French C1 - civilisation and technology

Module SZ0509

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.

Module version of SS 2013 (current)

There are historic module descriptions of this module. A module description is valid until replaced by a newer one.

available module versions
SS 2013WS 2012/3

Basic Information

SZ0509 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


The module introduces specialized French technical language and also serves to prepare students for study abroad or training in a French-speaking country (Doppeldiplom, Erasmus, TUM-Exchange) by taking up various aspects of French culture and society thus increasing intercultural competence and performance. Particular emphasis will be placed on the following areas: expanding the capacity to take action in French in complex situations with technical language content; development of competency in reading scientific and specialist texts as well as of listening strategies; introduction to academic writing; commenting on graphic illustrations (winter semester); job applications: writing cover letters and creating curriculum vitaes (winter semester); written communication: official letters, emails (summer semester); aspects of daily life in France; practical information for studying in France: the university system, finding housing, etc. In order to consolidate speaking and writing skills, certain French grammatical structures will be reviewed and extended. Students must also make brief presentations on topics related to their fields of study and then answer questions afterwards.

Learning Outcome

The module is aimed at level "C1 Competent language use" of the CEFR. Students acquire knowledge of French as a foreign language with a focus on intercultural, cultural and academic aspects. Following completion of this course, students can communicate both orally and in writing at a very high level in a wide variety of situations. They are capable of effectively and flexibly using the foreign language in study abroad as well as on the job.


Sound knowledge of Level B2 and placement test result C1 are absolutely necessary.

Courses, Learning and Teaching Methods and Literature

Learning and Teaching Methods

The module consists of a seminar in which course objectives will be achieved in an activity-oriented, communicative atmosphere through listening, reading, writing and speaking exercises in individual, partner and group work, promoting collaborative learning. Language skills conveyed in the classroom are reinforced through the use of guided self-learning in the form of prepared (online) materials. Students participate in moderated (role-play) discussions; make reports following prescribed criteria; make reports and presentations on academic topics and topics of general interest on assigned topics.


Multimedia teaching and learning materials.


Departmental materials or materials prepared by the lecturer.

Module Exam

Description of exams and course work

Presentation; active class participation; required homework.

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