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Foreign languages

level of course unit

A1 to C2 (GER)

Learning outcomes of course unit

The modules are designed according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). In the modules, students will acquire the language skills and develop the skills necessary for a business-oriented professional or academic activity.
The following competences are taught according to CEFR, i.e. after completion of the module, successful graduates will have mastered the following activities:

A1 - Beginner
Can understand and use familiar everyday expressions and very simple sentences aimed at satisfying specific needs. Can introduce him/herself and others and ask other people questions about him/herself - e.g. where he/she lives, people he/she knows or things he/she has - and can answer questions of this kind. Can communicate in a simple way if the interlocutors speak slowly and clearly and are willing to help.

A2 - Basic knowledge
Can understand sentences and frequently used expressions related to areas of most immediate relevance (e.g. personal and family information, shopping, work, local area). Can communicate in simple, routine situations involving a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar and common matters. Can describe with simple language his/her own background and education, immediate environment and things related to immediate needs.

B1 - Advanced language use
Can understand the main points when clear standard language is used and when it comes to familiar matters from work, school, leisure, etc. Can cope with most situations encountered when travelling in the area where the language is spoken. Can express himself/herself simply and coherently on familiar topics and personal areas of interest. Can report on experiences and events, describe dreams, hopes and goals and give brief reasons or explanations for plans and views.

B2 - Independent use of language
Can understand the main contents of complex texts on concrete and abstract topics; also understands technical discussions in his/her own special field. Can communicate so spontaneously and fluently that a normal conversation with native speakers is possible without much effort on both sides. Can express himself/herself clearly and in detail on a wide range of topics, explain a point of view on a topical issue and indicate the advantages and disadvantages of different options.

C1 - Expert language skills
Can understand a wide range of demanding, longer texts and also grasp implicit meanings. Can express him/herself fluently and spontaneously without having to search for words more often. Can use the language effectively and flexibly in social and professional life or in education and studies. Can express himself/herself clearly, in a structured and detailed manner on complex matters, using various means of text linking as appropriate.

C2 - Approximate mother-tongue knowledge
Can easily understand practically anything he/she reads or hears. Can summarize information from various written and oral sources, presenting reasons and explanations in a coherent presentation. Can express himself/herself spontaneously, very fluently and precisely, and can also make clear finer nuances of meaning in more complex situations.

prerequisites and co-requisites

3rd 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, German
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

A1 - Beginner
Understand and use familiar everyday expressions and very simple sentences aimed at satisfying specific needs. Introduce himself/herself and others and ask other people questions about him/herself - e.g. where he/she lives, people he/she knows or things he/she has - and answer questions of this kind. Communicate in a simple way if the interlocutors speak slowly and clearly and are willing to help.

A2 - Basic knowledge
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 common matters. Describe with simple language his/her own background and education, immediate environment and things related to immediate needs.

B1 - Advanced language use
Use clear standard language and communicate on familiar matters from work, school, leisure, etc. Apply relevant conversation skills for travel in the area in which the language is spoken. Express himself/herself simply and coherently on familiar topics and personal areas of interest. Report on experiences and events, describe dreams, hopes and goals and give brief reasons or explanations for plans and views.

B2 - Independent use of language
Express the main contents of complex texts on concrete and abstract topics; participate in technical discussions in his/her own special field. Communicate so spontaneously and fluently that a normal conversation with native speakers is possible without much effort on both sides. Express himself/herself clearly and in detail on a wide range of topics, explain a point of view on a topical issue and indicate the advantages and disadvantages of different options.

C1 - Expert language skills
Understand a wide range of demanding, longer texts and also grasp implicit meanings. Express himself/herself fluently and spontaneously without having to search for words more often. Use the language effectively and flexibly in social and professional life or in education and studies. Express himself/herself clearly, in a structured and detailed manner on complex matters, using various means of text linking as appropriate.



C2 - Approximate mother-tongue knowledge
Effortless communication in all language situations. Summarize information from various written and oral sources, presenting reasons and explanations in a coherent presentation. Express himself/herself spontaneously, very fluently and precisely, and can also make clear finer nuances of meaning in more complex situations.

recommended or required reading

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

assessment methods and criteria

The performance and competence of the students in reading comprehension, listening comprehension, written expression, oral expression and the quality of their cooperation (also online) are taken into account for the assessment.

language of instruction

foreign language

number of ECTS credits allocated

4

planned learning activities and teaching methods

ILV is designed according to a communicative, action-oriented approach

semester/trimester when the course unit is delivered

3

name of lecturer(s)

Competence Center Languages

year of study

1

recommended optional program components

not applicable

course unit code

SPR3

type of course unit

integrated lecture

mode of delivery

Compulsory

work placement(s)

not applicable