Practical English 3
FEKT-HPA3Acad. year: 2020/2021
The course focuses on the development of reading, listening, speaking and writing skills with particular emphasis on the acquisition of complex grammar and vocabulary leading from B2 towards C1 level of the Common European Framefork of Reference for Languages (CEFR). It is based on learning materials and requirements of the international Cambridge Advanced English (CAE) exam.
Learning outcomes of the course unit
A course graduate
- can interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers quite possible without strain for either party;
- can participate actively in routine and non-routine formal discussion;
- can follow the discussion on matters related to his/her field, understand in detail the points given prominence by the speaker;
- can contribute, account for and sustain his/her opinion, evaluate alternative proposals and make and respond to hypotheses.
A course graduate:
- can express news and views effectively in writing, and relate to those of others;
- can write different kinds of formal letters, reports, reviews and articles.
A course graduate
- can understand the main ideas of propositionally and linguistically complex speech on both concrete and abstract topics delivered in a standard dialect, including technical discussions in his/her field of specialisation;
- can follow extended speech and complex lines of argument provided the topic is reasonably familiar, and the direction of the talk is sign-posted by explicit markers.
A course graduate
- can read with a large degree of independence, adapting style and speed of reading to different texts and purposes, and using appropriate reference sources selectively;
- has a broad active reading vocabulary, but may experience some difficulty with low frequency idioms.
Knowledge of the English language at the level B2 according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) is required.
Recommended optional programme components
Recommended or required reading
Ellederová, Eva. Grammar and Word Formation for CAE – Survey and Practice. Brno: VUT FEKT, 2015.
Hewings, Martin. Advanced Grammar in Use. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013.
O’Dell, Felicity, and Annie Broadhead. Objective Advanced. Student’s Book with Answers. Third Edition. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012.
O’Dell, Felicity, and Michael McCarthy. English Collocations in Use Advanced. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2008.
Powell, Debra. Common Mistakes at CAE and How to Avoid Them. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2005.
Longman Phrasal Verbs Dictionary. Harlow: Pearson Education Limited, 2000.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods
Practical exercises developing receptive and productive skills by means of a presentations, explanations, exercises and exploitation activities using multimedia aids.
With reference to the current measures related to the spread of COVID-19, teaching and learning will be in the form of 60 % self-studying and 40 % online teaching.
Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes
75% attendance and active participation in classes, completing set assignments. In the case of an excused absence, students must complete assignments through distance (online) learning.
Course assessment in points:
A semester test: Use of English (max. 40 points, min. 24 pts, the test may be repeated only once).
An examination: Listening (cut-off score: 50%), Reading (cut-off score: 50%).
The semester test and examination will take place online.
Language of instruction
1 Conditional clauses; collocations
2 Prepositional phrases, prepositions after nouns, adjectives and verbs; phrasal verbs; homonyms
3 Wish clauses and preferences; idioms
4 Modals and semi-modals; prefixes, suffixes; English for academic purposes: correspondence
5 Relative clauses; connotations
6 Purpose clauses, concessive and reason clauses and linking devices; English for academic purposes: report
7 Participle; word formation
8 Present time and present perfect; metaphors
9 Past time; English for academic purposes: review
10 Future time
11 Reported speech
12 Verb patterns; English for academic purposes: article
Topics for conversation:
1 Cultural Life
4 Education and the World of Work
5 Science and Technology
The course objectives and output requirements are formulated at B2+ level (Strong Vantage) of the Common European Framefork of Reference for Languages (CEFR).
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.
Type of course unit
52 hours, compulsory
Teacher / Lecturer