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 European (and world) cultural and professional environment. The ability to use English in a wide range of everyday situations. The knowledge of various writing techniques. Improved ability to understand spoken English.
the student is able to describe EU institutions and knows the basic facts about their functioning
understands the relationships of the Euro-American cultural context
explains and describes the structure of a firm and its functioning, introduces its products and services to potential business partners
prepares documents connected with the job application procedures
is prepared for different situations connected with the job interview
responds adequately in problem solving (professional communication)
makes basic formal documents
discusses the problems of the legal system and environment
compares cultural environment of different countries and understands cultural differences
is able to discuss the problems of the systems of education
The course knowledge required corresponds with the standards of the intermediate level course.
Recommended optional programme components
Recommended or required reading
Planned learning activities and teaching methods
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
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
The content and forms of instruction in the evaluated course are specified by a regulation issued by the lecturer responsible for the course and updated for every academic year.
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
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.
eLearning: currently opened course