Course detail

German in Engineering

FSI-GNSAcad. year: 2020/2021

The course is focused on characteristic features of professional communication. It provides students with relevant professional language skills and develops their communication skills. It concentrates on reading strategies using technical texts. The aim is for students to master comprehension of technical texts and to produce a summary or a short presentation in both written and spoken form.

Learning outcomes of the course unit

The course is intended to deepen students’ language skills necessary for professional communication using relevant vocabulary. It will familiarise the students with professional terminology and enable them to understand professional technical texts and produce a summary or a short presentation.


Language knowledge at least at the level B2 CEFR; the course is intended to teach German as a foreign language for specific purposes.


Not applicable.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Recommended or required reading

E-learningové studijní opory pro předmět Němčina GNS.
Adbelmalek Sayad: Campus Deutsch, Präsentieren und Diskutieren. Hueber 2014 (CS)
DEUMA. Deutsch im Maschinenbau. Multimediální jazykový program. Brno, VUT 2004.
kol.: Campus Deutsch, Lesen. Hueber 2013 (CS)
Dologna, Sanja - Hoster, Tihana: Volldampf (Deutsch für Maschinenbau) Zagreb 2016 (DE)
Deutsch für Doktoratstudium. Multimediální jazykový program, VUT Brno 2005
kol.: Němčina pro strojírenské obory – Deutsch im Maschinenbau. Informatorium, Praha 2008
ZETTL, Erich, JANSSEN, Jörg, MÜLLER, Heidrun: Aus moderner Technik und Naturwissenschaft. Ismaning: Hueber 1999 (vybrané kapitoly)
BECKER, Norbert: Fachdeutsch Technik. Metall- und Elektroberufe. Ismaning: Hueber 1995 (vybrané kapitoly)

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Language instruction as an extension of basic professional curriculum.

Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes

Course-unit credit is awarded on condition of having attended the seminars actively, worked out assigned tasks and passed a credit test.

The written examination at the level B2/C1 tests the knowledge of grammar, vocabulary and technical terminology as well as reading and listening comprehension of professional language.

Language of instruction


Work placements

Not applicable.


The aim of the course is to acquaint students with language skills used in professional communication (reading, listening, speaking, writing) and to provide them with professional terminology and specific structures of professional language.

Specification of controlled education, way of implementation and compensation for absences

Attendance at seminars is compulsory and is systematically checked by the teacher. Students are allowed to miss two seminars. Absence may be in justified cases compensated for with the consent of the teacher.

Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme B-OBN-P Bachelor's, 1. year of study, winter semester, 6 credits, elective
  • Programme N-OBN-P Master's, 1. year of study, winter semester, 6 credits, elective

  • Programme M2V-P Master's

    branch M-VSY , 2. year of study, winter semester, 6 credits, compulsory-optional

Type of course unit


Language exercise

26 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer


1. Formulas, Equations, Definitions. Verbalising numerical expressions.

2. Describing graphs, charts and trends.

3. Oral presentations: key words and phrases for introduction, main parts and conclusion.

4. Oral presentations: content, language, visual aids, question time. Learning / Teaching vocabulary.

5. Description of Functions – Machines, Tools and Implements.

6. Description of Processes. Giving students´ individual presentations I.

7. Description of Material Properties. Giving students´ individual presentations II.

8. Methods of Argumentation. Giving students´ individual presentations III.

9. Explanation and Reasoning. Giving students´ individual presentations IV.

10. Inquiries and Objections. Presentation of Independent Project I.

11. Comparing. Presentation of Independent Project II.

12. Summary, Discussion. Presentation of Independent Project III.

13. Assessment – positive and negative. Presentation of Independent Project IV.