Course Details

English Upper-Intermediate 4

VYA005 course is not part of any study plan

Grammar: prefixes, modal verbs (permission, obligation and necessity), verbs of the senses, stress on important words, similes, gerunds and infinitives (complex look), expressing future plans and arrangements (complex look), giving opinions with adverbs, ellipsis and substitution, nouns (compound and possessive forms), adding emphasis with cleft sentences. Vocabulary: general knowledge and learning motivation, colours and art, health, illness and alternative medicine, travel and tourism, animals and nature, food and cooking, words often confused, emigration. We will practice the oral part of the VYA013 B2 level exam. The content of the VYA005 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 VYA013 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

Bc. Roger Turland

Institute

Institute of Social Sciences

Learning outcomes

The student will extend their language skills, vocabulary and grammar knowledge to B2 level according to the CEFR. The student will learn and practice the following grammar: prefixes, modal verbs (permission, obligation and necessity), verbs of the senses, stress on important words, similes, gerunds and infinitives (complex look), expressing future plans and arrangements (complex look), giving opinions with adverbs, ellipsis and substitution, nouns (compound and possessive forms), adding emphasis with cleft sentences. They will be able to discuss the following topics: general knowledge and learning motivation, colours and art, health, illness and alternative medicine, travel and tourism, animals and nature, food and cooking, emigration. We will practice the oral part of the VYA013 B2 level exam.

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 credit test. Also taken into account: activity in class, completion of minor homework assignments and preparation for individual lessons.

Objective

The aim of the BYA21 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.

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

Wk 1 7A: General knowledge and learning motivation; prefixes

Wk2 7A: Modal verbs (permission, obligation and necessity)

Wk 3 7B: Verbs of the senses; colours and art

Wk 4 7B: Stress on important words; the oral part of the B2 level exam

Wk 5 8A: Medical situations and alternative medicine; similes

Wk6 8A: Gerunds and infinitives (complex look)

Wk 7 8B: Travel and tourism; homophones

Wk8 8B: Expressing future plans and arrangements (complex look)

Wk 9 9A: Giving opinions with adverbs; animals and nature

Wk10 9A: Ellipsis and substitution

Wk 11 9B: Nouns (compound and possessive forms); food and cooking

Wk 12 10A: Adding emphasis (cleft sentences); words often confused; emigration

Week 13: Revision/catching up/test