English Thesis Writers' Workshop C2

Module SZ0470

This Module is offered by 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.

Basic Information

SZ0470 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)
60 h  h 2 CP

Content, Learning Outcome and Preconditions


This course is designed for students currently writing theses or dissertations in English. It combines lectures and workshopping texts in small groups. The content goes beyond mere questions of “correct” grammar and word choice, and emphasizes instead stylistic guidelines for forceful and clear English writing on a high academic level. Discussions have a slight emphasis on strategies for German speakers but are still appropriate for students from any language background. Students are encouraged to make use of the English Writing Center during or after this course to receive additional one-to-one support.

Learning Outcome

Students will learn to express themselves with greater clarity in precision in written English. They will become more familiar with strategies for effective academic writing in English specifically, while gaining a sense for potential contrasts with their own native languages. Students will develop techniques to implement compelling sentence constructions, create cohesion within and between sentences, and render paragraphs coherent through specific semantic and syntactic choices.


Ability to begin work at the C1-C2 level of the GER, as demonstrated by a score above 85% on the English placement test at www.moodle.tum.de. Basic understanding of grammar and grammatical terms (e.g., parts of speech, subject, verb, object, active, passive, nominalization).

Courses, Learning and Teaching Methods and Literature

Learning and Teaching Methods

Vorlesung mit integrierten Übungen Seminars adopt a communicative and skills-oriented approach through group discussion, case studies, presentations, group work, etc. The workshopping sessions in the course use students’ texts as the primary learning materials.


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Joseph Williams - "Style: Lessons in Elegance and Grace"

Module Exam

Description of exams and course work

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