Course Details

English Upper-Intermediate 3

VYA004 course is not part of any study plan

Grammar: Revision of narrative tenses + used to and would, linkers, adverbs and adverbial expressions, inversion, distancing, unreal uses of past tenses, conditionals (including mixed conditionals), adjectives and prepositions. Vocabulary: Memories and summer jobs at a design office/abroad, work, history, reviews (films/books), work, history, reviews (films/books), expressions with the noun 'time', IT/software, money, addictions and obsessions, sounds and the human voice. Reading: Job adverts – a job I could do now/after graduating/my 'ideal job'. Writing: Job application, CV and cover letter. The content of the course is aimed at students who would benefit from studying and practicing B2 (higher Upper-Intermediate level) English with a native speaker, i.e. students who: wish to study abroad (e.g. with the Erasmus+ programme) or work abroad; want to prepare for the BY003 B2 level language exam (useful for Erasmus+); already speak English at a good Intermediate level and would like to improve; already speak English at an Upper Intermediate or Advanced level and would like to practice their English so as not to forget what they learned in previous years.

Course Guarantor

Mgr. Věra Batystová

Institute

Institute of Social Sciences

Learning outcomes

The student will be able to create a cover letter and CV in English in order to apply for a job abroad. They will know how to search for job offers abroad and speak about their work experience. They will learn and practice the following grammar: narrative tenses and the expression 'used to' and 'would', linkers, adverbs and adverbial expressions, inversion, distancing, unreal uses of past tenses, conditionals (including mixed conditionals), and adjectives and prepositions. They will be able to discuss the following topics: summer jobs at a design office/abroad, memories, work, history, reviews of films and books, expressions with the noun 'time', IT/software, money, addictions and obsessions, sounds and the human voice.

Prerequisites

Higher intermediate knowledge of English (B1+ level according to the Common European Framework of Reference for languages).

Corequisites

none

Planned educational activities and teaching methods

Vocabulary is practiced and knowledge extended in an interactive way, with the emphasis on conversation. Development and practice of communication and listening skills takes place using interactive audio-visual equipment and LMS Moodle.

Forms and criteria of assessment

Conditions for the course credit: regular attendance (max. 3 absences/semester). If agreed with the teacher, a missed lesson can be made up for via an extra written task. Course assessment is based on a written assignment and a written credit test. The date for the submission of the written assignment is set by the teacher at the beginning of the semester, and is binding. Also taken into account: activity in class, completion of minor homework assignments and preparation for individual lessons.

Objective

The aim of the BYA20 course is to increase upper-intermediate level students’ capabilities in English in all areas: grammar, vocabulary, speaking, listening, reading and writing, and this to the B2 level of the CEF (Common European Framework) established by the Council of Europe. The BYA20 course follows the BYA8 course. For a brief summary of what is involved in the B2 level of English see the Anotace.

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

Vymezení kontrolované výuky a způsob jejího provádění stanoví každoročně aktualizovaná vyhláška garanta předmětu.

Practice

2 hours/week, 13 weeks, compulsory

Syllabus of practice

Week 1: Memories; review of narrative tenses, including ‘used to’ and ‘would’
Week 2: Work and motivation; my ideal job, work experience, first day of work/internship
Week 3: CVs and cover letters; discourse markers 1 – linking ideas with words and phrases
Week 4: History; discourse markers 2 – linking ideas with adverbs and adverbial phrases
Week 5: Books, plays and films; reviews; adding emphasis through inversion
Week 6: Multitasking and time management; distancing expressions
Week 7: Expressions with the noun 'time'; IT/software
Week 8: Internship ads, Erasmus+ application forms, traineeship agreement; communicating face-to-face with professors/supervisors
Week 9: Money and happiness; unreal uses of past tenses
Week 10: Conditionals – comprehensive overview, including mixed conditionals
Week 11: Addictions and obsessions; adjectives and prepositions
Week 12: Sounds and the human voice; speculation and deduction
Week 13: Revision