Course detail

English for Life

FEKT-LEFEGeneral knowledgeMaster's (2nd cycle)Acad. year: 2017/2018Both semester1. year of study4  credits

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.

Mode of delivery

20 % face-to-face, 80 % distance learning


The fundamental prerequisite consists in a good command of English as defined by the current XAN4 exam. Note: Students who have a bachelor degree in English in Electrical Engineering and Informatics (AJEI-H) must register in FEFE/MEFE. However, such students will automatically receive their credits and are not required to attend classes or to take any tests or exams that other FEFE/MEFE students must take.


Not applicable.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Recommended or required reading

R. MacNeil and W. Cran, Do You Speak American? Nan A. Talase, 2005 (EN)
Allan Metcalf, OK, Oxford University Press, 2011

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Teaching methods include lectures, seminars, audiovisual presentations, business and technical conversation and student presentations. Each student is obliged to give an oral presentation in front of their peers during the course.

Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes

100% exam:

40% semester test:

Semester test is based on the material discussed in the course of teaching, including grammar (see "osnova").
The maximum points possible on the semester test is 40, the minimum is 20 (50%) in order to pass it.

60% exam:

The exam is written and listening:

- The written part is based on writing a formal letter.

- The listening part is based on an unknown listening text.

The maximum points possible on the exam is 60 (30 points on the written part and 30 points on the listening part). The student must receive a minimum of 50% on each part of the exam in order to pass.

Language of instruction

Czech, English

Work placements

Not applicable.

Course curriculum

Fall Semester

I. Introduction
II. Grammar Review I
III. Grammar Review II
IV. Vocabulary Review and Sentence Structures
V. Introduction to Euro American culture
VI. Technical English/Cultural Studies (Hoover Dam DVD)
VII. Englishes of the World
VIII. Technical/Cultural (CN Tower and technical texts)
VIII. Social Behavior in Professional Situations (e.g. business English, negotiations, etc.)
IX. Career (e.g. CVs, covering letter, etc.)
X. Giving Presentations I
XI. Giving Presentations II
XII. Semester Review
XIII. Semester Test

Summer Semester

I. Cultural Studies (European Union)
II. Cultural Studies (overview of the USA)
III. Cultural Studies (overview of Canada)
IV. Professional English (e.g. Listening texts, Technical texts, business)
V. Cultural Workshop (student presentations)
VI. Letter Writing I
VII. Letter Writing II
VIII. Letter Writing III: (e.g. CVs, summaries. abstracts, etc.)
IX. Study Stays (rules/planning/etc.)
X. Cultural Workshop (student presentations)
XI. Cultural Workshop (student presentations)
XII. Semester Review
XIII. Written part of the Exam


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.

Type of course unit


Language exercise

26 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer