German Language for Specific Purposes

652 German Language for Specific Purposes

  • Study programme and level: University degree programme Public sector governance 1st Cycle
  • 1st year
  • 7 ECTS
  • Course type: Core
  • Tutorial: 75
  • Other forms of study: 30
  • Individual work: 105
  • Lecturer: Margit Horvath, MBA Rep. Avstrija


1. Objectives and competences


Imparting knowledge and skills for use of German at the intermediate and upper intermediate level, so student can ...

  • talk and write about topics from the field of an international study environment
  • understand spoken and written texts on professional topics referring to Slovene and European public administration
  • successfully communicate in business occasions (making phone calls and writing e-mails)
  • summarise oral and written messages form and in German
  • express their opinion and ideas
  • conduct and present a problem-based research project in German
  • prepare a shorter written text on a professional topic
  • look for online sources in order to find, select and use relevant profession-related data as well as for lifelong learning of German


  • speaking and writing skills as well as reading and listening comprehension in German for communication in more demanding profession-related and everyday situations
  • acquisition of specialist terminology, grammar and different forms of oral communication
  • understanding spoken language in order to continue and develop a professional conversation
  • oral and written summary of profession-related texts
  • successful communication in business settings
  • mastering the skills of oral presentations
  • use of German as a tool for lifelong learning and knowledge acquisition

2. Content

  • German speaking countries, importance of German, professional vocabulary learning strategies and acquisittion of a foreign language
  • Study and work in international environment of the EU
  • Facts about Slovenia and its political system (comparison with EU member states)
  • State administration, division of powers and professional profiles in public administration
  • Local self-government (municipalities, their structure and tasks)
  • Local elections
  • Presentation of a home town/municipality (problems and solutions)
  • Business communication in an international environment (using the phone, writing e-mails)
  • The European union: institutions, formation and values
  • Career in the EU and skills of EU officials
  • European states, nationalities and languages
  • Migrations - work and residence permit for job-seekers from a third country (non-member EU state)
  • Work with online sources, dictionaries and apps for acquiring additional lifelong learning.

3. Readings

  • Margit Horvath, učno gradivo v pripravi.
  • Der leichte Weg zur deutschen Grammatik (Bližnjica do nemške slovnice), Rosvita Šengelaja, učbenik z vajami in rešitvami, Zalozništvo jutro, 2016, Ljubljana
  • Spletni dvojezicni slovarji Pons. Dostopno na:
  • Spletni enojezični (nemško-nemški) slovar DWDS. Dostopno na:
  • Spletni enojezični slovar DUDEN. Dostopno na:
  • Terminološka zbirka izrazov Evroterm. Dostopno na:
  • Izbrani članki in (avdio/video) prispevki za pisne povzetke in ustne predstavitve

4. Intended learning outcomes

Students expand their knowledge of German and gain basic knowledge of business language and specific Slovene and European public administration-related terminology.

5. Learning and teaching methods

  • Practical work
  • E-learning (moodle)
  • Short presentations
  • Webquest (online survey), presentation
  • Written report

6. Assessment

  • regular coursework and active class participation (15%)
  • presentation/written report (10%)
  • tests (15%)
  • written exam and oral exam (if necessary) (60%)