English translation: study of the profession [of xxx]; professional studies
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18:00 Jan 27, 2002
German to English translations [PRO] Medical
German term or phrase:Berufskunde
Subject studied during course in massage and hydrotherapy.
Could "Berufskunde" be translated as either occupational science or occupational therapy in this context?
Explanation: Related instruction generally takes place in a classroom. The teaching covers the techniques of the trade and also the theory behind the techniques. It includes detailed discussion of how typical tasks are preformed and the safety precautions that must be taken.
I have taken "Berufskunde" in Germany and I have thaught vocational programs in the US. The main idea behind the term related is to emphasis the fact that you teaching a skill which requires also some classroom time. The class room instructions are never allowed to rest on their own merrit.
Explanation: we offer such courses where I teach in Germany, it involves information about the vocation the students are training for, in my case bilingual secretaries, they get visits and talks from people already working as bilingual secs, or advice on job interviews etc. ie everything but the language side of the job. SO nothing necessarily medical or rehab. We tend to call it background studies but often use the German word among colleagues even when talking English, perhaps this will help somebody to find the right term