Academic Language Skills for Electrical Engineering and Informatics

Ac.Year:ukončen 2009/2010 (Not opened)
IT-MSC-2MBI-Compulsory-Elective - group H
IT-MSC-2MBS-Compulsory-Elective - group H
IT-MSC-2MGM-Compulsory-Elective - group H
IT-MSC-2MGM.-Compulsory-Elective - group H
IT-MSC-2MIN-Compulsory-Elective - group H
IT-MSC-2MIN.-Compulsory-Elective - group H
IT-MSC-2MIS-Compulsory-Elective - group H
IT-MSC-2MIS.-Compulsory-Elective - group H
IT-MSC-2MMI-Compulsory-Elective - group H
IT-MSC-2MMM-Compulsory-Elective - group H
IT-MSC-2MPS-Compulsory-Elective - group H
IT-MSC-2MPV-Compulsory-Elective - group H
IT-MSC-2MSK-Compulsory-Elective - group H
Language of Instruction:Czech, English
Completion:credit+exam (written&oral)
Type of
Guarantor:Neuwirthová Ludmila, PhDr., Ph.D. (DFL)
Faculty:Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Communication BUT
Department:Department of Foreign Languages FEEC BUT
Learning objectives:
  Development of academic skills and knowledge oriented to the language of electrical engineering and computer technologies.
  The aim of the course is to strengthen academic language competences of students of electrical engineering and information technology by mastering academically-oriented communicative receptive, productive and interactive activities of English language on the proficiency level B1 on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. An integrated approach covering five basic language skills is used in the process of English language teaching and learning. Spoken production includes activities like giving presentations on a range of subjects related to the students' field of study or oral presentations on students' own qualifications and experience. Spoken interaction contains reactions relating to being interviewed, participation in the discussion and other activities. Reading comprehension covers work with adapted technical texts oriented to electrical engineering and information technology. The examples of writing activities are an abstract or summary, a letter of job application, curriculum vitae or e-mail messages. The last activity, listening, is practised in each lesson. Students are encouraged to listen and understand conversations between native speakers, to take notes on the basis of a heard text, to listen and follow a talk within his/her field as a member of live audience. The course helps students to find a job thus supporting their competitiveness in the labour market.
Knowledge and skills required for the course:
  Knowledge of the intermediate level of English is required, e.g. BAN4.
Syllabus of numerical exercises:
  1. Oral presentations: key words and phrases for introduction, main parts and conclusion.
  2. Oral presentations: content, language, body language, visual aids, question time. Teaching/learning vocabulary.
  3. Seminar skills: indicating non-comprehension, interpretation check, agreeing and disagreeing, explaining a viewpoint on a topical issue related to students' field of study, developing an argument supporting his/her point of view.
  4. Verbalising numerical expressions (fractions, decimals, percentages, formulae and equations). Giving students' individual presentations.
  5. Describing graphs, charts and trends. Listening for gist.
  6. Making notes for future reference. Revising grammatical categories and processes widely used in scientific/technical writing (passive voice, nominalisation, complex sentences); matter-of-factness in the scientific prose style.
  7. Reading comprehension of adapted semi-technical texts oriented to electrical engineering and information technology. Writing a summary.
  8. Writing an abstract. Basic information on translation activities and on recurrent language errors.
  9. Formal and informal correspondence. Writing a letter of job application.
  10. Writing professional curriculum vitae. Telephoning.
  11. Being interviewed. Listening for specific information.
  12. E-mail English. Increasing cultural awareness on the basis of listening.
  13. Semester test. Course evaluation questionnaire.
Study literature:
  1. Supporting texts prepared at the DFL.
  2. Paul Emmerson: Email English. MACMILLAN 2007.
  3. Roni S. Lebauer: Learn to Listen. Longman 2001.
  4. Jeremy Comfort: Effective Presentations. OUP 1995.
  5. Eric H. Glendinning: English for Information Technology. OUP 2003.
  6. John Allison, Paul Emmerson: The Business Intermediate. MACMILLAN 2007.
  7. Acy L. Jackson: Prepare your CV. NTC Learning Works 1997.
  8. Santiago Remacha Esteras: Professional English in use-ICT. CUP 2007.
  9. Morgan Terry, Judith Wilson: Focus on Academic Skills. Longman 2006.
Controlled instruction:
  The content and forms of instruction in the evaluated course are specified by a regulation issued by the lecturer responsible for the course and updated for every academic year.
Progress assessment:
  Course-unit credit and final exam.
A course-unit credit has a form of a written semester test assessed by max. 40 marks. To be able to pass an exam, a student has to obtain 50% at least, i.e. 20 marks.
A final exam consists of an oral part assessed by max. 20 marks, a written part of a final exam assessed by max. 20 marks and listening comprehension assessed by max. 20 marks. A student has to obtain 50% at least out of each exam part in order to pass successfully a final exam.
Exam prerequisites:
  Course-unit credit and final exam.
A course-unit credit has a form of a written semester test assessed by max. 40 marks. To be able to pass an exam, a student has to obtain 50% at least, i.e. 20 marks.

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