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English - English for Technical Purposes - Environment and Communication Module C1

Module SZ0424

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

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

SZ0424 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

Content

In this module grammatical forms are reviewed and practiced with a focus on topics of interest to students preparing for professions in business and technology branches. The module includes opportunities for students to practice both written and oral communication needed in professional life, with emphasis on career skills such as questioning techniques, negotiating, prioritizing, problem solving, and persuading, as well as aspects of intercultural communication needed for achieving professional success. Emphasis is placed on developing strategies for continued learning.

Learning Outcome

After completion of this module students can 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.

Students will develop an awareness of Anglo-American public speaking conventions and will be able to put these into practice. In written and spoken contexts they will be able to differentiate accurately between situations requiring formal or familiar registers and select the correct form. Further, the will impove their ability to present content clearly and succinctly taking readers’ needs and writing conventions into consideration.

Corresponds to C1 of the CER.

Preconditions

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, 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.

Media

Textbook, use of www.moodle.tum.de, online learning resources, presentations, film viewings and audio practice.

Literature

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 including an oral presentation (including a handout and visual aids, 25%), multiple drafts of two assignments to allow students to develop written skills by means of a process of drafting and revising texts (25% each), and a final written examination (25%).

As the course may be offered in various formats (online or classroom) the form and conditions of the final exam (with or without aids) will vary. Where audio or video is recorded, we observe the Basic Data Protection Regulation (DSGVO, Art. 12 -21).
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