English for Job Applications
|International Business Administration
|Business and Management
|Type of degree
Summer Semester 2024
|Course unit title
|English for Job Applications
|Course unit code
|Language of instruction
|Type of course unit (compulsory, optional)
|Teaching hours per week
|Year of study
|Level of the course / module according to the curriculum
|Number of ECTS credits allocated
|Name of lecturer(s)
|Alison THEMESSL-HUBER, Michael WILLIAMS
English at B1/B2 level according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) or on the agreement of the teacher.
English teaching in the Bachelor International Business Administration programme is oriented towards the CBI approach (Content Based Instruction) and thus has the following focal points:
- the teaching of language and communication skills
- the teaching of specialised business content.
The syllabus of this course includes the classic contents of job application training (job advertisement, CV, cover letter and job interview or pitch). The course provides an introduction to the basics of Behavioural Interviewing, in particular the development of STAR (Situation Task Action Results) stories.
In internationally active companies, in an international context, graduates of the International Business Administration degree programme will go through or, if necessary, accompany personnel selection processes that are held in English. This competence may already be required during studies for applications for study places at foreign partner universities or internships abroad.
The students know the structure of CVs and cover letters. They know the structure and techniques of an application interview. They are able to describe the basic features of behavioural interviewing.
The students are informed about the role of applicants and recruiters in an interview and are able to plan and conduct an interview in English in the role of applicant:in or recruiter:in. They are able to write their own CV and a covering letter as well as a job advertisement in English. They can use STAR (Situation Task Action Results) stories in relation to their biography. Students can give a "1-minute pitch" to show how their skills and strengths match the job offer.
Students can reflect on skills and abilities and analyse statements about the person. They can examine the fit between cover letter, characteristics of the person and the job profile.
Interactive course with lecture, exercises in individual and group work, presentations and homework.
Job advert, CV, Motivation Letter, Job Interview and Pitch
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health (2016): Guide to Acing the Interview (2016). Online im Internet: https://cdn1.sph.harvard.edu/wp-content/uploads/sites/36/2016/06/Guide-to-Acing-the-Interviewing-June-2016.pdf
Raimes, Ann; Miller-Cochran, Susan, K. (2021): Keys for Writers, 8. Ausg. Boston: Cengage Learning.
Swan, Michael (2017): Practical English Usage, 4. Ausg. Oxford: OUP.
TTP Recruitment (2015): Using behavioural interviewing (2015). Online im Internet: http://www.tpp.co.uk/employers/recruitment-advice/interviewing-advice/using-behavioural-interviewing
Classes without compulsory attendance