English for Life
FP-IapePAcad. year: 2020/2021
The course is focused on the development of the students' verbal and written communication skills and their further professional application within the wider framework of both Czech and European job markets. The central elements of the course consist in practising communication in the European cultural, business and legal environment and activities designed to describe and question European cultures in comparison with the Czech Republic (taking the Euro-American cultural context into account). The course provides the overview of the European Union institutions and their functions and presents the English language as the universal tool providing access to education and jobs to the Czech and Moravian university graduates. The coursework is based on the interpretation of written and audio-visual sources, discussion and personal opinion presentation.
Learning outcomes of the course unit
The ability to find one's way in the European (and world) cultural and professional environment. The ability to use English in a wide range of everyday situations. Improved ability to understand spoken English. The student is able to describe EU institutions and knows the basic facts about their functioning, understands the relationships of the Euro-American cultural context, is able to discuss economic and political problems, the questions of employment, jobs, science and technology, discusses the problems of the legal system and environment, compares cultural environment of different countries and understands cultural differences, is able to discuss the problems of education.
The subject knowledge required corresponds to CEF B1 level according to the Common European framework.
Recommended optional programme components
Recommended or required reading
Wellman, Guy. The Heinemann English Wordbuilder. Praha: Státní pedagogické nakladatelství, 1991. (EN)
Sweeney, S. (2003) English for Business Communication. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press
McCarthy,M. and O´Dell, F. (2009) Academic Vocabulary in Use. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press
Kocmanová, M. and Pokorná, Z.(2004) Euro English. Praha:Ostrov
Planned learning activities and teaching methods
The course uses teaching methods in form of Exercise - 2 teaching hours per week.
Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes
75% attendance and active participation at classes, test
Completion of the course for students with individual study plan
Completion of the course in distance form (applied only when objective external circumstances do not allow the implementation of the study programme in accordance with the granted accreditation)
Specific tasks may be required during semester
Language of instruction
EU - information about the history of EU and functioning of its institutions
Professional communication, business
Science and technology
Law, crime, justice, legal proceedings
Cultural differences, intercultural communication
Schools and education
Health problems, health care
Vocabulary development and practising the general ability to work with language Encouraging the students to communicate actively. Further broadening of European horizons.
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
26 hours, compulsory
Teacher / Lecturer