English - Intercultural Communication C1

Module SZ0414

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

SZ0414 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 module, taught in English, should familiarize you with the main dimensions of cultural variation. While learning to understand and appreciate cultural difference, you will improve your ability to communicate effectively in a global context. We will view film clips, do simulations and hold discussions. Course enrolment is limited to 20 participants. This course counts toward the »Kulturelle Kompetenz Modul von der Carl von Linde-Akademie«.

Learning Outcome

After completion of this module, students can communicate more effectively with partners from other cultures. Specifically, they can recognize cultural differences when they occur, understand some specific ways in which cultures can differ, and have developed self-awareness of their own cultural behaviors and values, which helps them be more effective in cross-cultural communication situations. After completion of this module, non-native speakers of English can better understand a wide range of demanding, longer texts, and recognize implicit meaning; they can express themselves fluently and spontaneously 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 are better prepared for studying or working abroad. Corresponds to C1 of the CER.


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.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

SE 2 English - Intercultural Communication C1 Termine in Gruppen

Learning and Teaching Methods

Communicative and skills oriented treatment of topics with use of group discussion, simulation, presentations, listening material, and pair work, etc.


Textbook, use of online learning platform at www.elearning.tum.de, presentations, film viewings, podcasts and audio practice.


Eckert, Susan (2006) Intercultural Communication. Thomson. New York.: Thomson Southwestern. (selected chapters) | Tuleja, Elizabeth (2007) Intercultural Communication for Business (2nd Edition). Mason: Southwestern. (selected chapters) | Articles, links, and text materials can be found on the online learning platform under: www.elearning.tum.de.

Module Exam

Description of exams and course work

A classroom presentation, class participation, and a film analysis project will form the basis for final evaluation. Regular attendance and active participation in class are required.

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