English - Intercultural Communication C1
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
Module version of SS 2022 (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.
SZ0414 is a semester module
in English language
at Bachelor’s level and Master’s level
which is offered every semester.
This Module is included in the following catalogues within the study programs in physics.
- Catalogue of language courses as soft-skill courses
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.
After completion of this module, students will be able to 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 will help them be more effective in cross-cultural communication situations.
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. (Please check current announcements as the exact percentages may vary each semester.)
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.
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.
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 consisting of: A classroom presentation (including a handout and visual aids) (50%) and a final exam (50%). 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.