TU Darmstadt / ULB / TUprints

Teaching Business German and Regional Studies through Novels

Bloch, Brian (2023)
Teaching Business German and Regional Studies through Novels.
In: Zeitschrift für Interkulturellen Fremdsprachenunterricht : ZIF, 1996, 1 (1)
doi: 10.26083/tuprints-00011955
Article, Secondary publication, Publisher's Version

[img] Text
Copyright Information: CC BY-ND 3.0 de - Creative Commons, Attribution NoDerivs.

Download (673kB)
Item Type: Article
Type of entry: Secondary publication
Title: Teaching Business German and Regional Studies through Novels
Language: English
Date: 2023
Place of Publication: Darmstadt
Year of primary publication: 1996
Publisher: Universitäts- und Landesbibliothek Darmstadt
Journal or Publication Title: Zeitschrift für Interkulturellen Fremdsprachenunterricht : ZIF
Volume of the journal: 1
Issue Number: 1
DOI: 10.26083/tuprints-00011955
Corresponding Links:
Origin: Secondary publication from TUjournals

This article is an extension and development of my earlier article Using Literature to Teach Cross-Cultural Management: A German Perspective (Bloch 1996). In that article, I described the concept of using literature to teach culture and the various benefits to instructors and students, and I surveyed, in a general fashion, the teaching methods. I also looked briefly at a fairly extensive number of novels and other sources which can be used to good effect. In this article, I sum up the overall rationale and focus specifically on three novels which I believe are particularly well-suited to teaching Business German and Regional Studies. The basic difference between this article and the previous one is that this one deals in relative depth with three works only, rather than providing a wide-ranging survey. Business German can be defined as teaching the language, related cultural and other cross-disciplinary issues in a business, rather than a general or language and literature context. It is thus the commercial framework and ambience that converts a standard German course into Wirtschaftsdeutsch. Clearly, novels or parts thereof can provide this ambience, enabling students to strengthen not only their Business German, but knowledge of various other aspects of German commerce and life as well. Geography, history, politics, general and business culture and practice, perceptions of foreigners, and so on are all conveyed in a certain type of fictional work. The instructor can shift and balance the emphasis between Business German and Regional Studies as required.

Status: Publisher's Version
URN: urn:nbn:de:tuda-tuprints-119551
Classification DDC: 400 Language > 400 Language, linguistics
Divisions: 02 Department of History and Social Science > Institut für Sprach- und Literaturwissenschaft > Sprachwissenschaft - Mehrsprachigkeit
Date Deposited: 12 May 2023 08:26
Last Modified: 24 May 2023 07:37
URI: https://tuprints.ulb.tu-darmstadt.de/id/eprint/11955
Actions (login required)
View Item View Item