English for Life 1
FEKT-MKC-EFE1Acad. year: 2021/2022
An English course with a focus on the acquirement and practice of advanced skills within practical verbal and written communication. The seminars include not only a wide variety of functional aspects of the English language, but also different forms of interaction, namely active discussion, presentation, interpretation of audiovisual materials, and production or analysis of texts. The topics are outlined in such a manner as to enable the students to use English more effectively in dealing with everyday social and professional situations.
Learning outcomes of the course unit
The ability to orientate oneself in the cultural and professional maze of present-day Euroamerican civilization.
The ability to use English in a wide range of everyday situations.
The knowledge of various writing techniques plus the rules of team work and business communication in English.
The ability to understand natural spoken English.
The ability to give an oral English presentation in front of many people.
The ability to ask different oral presenters pertinent questions in English on a variety of presentations.
The fundamental prerequisite consists of a good command of English as defined by the current XAN4 exam.
Students wishing to take the course exam and obtain their credits are required to attend a minimum of 75% of the tutorials/lectures.
Note 1: Students who have a bachelor degree in English in Electrical Engineering and Informatics (AJEI-H) must register MPC-EFE1 or MKC/EFE1. However, such students will automatically receive their credits and are not required to attend classes or to take any tests or exams that other MPC-EFE1/MKC-EFE1 students must take.
Note 2: Due to the return of the Covid-19 virus, the above class atttendance rules will not be applied in the same way during the 2020/2021 academic year. However, whether it is contact teaching at FEKT, or 'distance learning' from home, all students must complete the requirements given by their individual lecturer in this course.
As for all viruses and the wearing of masks in class, all students attending classes are obligated to respect the rules outlined by the Rector of VUT and the Dean of FEKT.
Recommended optional programme components
Recommended or required reading
R. MacNeil and W. Cran, Do You Speak American? 2007 (EN)
Planned learning activities and teaching methods
Teaching methods include lectures, seminars, audiovisual presentations, business and technical conversation and student participation at the final exam.*
*Because your course is a distance-study course, you will get all your information in a 100% e-learning form. Naturally, your lecturer will occasionally contact
about information regarding the final exam at the end of the semester.
Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes
Graded assessment based on the material discussed in the course of teaching, including grammar (see "osnova").
Students must earn a minimum of 50% of the total points in order to pass MKC-EFE1.
Language of instruction
1. Week 1 Introduction
2. Week 2 Grammar I
3. Week 3 Grammar II
4. Week 4 Introduction to EuroAmerican Culture
5. Week 5 Vocabulary Review and Sentence Structures
6. Week 6 Technical/Cultural (Hoover Dam)
7. Week 7 Englishes of the World
8. Week 8 Technical/Cultural (CN Tower and technical texts)
9. Week 9 Professional English
10. Week 10 Giving Presentations I: Learning how to give a good presentation.
11. Week 11 Giving Presentations II: Practicing how to give a good Introduction.
12. Week 12 Semester Review
13. Week 13 Semester Test
The development of knowledge and skills related to both the general and professional use of English.
The abilility to communicate in areas of interest related to present-day Euroamerican civilization.
Specification of controlled education, way of implementation and compensation for absences
The content and forms of instruction in the evaluated course are specified by regulations issued by the lecturer responsible for the course and updated for every academic year.
Classification of course in study plans
- Programme MKC-TIT Master's, any year of study, winter semester, 2 credits, compulsory-optional
- Programme MKC-EVM Master's, any year of study, winter semester, 2 credits, compulsory-optional
- Programme MKC-EEN Master's, any year of study, winter semester, 2 credits, compulsory-optional
- Programme MKC-EKT Master's, any year of study, winter semester, 2 credits, compulsory-optional
- Programme MKC-SVE Master's, 1. year of study, winter semester, 2 credits, compulsory-optional
Type of course unit
26 hours, compulsory
Teacher / Lecturer