Dissertation: Zur Didaktik der Fachsprachen – mit besonderer Berücksichtigung des Deutschen als Wirtschaftssprache

Zur Didaktik der Fachsprachen –
mit besonderer Berücksichtigung des Deutschen als Wirtschaftssprache

LINGUA – Fremdsprachenunterricht in Forschung und Praxis, volume 29

Hamburg , 318 pages

ISBN 978-3-8300-8260-6 (print)
ISBN 978-3-339-08260-2 (eBook)

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The present work deals with the study of didactics of Languages for Specific Purposes (LSP) and is focused on the German business language. Nowadays professional communication is becoming more and more important due to the rapidly spreading technical information, the ever-growing international contacts, the exchange and cooperation in the technical, scientific, cultural and especially economic area. This will change the requirements for language teaching in school, university and the professional environment, where communication in technical languages is essential in having access to specialized information and knowledge transfer.

The LSP perspective is strongly application-oriented (in contrast to the general language) and refers to technical objects, processes and situations. It focuses on work-related uses of language beyond the limited framework of general language teaching. The demand for specialized language teaching has clearly increased in recent years. Especially in the context of the dominance of the English language, the knowledge of which is a clear condition for professional development, mastering the German language means having a clear advantage, that shouldn’t be ignored. This happens especially in the context of the current and increasing globalization and due to circumstances such as job mobility, student exchanges in schools and universities, tourism, etc. The need for experts with multiple language-related communication skills, intermediaries with outstanding knowledge and experts in LSP teaching is also increasing, therefore LSP research is necessary in order to create the necessary conditions for the optimization of communication in this field.

The number of learners who learn general German is decreasing at global level. German is taught and learnt increasingly for practical considerations. Determinant for this decision are less general educational-political reasons, but more the practical benefits that the acquisition of the German language brings. This means that the demand is increasingly determined by the professional and vocational education goals of the learner. Practically this means that the offer of German language classes is more likely to be accepted, the closer it is oriented to the professional, i.e. education and training goals.

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