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ERIC Number: ED272010
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-May
Reference Count: 0
You Too Can Write German Business Letters (With a Little Help from the Computer).
Grandin, John M.
German business correspondence is an essential part of a business German course because of the difficulties involved in using the required language style and because it is integral to business practice in Germany, Switzerland, and Austria. A recently published text by W. Schmitz and D. Scheiner of the Goethe Institute is reviewed and found to be the most straightforward and innovative in its approach. The review of this text provides indications of strategies for teaching the parts and grammatical structures of a German business letter. The predictability of German business letter styles also facilitates computer applications for learning and expediting correspondence. The glossary of the Apple Writer word processing program has been augmented to store a phrasebook for constructing letters. The standard phraseology for German business correspondence, as organized by Scheiner and Schmitz, has been stored. Each phrase can be called forth by number and then completed either by the student with his or her own information or by pressing another number which will supply the necessary completing clause or phrase. Some editing by the letter writer is necessary. A number of examples of German business letters are included. (MSE)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: In: Proceedings of the Eastern Michigan University Conference on Languages for Business and the Professions (4th, Dearborn, MI, May 2-4, 1985); see FL 015 835.