FSI-A5Acad. year: 2020/2021
The course covers core language and skills that students need to communicate successfully in technical specialisations.
Learning outcomes of the course unit
Students will be made familiar with general vocabulary for the workplace, as well as grammar structures necessary for professional communication at upper-intermediate level.
The course is intended for students who are familiar with the language at intermediate level (CEF B1).
Recommended optional programme components
Recommended or required reading
BONAMY, David. Technical English 4: Course Book. Harlow: Pearson Education, 2011. ISBN 978-1-4082-2955-2. (EN)
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, 2012. ISBN 978-0-521-18906-4. (EN)
BRIEGER, Nick a Alison POHL. Technical English Vocabulary and Grammar. Andover: Heinle, Cengage Learning, 2002. ISBN 978-1-902741-76-5. (EN)
Planned learning activities and teaching methods
Language instruction as an extension of basic professional curriculum.
Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes
To pass this course it is necessary, apart from active participation in the class and individual home preparation, to pass the credit test, which is divided into three parts written on pre-set dates throughout the semester. The maximum score is 50 points and in order to fulfil the credit requirements students must earn a minimum of 30 points. In case this benchmark is not achieved, there is a possibility for the student to resit the test.
Language of instruction
The aim of the course is to teach the language skills needed by university students and company employees in a range of engineering branches.
Specification of controlled education, way of implementation and compensation for absences
Attendance at seminars is compulsory and is systematically checked by the teacher. Students are allowed to miss two seminars.
Classification of course in study plans
- Programme B3A-P Bachelor's
- Programme B3S-P Bachelor's
branch B-AIŘ , 2. year of study, winter semester, 0 credits, compulsory-optional
branch B-STI , 2. year of study, winter semester, 0 credits, compulsory-optional
branch B-SSZ , 2. year of study, winter semester, 0 credits, compulsory-optional
branch B-STG , 2. year of study, winter semester, 0 credits, compulsory-optional
branch B-EPP , 2. year of study, winter semester, 0 credits, compulsory-optional
branch B-KSB , 2. year of study, winter semester, 0 credits, compulsory-optional
- Programme B-PDS-P Bachelor's, 2. year of study, winter semester, 0 credits, compulsory
- Programme B-MAI-P Bachelor's, 2. year of study, winter semester, 0 credits, compulsory
- Programme B-FIN-P Bachelor's, 2. year of study, winter semester, 0 credits, compulsory
Type of course unit
26 hours, compulsory
Teacher / Lecturer
1. Introduction, U1 - technical description, past tenses and questions revision
2. U1 - technical article, linking
3. U2 - function of a device, passive forms revision
4. U2 - describing properties, modal verbs
5. 1st semester test, U3 - expressing probability, automotive engineering text
6. U3 - note-taking, lecture, summarizing, linkers of contrast, relative clauses
7. U4- engineering article, physics and mechanical vocabulary, phrasal verbs
8. U4 - instructions and feedback, conjunctions while/as
9. 2nd semester test, U5 - cause and effect links, describing a process
10. U5 - flow diagram, lecture, gerunds and nouns
11. U6 - degrees of certainty, plans, future forms
12. U6 - participating in a meeting, chairing a meeting
13. 3rd semester test
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