Course Details

English Upper-Intermediate 1

Academic Year 2023/24

VYA010 course is part of 2 study plans

Elective Courses Summer Semester

Elective Courses Winter Semester

Grammar: question formation, auxiliary verbs, comparative phrases, present perfect (simple and continuous), adjective order, narrative tenses.
Vocabulary: personal questions, health, illness and treatment, clothes and fashion, travelling, weather, feelings, adjectives, my university/faculty/campus, my study programme, e-mail communication with professors
Reading: civil engineering / architecture course at a university abroad
Writing: comparing your study in the Czech Republic and a study of architecture /civil engineering abroad

Course Guarantor



Students will extend their language skills and vocabulary and grammar knowledge beyond the level of Cambridge PET exam or B1 level of the CEF (Common European Framework) established by the Council of Europe.
The target level according to the CEFR is B1+.


Students will be able to speak about the following topics: personality, illness and treatment, clothes and fashion, air travel. They will also be proficient in the following grammar: question formation, auxiliary verbs, comparative phrases, present perfect (simple and continuous), adjective order and narrative tenses.


Intermediate knowledge of English, B1 level according to the Common European Framework of Reference.

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: Introducing yourself; indirect questions for politeness Week 2: My university and faculty, my study programme; talking about the semester, timetables and the exam period; getting around a campus Week 3: Accidents and illnesses, first aid; present perfect simple for news, experience and achievements Week 4: Clothes vocabulary and related idioms; present perfect simple and continuous Week 5: Youth subcultures and clothes; adjective word order Week 6: Air travel; adjectives as nouns in the context of stereotypes concerning nationalities and groups of people Week 7: Narrative tenses, including past perfect simple and continuous Week 8: Studying abroad; comparing study programmes and student life here and at a foreign university; my favourite course / the university where I would like to go on Erasmus Week 9: The weather; predicting the future with the future continuous and future perfect Week 10: Taking risks; feelings; real conditionals and time clauses Week 11: The Erasmus+ application process; successful formal email communication with teachers Week 12: Survival in dangerous situations; unreal, theoretical conditionals Week 13: Revision and credit test