Course detail

English B1-1

FSI-0A5Acad. year: 2020/2021

The 0A5 course (and the following 0A6 in the summer semester) targets students before they take the compulsory B1 exam (GEN3 or 7AZ) who need to develop their general English at the B1+ level of CEFR and extend it with academic language. It can also be selected by students who finished courses A5, A6 and need the general language course to fix their knowledge.

Learning outcomes of the course unit

After passing this course (and the follow-up course 0A6), students should be able to communicate in English at B1+ level.


The minimum entry requirement is the knowledge of A2+ grammar and vocabulary.


Not applicable.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Recommended or required reading

Craven, Miles, and Kristin Donnalley Sherman. 2020. Q: Skills for Success 3. Listening and Speaking. Third edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
MURPHY, Raymond. English grammar in use: a self-study reference and practice book for intermediate learners of English : with answers. 4th ed. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, c2012. ISBN 978-0-521-18906-4. (EN)

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

This is a general English course to extend basic professional curriculum.
The goal of the course is to develop communicative skills that allow an individual to communicate in the English language. Primarily listening and speaking are practiced.

Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes

Course-unit credit is awarded on condition of having attended the seminars actively, worked on assigned tasks and passed a credit test. The credit test has one regular term and one resit.

Language of instruction


Work placements

Not applicable.


The aim of the course it to enhance individual abilities of students to express themselves in English at the B1+ level in general and academic contexts. The previously gained knowledge of grammar and vocabulary will be revised and systematically expanded with academic vocabulary.

Specification of controlled education, way of implementation and compensation for absences

Attendance is compulsory and is checked on a regular basis. Students are allowed to miss two seminars. In well-founded cases, extra absences can be made up for after consulting the situation with the teacher.

Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme B-OBN-P Bachelor's, 1. year of study, winter semester, 2 credits, elective
  • Programme N-OBN-P Master's, 1. year of study, winter semester, 2 credits, elective

Type of course unit


Language exercise

26 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer


Week 1: Unit 1 Sociology – Listening 1 (The Psychology of first impressions), making inferences
Week 2: Unit 1 Sociology – Listening 2 (A Review of Books about First Impressions), comparing and contrasting
Week 3: Unit 1 Sociology – Video (Job Interview Mistakes), suffixes, giving a short talk
Week 4: Unit 2 Nutritional Science – Listening 1 (A Billion Pounds of Spices), cause and effect relationships
Week 5: Unit 2 Nutritional Science – Listening 2 (A World of Food), adjective-noun collocations
Week 6: Unit 2 Nutritional Science – quantifiers, giving advice, conducting a class survey
Week 7: Unit 3 Psychology – Listening 1 (Shaped by Change, Promoting Change), retelling events with time markers
Week 8: Unit 3 Psychology – Listening 2 (An Interview with Barbara Ehrenreich), summarizing information
Week 9: Unit 3 Psychology – Video (Recession Gives New Opportunities), using word web, tag questions, group discussion
Week 10: Unit 4 Marketing – Listening 1 (Targeting Children with Advertising), identifying fact and opinion
Week 11: Unit 4 Marketing – Listening 2 (The Influence of Online Ads), evaluating claims
Week 12: Unit 4 Marketing – Video (Social Media Marketing), modals expressing attitude, supporting opinions, group discussion
Week 13: Review