English - Basic English for Business and Technology - Materials and Design Module B2
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 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.
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|WS 2015/6||SS 2012|
SZ0436 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
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In this module verb forms such as gerunds and infinitives, reported speech, passives and modal verbs as well as all types of conditionals will be reviewed and practiced. Other grammatical structures covered include compound nouns and prefixes and suffixes. Oral and written communication skills needed in professional 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.
After completion of this module, students 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 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 encourage active use of language, as well as opportunities for feedback.
Textbook, online learning platform such as www.moodle.tum.de, Macmillan English Campus online resources (www.mec-3.com/tum), presentations, film viewings and audio practice.
A course book and handouts will be used. Only selected chapters of the book will be covered in this module.
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.