Course code ValoP297

Credit points 2

Professional German I

Total Hours in Course80

Number of hours for seminars and practical classes32

Independent study hours48

Date of course confirmation21.01.2015

Responsible UnitLanguage Centre

Course developers

author Valodu centrs

Aija Pētersone

Mg. paed.

author Valodu centrs

Oksana Mališeva

Mg. philol.

Course abstract

The course is aimed at the acquisition of knowledge and skills in professional German languages with the express purpose of extending the students` professional qualification and improving the students` communication skills with foreign students and specialists (including work placement abroad, participation in guest lectures, work in joint venture companies, etc.). The study course envisages the mastering of language skills in various forms and levels of communication – reading, speaking, listening, writing focusing on the terminology of wood processing and related fields.

Learning outcomes and their assessment

Students know terms from the field of:
- tree and its structure, roots, trunk, foliage and their functions, types and species of trees (Test No 1);
- structure of wood, chemical composition of wood – cellulose, hemicellulose, lignin, texture, fibrosity, grain of wood, mechanical properties of wood,
defects of wood and their classification (Test No 2).
Students are able to apply professional terminology and skills: in writing an essay, summaries, business letters; orally in discussions, dialogues, role plays, giving a presentation.
The assessment according to the 10 point scale.

Course Content(Calendar)

1. Introduction into professional foreign language.
2. Dictionaries and glossaries of forest sector terminology.
3. Higher education. Studies at the Forest Faculty. Wood processing speciality.
4. The Latvia University of Life Sciences and Technologies.
5. Tree and its structure.
6. Division of trees into conifers and deciduous trees. Names of trees.
7. Test 1. General characteristics of Latvia`s forests.
8. Structure of wood. Chemical composition of wood.
9. Texture, fibrosity, grain of wood.
10. Mechanical properties of wood.
11. Defects of wood. Classification of defects of wood.
12. Test 2. Moisture of wood. Drying of wood.
13. Logging. Transportation of timber to sawmills.
14. Sawmills. Technical equipment of modern sawmills. The biggest sawmills of Latvia.
15. Basic principles of making Power Point presentations.
16. Presentation about a topic related to the speciality.

Requirements for awarding credit points

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

Successfully written 2 tests, timely completed homework, completed individual work (reading of professional texts, presentation on a selected topic, and the glossary of terms). Tests and homework 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

1. Individual work:
a) reading of the independently chosen professional texts (the amount: 20 000 characters);
b) prepared PowerPoint presentation and oral presentation (8-10 minutes) in front of the class;
c) a written summary;
d) submitted glossary of terms (30 translations of terms, 20 definitions).
2. Pair or group work presentation (5 -7 minutes) on a topic related to the study course.

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 60% of the answers are correct.

Compulsory reading

1. Wigand A. Der Baum: Betrachtungen über Gestalt und Lebensgeschichte der Holzgewächse. Verlag: Auxo Verlag, 2013. 272 S. ISBN-10:3-95622-094-3.
2. Gleason Chr. Alles aus Holzpaletten: Günstig – kreativ – selbstgemacht. 2. Aufl. Verlag: Leopold Stocker Verlag, 2013. 127 S. ISBN-10:3-7020-1425-X.
3. Holzfaserplatten, Spanplatten, OSB, Sperrholz, Furnierschichtholz, Massivholzplatten, Paneele. Hrsg. DIN Deutsches Institut für Normung e.V. Verlag: Beuth Verlag, 2011. 459 S. ISBN-10:3-410-15951-7.
4. Schmitt G., Brändle B., Kramaschek H. Sägen, verbinden und mehr: die wichtigsten Grundlagen und Techniken. 1.Aufl. Verlag: Frech Verlag, 2011. 131 S. EAN:9783772450723.

Further reading

1. Seidl A. Deutsche Agrargeschichte. Verlag Deutsche Landwirtschaft. Frankfurt, 2011. 348 S. ISBN-10:3-7690-0655-0. Pieejams:
2. Mežtehnikas, mežsaimniecības un kokrūpniecības terminu vārdnīca. Rīga: Antera, 1998. 671 lpp. ISBN 9984-9313-0-7.
3. Reinders H. Erfolgreiche Bewerbungen in der Wissenschaft. 1. Auflage. Verlag Bibliographisches Institut. Mannheim, 2008. 192 S. ISBN-10:3-411-73481-7.

Periodicals and other sources

1.Werkstoffe in der Fertigung. Das Portal für die Fertigungswelt von morgen [tiešsaiste] [skatīts 01.03.2016.]. Pieejams:
2.Zeitschriften-magazine-schreiner-moebelwerkstaetten-holzdesign-holzwerker-kuechentechnik- Fachzeitungen: Schreiner - Möbelwerkstätten - HolzDesign – Holzwerker – Küchentechnik [tiešsaiste] [skatīts 01.03.2016.]. Pieejams:
3. HOB - Die Holzbearbeitung [tiešsaiste] [skatīts 01.03.2016.]. Pieejams:


The course is included in the compulsory part of the study programme “Wood Processing”.