735 German in Administrative Practice

735 German in Administrative Practice

  • Study programme and level: Professional degree programme Administration 1nd Cycle
  • 2nd or 3th year
  • 6 ECTS
  • Course type: Elective
  • Tutorial: 15
  • Individual work: 165
  • Lecturer: Margit Horvath


1. Objectives and competences

Student knows how to:

  • present the characteristics of our  political
  • system in German and use more complex   language structures (e.g. relative clauses),
  • write a summary or opinion in German based on reading and listening German materials at higher intermediate level,
  • make conversation in German at intermediate level on common issues form public life and administration,
  • use the specific vocabulary in German referring to State and European administration at higher intermediate level,
  • deal with complaints while talking to a customer in German at higher intermediate level.

Student is able to:

  • understand and use more complex vocabulary of general and administration-related professional language,
  • understand  reading/listening German materials on various  contents referring to public life and administration at upper-intermediate level,
  • talk about current events and issues from the administrative practice at upper-intermediate level,
  • express opinion on a certain problem and analyze (dis)advantages of possibilities in German at intermediate level,
  • write summaries and opinion about different professional topics in German at intermediate level.

2. Content

  • Social and family life, single-parent families; grammar: relative clauses,
  • Social security and health insurance in Slovenia; grammar: Present Participle used as Adjecitve,
  • Democracy, politics, youth and voting
  • rights; grammar: Prepositional phrases (Verb - Preposition Idioms),
  • Political system in Slovenia and some German-speaking countries (constitution and parliament); grammar: Past Participle, Adjectival Nouns,
  • Multilingualism, problems of minorities - Slovene minority in Austria; grammar: modal verbs in the preterit and perfect tense,
  • Local self-government, tasks of municipalities, citizens’ group; grammar: subordinate clauses (I),
  • Quality of life in cities, security, crime statistics; grammar: Forms of the Passive Voice,  Inflection of  comparative and superlative form of Adjectives,
  • EU policies, membership criteria; grammar: subordinate clauses (II), Past Perfect Tense,
  • Administrative offices and bureaucracy; Grammar: subordinate clauses (III),
  • Policy on foreigners (guest workers); Konjunktiv I (forms),  Inflection of Adjectives (II),
  • Unemployment, search for employment: application, CV, interview; grammar: “zu” with Infinitive, Past Conditionals,
  • Dealing with customer complaints; grammar: Indirect questions.

3. Readings

  • Deutsch in der Verwaltung II, Margit Horvath, 2007/2008, 100 strani (študijsko gradivo)
  • Fakten über Slowenien, Kommunikationsamt der Regierung der RS, zadnja izdaja, (izbrana poglavja), ca. 100 strani
  • em Übungsgrammatik, Hueber Verlag, 2006, (izbrana poglavja), ca. 100 str.

4. Intended learning outcomes

Student widens the knowledge of general German and understands the more complex public administration terminology.

5. Learning and teaching methods

  • Practical work
  • E-learning
  • Short presentations
  • Role playing 

6. Assessment

  • Coursework and active class participation (15%)
  • Presentation /written report (10%)
  • Tests (15%)
  • Written exam (60%)