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English - Academic Writing C2 Intensive/Blended Learning

Module SZ0402

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 2012/3

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 2015/6WS 2012/3

Basic Information

SZ0402 is a module in language at which is offered irregularly.

This module description is valid to WS 2016/7.

Total workloadContact hoursCredits (ECTS)
150 h  h 5 CP

Content, Learning Outcome and Preconditions


In this course students write and revise essays of various genres including description, evaluation, explanation, argument and analysis, while learning how to evaluate and interpret written texts of others in regular workshop sessions.

Learning Outcome

After completion of this module, students have improved their ability to communicate clearly and powerfully in formal written English, become familiar with some common forms of expository writing, increased academic, professional and everyday vocabulary, developed regular habits to continue this learning process, and generally have increased their self-confidence with regard to written text production.

In addition, students can understand formal texts with increased ease, summarize information from different written sources, reconstructing arguments and accounts in a coherent presentation; they can express themselves spontaneously very fluently and precisely, differentiating finer shades of meaning even in more complex situations.


Ability to begin work at the C2 level as evidenced by a placement test score in the range of 75 – 100 percent. (Please check current announcements as the exact percentages may vary each semester.)

Courses, Learning and Teaching Methods and Literature

Learning and Teaching Methods

In this workshop-style course we explore a range of topics through short readings and essay-length composition writing. Techniques for evaluating one’s own writing will be practiced, with opportunities to revise drafts. Oral and written peer evaluations will form a regular component of the class sessions including use of an online peer forum and online instructor feedback.


Text material, online platform with forum and text archive allow students to develop writing ability in a process-oriented manner


Recommended resources:
Silyn-Roberts, Heather (2000) Writing for Science and Engineering: Papers, Presentations and Reports. Butterworth Heinemann Publishers. ISBN 0-7506-4636-5.

Oshima, Alice, Ann Hogue (2006) Writing Academic English 4th Ed. Pearson Longman. ISBN 0-13-152359-7.

Wiliams, Joseph (2000) Style: Ten Lessons in Clarity and Grace Addison, Wesley Longman Co. ISBN 0-321-28831-9.

Module Exam

Description of exams and course work

Students will write at least 4 texts of 300 to 500 words in various genres. They will receive feedback on each draft and have multiple opportunities to revise in which they are expected to demonstrate a command of the conventions of each genre (e.g. in an evaluative essay they will be able to respond to readers’ needs for information, state a clear judgment, provide evidence for it, use appropriate strategies such as comparing and contrasting, citing sources responsibly, anticipating and acknowledging counterarguments, and adopting a credible voice).

In each essay, students will show that they are familiar with and can apply conventions of Anglo-American academic writing such as beginning a text with an introduction, supplying a transparent, coherent set of supporting paragraphs, and ending with a succinct conclusion. They will be able to apply conventions of grammar and mechanics consistently, and will demonstrate a sensitivity to readers’ needs by responding to feedback given by fellow students in workshops and by the instructor in consultations and in writing.

Students will also demonstrate the ability to produce texts spontaneously in a final in-class writing assignment. Duration of the final examination: 60 minutes. They will also participate in writing workshops in which they demonstrate an ability to analyze texts of fellow students and provide appropriate feedback.

The drafts of each text, as well as the final in-class assignment will count equally toward the final grade. Students may use dictionaries.
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