Course detail

English for Europe

FIT-AEUAcad. year: 2019/2020

The course is focused on the development of the students' verbal and written communication skills and their further professional application within the wider framework of both Czech and European job markets. The central elements of the course consist in practising communication in the European cultural, business and legal environment and activities designed to describe and question European cultures in comparison with the Czech Republic (considering the Euro-American cultural context into account). The course provides the overview of the European Union institutions and their functions and presents the English language as the universal tool providing access to education and jobs to the Czech and Moravian university graduates. The coursework is based on the interpretation of written and audio-visual sources, discussion and personal opinion presentation.

Learning outcomes of the course unit

The ability to find one's way in the cultural and professional maze of the EU. The ability to use English in a wide range of everyday situations. The knowledge of various writing techniques plus the rules of team work and business communication in English. The ability to understand natural spoken English.

Prerequisites

The course knowledge required corresponds with the standards of the intermediate level course.

Co-requisites

Not applicable.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Recommended or required reading

Wellman, G.: The Heinemann English Wordbuilder. Praha, Státní pedagogické nakladatelství, 1991.
Ashley, A. (2003) Oxford Handbook of Commercial Correspondence. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
English for business and economics. Prague: Oeconomica, nakladatelství VŠE, 2017. ISBN 978-80-245-2210-4.
SWAN, Michael. Practical English usage. Fourth edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, [2017]. ISBN 978-0-19-420243-5.
ÚJAZ/FEKT: Podpůrné texty.
Kocmanová, M. and Pokorná, Z. (2004) Euro English. Praha: Ostrov.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Not applicable.

Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes

Active participation in seminars (75%), semester test (min. 24, max. 40,
semester test may be repeated only once), exam (min. 30, max. 60).

Language of instruction

Czech, English

Work placements

Not applicable.

Course curriculum

EU – information about the history of EU and functioning of its institutions
How to prepare a successful presentation
Professional communication, introducing a company, the structure of a company, negotiations with a business partner
Jobs, job application procedures, CV, job interview
Telephoning, problem solving and replies to complaints
Formal (business) communication
Law, crime, justice, legal proceedings
Cultural differences, intercultural communication
Schools and education
Health problems, health care and the related communication in a foreign country
USA, Canada, Euro-American culture

Aims

Vocabulary development and practising the general ability to work with language Encouraging the students to communicate actively. Further broadening of European horizons. Teaching the techniques of writing.

Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme IT-BC-3 Bachelor's

    branch BIT , 2. year of study, summer semester, 3 credits, optional

  • Programme BIT Bachelor's, 2. year of study, summer semester, 3 credits, optional

  • Programme IT-MGR-2 Master's

    branch MBI , any year of study, summer semester, 3 credits, compulsory-optional
    branch MPV , any year of study, summer semester, 3 credits, compulsory-optional
    branch MGM , any year of study, summer semester, 3 credits, compulsory-optional
    branch MSK , any year of study, summer semester, 3 credits, compulsory-optional
    branch MIS , any year of study, summer semester, 3 credits, compulsory-optional
    branch MBS , any year of study, summer semester, 3 credits, compulsory-optional
    branch MIN , any year of study, summer semester, 3 credits, compulsory-optional
    branch MMI , any year of study, summer semester, 3 credits, compulsory-optional
    branch MMM , any year of study, summer semester, 3 credits, compulsory-optional

  • Programme MITAI Master's

    specialization NISY , any year of study, summer semester, 3 credits, optional

Type of course unit

 

Fundamentals seminar

26 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer

Syllabus


  1. Introduction. Everyday English I: Meeting new people, conversation topics. Taboo areas. Family life, housing, work and leisure across Europe.
  2. Everyday English II: Living in Europe. Meeting people, conversation topics. Food and eating out. Restaurants, hotels and hostels. Doing business in restaurants.
  3. Everyday English III: Meeting people, conversation topics. Shops and shopping.
  4. Across the continent: Employers and employees. Listening comprehension.
  5. Everyday English IV: English in the workplace. Interviews, starting a job.
  6. Everyday English V: How to manage a business meeting. Communication: Dealing with problems, responsibility. Coming into conflict and the difference of opinion: In and out. Writing: Business meeting papers and reports.
  7. Everyday English VI: English in the workplace. Writing: ads and offers. E-mails and fax messages. Speaking on the phone. Film: business communication.
  8. Everyday English VII: Role play and writing: How to apologize for..., letter of complaint.
  9. Social language. Role play: Accepting and declining an invitation. Welcoming a guest. Writing: Letters of invitation.
  10. English for authorities, housing and finance. The police and crimes.
  11. Informal language II: Across Europe.
  12. Course evaluation and revision.
  13. Semester test.

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