English - Advanced Grammar Review: Tidy up your Denglish C2

Module SZ0405

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 WS 2012/3

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

SZ0405 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 is intended for speakers of German (both as a mother tongue and DaF) who want to eradicate typical German errors from their oral and written communication in English, often referred to as Denglisch. We will focus on such features as false friends, differences between German and English punctuation, clear and concise sentence construction, and frequently confused grammatical forms.

Learning Outcome

After completion of this module, students can express themselves fluently and spontaneously in English without much obvious searching for expressions; they can use language flexibly and effectively for social, academic and professional purposes, and they can produce clear, well-structured, detailed text on complex subjects, showing controlled use of organizational patterns, connectors and cohesive devices. They will produce texts without obvious interference from German.


Ability to begin work at the C1 level of the GER, as evidenced by a score in the range of 60 80 percent on the placement test at www.moodle.tum.de. General knowledge of English grammatical terms and experience writing scientific English.

Courses, Learning and Teaching Methods and Literature

Learning and Teaching Methods

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


Handouts, Macmillan English Campus online resources (www.mec-3.com/tum), presentations, audio-visual material.


To be announced.

Module Exam

Description of exams and course work

Class Participation (including some in-class writing) 25%; Presentations 25%; Written Assignments (to be revised) 25%; Final Written Examination 25%. Regular attendance and active participation in class are required.

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