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Certificate in Languages for the Export Market - German Intermediate

Course code: BN754 Entry Route into programme:
  • Leaving Certificate
  • Mature grounds
  • FETAC graduates
Duration: 1 Semester (15 weeks)
NFQ level: 6
Fees: Free fees as part of the Springboard Intiative
Schedule: Saturday 9am-1pm
Award title: Certificate in Languages for the Export Market - German Intermediate
Credits for Full Award: 10 @ NFQ Level 6
Awarding Body: ITB Note : We're currently not accepting applications for this course.

Minimum Entry Requirement

Applicants must have a pass in five subjects (ordinary level) in the Leaving Certificate, to include Mathematics and English or Irish, or an equivalent qualification. Leaving Certificate Mathematics at Foundation Level at grade B2 or higher is acceptable for this programme. The minimum entry requirements for graduates of FETAC level 5 or 6 awards is any full award.

Applicants must also have German to Leaving Certificate Level or equivalent.

Course Overview

Foreign languages have been identified as a key skill set for those working in business in the current economic climate.    According to Forfás  “success in marketing and selling Irish goods and services will be contingent on the ability of the indigenous sector to establish and maintain close relationships with customers in global markets”. This programme can provide a supply of people with language skills which have been up-skilled to meet the requirements of companies in Ireland seeking to establish or develop contacts with German-speaking markets. 

Course Aim

This 10 credit programme aims to give people who have studied German to Leaving Certificate level or equivalent, the opportunity to acquire specialised language skills to equip them to work effectively for companies involved in the export market. 

Course Content

The programme will focus on developing communicative language skills and specialist knowledge of language relating to the export trade.  This would include: day to day office communication skills including the use of telephone, IT and internet applications; presenting products and companies; travelling on business; buying and selling; dealing with business correspondence and export documentation. A cultural and intercultural component will also be included. 

This is an immersion programme where the target language will be used throughout.  Teaching will take place in small group contexts to encourage maximum participation. 

Methodologies reflecting current thinking on language learning will be used to include:

  • interactive classwork
  • simulations through pair and group work
  • task-based learning
  • form-focuses instruction (structure and lexis)

Technology will provide an important support allowing for the use of authentic materials and multimedia aids and access to language learning software in the dedicated Computer Assisted Language Learning lab.

Year 1
Semester 1
  • German PLC 1A
  • German PLC 1B

Modules Explained

German PLC 1a

This module is designed to consolidate the language skills acquired previously with some review of vocabulary and structure and to introduce day to day business language relating to companies, products and the working day.  An intercultural element will be included focusing on Germany and German-speaking countries. 

German PLC 1b

This module is designed to build on the language skills acquired in the previous module and provide the learner with skills relating to traveling on business, dealing with clients, and sales.  Further exploration of the German speaking world will be undertaken through study and discussion of authentic materials.

Career Prospects

European language skills will be of considerable benefit to job-seekers who already have experience or qualifications in business.   An employee with language skills has an added skillset which can allow a company to expand into new markets, and thus bring added value to the company. 

The need to establish export markets in Europe and beyond has been highlighted in recent reports. Forfás note that in regard to creating links with foreign counterparts ‘Irish firms with in-house language expertise will be at a considerable advantage in forging such relationships’.    Nicola Horgan of IBEC has said that ‘More than 50% of industries would use foreign language skills if they were provided.’

Increasingly foreign multi-nationals such as E-Bay,  wishing to engage in international service activities, are looking for employees with English and one or more European languages

How to Apply?

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Note :
Springboard applicants should check the minimum entry requirements for your course and submit all required supporting documentation as soon as possible. 
Springboard places are limited and offers will be made to eligible applicants in order of receipt of a completed application and ALL supporting documentation. 
Springboard Courses may fill before the official application deadline. 

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