VIV120 The German Language

Code VIV120
Name The German Language
Status Compulsory/Courses of Limited Choice; Courses of Free Choice
Level and type Undergraduate Studies, Professional
Field of study Languages
Academic staff Ilze Siliņa, Ludmila Rotaja, Valentīna Lauziniece
Credit points 4.0 (6.0 ECTS)
Parts 2
Annotation Basic German course that can be integrated with other subjects on the curriculum and that is based on acquisition of technical terminology in the particular field: 1) acquiring creative reading skills by working with professional texts; 2) mastering the fundamentals of relevant conversation and developing discussion skills; 3) improving listening comprehension skills to ensure effective participation in conferences, projects etc. 4) developing writing skills (essays, summaries, abstracts, conclusions). The program was developed in conformity with the guidelines of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages: Learning, Teaching, Assessment, considering also the outcomes of the LEONARDO project, which involved language teachers from Baltic universities, and the general recommendations developed with the participation of the RTU Institute of Languages..
Goals and objectives
of the course in terms
of competences and skills
To develop and improve creative reading skills working with popular scientific and professional texts, as well as develop advanced business communication speaking and writing skills and competences.
Learning outcomes
and assessment
Reading: students are able to read, skim and scan independently advanced general and popular scientific texts, are able to extract and process information as well as comprehend terms from field specific texts. - Assessment: home tasks, tests, exam. Criteria: are able to analyze and comprehend the content of the text, identify field specific terminology in accordance with the aims and tasks set.
Listening: students are able to perceive both spoken and transmitted text on familiar and unfamiliar topics in personal, social and professional fields. - Assessment: home tasks, tests, exam. Criteria: are able to comprehend the essence of the information perceived, interpret information, complete the test tasks.
Speaking: dialogue – students are able to relatively fluently and spontaneously communicate on a wide range of subjects (general, theoretical, professional issues). Monologue – are able to provide a detailed discussion of various issues. - Assessment: home tasks, tests, exam. Criteria: are able to initiate communication at interviews and discussions. Present the content of a report developed.
Writing: students are able to present clear, detailed summary, annotation and abstract of a text; to write a CV and application letter, presenting clear and relevant arguments. - Assessment: home tasks, tests, exam. Criteria: are able to substantiate their opinion in writing, discuss pros and cons, evaluate alternatives.
Course prerequisites German language skills at B1 level according to CEFR

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