Academic Language Skills for Electrical Engineering and Informatics
FEKT-XAJDAcad. year: 2019/2020
The aim of the course is to strengthen academic language competences of students of electrical engineering and information technology by mastering academically-oriented communicative receptive, productive and interactive activities of English language on the proficiency level B1 on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. An integrated approach covering five basic language skills is used in the process of English language teaching and learning. Spoken production includes activities like giving presentations on a range of subjects related to the students' field of study or oral presentations on students' own qualifications and experience. Spoken interaction contains reactions relating to being interviewed, participation in the discussion and other activities. Reading comprehension covers work with adapted technical texts oriented to electrical engineering and information technology. The examples of writing activities are an abstract or summary, a letter of job application, curriculum vitae or e-mail messages. The last activity, listening, is practised in each lesson. Students are encouraged to listen and understand conversations between native speakers, to take notes on the basis of a heard text, to listen and follow a talk within his/her field as a member of live audience. The course helps students to find a job thus supporting their competitiveness in the labour market.
Learning outcomes of the course unit
Spoken production: giving presentations on a range of subjects related to the students' field of study, oral presentations on students' own qualifications and experience. Verbalising numerical expressions. Describing graphs, charts and trends.
Spoken interaction: indicating non-comprehension, interpretation check, agreeing and disagreeing, explaining a viewpoint on a topical issue related to students' field of study, developing an argument supporting his/her point of view, participation in the discussion. Being interviewed.
Listening: understanding conversations between speakers, taking notes on the basis of a heard text, following a talk within students' field as a member of live audience. Listening for gist and listening for specific information.
Writing activities: writing an abstract and summary, a letter of job application, curriculum vitae and e-mail messages.
Reading comprehension: work with adapted technical texts oriented to electrical engineering and information technology is mainly connected with writing and abstract and a summary.
Grammatical competence: revising grammatical categories and processes widely used in scientific/technical writing (passive voice, nominalisation, complex sentences); matter-of-factness in the scientific prose style.
Knowledge of the intermediate level of English is required.
Recommended optional programme components
Recommended or required reading
Neuwirthová, L.: Study Materials for Academic Language Skills of Electrical Engineering and Communication Course (XAJD)
Paul Emmerson: Email English. MACMILLAN 2007
Roni S. Lebauer: Learn to Listen. Longman 2001
Jeremy Comfort: Effective Presentations. OUP 1995
Eric H. Glendinning: English for Information Technology. OUP 2003
John Allison, Paul Emmerson: The Business Intermediate. MACMILLAN 2007
Acy L. Jackson: Prepare your CV. NTC Learning Works 1997
Santiago Remacha Esteras: Professional English in use-ICT. CUP 2007
Morgan Terry, Judith Wilson: Focus on Academic Skills. Longman 2006
Planned learning activities and teaching methods
Teaching methods depend on the type of a course unit as specified in Article 7 of BUT Rules for Studies and Examinations.
Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes
Course-unit credit and final exam.
A course-unit credit has a form of a written semester test assessed by max. 40 marks. To be able to pass an exam, a student has to obtain 50% at least, i.e. 20 marks.
A final exam consists of an oral part assessed by max. 20 marks, a written part of a final exam assessed by max. 20 marks and listening comprehension assessed by max. 20 marks. A student has to obtain 50% at least out of each exam part in order to pass successfully a final exam.
Language of instruction
1. Oral presentations: key words and phrases for introduction, main parts and conclusion.
2. Oral presentations: content, language, body language, visual aids, question time. Teaching/learning vocabulary.
3. Seminar skills: indicating non-comprehension, interpretation check, agreeing and disagreeing, explaining a viewpoint on a topical issue related to students' field of study, developing an argument supporting his/her point of view.
4. Verbalising numerical expressions (fractions, decimals, percentages, formulae and equations). Giving students' individual presentations.
5. Describing graphs, charts and trends. Listening for gist.
6. Making notes for future reference. Revising grammatical categories and processes widely used in scientific/technical writing (passive voice, nominalisation, complex sentences); matter-of-factness in the scientific prose style.
7. Reading comprehension of adapted semi-technical texts oriented to electrical engineering and information technology. Writing a summary.
8. Writing an abstract. Basic information on translation activities and on recurrent language errors.
9. Formal and informal correspondence. Writing a letter of job application.
10. Writing professional curriculum vitae. Telephoning.
11. Being interviewed. Listening for specific information.
12. E-mail English. Increasing cultural awareness on the basis of listening.
13. Semester test. Course evaluation questionnaire.
Development of academic skills and knowledge oriented to the language of electrical engineering and computer technologies
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.