Business German

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Would you like to feel more comfortable when dealing with your German-speaking business associates? Do you sometimes wonder how to address people and worry about the dos and don'ts in the workplace? The Business German training course will teach you how to cope with the linguistic and cultural aspects of doing business in German.

During the course, you will practise typical business conversations using examples from your own work situation. In small groups, with a maximum of 10 participants, you will take a practical approach to improving your language skills and learn to be more confident in various situations.

The exercises will help you to broaden your vocabulary, find the right tone and improve your grammar. The focus of the course is on subjects such as:

  • Making appointments
  • Paying visits
  • Holding sales pitches
  • Giving presentations
  • Calling people, sending emails and online contacts
  • Meetings

Virtual classroom
The Business German training course is taught as an online interactive training course via Blackboard Collaborate; our virtual classroom for the forthcoming period. Read here here what to expect from the virtual classroom.

Your level
The level of this course is A2/B1 and it is suitable for anyone with a reasonable, basic knowledge of German. This means people who took German for a few years at secondary school, for example, or who passed their secondary school exams in German but have not used the language since then.

You can identify with the following:

  • You can follow conversations about familiar subjects.
  • People usually understand you if you speak German.
  • You cannot always find the words to say what you mean.
  • You often use the same words and sentences.
  • You are not sure whether your German is correct.

If you are unsure about your level, test yourself online using the placement test! Alternatively, make an appointment for the online German office hour to get personal advice.

Study load
Ten lessons of two hours each, and approximately two hours of independent study per lesson.

Course material
The following course material will be used. You must order this yourself from a bookshop or online.

  • Kommunizieren im Beruf
    Author: Hans Heinrich Rohrer
    ISBN: 9783468905162
    Approx. € 20
  • Kortom - Duitse grammatica
    Author: H.A.A. Mangnus
    ISBN 9789066750678
    Approx. € 10

You will also be using online course material in Nestor, the blackboard learning environment of the University of Groningen.

Maximum group size
10 participants

Attendance certificate
At the end of a course, every participant will receive an attendance certificate on condition that they have attended 75% of the lessons.

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