German Studies  


Student E-Portfolios

Deutsch 303: Geschäfsdeutsch (Business German)
This course offers a comprehensive introduction to business practices in German-speaking countries and a historical overview of the German economy. In this course students:
  1. produce relevant business documentation such as résumés, cover letters, and other correspondence;
  2. investigate aspects of cultural difference and congruence when comparing American and German business practices;
  3. develop vocabulary and grammar skills relevant to these practices; and
  4. investigate the possibility of working in Germany or for a German company in the United States.
    The course also prepares students for the Zertifikat: Deutsch für den Beruf test, which is administered by the Goethe Institute.
Business Correspondence, Company Profile & E-Portfolio for GN 303
Students will submit various types of business correspondence throughout the semester. The following documents will need to be added to the final E-portfolio:
  1. A Stellenanzeige for your German company
  2. A detailed Bewerbung (Lebenslauf, Anschreiben, Zeugnisse)
  3. An Anfrage/Angebot correspondence that requests information for an item you will need for your company and a response to another group’s request for information
For their final semester research project in this course, students create and present a Firmenprofil, or Company Profile. This includes the development of a Stellenanzeige for a (fictive) German company that students will be setting up.
Examples of Students’ E-Portfolios from 2013:
Matthew Bassett   Dale Buhl Shelby Denhof Emily McAfee                 Kyle McCrumb
Bettina Mulligan Casey Nagelkirk Elizabeth Ochs Sean Paff   Bradley Ransom
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Pictured from left to right are:
Front: Bettina Mulligan, Patricia Wilcox, Shelby Denhof, Elizabeth Ochs, Casey Nagelkirk
Back: Dr. Katharina Häusler-Gross, Dale Buhl, Matthew Bassett, Sean Paff, Kyle McCrumb, Bradley Ransom, Emily McAfee, Prof. Susan Hojnacki