VPrerequisites – For a fruitful use of this course, consolidated using skills of computer softwares are required. Moreover, the course being targeted for advanced learners, it is recommended to have a command of the knowledge between the B2 and C1 level of the CEFR. In fact, specific modules of the course are developed as preparation to an internationally recognised C1 German test in the field of economics.
Content - Deutsch im Maschinenbau (a.k.a. DEUMA) is an OER both available online and as CD-ROM. It is based on 10 multimedial topics/units (Mathematik, Physik, Werkstoffe, …) belonging to the specific sector of machinery. The first 8 units comprise texts, lexycon, grammar and vocabulary that are learnt by enhancing reading, listening, writing and speaking skills (pronounciation exercises are also included). The last 2 units are specifically focused on customer-driven topics (e.g. technical conversations at the phone) and comprise both texts and practical exercises. The latter are similar to Wirtschaftsdeutsch International C1 German language test exercises and therefore provide a valid preparation source.
Target - The course is specific for advanced learners who are willing to enhance their knowledge in the field of machinery. The structure of the course is viable both as support for a classroom context and for autonomous learning. In both cases, this source promotes the blended-learning model, the learner being able to progress at the pace and modality best fit for themselves. Due to these features, as well as to correction and help functions, the learner’s responsibility and learning motivation are enhanced.
Other features – DEUMA is available both in a CD-Rom and online version: the former contains a bilingual support, whereas the latter solely provides downloadable user manuals in Czech, French, Slovakian and German as language support.