English - Basic English for Business and Technology - Domestic Module B2

Module SZ0401

This Module is offered by 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 SS 2013 (current)

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

available module versions
SS 2013WS 2012/3

Basic Information

SZ0401 is a module in language at which is offered irregularly.

This Module is included in the following catalogues within the study programs in physics.

  • Supplement to the catalogue of soft-skill courses for the Bachelor programme Physics
  • Catalogue of language courses as soft-skill courses
Total workloadContact hoursCredits (ECTS)
90 h  h 3 CP

Content, Learning Outcome and Preconditions


In this module verb forms such as present simple vs continuous, future forms, present perfect and past simple as well as conditionals will be reviewed and practiced. Other grammatical structures covered include: modal verbs of likelihood, comparatives and superlatives and uses of articles. Oral and written communication skills needed in professional life will be introduced and practiced, as well as aspects of intercultural communication needed for achieving professional success. Emphasis is placed on developing strategies for continued learning.

Learning Outcome

After completion of this module, students can understand the main ideas of complex text on both concrete and abstract topics, including technical discussions in their fields of specialization; they can interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers quite possible without strain for either party; they can produce clear, detailed text on a wide range of subjects and explain a viewpoint on a topical issue giving the advantages and disadvantages of various options. Corresponds to B2 of the CER.


Ability to begin work at the B2 level of the GER as evidenced score in the range of 40 60 percent on the placement test at www.elearning.tum.de. (Please check current announcements as the exact percentages may vary each semester.)

Courses, Learning and Teaching Methods and Literature

Courses and Schedule

Learning and Teaching Methods

Communicative and skills oriented treatment of topics with use of group discussion, case studies, presentations, writing workshops, listening exercises, and pair work, etc.


Textbook, online learning platform such as www.elearning.tum.de, Macmillan English Campus online resources (www.mec-3.com/tum), presentations, film viewings and audio practice.


Intelligent Business Coursebook - (Intermediate level) by Trappe and Tullis, published by Pearson Longman. ISBN-10: 1408255995/ ISBN-13: 978-0582847965. Only selected chapters of the book will be covered in this module. You can purchase this book at a discounted price at http://www.pearsonelt.de/main/main.asp?page=bizcourses/bookdetails&productid=181458

Module Exam

Description of exams and course work

Written and online Homework Assignments 50%.; Final Written Examination 50%. Regular attendance and active participation in class are required.

Condensed Matter

When atoms interact things can get interesting. Fundamental research on the underlying properties of materials and nanostructures and exploration of the potential they provide for applications.

Nuclei, Particles, Astrophysics

A journey of discovery to understanding our world at the subatomic scale, from the nuclei inside atoms down to the most elementary building blocks of matter. Are you ready for the adventure?


Biological systems, from proteins to living cells and organisms, obey physical principles. Our research groups in biophysics shape one of Germany's largest scientific clusters in this area.