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English - Intercultural Communication C1

Module SZ0414

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 2015/6 (current)

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

SZ0414 is a semester module in English language at Bachelor’s level and Master’s level 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 30 h 3 CP

Content, Learning Outcome and Preconditions


This course, taught in English, should familiarize you with some dimensions of cultural variation and theories of culture and communication. While learning to understand and appreciate cultural difference, you will improve your ability to communicate effectively in a global context.

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 (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 to encourage active use of language, and provide opportunities for ongoing feedback.


Textbook, use of online learning platform, presentations, film viewings, podcasts and audio practice.


Tuleja, Elizabeth (2007) Intercultural Communication for Business (2nd Edition). Mason: Southwestern.

Spencer-Oatey, Helen and Franklin, Peter (2009) Intercultural Interaction: A Multidiscioplinary Approach to Intercultural Communication. Palgrave Macmillan.

Module Exam

Description of exams and course work

A classroom presentation (including a handout and visual aids) (50%) and a final exam (50%) form the basis for final assessment. Duration of the final examination: 60 minutes. In the presentations and final exam students demonstrate a critical awareness of various dimensions and theories of cultural difference and show that they can apply them in situations where intercultural communication occurs.

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.

English - Intercultural Communication C1
Mon, 2022-07-25, 13:15 till 14:45 Dieser Termin ist der Abgabeschluss für die Prüfungsleistungen. till 2022-06-30 (cancelation of registration till 2022-07-24)
Wed, 2022-07-27, 8:00 till 9:30 Dieser Termin ist der Abgabeschluss für die Prüfungsleistungen. till 2022-06-30 (cancelation of registration till 2022-07-26)
Wed, 2022-07-27, 15:00 till 16:30 Dieser Termin ist der Abgabeschluss für die Prüfungsleistungen. till 2022-06-30 (cancelation of registration till 2022-07-26)
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