English for Europe
FIT-AEUAcad. year: 2019/2020
An innovated English course with a particular focus on the development of the students' verbal and written skills and their further professional application within the wider framework of both the Czech and the European job markets. The central elements of the course consist in practising business meetings and negotiations, written document completion, informal communication and activities designed to describe and question European cultures in comparison with the Czech Republic. Within the wider course framework, there are two notions that should be pointed out, namely the overview of the European union institutions and the introduction to English as the key providing access to education and jobs to Czech and Moravian university graduates. Coursework is based on panel discussion, opinion presentation, interpretation of written and audiovisual sources, homework presentation and discussion, language games.
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.
The course knowledge required corresponds with the standards of the intermediate level course.
Recommended optional programme components
Recommended or required reading
Ashley, A. (2003) Oxford Handbook of Commercial Correspondence. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Wellman, G.: The Heinemann English Wordbuilder. Praha, Státní pedagogické nakladatelství, 1991.
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, . ISBN 978-0-19-420243-5.
Kocmanová, M. and Pokorná, Z. (2004) Euro English. Praha: Ostrov.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods
Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes
Active participation in seminars, semester test with the pass mimimum of 50% (= 20 points).
Language of instruction
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
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.
Specification of controlled education, way of implementation and compensation for absences
Active participation in seminars, semester test (20 - 40 points) and final examination (30 - 60 points).
Classification of course in study plans
- Programme IT-BC-3 Bachelor's
branch BIT , 2. year of study, summer semester, 3 credits, elective
- Programme BIT Bachelor's, 2. year of study, summer semester, 3 credits, elective
- 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, elective
Type of course unit
26 hours, compulsory
Teacher / Lecturer
- Introduction. Everyday English I: Meeting new people, conversation topics. Taboo areas. Family life, housing, work and leisure across Europe.
- Everyday English II: Living in Europe. Meeting people, conversation topics. Food and eating out. Restaurants, hotels and hostels. Doing business in restaurants.
- Everyday English III: Meeting people, conversation topics. Shops and shopping.
- Across the continent: Employers and employees. Listening comprehension.
- Everyday English IV: English in the workplace. Interviews, starting a job.
- 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.
- Everyday English VI: English in the workplace. Writing: ads and offers. E-mails and fax messages. Speaking on the phone. Film: business communication.
- Everyday English VII: Role play and writing: How to apologize for..., letter of complaint.
- Social language. Role play: Accepting and declining an invitation. Welcoming a guest. Writing: Letters of invitation.
- English for authorities, housing and finance. The police and crimes.
- Informal language II: Across Europe.
- Course evaluation and revision.
- Semester test.