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English - Basic English for Academic Purposes B2

Module SZ04311

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.

available module versions
WS 2015/6SS 2012

Basic Information

SZ04311 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 includes note-taking in lectures, practising tutorial participation, academic writing and presenting a topic on a related field of study. Common verb forms such as present simple vs continuous, future forms, present perfect and past simple as well as conditionals will be reviewed and practiced. Other grammatical structures covered include: modal verbs of likelihood, comparatives and superlatives and uses of articles. Oral and written communication skills needed in academic life will be introduced and practiced, as well as aspects of intercultural communication needed for achieving professional success. Emphasis is placed on developing strategies for continued learning.

Learning Outcome

On completion of this module students will have gained some of the study skills required for participating in an English-speaking academic environment. Students are able to produce some academic level work in degree courses held in English. They can understand the main ideas of complex text on both concrete and abstract topics, including technical discussions in their fields of specialization; they can interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers quite possible without strain for either party; they can produce clear, detailed text on a wide range of subjects and explain a viewpoint on a topical issue giving the advantages and disadvantages of various options. Corresponds to B2 of the CER.


Ability to begin work at the B2 level of the GER as evidenced score in the range of 40 – 60 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

This course involves practising study situations (participating in seminars, tutorials, note-taking in lectures), communicative and skills-oriented treatment of topics with use of group discussion, case studies, presentations, writing workshops, listening exercises, and pair work encourage active use of language, as well as opportunities for feedback.


Textbook, online learning platform such as or Macmillan English Campus online resources (, presentations, film viewings and audio practice.


Textbook to be announced in the course description. Handouts.

Module Exam

Description of exams and course work

Assessement is based on: two written homework assignments for a total of 50% (based on multiple drafts to encourage learning by means of revision) in which students are able to produce clear, detailed text on a topic related to their fields of study and explain a viewpoint on a topical issue giving the advantages and disadvantages of various options; a presentation (including a handout and visual aids) 25% in which oral fluency is demonstrated and an ability to conduct technical discussions in their fields of specialization; a final written examination 25% which they demonstrate that they understand the main ideas of complex text in their field on both concrete and abstract topics, including technical discussions, and can express their opinions using a wide range of grammatical structures and collocations accurately. Dictionaries and other aids may not be used during the exam. Duration of the final examination: 60 minutes.
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