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Kit Belgum, Chair 2505 University Avenue, Burdine Hall 336, Mailcode C3300, Austin TX 78712-1802 • 512-471-4123

Spring 2010

GER 356W • Advanced Business German II

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
38080 TTh
12:30 PM-2:00 PM
BUR 234

Course Description

This course prepares students for the content and test format of the Zertifikat Deutsch für den Beruf (ZDfB), which was developed in Germany by the Goethe Institute and is recognized throughout the European Union and the United States. Due to the worldwide high level of recognition by private and public employers alike, this examination enjoys acceptance as proof of proficiency in the German language. The exam certifies that your knowledge of Business German is at a level where you can handle written and oral business transactions in German, participate in an internship with a German speaking company, or work in a German speaking country. The course covers all parts of the exam: specialized business and economics vocabulary, reading of business related texts and newspaper articles, listening comprehension of verbal business interactions, business correspondence, and speaking in business contexts. This course is designed for students who have already studied the equivalent of two years of college-level German and are interested in combining their study of German with another professional degree area, such as finance, management, engineering, communications, political sciences, etc. The overall goal of this course is to provide students with the language and cultural knowledge necessary for effective communication in the business environment (Wirtschaftsdeutsch). Listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills will be developed through a variety of on-line activities and individual research. Business German I is NOT required.

THE GOETHE EXAM ZdFB WILL BE ADMINISTERED AT UT AT THE END OF THE SPRING SEMESTER. The Goethe exam is optional and not part of your course grade. Selected Topics: The European Union Structures of German Companies Tradeshows in Germany Internships in Germany Job Applications Marketing Strategies Intercultural differences Writing of Business Letters

Grading Policy

Exams: 40% Reports: 30% Attendance/Participation:15% Homework: 15%


Patricia R. Paulsell, Anne-Katrin Gramberg, and Karin U. Evans. German for Business and Economics: Volume 2. Die Betriebswirtschaft. Second Edition. Weekly Readings from Wirtschaftswoche; Manager Magazin, Focus, Spiegel


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