Course detail

Specialized English Language

FA-BENAcad. year: 2019/2020

Study of architectural texts and acquirement of architectural terminology in English language needed to perform the architectural profession.


Institute of Social Sciences (SPV)

Learning outcomes of the course unit

Not applicable.


Students are expected to have at least B1 CEFR knowledge of general English.


Not applicable.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Recommended or required reading

Studijní materiály v MOODLE VUT - (EN)
Heidenreich, S. English for Architects and civil engineers.Vieweg Teubner 2008. (EN)
Stavební slovník. Elektronický slovník přístupný na (EN)
Hanák, M. Česko-anglický slovník Architektura a stavitelství, Grada 2017. (EN)
Powell, M: Dynamic Presentations, Cambridge University Press 2011. (EN)
Fronek, J. Velký anglicko-český slovník, Leda 2006. (EN)

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

Oral verification of the knowledge of the professional terminology needed for the profession of architect by presenting the student's project and subsequent discussion.
The student submits a written summary of the presented project.
In order to be successful, a student must prove that he / she is able to clearly present his / her project in a English language, use the basic terminology of his / her field and describe his / her study at BUT.

Language of instruction


Work placements

Not applicable.

Course curriculum

1. Basic terminology. Working with dictionaries. Description of house exterior.
2. Description of the building structure. Regional differences in terminology.
3. Building materials, description of their properties in architecture.
4. Types of architectural drawings and documents. Site plan description.
5. Disposition and functional zoning. Description of the floor plan of a house.
6. Residential buildings. Description and functions.
7. Residential buildings. Classification and disposition.
8. Public buildings. Classification and functions.
9. Renovation of residential buildings. Tips for presenting in a foreign language.
10. Public space. Description and functions. Writing abstracts.
11. Training presentation of student projects. Curriculum Vitae in English Language for study abroad.
12. Training presentation of student projects. Portfolio in English Language for study abroad.
13. Consultation of submitted abstracts and CVs.


Acquirement of knowledge of English technical terminology needed to perform the architectural profession.

Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme ARCHURB Bachelor's

    branch ARCH , 3. year of study, summer semester, 2 credits, compulsory-optional