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English for Sustainable Technologies - Re-newable Energy, Smart Buildings and Electric Mobility - Prüfungsnummer: 9958226

Abstract:

Introductory Course in English for Sustainable Technologies

Common European Framework of Reference LEVEL B2

This course covers the three themes of Renewable Energy, Smart Buildings and E-mobility.

Lern- und Qualifikationsziele

The learner will gain a deeper understanding of these themes, their development in Germany, and very importantly, improve their English skills as they apply to these subjects. Learners will use their listening, reading, writing and grammatical skills in completing the course units for all subjects.

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The primary goal of this course is to introduce students to the course subjects, renewable energy, smart buildings and electric mobility (e-mobilty) with a focus on enabling students to subsequently participate in more advanced courses instructed in English. This course will not only deepen their knowledge of the subject material in English, but provide participants with the skills to succeed in virtual or traditional learning environments in related subjects. These subjects are of current interest worldwide and the primary language of instruction is English. Thus, participants will be empowered to further participate in more advanced courses in Germany, or abroad that may be instructed in the English language.

A subsequent goal of this course is to expand students awareness of the current state of the industry in Germany and internationally. The use of interviews, case studies, audio-video (AV) or audio resources, as well as course shareware (from relevant universities, for example (e.g.,) MIT) will increase relevant knowledge of best-in-practice industry. This knowledge should allow students to actively participate in these industry sectors whether in an engineering or business role. Thus, the course is suitable for both full-time and part-time (employed in industry and gaining a degree) bachelor and/or master students. This provides the dual benefit of increasing the skilled employee supply for German employers, as well as meeting the needs of interested students.

This course is suitable for students with an intermediate level of English (B-1/2 based on the Common European Framework). The course structure will improve students abilities and interaction in facets of the English language including written, listening and reading comprehension. This approach is very suitable for a virtual learning environment. Successful completion of this course should allow participants to take subsequent specialised courses at an upper-intermediate level (B-2 / C-1) in the English language). Students from every semester of a bachelor or master's programme would be suitable to participate in this course.

The virtual course, Introductory Course in English for Sustainable Technologies - Re-newable Energy, Smart Buildings and Electric Mobility B2 is comprised of 13 units (13 semester weeks). The structure of the course is divided into an introductory week, the 3 core modules of renewable energies, e-mobility, and smart buildings (4 units/weeks per module), plus an in-class final exam. The final in-class exam is the only unit of the course which is planned not to be virtual.

The course design will comprise interactive, dynamic, static and visual elements. Such an approach is possible through Moodle and relevant e-content learning tools. The combination of these elements should satisfy an e-knowledgeable audience while maximising the learning possibilities of a virtual course.

The introductory week will provide students with an overview of the course and their course requirements. The course structure necessitates the weekly participation of students. They will be able to use all course tools (e.g., online quizzes, Wiki, group forums, AV or audio clips as required. The regular use of online quizzes as well as forums and Wikis will enable tutors to easily track student participation. Students will be provided with an electronic frequently asked questions (FAQ) or help guide for relevant technical questions.

The modules are so designed to introduce students to the subject material in a logical order and similar structure throughout the course. Thus, the intial module will be renewable energies, followed by e-mobility, and finally smart buildings. Material learned in a prior module should support and advance the learning of students in subsequent modules. As each module will be similarily structured, participants will be easily able to navigate through the modules.

Dozent/in: Field

Stand: 10.09.2020