FAQ

How do I register for language courses?

Course registration for our compulsory and elective courses (except continuing education) takes place during the first week of lectures via StudIP. You will find the course names and the courses you have to take in your study plan and the module descriptions; the course times in the timetable.
Registration for continuing education courses is done separately via our continuing education website. Please note that courses of the continuing education program can generally not be credited within the scope of your current studies.

Problems with registration: e-mail to sk(at)umwelt-campus.de or e-mail the teachers of the courses concerned.

How can I prepare for the courses in the area of Language and Communication?

The language courses at the Environment Campus are classified on the basis of the the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages ​​(A1 to C2). Upon successful completion of the corresponding course, the specified language level is certified. You will find information on the recommended entry level and final outcome level in the respective course descriptions of the curricula.

An overview of the competence levels of the GER and a grid for self-assessment can be found here.

The teaching materials for the respective module are announced by the teachers via the learning platform.

Recognition of course credits

Prof. Dr. Stefan Diemer is responsible for the recognition of course credits from other courses of studies, other universities, and other institutions. 

Supervision of final theses (Bachelor, Master, State Exams)

In the area of Language and Communication, final theses can be written on topic from the following fields of research: International Business Communication, Digital Business, Intercultural Communication, Language and Communication, as well as Applied Linguistics and general Linguistics.

If your are interested in writing a thesis in this research field, please contact Prof. Dr. Stefan Diemer as early as possible.

The theses can be written in German, English, French, and Spanish.

Supervision of the semester abroad and practical semester

In the area of Language and Communication , we supervise semesters abroad and practical semesters. If you would like a supervision in this area, please contact Prof. Dr. Stefan Diemer as early as possible

Possiblity of joining research projects

In the area of Language and Communication, students can collaborate in applied research in the context of project work, research assistant work and final theses in the fields of international business communication, digital business, intercultural communication, language and communication as well as applied linguistics and general linguistics and participate in international projects. If you are interested in working in these areas, please contact Prof. Dr. Stefan Diemer.

External language tests

There are several possibilities of taking an external language test on campus. You will find more information on the website of our language test center.

Basic Literature Information

Bibliography for SBT modules offered by InDi – for further information, please contact the module coordinator

Module 5: German / Foreign Language I

  • Braun, Birgit et al. 2020. Daf Kompakt neu A1. Kurs- und Übungsbuch. Stuttgart: Klett
  • Dengler, Stefanie et al. 2020. Netzwerk. Deutsch als Fremdsprache A1. Kurs- und Arbeitsbuch. Stuttgart: Klett.
  • Fandrych C. et al. 2021. Klipp und Klar. Übungsgrammatik Deutsch als Fremdsprache A1-B1.Stuttgart: Klett.

Module 11: German / Foreign Language II

  • Dengler, S. et al. Netzwerk. Deutsch als Fremdsprache A2. Kurs- und Arbeitsbuch. Klett: 2013. 
  • Fandrych C. et al. 2021. Klipp und Klar. Übungsgrammatik Deutsch als Fremdsprache A1-B1.Stuttgart: Klett.

Module 15: Scientific Methods and Concepts

Consultation:

  • Turabian, Kate L. 2018. A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Disser- tations: Chicago Style for Students and Researchers. 9th ed. University of Chicago Press.
  • Merriam-Webster Dictionary, merriam-webster.com.

Recommended Reading:

  • Glasman-Deal, Hilary. 2010. Science Research Writing for Non-Native Speakers of English. London: Imperial College Press.
  • Lipson, Charles. 2005. How to Write a BA Thesis: A Practical Guide from Your First Ideas to Your Finished Paper. University of Chicago Press.
  • Macgilchrist, Felicitas. 2014. Academic Writing. Paderborn: Verlag Ferdinand Schöning.
  • Powell, Mark. 2010. Dynamic Presentations. Cambridge University Press.
  • Reynolds, Garr. 2012. Presentation Zen: Simple Ideas on Presentation Design and Delivery. Berkely, CA: New Riders.
  • Skern, Tim. 2011. Writing Scientific English: A Workbook. 2nd ed. Vienna: Facultas WUV.
  • Wallwork, Adrian. 2016. English for Writing Research Papers. 2nd ed. Switzerland: Springer International Publishing.

Module 17: German / Foreign Language III

  • Dengler, Stefanie et al. 2020. Netzwerk. Deutsch als Fremdsprache B1. Kurs- und Arbeitsbuch. Stuttgart: Klett.
  • Eichheim, Hubert et al. 2020. telc Deutsch B1. Stuttgart: Klett.

Module 23: German / Foreign Language IV

  • Köhl-Kuhn, R. et al. Mittelpunkt B2. Deutsch als Fremdsprache für Fortgeschrittene. 2012. Klett: Stuttgart. 
  • Fernandes, Nicole. 2020. Einfach weiter. Deutsch B2 (telc)
  • Fandrych C. et al. 2021. Klipp und Klar. Übungsgrammatik Deutsch als Fremdsprache A1-B1.Stuttgart: Klett.
  • Billina, Anelli. 2018. Deutsch üben. Lesen & Schreiben. B2. München: Hueber Verlag

Module 29: German / Foreign Language V

  • Koithan, Uwe et al. 2018. Aspekte neu B2 & Aspekte neu C1. Stuttgart, Klett Verlag
  • Perlmann-Balme et al. 2021.Sicher! Kursbuch und Arbeitsbuch. C1.  München: Hueber Verlag.
  • Billina, Anelli. 2018. Deutsch üben. Lesen & Schreiben. B2. München: Hueber Verlag.

Module 32: Career Planning and Employability

  • Bolles, Richard N. 2022. What Color is Your Parachute? 2022: Your Guide to a Lifetime of Meaningful Work and Career Success. New York: Random House.
  • Cottrell, Stella. Skills for Success: Personal Development and Employability. Macmillan Study Skills. Red Globe Press.
  • Okros, Alan. 2020. Harnessing the Potential of Digital Post-Millennials in the Future Workplace (Management for Professionals). Springer Nature Switzerland AG.

Elective: Social Media & Crisis Communication

  • Brunner, Marie-Louise; and Stefan Diemer. 2022. Cross-platform analysis. Research Methods for Digital Discourse Analysis, ed. by Camilla Vasquez. Bloomsbury Publishing.

  • Brunner, Marie-Louise; and Stefan Diemer. 2019. Meaning negotiation and customer engagement in a digital BELF setting: A study of Instagram company interactions. Iperstoria – Testi Letterature Linguaggi 13(1): 15-33 [Special section: Negotiating Meaning in Business English as a Lingua Franca, ed. by Alessia Cogo and Paola Vettorel]. https://iperstoria.it/article/view/436.

  • Coombs, Timothy. 2007. Crisis Management and Communications. Institute for Public Relations.

  • Coombs, Timothy; and Sherry Holladay. 2006. Unpacking the Halo Effect: Reputation and Crisis Management. Journal of Communication Management 10(2): 123-137.

  • De Fina, Anna. 2016. Storytelling and audience reactions in social media. Language in Society 45: 473-498.

  • Van Noort, Guda; and Lotte Willemsen. 2011. Online Damage Control: The Effects of Proactive Versus Reactive Webcare Interventions in Consumer-generated and Brand-generated Platforms. Journal of Interactive Marketing 26: 131-140.

  • Van Noort, Guda; Lotte Willemse; Peter Kerkhof; and Joost Verhoeven. 2014. Webcare as an integrative tool for customer care, reputation management, and online marketing: A literature review. In: Philip J. Kitchen & Ebru Uzunoglu (eds.), Integrated Communications in the Post-Modern Era, p. 77-99. Basingstoke (UK): Palgrave-Macmillan.

  • Zhang, Yi; and Camilla Vásquez. 2014. Hotels' responses to online reviews: Managing consumer dissatisfaction. Discourse, Context and Media 6: 54-64.

  • Additional online materials.

Elective: Digitalization

  • Kecskes, Istvan. 2014. Intercultural Pragmatics. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

  • Dark Horse Innovation. 2016. Digital Innovation Playbook. Murmann.

  • Herring, S., Stein, D. and Virtanen, T. eds., 2013. Pragmatics of computer-mediated communication. Walter de Gruyter.

  • Matzler, K., 2016. Digital Disruption. Vahlen.

  • Rogers, David L. 2016. Digital Transformation Playbook. New York: Columbia Business School Publishing.

  • Additional online materials.

Foreign Language: French I (for German-speaking students)

  • Penfornis, Jean-Luc. Français.com. Niveau débutant A1 - A2, 3ème édition. Paris: CLE international, 2020.

  • Dubois, Anne-Lyse et al. Obejctif express 1, A1/A2. 3ème édition. Paris: Hachette, 2022.

Foreign Language: French II (for German-speaking students)

  • Penfornis, Jean-Luc. Français.com. Niveau débutant A1 - A2, 3ème édition. Paris: CLE international, 2020.

  • Dubois, Anne-Lyse et al. Obejctif express 1, A1/A2. 3ème édition. Paris: Hachette, 2022.

Foreign Language: French III (for German-speaking students)

  • Penfornis, Jean-Luc. Français.com. Niveau intermédiaire B1. 3ème édition. Paris: CLE international, 2020.

Foreign Language: French IV (for German-speaking students)

  • Penfornis, Jean-Luc. Affaires.com. Niveau avancé B2. 3ème édition. Paris: CLE international, 2020.

Foreign Language: Spanish I (for German-speaking students)

  • Ivorra, Eva Maria et al. 2020. Con Gusto nuevo A2. Stuttgart: Klett.

Foreign Language: Spanish II (for German-speaking students)

  • Cañizares, Pilar Pérez. 2020. Con Gusto nuevo  B1: Klett.
  • Sánchez Perez, Nereida. 2017. Español jurídico: Eine illustrierte Einführung in die spanische Rechtsterminologie. Nomos Verlag
  • Daum, Ulrich; Salán, María. 2015. Spanische Rechtssprache. Ein Studien – und Arbeitsbuch: C.H. Beck. 

Foreign Language: Italian I-II (for German-speaking students)

  • No recommended reading - Course currently not on offer
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