Course Details

English Upper-Intermediate 3

Academic Year 2023/24

VYA004 course is part of 2 study plans

Elective Courses Summer Semester

Elective Courses Winter Semester

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



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.


Students will extend their language skills and vocabulary and grammar knowledge. The target level is B1++ according to CEFR.


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

Language of instruction

Czech, English


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

To offer to students of all faculties

Course on BUT site


13 weeks, 2 hours/week, compulsory


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