Weekly outline

  • General

    This is a one-semester course and is taught in English , only if there are some compliacated structures, the teacher uses Czech. Therefore, it is suitable for English speaking students.

    The programme of the course:
    The course is aimed at students who are interested in improving their listening and speaking skills (not only) in the field of the academic English.
    The starting level of English is at least B2. The course is for those sutdents whose level of the language is such that they will be able to understand and use the English language.
    The course will also deal with techniques how to approach tests.

    In-person learning:
    1 x 2 face-to-face
    The work in the course is divided between the listening and speaking, even though both skills will overlap each other. The listenings will be in the form of audio-recordings and/or videos which will be followed with a discussion. One part of the lessons will also be simple speaking activities (3-5-minute talks).

    Distance learning:
    1 x 60-90 minutes online (Microsoft Teams) once every two weeks, which will replace the face-to-face lessons and will be used for speaking, i.e. discussion and simple speaking activities (3-5-minute talks).
    Students will be required to have a video and audio connection so that they can actively participate in the lessons.
    Ca. 2 online lessons (Moodle) once every two weeks – the time required for the online work relates also to the individual approach and level of the English knowledge of a particular student – this part of the course will focus on the listening – it will be really important that students complete the Moodle assignments in time so that they can take part in the discussion which will be online and will follow the listening part.

    Credits are determined by active attendance (50% of face-to-face lessons and/or the online lessons via Microsoft Teams – special cases will be looked at individually), regular preparation – in case of distance learning, submitting the online assignments in Moodle in time (100% of the assignments), 3-5-minute talk, final listening test.

    Materials will be chosen from different sources, these will be available in Moodle (possible printing and/or working with the electronic version of the materials – notebooks, tablets; mobile phones are not recommended due to their small size.

  • Week 1 - 05-10-2020 - Introduction

  • Week 2 - 12-10-20 - Listening - Moodle - Don't insist on English!

    • TED Talks - Patricia Ryan - Don't insist on English! - tapescript File
      Restricted Not available unless: You achieve a required score in TED Talks - Patricia Ryan - Don't insist on English! - interactive quiz - OBLIGATORY
  • Week 3 - 19-10-20 - Speaking - Microsoft Teams

  • Week 4 - 26-10-20 - Listening - Moodle - Coronavirus Pandemic

    • Recording - Will Covid-19 ćhange the cities? - recording File
      Restricted Not available unless: You achieve a required score in Will Covid-19 change the cities? - Vocabulary - Matching - OBLIGATORY
    • Will Covid-19 change the cities? - tapescript File
      Restricted Not available unless: You achieve a required score in Will Covid-19 change the cities? - Listening Comprehension - OBLIGATORY
    • Coronavirus: Dealing with mass unemployment - recording File
      Restricted Not available unless: You achieve a required score in Coronavirus: Dealing with mass unemployment - Vocabulary - Matching - OBLIGATORY
    • Coronavirus: Dealing with mass unemployment - tapescript File
      Restricted Not available unless: You achieve a required score in Coronavirus: Dealing with mass unemployment - Listening Comprehension - OBLIGATORY
  • Week 5 - 02-11-20 - Speaking - Microsoft Teams

  • Week 6 - 09-11-20 - Listening - Moodle - How to approach the listening test

    • How to approach multiple-choice and short-answer questions - complete text pdf File
      Restricted Not available unless: You have a grade in How to approach multiple-choice and short-answer questions - listening - gap-filling - exercise
  • Week 7 - 16-11-20 - Speaking - Microsoft Teams - Studying Abroad

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