English - Intermediate Level I
FA-BA3Acad. year: 2019/2020
The B1 (or Threshold) level, and so the BY51 exam, is an INTERMEDIATE LEVEL exam which requires a student to be able to:
- understand general 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.
- use English to communicate successfully in most situations encountered when travelling abroad.
- create a simple connected text with a simple context.
- describe experiences and events, ambitions, hopes and plans, and to briefly explain or justify their ideas and statements.
- complete intermediate level grammar exercise successfully.
Institute of Social Sciences (SPV)
Learning outcomes of the course unit
This B1 (intermediate) level course focuses on revision of most of the key grammar covered in BYA1 – BYA4. This grammar is tested in the BY51 exam, both directly and in the speaking and writing parts. Students also work on their listening and speaking skills, and build their vocabulary, all of which are important for BY51. However, practice of specific BY51 exam tasks is left until BYA6, and the lessons in BYA5 will be similar in form to those for courses BYA1 - BYA4. If you are satisfied with your level of grammar, and your main interest is in preparing for the BY51 exam, you should probably go to BYA6. BYA5 focuses on the revision of what you need to know at intermediate level, and on increasing accuracy.
Entry level A2+ or B1. Students should be able to use the past and present (including present perfect) tenses to talk about their lives, and some future forms for plans, 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, manage simple functional transactions in shops, restaurants and while travelling. Further 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
C.Oxenden, Ch.Latham-Koenig: New English File – Intermediate (EN)
aktuální literatura a texty související s tématem
Planned learning activities and teaching methods
Lessons of a foreign language
Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes
Course-unit Credit based on student´s activity and presence in the lessons
Language of instruction
1. 1A present simple and continuous / food and restaurants
2. 1B past simple and continuous / sport
3. 1B past simple, continuous and perfect / narratives
4. 1C future forms /family
5. 1C personality / reflexive pronouns
6. 2A present perfect / numbers
7. 2A present perfect and past simple/ money
8. 2B present perfect continuous / strong adjectives
9. 2C comparatives and superlatives
10. 2C transport and travel
11. 3A must, have to and should/ manners
12. 3B must, may, might, can’t (deduction) / describing people
13. 3C can, could, be able to/ -ed and –ing adjectives
During the course of study both in class and online (in moodle) the student will revise and improve their knowledge of and ability to use the key grammar and vocabulary needed to communicate effectively at B1 (intermediate) level, as well as improve their listening and speaking skills. After completing the following course (BYA6) they should be ready to take the BY51 exam successfully.
Specification of controlled education, way of implementation and compensation for absences
1 semester, 2 lessons a week
Type of course unit
26 hours, compulsory
Teacher / Lecturer