FSI-0A6Acad. year: 2020/2021
The 0A6 course 0A6 is a follow-up to 0A5 in the winter semester and 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 independently at B1+ level.
The minimum entry requirement is the knowledge of A2+ grammar and vocabulary.
Recommended optional programme components
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
Final evaluation covers the student’s work in the exercises and the knowledge tested by a credit test and examination. The examination oral and the B1 level of CEFR.
Language of instruction
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.
Type of course unit
26 hours, compulsory
Teacher / Lecturer
Week 1: Unit 5 Behavioral Science – Listening 1 (A Lifetime of Risks), evaluating evidence
Week 2: Unit 5 Behavioral Science – Listening 2 (Science on the Edge), listening for numbers
Week 3: Unit 5 Behavioral Science – Video (The Voyage of Magellan), word families, past perfect, short presentation
Week 4: Unit 6 Neurology – Listening 1 (What Kind of “Smart” is AI?), inferring speaker’s attitude
Week 5: Unit 6 Neurology – Listening 2 (Asking the Right Questions about AI), justifying claims
Week 6: Unit 6 Neurology – Video (Alan Turing), gerunds and infinitives, group discussion
Week 7: Unit 7 Economics – Listening 1 (Sudden Wealth), signposting
Week 8: Unit 7 Economics – Listening 2 (Happiness Breeds Success … and Money!), choosing between opinions
Week 9: Unit 7 Economics – Video (Two Brothers), agreeing and disagreeing, group discussion
Week 10: Unit 8 Behavioral Science – Listening 1 (Learning from Failure), examples
Week 11: Unit 8 Behavioral Science – Listening 2 (An Interview with Mohannad Abu-dayyah), paraphrasing
Week 12: Unit 8 Behavioral Science – Video (Hurricane Katrina), prefixes, simple past and present perfect, clarifying, pair discussion
Week 13: Review