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English - Intensive Thesis Writers' Workshop C2

Module SZ0471

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.

Basic Information

SZ0471 is a semester module in English language at Bachelor’s level und 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

This course is aimed at students currently writing theses or dissertations. It combines group seminars with individual consultations. The group sessions go beyond mere questions of “correct” grammar and word choice and emphasize instead stylistic guidelines for forceful and clear English writing at a high academic level. Discussions have a slight emphasis on strategies for German speakers but are appropriate to students from any language background. The individual sessions are tailored to the needs of each student. The course grants 3 ECTS points on a pass/fail basis.

Learning Outcome

After completion of this module, students will be able to express themselves with greater clarity and 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.

Preconditions

For students currently writing theses or dissertations in English. Ability to begin work at the upper C1 or C2 level of the GER, as demonstrated by a score above 75% on the English placement test at www.moodle.tum.de. Basic understanding of grammatical terms (e.g., parts of speech, subject, verb, object, active, passive, nominalization).

Courses, Learning and Teaching Methods and Literature

Courses and Schedule

Learning and Teaching Methods

Seminars adopt a communicative and skills-oriented approach through group discussion, case studies, presentations, group work, etc. Individual sessions use students’ texts as the primary learning materials.

Media

Handouts, presentations, audio-visual material, students’ own texts.

Literature

Joseph Williams: Style: Lessons in Clarity and Grace

Module Exam

Description of exams and course work

Students’ thesis-writing ability will be assessed based on active participation during the course, supplemented by a minimum of two individual consultations with the instructor. To receive ECTS points, a student must demonstrate clear improvements over the course of the workshop, showing that an effort has been made to implement the suggestions of the instructor.
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