Professional English for Electr. Engineering and Comp. Science
FEKT-CJA9Acad. year: 2019/2020
The course is oriented towards professional language competence of students of the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Communication and the Faculty of Information Technology. This competence supports students’ mobilities, their ability to study in English language at a technical university and is an inseparable part of successful incorporation into the European working process as well. An integrated approach covering five basic language skills according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (Council of Europe 2001) is used in the process of English language teaching and learning. Spoken production includes abilities like giving presentations on a range of subjects related to students’ field of study, oral presentations on own qualifications and experience, verbalizing numerical expressions, describing graphs, tables and trends, explaining a viewpoint on topical issues of students’ field of study. Spoken interaction contains reactions relating to professional topics, telephoning, being interviewed, information exchange on topics based on reality, practical goal-oriented co-operation. Reading comprehension covers work with scientific and technical texts oriented to electrical engineering and information technology. Students are encouraged to develop skills like using monolingual dictionaries efficiently or deducing the meaning of unknown words from the context. Writing includes structuring an academic article, writing an abstract, writing business letters, e-mail messages and chat language, making notes for future reference, taking down messages, completing forms and questionnaire, writing a letter of job application, writing curriculum vitae. When listening, students are encouraged to listen as a member of live audience, to take notes on the basis of a heard text, to listen to public announcements, to listen to conversations between native speakers. The course also includes the basic information on translation activities and on recurrent errors of language.
Learning outcomes of the course unit
Speaking: giving a presentation, giving descriptions and explanations, seminar skills-indicating non-comprehension, asking for clarification, questioning, disagreeing.
Interacting: participating in discussions and meetings, interviewing, telephoning, socializing, expression of request, agreement, and disagreement, surprise, doubt, opinion.
Listening: taking notes; following presentations, lectures or talks; following instructions.
Writing: formal letters, faxes, memos, C.V., letters of job application, abstract, improving basic translation skills.
Knowledge at the intermediate level of English language is required.
Recommended optional programme components
Recommended or required reading
Acy L. Jackson: Prepare your C.V. NTC Learning Works 1997
Sada materiálů pro profesní angličtinu vytvořená na ÚJAZ FEKT VUT
David Jolly: Writing tasks. CUP 1991
Eric H. Glendinning: English for Information Technology. OUP 2003
Jeremy Comfort: Effective Presentations. OUP 1995
Leo Jones: New International Business English. CUP 2000
Petr Janata: Překládáme do angličtiny. Fraus 1999
Robin Mac Pherson: Základy anglické stylistiky. Academia 1997
Vicky Hollet: Business Objectives. OUP 1993
Planned learning activities and teaching methods
Teaching methods depend on the type of course unit as specified in the article 7 of BUT Rules for Studies and Examinations.
Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes
Language of instruction
1. Needs Analysis Questionnaire
2. Presentations: Making A Start
3. Presentations: Linking The Parts
4. Presentations: Visual Aids
5. Presentations: Finishing Off
6. Presentations: Question Time
7. Verbalising Numerical Expressions (fractions, decimals, percentages, formulae and equations)
8. Describing Trends, Graphs and Charts.
9. Giving oral presentations on a range of subjects related to students’ field of study.
10. Seminar skills: indicating non-comprehension, asking for clarification, interpretation check, agreeing and disagreeing.
11. Taking part in a meeting: solving a problem, recommending an action, justifying decision, making suggestions. Goal-oriented cooperation.
12. Telephoning. Translation activities.
13. Winter semester test
14. Making notes for future reference, taking down messages.
15. Structuring an Academic Article
16. Writing an Abstract
17. Writing a Formal Letter. Completing forms and questionnaires.
18. Writing A Letter of Job Application
19. Writing Curriculum Vitae
20. Being interviewed
21. E-mail messages and chat language
22. Writing reports (e.g. laboratory protocols)
23. Information exchange on topics based on reality (popular scientific texts, technical texts, topical issues from students’ field of study)
24. Explanations and instructions on the most common faults in technical equipment and tools.
25. Skills related to work with texts: using monolingual dictionaries, deducing the meaning of unknown words from the context.
26. Semester test. Course Evaluation Questionnaire.
Development of professional speaking and listening skills.
Development of specific writing skills (characteristic features of written communications, curriculum vitae, job application, abstract etc.).
Czech-English translations: recurrent errors of language.
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 EEKR-BC Bachelor's
branch BC-EST , 2. year of study, winter semester, 6 credits, general knowledge
branch BC-MET , 2. year of study, winter semester, 6 credits, general knowledge
branch BC-SEE , 2. year of study, winter semester, 6 credits, general knowledge
branch BC-TLI , 2. year of study, winter semester, 6 credits, general knowledge
branch BC-EST , 3. year of study, winter semester, 6 credits, general knowledge
branch BC-MET , 3. year of study, winter semester, 6 credits, general knowledge
branch BC-SEE , 3. year of study, winter semester, 6 credits, general knowledge
branch BC-TLI , 3. year of study, winter semester, 6 credits, general knowledge
Type of course unit
26 hours, compulsory
Teacher / Lecturer