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Academic Writing & Research

This course introduces basic research writing skills including conducting research, note taking, paraphrasing, summarizing, direct quotation and MLA (Modern Language Association) or APA (American Psychological Association) style citation. The course will place greater emphasis on macro-level composition skills such as essay structure, paragraph structure, coherence, unity and micro-level skills such as sentence structure, grammar, vocabulary, spelling and mechanics. It enhances the skills for writing an academic paper.

The course will cover the following topics:

  • Stages of the writing process:
  1. Prewriting
  2. Drafting
  3. Revising
  4. Editing
  • Understanding research
  • Genre & style in writing
  • Academic integrity versus plagiarism
  • Presenting coherent arguments
  • Describing processes and statistical data
  • Writing arguments in essays
  • Making comparisons
  • Writing about problems and solutions
  • Writing about causes and effects

On completion of the module, students will be able to:

  • Understand what constitutes a coherent, structured academic paper.
  • Appreciate the relationship between reading and writing.
  • Critically evaluate and analyze sources.
  • Incorporate drafting and editing practices into the writing process and understand the value of these skills.
  • Apply methodologies to research practices and academic writing practices
  • Present a convincing and valid piece of academic writing
  • critically evaluate academic papers as well as their own writing.
  • Improve their ability to question creatively, think critically and reason rigorously.

 

Business Communication I

    1. Communication:

  • Presentation skills
  • Telephoning
  • Socializing/small talk
  • Communication strategies
  • Meeting people
  • Writing emails

      2. Business topics

  • Company structure
  • Human Resources (CV, cover letter, job interview, etc.)
  • Sales & Marketing
  • Finance & Banking
  • Procurement, production & logistics
  • Statistics
  • E-commerce
  • Foreign trade

      3. Grammar:

          Grammar (tenses, conditional, passive, gerund vs infinitive, prepositions, false friends, etc.)

Professional competence

The students:

  • acquire the necessary theoretical and hands-on knowledge to communicate successfully in business life.
  • improve their communication skills, build up their business vocabulary, refresh and broaden their grammar skills.
  • acquire the specific terminology/business jargon as well as the corresponding vocabulary (socializing, meeting, negotiation, marketing, describing diagrams, etc.).
  • be able to write reports and essays on business topics.
  • be able to moderate a brainstorming session (e.g. marketing, teleworking, working abroad, current economic situation in Germany, globalization, etc.).
  • additionally, tailor-made exercises will increase students’ semantic technical language skills
  • prepare a presentation on a business topic
  • participate actively in discussions
  • improve their communication skills and presentation techniques
  • be able to analyse and evaluate presentations of their fellow students
  • practise how to write a CV & an application letter
  • acquire the necessary business vocabulary, e.g. finance, marketing, SCM, company structure, purchasing, etc.

Methodological competence

Students broaden their linguistic competence. They gain language fluency by dealing with English language exercises and case studies

  • Ability to hold a brainstorming session
  • Using Business English jargon fluently, clearly and adequately
  • Presenting topics in a structured and understandable way
  • Using the media to the point to communicate and visualize information
  • The ability to hold a formal presentation
  • Presenting topics in a structured and understandable way
  • Using the media to the point to communicate and visualize information
  • Ability to search and evaluate relevant information self-independently

Social competence

The language exercises and case studies train the students´ communicative (dialogue), integrative (consensus) and cooperative (team work) skill

  • Ability to listen and participate in group discussions actively
  • Ability to express complex language aspects
  • Identifying roles in groups and understanding interactions
  • formulating and pursuing common goals
  • Ability to communicate tasks to others
  • Ability to listen and participate in group discussions
  • Ability to express complex linguistic aspects
  • Identifying roles in groups and understanding interactions
  • Ability to communicate tasks to others

Self-competence

The course exercises and case studies enable students through flexibility, self-motivation, time management, responsibility and care to work purposefully focused and to work according to the object and thus consciously evaluate the success as their own performance.

  • Being able to motivate oneself
  • Being able to organise oneself better
  • Checking your learning and experience of success
  • Responsibility for the achievement of credits
  • Responsibility for the group's performance
  • Working self-independently
  • Being able to accept, assess and implement criticism
  • Being able to motivate oneself
  • Being able to organise oneself better
  • Checking your learning and experience of success
  • Responsibility for the achievement of credits
  • Responsibility for the group's performance
  • Working self-independently

Business English 2: advanced Business English in use

The students should:

  • acquire the specific terminology/business jargon as well as the corresponding vocabulary (socializing, meeting, negotiation, marketing, describing diagrams, etc.).
  • be able to write reports and essays on business topics.
  • be able to moderate a brainstorming session (e.g. marketing, teleworking, working abroad, current economic situation in Germany, globalization, etc.).

Additionally, tailor-made exercises will increase students’ semantic technical language skills

  • The following topics will be dealt with:
    • Brainstorming sessions
    • Socializing
    • Meetings
    • Business jargon
    • Video analysis (meeting objectives & market leader)
    • Presenting facts & figures
    • Marketing/business strategies
    • Negotiations
    • Management
    • Setting up a business, M&A and business media

Business English 3: presentations

The students should:

  • prepare a presentation (of a company)
  • be well informed about the topic
  • participate actively in discussions
  • improve their communication skills and presentation techniques
  • improve their oral language skills
  • be able to analyse and evaluate presentations of their fellow students
  • practise how to write a CV & an application letter
  • Additionally the script includes the following topics:
    • Entering a foreign market
    • International mergers
    • Global production
    • Thinking global, acting local
    • Overseas postings
    • Global careers
    • Recruiting internationally, etc

Business English 4: international business studies

The students should:

  • be able to set up their own company: “Corporate Adventure” project (company profile, market profile, marketing, Finance, HR Management, recruitment, SWOT analysis, mission statement)
  • Create a job advertisement (including a description of the ideal candidate, creating an interview questionnaire)
  • Create a cover letter draft/ template
  • Set or polishing up individual CV

Business English 5: intercultural studies: Europe & the Anglophone World

The students should:

  • learn how national cultures differ and how to handle these differences.
  • learn especially what to consider when communicating and negotiating with people from different cultures and how to motivate and lead them.
  • improve their intercultural competences.
  • acquire the basic terms of intercultural competency (e.g. stereotypes, cultural dimensions, etc.)
  • take participate in a project (marketing across cultures or cultural challenges in cross-border deals) and be able to improve their key competences in intercultural communication and for negotiations as well as broaden their linguistic and semantic ESP basis.
  • Project (marketing across cultures or cultural challenges in international business):
    Marketing a German product abroad or the challenges faced when introducing a foreign product to the German market (creating own TV commercial & flyer)

Intercultural Management: the Arab World

  • Introduction into the Middle East region and the Arab world (geography, history, language and religion, political systems, economy, etc.)
  • Country descriptions, selected indicators, etc.
  • Important structures as well as economic, socio-political and cultural conditions for establishing commercial relationships and realizing economic projects with the Arab world and the Middle East region are demonstrated.
  • Role of intercultural communication and national language for trade
  • Discussion on “stereotypes” and misunderstandings/missing communication as well as their effects on conducting or establishing a business in the Arab world or the Middle East business in the region
  • Business culture and attitudes at workplaces in the Middle East and the Arab world: hierarchy, rules, time, relationships, management, polychromic vs. monochromic, communication, behavioural rules, negotiations, etc.
  • Islamic financial system
     

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