Course Details

Academic Skills

Academic Year 2023/24

VYA003 course is part of 2 study plans

Elective Courses Summer Semester

Elective Courses Winter Semester

In this course we will, with a primary focus on speaking, cover a variety of topics useful to students and academic workers who need to use English during their studies or work. These topics are outlined in the syllabus below. The general idea is to begin with description of the participants’ studies/academic career, department and research in general, followed by discussing a research project from start to finish, including describing and interpreting results, diagrams and graphs and then move on to stating opinions and supporting them while responding to others in discussions and arguments, and finishing off with brainstorming and criticising ideas, and working with others to solve problems.

Course Guarantor



This course is aimed at students and academic workers who are interested in improving their spoken communication in an academic context by reviewing, learning and practicing the phrases needed while talking to other participants at conferences or on visits, discussing diagrams, research and its results, having meetings and solving problems. However, grammar and specific vocabulary will not be taught. The course is intended as a complement to the various BYA9 "Professional English" courses and to BYA11 "Writing scientific texts and contributions".


The student who completes BYA12 will have improved their speaking skills in areas relevant to an academic environment, such as discussing diagrams, data and issues, arguing, presenting opinions and solving problems.


The focus is on speaking throughout the course – the words and phrases taught will be presented and immediately practised without doing written exercises (which can be done at home, online via Moodle), so students are expected to already be able to speak relatively fluently and accurately; the BY51 (B1 / Intermediate level) exam offered by our department is required. To be more specific, students should be able to:

- communicate fluently and spontaneously with native speakers, on a regular basis if necessary, in such a way that neither party has trouble making themselves clear or understanding the other,
- use the English language with a good degree of accuracy when dealing with familiar topics and using common grammatical forms.

Language of instruction



2 credits



Forms and criteria of assessment

course-unit credit

Specification of controlled instruction, the form of instruction, and the form of compensation of the absences

Extent and forms are specified by guarantor’s regulation updated for every academic year.

Offered to foreign students

Not to offer

Course on BUT site


13 weeks, 2 hours/week, compulsory


1. Your academic life 2. Your academic environment 3. Numbers and data presentation 4. Graphic data: description and interpretation I 5. Graphic data: description and interpretation I 6. Research projects 7. Opinions on topics and situations 8. Building arguments 9. Discussions 10. Problem solving 11. Meetings 12. Review 13. Test