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German as a Foreign Language C1.1

Module SZ0309

This Module is offered by TUM Language Center.

This module handbook serves to describe contents, learning outcome, methods and examination type as well as linking to current dates for courses and module examination in the respective sections.

Module version of WS 2019/20 (current)

There are historic module descriptions of this module. A module description is valid until replaced by a newer one.

Whether the module’s courses are offered during a specific semester is listed in the section Courses, Learning and Teaching Methods and Literature below.

available module versions
WS 2019/20WS 2015/6WS 2012/3

Basic Information

SZ0309 is a semester module in German language at Bachelor’s level and Master’s level which is offered every semester.

This module description is valid to SS 2021.

Total workloadContact hoursCredits (ECTS)
180 h 60 h 6 CP

Content, Learning Outcome and Preconditions


In this module, students will increase their ability to function in the foreign language without great effort and largely fluently by working with more complexly-structured and challenging listening and reading texts on topics of general interest. They learn to differentiate between types of texts and writing styles, to identify implicitly formulated opinions and to examine modern literary texts following a prescribed interpretive method. They practice analyzing, summarizing and critiquing texts both inside and outside their fields of study and gathering detailed information from longer speeches, lectures, reports, etc. They learn to differentiate the nuances of meaning in related expressions and to understand figures of speech. They develop a differentiated repertoire of means of expression on a broad spectrum of current topics and popular scientific questions that goes beyond standard language. They work with selected grammatical phenomena such as prepositional phrases, participial constructions, the attributive, modal particles and conjunctions. Students critically examine positions within public discourse, including their cultural specificity. They deal with selected aspects of culture and cultural life in Germany.

Learning Outcome

The module refers to level C1 Proficient Language Use of the CEFR. Students acquire knowledge of German as a foreign language at a high written-language level with a focus on intercultural, cultural and academic areas. They can understand the content of complex articles and reports, even outside their own specialist areas and areas of interest independently and frequently without strain and identify points of view. They are capable of interpreting a contemporary prose text and can follow current television reports, most films and plays, even when idiomatic language is used. Students can follow longer discussions and lectures on contemporary topics, as well as specialist lectures inside and outside their fields, provided that speakers enunciate clearly. They are able to take detailed and logical positions on current topics in science and social life, as well as to compose longer presentations in their fields of study and correctly use specialized vocabulary. They can lecture or present on topics in their areas of interest or fields of study in clearly structured, understandable and academically appropriate fashion.


Sound knowledge of module B2.2; placement test level C1.1

Courses, Learning and Teaching Methods and Literature

Learning and Teaching Methods

The module consists of a seminar in which course objectives will be achieved in an activity-oriented, communicative atmosphere through listening, reading, writing and speaking exercises in individual, partner and group work. The fundamental language skills conveyed in the classroom are reinforced through the use of guided self-learning in the form of prepared (and online) materials. Participants work on assigned topics independently and/or in teams and revise their work after receiving feedback.


Textbook; multimedia teaching and learning materials (chalk/white board, overheads, worksheets, images, films, etc.) and online resources


Textbook: to be announced in the Class

Module Exam

Description of exams and course work

1 schriftlicher End Term Test 90 min. (100%) - keine Hilfsmittel erlaubt
In der schriftlichen Prüfung werden die in der Modulbeschreibung angegebenen Lernergebnisse geprüft.
Mündliche Reaktionsfähigkeiten werden anhand der Anwendung entsprechender Redemittel in schriftlichen Dialogbeispielen überprüft.
Der End Term Test besteht aus einer Aufgabe zur freien Textproduktion.
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