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English - Basic English for Scientific Purposes B2

Module SZ0454

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 SS 2013

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 2015/6SS 2013

Basic Information

SZ0454 is a module in language at 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  h 3 CP

Content, Learning Outcome and Preconditions


This course enables students to practise scientific and technical English through active group discussions and delivery of subject-related presentations.

Learning Outcome

On completion of this module/course students will have expanded their knowledge of vocabulary related to science and technology. The student’s reading, writing and listening skills as well as oral fluency will improve.

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 B2 of the CER.


B2 level according to the online placement test

Courses, Learning and Teaching Methods and Literature

Courses and Schedule

Learning and Teaching Methods

This course involves pair-work and group-work enabling students to develop their verbal and written skills in scientific and technical environment.


Internet sources, handouts contributed by course tutor/students, e-learning platform


Internet articles, Journals such as Nature and Scientific American

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. Grades for 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 assignment), and a final written examination (25%) contribute to the final course grade.

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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