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Business English for Environmental Engineers

Module name (EN): Business English for Environmental Engineers
Degree programme: Environmental Technologies, Bachelor, ASPO 01.10.2021
Module code: UI-BEE
Hours per semester week / Teaching method: 2S (2 hours per week)
ECTS credits: 2
Semester: 1
Mandatory course: yes
Language of instruction:
Written exam 120 min.

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Applicability / Curricular relevance:
UI-BEE Environmental Technologies, Bachelor, ASPO 01.10.2021, semester 1, mandatory course

Suitable for exchange students (learning agreement)
30 class hours (= 22.5 clock hours) over a 15-week period.
The total student study time is 60 hours (equivalent to 2 ECTS credits).
There are therefore 37.5 hours available for class preparation and follow-up work and exam preparation.
Recommended prerequisites (modules):
Recommended as prerequisite for:
UI-AEJ Applying for an Engineering Job and Professional Presentations
UI-TRW Technical Reading and Writing for Environmental Engineers

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Module coordinator:
Prof. Dr. Christine Sick
Miriam Wedig, M.A.

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Learning outcomes:
The modules “Business English for Environmental Engineers”, “Technical Reading and Writing for Environmental Engineers””, as well as “Applying for an Engineering Job and Professional Presentations” should be seen in conjunction with one another. They offer students a framework to further develop their English language skills in a professionally related area from the desired entry level B1 to level B2.
The focus of the „Business English for Environmental Engineers“ module is to provide future environmental engineers with business English skills that will enable them to master basic business situations in an intercultural environment.
After successfully completing this module, students will possess the communicative means of speech and behavior required for basic business situations and will be able to apply them appropriately in given oral communication situations. They will be able to understand and write various business documents. They will be sensitized to different language registers and can apply them adequately within the framework of written communication situations with international business partners. They will be able to recognize potential difficulties and conflicts in intercultural communication situations and can draw conclusions for their own behaviour in international contexts.

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Module content:
- Socializing: Greetings, introductions and small talk
- Business travel: Business trips
- Talking about work: Describing a company, their field of activity and professional career
- Making appointments: Arranging an appointment
- Telephoning: Making phone calls in a professional context and taking telephone messages
- Types of business documents: Different types of business documents
- Business correspondence: Understanding business correspondence and corresponding with business partners (emails and letters)
In addition, we will work on:
- Independent repetition of standard vocabulary
- Expanding the Business English vocabulary relevant for the students
- Repetition of relevant grammatical structures (especially questions and the use of tenses)
- Raising awareness for functional language use and registers
- Intercultural aspects

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Teaching methods/Media:
Learning objectives will be achieved through integrated training of the four basic skills (listening comprehension, reading comprehension, speaking and writing) in relevant communication situations supported by multimedia, as well as the repetition of basic grammar and vocabulary.
Target group-specific teaching/learning materials (print, audio, video), as well as multimedia CALL and e&mLearning materials will be used.

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Recommended or required reading:
Students will receive a list of recommended teaching and learning materials.
The following materials are free of charge for students of the htw saar. We recommend their use for independent learning:
Susanne Ley, Christine Sick: prep course English
m&eLanguageLearningPortal@CAS (learning offer to help students learn English at the htw saar Alt-Saarbrücken campus)
Christine Sick (2015): htw saar TechnoPlus Englisch VocabApp (Mobile-Learning-Angebot insbesondere zum Grundwortschatz, alle Niveaustufen), EUROKEY.
Christine Sick, unter Mitarbeit von Miriam Lange (2011): TechnoPlus Englisch 2.0 (Multimediales Sprachlernprogramm für Technisches und Business Englisch, Niveau B1-B2+), EUROKEY.

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