English for Bachelors - Intermediate 1
FEKT-XPC-AN3Acad. year: 2019/2020
- a standard course for intermediate students focused on both general and technical English
- it includes a grammar section with communicative tasks highlighting new grammar rules
- it covers reading, listening, speaking and writing
- it extents current vocabulary
- it develops grammar knowledge
- it includes work with technical texts putting emphasis on language
Learning outcomes of the course unit
Active participation in classes along with passing a written exam will show that a student is able to:
- use a specific and general vocabulary (job/career, business, character traits, graph description, food, leisure time)
- apply grammar rules to common situations (present tenses, past tenses, the present perfect tense, the future tense, making questions, making comparatives and superlatives)
- communicate fluently and effectively in different contexts with certain error tolerance (job/career, travelling, business, sports, hobbies, social situations) and express his/her opinion, agreement, disagreement
- read technical and general articles when using basic reading techniques (skimming, scanning, selection of relevant information, accurate comprehension)
- understand English instructions and classes taught in English, and take notes; understand natural spoken English in a certain context
- write a formal letter or an informal e-mail, fill in an application form, describe a person and a place
The student signed up for the class is expected to be able to:
- use a basic general vocabulary (job/work, leisure time, food, the environment, graphs, everyday use objects)
- apply grammar rules to common situations (making questions, the present tense, the past tense, the future tense, the present perfect tense, modal verbs, conditionals, passive voice)
- speak clearly in a given context with error tolerance
- read and understand easier general and technical texts
- understand classes taught in English and easier spoken English in given contexts
- write formal and informal texts with certain error tolerance
Recommended optional programme components
Recommended or required reading
Sada technických textů
Samostatná domácí příprava:www.feec.vutbr.cz/et
Harding, Keith; Lane, Alastair: International Express Intermediate (CS)
Planned learning activities and teaching methods
Teaching methods include the work with DynEd software and practical seminars.
Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes
Written semester test (40 points), it contains grammar and vocabulary
Final written exam (60 points), it contains listening and reading a technical text
Language of instruction
1.Tense review: Pres. Simple and Continuous, action and state verbs. Vocab: personal information, learning vocabulary.
2.Reading: National branding. Functions: introductions and greetings, welcoming a visitor.
3.Past Simple and Pres. Perfect Simple review, used to + infinitive, subject and object questions. Vocab: work file, dictionary skills.
4.Reading: company and job profile. Functions: answering the phone, making and changing appointments. Pronunciation: /s/, /z/. Saying dates.
5.Comparative and superlative adjectives, relative clauses. Vocab: adjectives, personal attitudes and qualities. Techn. text: From dumb pipes to smart sensors
6.Reading: Past, present and future languages. Functions: giving opinions, agreeing and disagreeing, participating in a meeting or discussion. Pronunciation: sounding polite
7.Present and past trends: Pres. Continuous and Past Simple, adjectives and adverbs. Vocab: food file, word groups.
8.Reading: ethical consumerism. Functions: advice and suggestions. Pronunciation: /š/, /č/ Techn. text: Data with a human touch
9.Passives: Pres. Simple, Pres. Continuous, Past Simple, Pres. Perfect Simple, Will future. Vocab: leisure and fitness activities, word combinations
10.Reading: Fit to work. Functions: leaving recorded messages, using mobile phones. Pronunciation: stressing important information
11.Past Simple, Past Continuous, Past Perfect. Vocab: gerunds file, personal management
12.Reading: Gap year for adults. Functions: requests and offers, exchanging information. Pronunciation: contrastive stress. Techn. text: Electronic paper (mock exam)
The English class is focused mainly on:
- acquisition of new vocabulary
- developing grammar knowledge.
- developing the language skills (reading, speaking, listening and writing)
- introducing and revising common phrases of spoken English
- work with semi-technical texts
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 BPC-AUD Bachelor's
- Programme BPC-AMT Bachelor's, any year of study, summer semester, 3 credits, optional
- Programme BPC-EKT Bachelor's, any year of study, summer semester, 3 credits, optional
- Programme BPC-IBE Bachelor's, any year of study, summer semester, 3 credits, optional
- Programme BPC-MET Bachelor's, any year of study, summer semester, 3 credits, optional
- Programme BPC-SEE Bachelor's, any year of study, summer semester, 3 credits, optional
- Programme BPC-TLI Bachelor's, any year of study, summer semester, 3 credits, optional