily and without strain for either party
• express themselves clearly and in detail on a wide range of subjects, explain a viewpoint on a topical issue and indicate the advantages and disadvantages of various options

C1 - Proficient language skills
Students are able to:
• understand a wide range of demanding, longer texts and also grasp implicit meanings
• express themselves spontaneously and fluently without having to search for words in a clearly recognizable way more often
• use the language effectively and flexibly in social and professional life or in training and studies
• express themselves clearly, in a structured and detailed manner on complex subjects, making appropriate use of various means of linking texts

C2 - Near-native speaker
Students are able to:
• understand with ease virtually everything they read or hear
• summarize information from different written and oral sources, giving reasons and explanations in a coherent presentation
• express him/herself spontaneously, very fluently and precisely, and clarify finer shades of meaning even in more complex situations

prerequisites and co-requisites

1st semester: French, Italian, Spanish
Module with objective A2: no previous knowledge allowed
Module with objective B2: Previous knowledge required
Chinese, Russian
Module with objective A2: no previous knowledge allowed
English
Module with objective B2: Level B1 (GER) or English advanced course required
Module with objective C1: Level B2 (GER) required
Module with objective C2: Level C1 (GER) required

course contents

Foreign Language I /ILV / Course no.: SPR.1 / 1st semester / ECTS: 3
The course content depends on the students' choice of language and the classification of their previous knowledge according to the CEFR:

A1 - Beginners
• understand and use familiar, everyday expressions and very simple sentences aimed at satisfying specific needs
• introduce yourself and others and ask other people personal questions - e.g. where they live, what kind of people they know or what things they have - and answer questions of this kind - communicate in a simple way if the interlocutor speaks slowly and clearly and is
willing to help


A2 - Basic knowledge
• understand sentences and frequently-used expressions related to areas of immediate
relevance (e.g. information about the person and family, shopping, work, immediate
surroundings)
• communicate in simple, routine situations involving a simple and direct exchange of
information on familiar and routine matters
• describe in simple terms their own background and education, immediate environment and matters relating to immediate needs

B1 - Advanced language use
• use clear standard language and relate to familiar matters from work, school, leisure, etc. to communicate
• use conversational skills relevant to travel in the language area
• express themselves in a simple and coherent way on familiar topics and personal areas of interest
• report on experiences and events, describe dreams, hopes and ambitions and give short justifications or explanations of plans and views


B2 - Independent language use
• express themselves on both specific and abstract topics with regard to the main content of complex texts; take part in specialist discussions in their own field of specialization
• communicate so spontaneously and fluently that a normal conversation with native
speakers is easily possible without much effort on either side
• express themselves clearly and in detail on a wide range of topics, explain a viewpoint on a topical issue and state the advantages and disadvantages of various options
C1 - Expert language skills
• understand a wide range of more demanding, longer texts and also grasp implicit
meanings
• express themselves spontaneously and fluently without having to search for words more often in a clearly recognizable way
• use the language effectively and flexibly in social and professional life or in training and studies
• express themselves on complex issues in a clear, structured and detailed manner, making appropriate use of various means of linking texts

recommended or required reading

Course book - by arrangement; authentic materials, e.g. from English language jour-nals
(including specialist journals), newspapers and online media

assessment methods and criteria

Language examination

language of instruction

foreign language

number of ECTS credits allocated

3

eLearning quota in percent

15

course-hours-per-week (chw)

2

planned learning activities and teaching methods

Blended Learning

semester/trimester when the course unit is delivered

1

name of lecturer(s)

Asc. Prof. (FH) Dipl.-Ing. Christian Huber

course unit code

SPR.1

type of course unit

integrated lecture

mode of delivery

Compulsory

work placement(s)

none