Objective of the course – aims of the course unit:|
The aim of this exam is to assess if students have reached the B1 level of the CEF (Common European Framework) established by the Council of Europe. For a brief summary of what is involved in the B1 level of English see the Anotace.
Objective of the course – learning outcomes and competences:|
The student who has passed the BY51 exam will have demonstrated an intermediate level of English language ability as described by the B1 level of the CEF (Common European Framework) established by the Council of Europe.
Entry level B1. Students should be able to use the past and present (including present perfect) tenses to talk about their lives, and some future forms to discuss plans. They should be able to ask questions, give personal information, understand clear English related to familiar subjects. They should also be able to compare things using adjectives, make 1st conditional structures, use countable/uncountable nouns and some modal verbs. They should also be able to manage simple functional transactions in shops, restaurants and while travelling. They should be able to use the present perfect to express experience, as well as describe long - lasting or temporary situations in their life; modals to express permission and obligation in connection with rules and behaviour; passives as typically used to describe processes, origins and materials; future forms to predict and plan actions in the future; conditionals to speculate about possible future situations and general theoretical ones.
Course contents (annotation):|
The B1 (or Threshold) level BY51 exam is an INTERMEDIATE LEVEL exam which requires a student to:
-generally understand information about familiar topics and situations, such as those met at work, in school, in free time etc. providing they are expressed in a clear and straightforward manner.
- be able to use English to communicate successfully in most situations encountered when travelling abroad.
- be able to create a simple connected text with a simple context.
- be able to describe experiences and events, ambitions, hopes and plans, and to briefly explain or justify their ideas and statements.
- successfully complete intermediate level grammar exercises
Teaching methods and criteria:|
Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes:|
Requirements for successful completion of the subject are specified by guarantor’s regulation updated for every academic year.
In order to prepare for this exam, the optional subjects BYA5 and BYA6 are offered by the Department of Languages.
Specification of controlled education, way of implementation and compensation for absences:|
Extent and forms are specified by guarantor’s regulation updated for every academic year.
Clive Oxenden, Christina Latham-Koenig: English File Intermediate. Oxford University Press 2006
Annette Capel, Rosemary Nixon: PET Masterclass Intermediate. Oxford University Press 2003