VT1 - Englisch

At a job fair
At a job fair.pdf
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Wir versuchen uns in ersten Schritten in der sprachlichen und inhaltlichen Auseinandersetzung mit Hilfe einer eigenen Präsentation unserer beruflichen Realität in der Öffentlichkeit. (Copyright I. Hicking)

Presentation of your company
Presentation of your company.pdf
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Introduction on the job: Home plumbing systems
Home plumbing systems.docx.pdf
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Skills have to be trained: Knowledge has to be acquired!

Introduction on the job!

House Drainage Systems
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Heating Water.jpeg
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Central heating
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Changing a central heating pump
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Pumping systems
Pumping systems.pdf
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Now let us get practical: Choosing a toilet system:

(1) Toilets Guide Getting Started | HomePlumbing

VT2 - Englisch

Installing a wind turbine.pdf
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What does your boss think? Is your idea a really brilliant one?
At first you have to present your idea - after that we discuss your arguments. And we try to find an overall decision, whether to install a small wind turbine or not.

And what about our company`s neighbours? I am afraid, we have to talk to them before we can start to install the wind turbine!
Wind turbine - deal with your neighbours
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Having water rules!
We worked about electricity, produced by wind-power made in Cologne.
Now we widen our focus and are going to have a look at our normal everyday attitude towards the worldwide supply with fresh water.
Therefore, please join Matt Damons press conference - you can attend above.

After that, please work on the task-schedule.

TASK 1: Listening comprehension

A) Beantworten Sie die folgenden Fragen in vollständigen Sätzen auf Deutsch mit Hilfe Ihrer Erkenntnisse aus dem Video. 

1. Wann ist der Welttoilettentag?

2. Welche Erfindung thematisiert Matt Damon in seiner Pressekonferenz? Warum?

3. Wie viele Menschen weltweit haben laut Matt Damon keinen Zugang zu sauberem Wasser?

4. Wie viele Menschen weltweit haben keine Sanitäranlagen?

5. Beschreiben Sie die Maßnahme, die Matt Damon aus Protest gegen die dramatischen sanitären Zustände ergreift.

B) Was wird mit dieser Szene kritisiert? Erläutern Sie auf Deutsch.

C) Erläutern Sie auf Deutsch das Ziel, das Matt Damon mit seiner Pressekonferenz verfolgt.

Annotations (Task 1)






human kind


cell phone


to shoplift


not to go to the bathroom

not to use a toilet / not to excrete waste from your body

to lash out at somebody

auf jdn losgehen

to excrete waste

Exkremente ausscheiden

to implore

jdn anflehen

For the next step, please read the text: Not waiting for a Magic Cure!

a) Erklären Sie (auf Englisch) die Bedeutung der folgenden Aussage

Today’s water crisis is not an issue of scarcity, but of access.” (Z. 9)
Gehen Sie dabei wie folgt vor: Übersetzen Sie zunächst die Aussage ins Deutsche und erklären Sie anschließend die Bedeutung der Aussage unter Bezugnahme auf die Informationen aus dem Text (Z. 6 – 12).
b) Erläutern Sie (auf Englisch) die Auswirkungen fehlender Sanitäranlagen auf die Wirtschaft und die Gesundheit der Bevölkerung in Entwicklungsländern. 


Not Waiting for a Magic Cure.pdf
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Hot water supply systems - especially "under sink storage systems".
Hot water supply systems.pdf
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1)  Read the text and be ready to explain

2) Describe the functionality of "under sink storage water systems

3) What do you think is your customer going to ask you after 1 week of using the system?

Cold water contamination induced by backflow-risks
Cold-water backflow risks.pdf
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1. It is up to you: Work on the whole text and learn a lot about backflow-risks in cold-water-systems!

2. Prepare a presentation of the problems and solutions for flats and houses

3. I want to know: What did impress you most on this backflow-risks?

Simple things to collect rain water in 3rd world countries.
Roofwater harvesting.pdf
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Rainwater Harvesting System
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Explain to potential customers how a rain water harvesting system works and what its benefits are. (400 Words!)

Analysing water supply problems in 3td world countries
water supply problems.pdf
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A new invention for the people of Tanzania: Nanofilters to clean water!

Hilonga Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation - YouTube

Your task:
Listen to the video, be able to understand the meaning, answer these questions:
1. Who ist Mister Hilonga - give a short description?
2. What is his main aim as a scientist?

3. Describe his invention.
3. What do you think: Are his customers interested in buying his invention?

Have a look at: BlueFuture Project

and prepare yourself to present this project in a little speech to your colleagues!

VT3 - Englisch

Central heating
How does it work and how do we affect the temperature in our spaces of living?
Central-heating 3 - 5.pdf
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a) Read and understand the text and charts.


b) Describe the relation between our sense for an agreeable or comfortable  temperature and our behaviour in our spaces of living! (150 words)


c) Which temperature in the living room would you advice: (describe and analyse thoroughly!)
1. For a single living type (24 years old) 

2.Young family with 2 children (age 2 and 4)

3. 70year old grandmother - living alone

Most important in central heating: the position of thermostats
Central heating - thermostats.pdf
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Read and understand the text.

Find the best position for the installation of room thermostats and write down your arguments!

Fracking: A heavily discussed method to solve our energy-supply-problems.
Good or bad? Helpful or not helpful especially for third-world-areas?
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Fragenkatalog zum Thema "Fracking"!

1.) What are the main problems arising from the usage of "Fracking" in civilized surroundings?
2.) What do you think: Who is interested in the implementation of fracking-technologies in third-world-countries?

3.) What are the main reasons for these groups of interest to force fracking-technologies?

4.) Let`s have a look on a small town in the Eifel-valley-region, called Hengasch:
No supply with gas, no possibilities for earning electricity by wind. By the way: The installation of oil-heating-systems is nearly forbidden by law. So what about fracking? 
Would you as a citizen of this "Dead-end-town" be a supporter of Fracking? Please explain your arguments!

Vom Deutschen ins Englische - einfach mal üben!!
Übersetzungübung Fracking.pdf
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Dies ist ein Übersetzungsvorschlag
Environmental disasters in the USA.pdf
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Heat pumps from Vaillant - Vaillant

Your Task: Describe form and function of the main heatpump-systems.
At least: 200 words!!