Intermediate Level English (exam)
FAST-BY51Acad. year: 2018/2019
The subjects English Intermediate I and English Intermediate II are offered to help students prepare for this exam. They cover material from pre-intermediate to intermediate level English and give students the required knowledge and exam practice needed to pass the exam.
The exam is conducted orally with pairs of students and lasts up to 25 minutes.
The exam tests speaking skills such as interaction, pronunciation and the ability to construct connected sentences to give information or opinions on a certain topic.
It also tests listening and reading ability, as well as grammar and vocabulary.
Institute of Social Sciences (SPV)
Learning outcomes of the course unit
The aim of this exam is to assess if students have reached the Intermediate (B1 - Threshold) level of the Common European Frameworkof Reference for Languages (CEFR) established by the Council of Europe.
The student should be able 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
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.
Recommended optional programme components
Recommended or required reading
Clive Oxenden, Christina Latham-Koenig: English File Intermediate. Oxford University Press, 2006. ISBN 0-19-451800-0. (EN)
Planned learning activities and teaching methods
To help students prepare for this exam the subjects English Intermediate I and II are offered by the Department of Languages at the Institute of Social Sciences. Teaching methods depend on the type of course unit as specified in Article 7 of the BUT Rules for Studies and Examinations. Grammar and vocabulary is practiced in an interactive way, with the emphasis on conversation and the development of communication and listening skills and with support from e-learning courses in LMS Moodle.
Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes
The BY51 exam is conducted orally with pairs of students and lasts up to 25 minutes. It may be shorter for students who have clearly not yet reached the correct level. BY51 involves asking and answering general questions, discussing a task with a colleague, speaking about a picture alone and answering questions on grammar, vocabulary and short texts. The pass mark is 50%.
Language of instruction
To help students with a lower level of English than B1 prepare for this exam the optional subjects English Intermediate I and English Intermediate II are offered by the Department of Languages at the Institute of Social Sciences.
Students can register online for the BY02 exam during the exam period.
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.
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.