Professional development seminar German

lalle2500  2019-2020  Louvain-la-Neuve

Professional development seminar German
Note from June 29, 2020
Although we do not yet know how long the social distancing related to the Covid-19 pandemic will last, and regardless of the changes that had to be made in the evaluation of the June 2020 session in relation to what is provided for in this learning unit description, new learnig unit evaluation methods may still be adopted by the teachers; details of these methods have been - or will be - communicated to the students by the teachers, as soon as possible.
3 credits
30.0 h
Q1 and Q2
Klein Caroline; Rinder Ann (coordinator);
Students should have a good receptive knowledge of the basic grammar and vocabulary and have reached a LOWER B1 level (reading, listening and speaking) of the "Common European Framework of reference for Languages " (CEFR). An oral test will be organized to check if the student has the required level.
Main themes
The course is structured around different themes related primarily to the professional world in which the student is meant to function in the future.

At the end of this learning unit, the student is able to :

1 Reading comprehension:
  • Can understand articles and reports on everyday topics or related to their field of study and can understand the writer's particular point of view.
B2- level of the CEFR.
Listening comprehension:
  • Can understand standard spoken English (live or from recordings) on both familiar and unfamiliar topics normally encountered in personal, social, university or professional life.
  • Can understand most of the newspapers and television programmes.
B2- level of the CEFR.
Speaking skills:
  • Can develop a simple, direct and prepared presentation on a familiar topic or a topic related to their field of study and can answer a series of questions linked to their presentation.
B1 level of the CEFR.
Writing skills:
  • Can write short and simple notes in connection with specific needs.
A2 level of the CEFR.
  • Expansion of basic vocabulary (2000 basic words) and reinforcement of specific German grammatical structures. As far as speaking skills are concerned, the course focuses more on communicative skills than on correction.
  • for all the skills aforementioned: Introduction to German culture. The capacity to appreciate the values transmitted by this culture is developed through different fields (social, political, economical).

The contribution of this Teaching Unit to the development and command of the skills and learning outcomes of the programme(s) can be accessed at the end of this sheet, in the section entitled “Programmes/courses offering this Teaching Unit”.
The aim is to allow the student to know the professional world better, through the reading of newspaper articles, conferences, films, video sequences, company simulation exercises' All skills will be trained (listening, reading, speaking and writing) although the focus will be on developing speaking skills in a professional environment. 
Teaching methods
Groups of 20 students maximum.
Evaluation methods
  1. Continuous assessment (class participation, daily work, oral presentation in group)50%, details and plan in course notes.
  2. Oral final exam: simulation of a businesslike communication task (written file has to be submitted in advance). This exam will take place at the last courseweek.
  3. Final mark in june : 50% december mark and 50% may mark.
  4. September: oral examen 50% and written exam 50% (listening and reading 10%, grammar 10%, vocabulary 20%, writing 10%).
  5. If an external and free evaluation can be organized (e.g. TestDaF-Erprobung), students must take part to this evaluation.
Other information
The teacher is available during her office hours and can be contacted by e-mail.
Online resources
Teaching materials
  • Harst Eva, Kaufmann Susan: Treffpunkt Beruf B1, Klett 2017, ISBN 978-3-12-606064-6
Faculty or entity

Programmes / formations proposant cette unité d'enseignement (UE)

Title of the programme
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Master [120] in Computer Science and Engineering

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Master [120] in Computer Science

Master [120] in Civil Engineering

Master [120] in Chemical and Materials Engineering

Master [120] in Data Science Engineering

Master [120] in Electro-mechanical Engineering

Master [120] in Data Science: Information Technology

Master [120] in Physical Engineering