ERIC Number: ED304935
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Apr
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Teaching Business Letter Skills in a Business German Course on the Second-Year Level.
Rockwood, Heidi M.
One approach to teaching business letter writing skills in German to second-year students with limited German language skills is described. The letter-writing material was integrated into a business German course sequence. Students were introduced to the general purpose of business correspondence and to several different letter types. The first skill to be mastered was the proper order and construction of letter elements; variants for some elements were also introduced at the same time. Students were assigned problems to solve, including locating errors, selecting correct versions of an element, and composing elements on their own. The second step was to expand on the types and content of business letters. In this phase, students categorized letters by form or specific elements. Typical phrases and vocabulary were also introduced. As students became adept at recognizing and using set phrases, finer points of letters, such as specific products or unique conditions, were addressed. At this step, students began to formulate appropriate letters or to reformulate letters of which parts were missing. Vocabulary was practiced in a variety of different letters. Instructions for a series of class tasks are included. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: In: Proceedings of the Seventh Annual Eastern Michigan University Conference on Languages for Business and the Professions (see FL 017 839).