English for Chemists II S
FCH-BC_A2Acad. year: 2020/2021
Vocabulary for selected branches of chemistry (synonyms, antonyms) - organic chemistry, physical chemistry, general and inorganic chemistry, sophisticated devices and their operation, biochemistry, mathematical expressions and laboratory equipment. Grammar (e.g. gerund, expressing future, articles, if-clauses, present simple in technical texts, etc). Speaking (e.g. hobbies, leisure, future plans, eating habits, food, etc.). Development of language skills: writing (e.g. instructions, notes, schemes, graphs and equations based on a text, etc.), reading (individual information and summary - instrument operation, etc.), listening (related to a topic discussed, particular information, general understanding, main ideas, summary,etc.), speaking (exchanging info on nature of substances, hobbies, plans for future, acquiring information, explanation, interpretation of graphs and tables, etc.). Language work (cloze tests, matching definitions, etc.) with the perspective to future completion of examination corresponding to CEFR B1 level.
Learning outcomes of the course unit
Specifically, the course focuses on extension of general and specific vocabulary in the fields of organic and inorganic chemistry, laboratory equipment, biochemistry, use of laboratory instruments, mathematical expressions, physical chemistry and extension of competence in the field of grammar with the focus on expressing future, use of present simple tense in special texts, gerund, articles in special texts, conditionals and development of four skills (reading, listening, speaking and writing instructions and verbalization of graphical data) lower B1 level, with the regard to the future preparation for mastering English at the level corresponding to CEFR B1.
Command of English at the B1 lower CEFR level. Credit in English for Chemists I.
Recommended optional programme components
Recommended or required reading
English for Chemists II, Fišerová, L.; Clemensová, G. (EN)
Planned learning activities and teaching methods
The course uses teaching methods in form of Language exercise - 1 teaching hour per week. The e-learning system (LMS Moodle) is available to teachers and students.
Teaching methods: lecture, activating methods, individualized learning, support of learning styles and strategies essential for life-long enhancement of language competence, problem learning.
Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes
To acquire the credit, the following requirements must be fulfilled: Attendance in lessons (1 absence is allowed), completion of individual tests during the semester, satisfactory performance at seminars, bringing a printed/electronic copy of study materials into seminars, successful completion of final credit test (75%), essay on preparation of an arbitrary compound, acquisition of credit in English for Chemists I.
Credit test will be focused on the following (in terms of English for Chemists II electronic textbook) items: Vocabulary for selected branches of chemistry (synonyms, antonyms) - organic chemistry, physical chemistry, general and inorganic chemistry, sophisticated devices and their operation, biochemistry, mathematical expressions and laboratory equipment. Grammar (e.g. gerund, expressing future, articles, if-clauses, present simple in technical texts etc). Development of language skills: writing (e.g. instructions, notes, schemes, graphs and equations based on a text,etc.), reading (individual information and summary - instrument operation etc.), listening (related to a topic discussed, particular information, general understanding, main ideas, summary,etc.). Students will also match words with their synonyms and do a cloze test.
Language of instruction
1st - 2nd week: Lesson 1 - introductory information. L1 - Organic wonders in everyday life - vocabulary (organic chemistry and food science), pronunciation exercise. Listening - food and organic chemistry, discussion. expressing future in English, personal plans for future. Slef-study - tenses and structures used for expression of future events, L3 laboratory equipment I - A.- D.
3rd - 4th week: Lesson 2 - "Acids, bases and salts" - vocabulary, properties of acids and bases, pH scale. Technical and scientific texts - use of present simple. Writing laboratory instructions - grammar and style; thematic listening for particular information. Introduction to Laboratory Equipment vocabulary A-D. Self-study: vocabulary L3 II.
5th - 6th week: Lesson 3 - "Laboratory equipment" - vocabulary, gerund, hobbies, interests. Individual items of laboratory equipment II, listening, "Laboratory safety" and "First Aid" - vocabulary. Modal verbs. Self-study: vocabulary L4, Czech meaning.
7th - 8th week: Lesson 4 - "Analytical Laboratory" - vocabulary, reading for articular information, listening, articles in chemically oriented texts; Lesson 5 - "Biochemistry" - vocabulary. Self - study: L5 vocabulary, L6 introductory vocabulary.
9th - 10th week: Lesson 5 - "Biochemistry" - vocabulary, listening, zero conditional sentences in technical texts, prepositional structures. Introduction to lesson 6. Self - study: L6 and 7 vocabulary. Essay on laboratory preparation of an arbitrary compound.
11th - 12th week: Lesson 6 - verbalization of mathematical expressions, listening. Verbalization and interpretation of graphs, "Statistics" - vocabulary. Lesson 7 - introduction. real and unreal conditional sentences. Self-study: revision of semester subject matter.
13th week: revision, example credit test.
Training of four skills in relation to topics discussed.
Based on thorough need analysis, the aim is to enhance and develop students skills (reading, listening, writing, speaking), grammar and chemistry oriented vocabulary and also building a firm base for future preparation for the English for Chemists III and IV courses and students´ future career, completing university courses in chemistry oriented subjects delivered in English, and passing examination corresponding to CEFR B1 level.
Specification of controlled education, way of implementation and compensation for absences
The attendance of full-time students at seminars is monitored (1 absence is allowed). Part-time students also participate in face-to-face lessons and they can consult the course issues with teachers. They use the electronic study materials Angličtina pro chemiky II (English for Chemists II). Full-time students sit for tests throughout the semester; part-time students are assigned homeworks.