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English - Academic Presentation Skills C1 - C2

Module SZ0403

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
SS 2022WS 2015/6WS 2012/3

Basic Information

SZ0403 is a module in language at which is offered irregularly.

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

  • Catalogue of language courses as soft-skill courses
Total workloadContact hoursCredits (ECTS)
90 h  h 3 CP

Content, Learning Outcome and Preconditions


This course allows students to practice and improve ability to carry out formal speaking tasks in English such as a class presentation, dissertation defense, department colloqium, conference talk or project proposals. All forms of presentations replicate academic speaking situations and include sections for question and answer or a debate format.

Learning Outcome

This course helps students to gain practical experience in a range of both graded and non-graded presentation scenarios designed to build confidence and improve delivery in English. The acquired techniques and skill set can be successfully transferred to a number of academic and professional presentation scenarios. Students learn how to effectively write, practice and evaluate presentations in addition to giving and receiving constructive peer feedback.


Ability to begin work at the C2 level as evidenced by a placement test score of at least 75 percent.

Courses, Learning and Teaching Methods and Literature

Courses and Schedule

Learning and Teaching Methods

This course makes use of recording and/or classroom evaluation to help students develop their public speaking skill and uses a variety of training techniques such as extemporaneous speaking and PechaKucha to hone specific skills.


Text material, online platform, recordings. Videos and in-class modeled presentations and examples.


Handouts and selected extracts from published sources will be used in the course. Key literature will be advised by the teacher and/ or listed in the course description.

Module Exam

Description of exams and course work

Performance, testing the learning outcomes specified in the module description, is examined by a cumulative portfolio of competence and action-oriented tasks. These include four different graded extemporaneous speeches, three informative and one persuasive. Each graded speech contributes to 25% of the overall course grade. Aspects of proper delivery include proper oral citations, use of language, and implementation of rhetorical skills.

Students are evaluated on their ability to prepare and deliver speeches with the help of audio or visual aids and a handout. Depending on the course format, the presentations are delivered either live in person or via a video recording.

Where audio or video is recorded, the Basic Data Protection Regulation (DSGVO, Art. 12 -21) is observed.

Current exam dates

Currently TUMonline lists the following exam dates. In addition to the general information above please refer to the current information given during the course.

Intensive Course English - Academic Presentation Skills C1 - C2
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