Course code Valo1036

Credit points 2

Professional German

Total Hours in Course80

Number of hours for seminars and practical classes32

Independent study hours48

Date of course confirmation26.04.2011

Responsible UnitLanguage Centre

Course developers

author Valodu centrs

Ina Gode

Dr. paed.

author Valodu centrs

Oksana Mališeva

Mg. philol.

Replaced courses

ValoP041 [GVALP041] Professional German I

ValoP055 [GVALP055] Professional German I

ValoP270 [GVALP270] Professional German

ValoP273 [GVALP273] Professional German I

Course abstract

The course is aimed at the acquisition of knowledge and skills in professional foreign languages with the express purpose of extending the students` professional qualification and improving the students` communication skills with foreign students and specialists (includin

Learning outcomes and their assessment

Students have learned the terms of the veterinary-related industry.(test 1); Students are able to use professional terminology and communicative skills: in writing, in essays, in business letters, verbally, in discussions, in setting up dialogues, role games when speaking with a presentation. Evaluated on the 10-point scale

Course Content(Calendar)

1. Studies in LLU, studies in the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine. Development of term vocabulary on each theme.
2. Animal species. Skills of presentation.
3. Vertebrate animals. Animal structure.
4. Presentations of students about animals.
5. Terms of veterinary medicine – Latin and Greek origin prefixes, their meaning.
6. Terms of veterinary medicine - Latin and Greek origin suffixes, their meaning.
7. 1st test: terms, reading, writing, listening.
8. Animal skeleton.
9. System of animal organs.
10. Microorganisms. Bacteria, viruses.
11. Animal diseases. Viral diseases. Symptoms.
12. Animal diseases. Diseases of bacterial origin. Symptoms.
13. Animal treatment. Communication with the animal owners.
14. Academic essay writing.
15. Presentations made by students during the course acquisition, list of professional terms.
16. Presentations made by students during the course acquisition, list of professional terms.

Requirements for awarding credit points

Assessment: Test (pass / fail).
It is made up of cumulative assessment.

Successfully written 1 test, the glossary of terms for each topic, timely completed home works, completed individual work (reading of professional texts, presentation on a selected topic, the glossary of terms). Tests and home works are with a positive evaluation. The number of the missed classes shall not exceed 20%.

Description of the organization and tasks of students’ independent work

Individual work:
1. Reading of the independently chosen professional texts (the amount: 25 000 characters);
2. Prepared PPoint presentation and oral presentation (5-10 minutes) in front of the class;
3. Submitted glossary of terms (30 terms, 30 translations, 20 definitions).

Criteria for Evaluating Learning Outcomes

The cumulative assessment (pass / fail) is composed of the grades in tests, home assignments, assessment during classes and a presentation of the individual work. The grade in tests is successful if at least 70% of the answers are correct.

Compulsory reading

1. Eduard von Jan. Tangram aktuell B1/B2, Max Hueber Verlag, 2009. - 152 S.
2. Loeffer Klaus, Gaebel Gotthold. Anatomie und Physiologie der Haustiere, UTB/Ulmer, 2002.- 448 S.
3. Pera Franz, Schniedebach H-P. Medizinischer Wortschatz: Terminologie kompakt, Verlag-Walter de Gruyter, 2007.- 97 S.
4. Neumayer G. Geschäftsbriefe schreiben. Fit für den Job. Eicborn, Frankfurt/Main, 2004. - 96 S.

Periodicals and other sources

1. Der praktische Tierarzt ISSN 0032-681 X
2. Zentralblatt fuer Veterinaermedizin ISSN: 1439-0450


The course is included in the mandatory part of the VMF study programme “Veterinary medicine”.