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Towards a German language framework for Malaysia-based multinational companies (MNCs)
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Author : Waltraud Brigitte Mayr    
Printing Year : 2016
Number : Volume 4 Issue 2
Page : 343-374
DOI Number: : 10.18298/ijlet.574
Cite : Waltraud Brigitte Mayr , (2016). Towards a German language framework for Malaysia-based multinational companies (MNCs). International Journal of Languages' Education and Teaching, Volume 4 Issue 2, p. 343-374. Doi: 10.18298/ijlet.574.
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Summary
Purpose - The aim of this study is to introduce an approach to managing business communication based on the German language needs of employees in multinational companies in Malaysia and the expectations of employers in the teaching of German in their companies. As additional variables, training for sustainable development (ESD) and for maximizing the mutual understanding in personal interactions is included. Design / methodology / approach – This paper is reflecting on the spectrum of ideas about the teaching of German in German companies in Malaysia that was obtained through the author’s earlier target situation analysis in MNCs in Malaysia. In addition to a variety of methods that is incorporated to engage students in the learning process, a ‘meaning negotiation’ approach is applied in order to deal with the intercultural communication practices. Results - The paper outlines a set of topics and strategies that can assist employees in intercultural interaction contexts in a German Malaysia-based company. It draws them together into a conceptual framework of required skills in a German beginner class. Originality / Benefits - This study contributes to the current issues concerning the German mediation requirements in the management field.
Keywords
Communication; German as a foreign language for special purposes; Intercultural competence; Communication strategies; Language and Culture

Abstract
Purpose - The aim of this study is to introduce an approach to managing business communication based on the German language needs of employees in multinational companies in Malaysia and the expectations of employers in the teaching of German in their companies. As additional variables, training for sustainable development (ESD) and for maximizing the mutual understanding in personal interactions is included. Design / methodology / approach – This paper is reflecting on the spectrum of ideas about the teaching of German in German companies in Malaysia that was obtained through the author’s earlier target situation analysis in MNCs in Malaysia. In addition to a variety of methods that is incorporated to engage students in the learning process, a ‘meaning negotiation’ approach is applied in order to deal with the intercultural communication practices. Results - The paper outlines a set of topics and strategies that can assist employees in intercultural interaction contexts in a German Malaysia-based company. It draws them together into a conceptual framework of required skills in a German beginner class. Originality / Benefits - This study contributes to the current issues concerning the German mediation requirements in the management field.
Keywords
Communication; German as a foreign language for special purposes; Intercultural competence; Communic

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