English: Reading Skills 2/2

Ac.Year:ukončen 2010/2011 (Not opened)
IT-BC-3BIT-Compulsory-Elective - group A
Language of Instruction:Czech
Completion:credit+exam (written&verbal)
Type of
Guarantor:Borecká Marcela, PhDr. (DFL)
Faculty:Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Communication BUT
Department:Department of Foreign Languages FEEC BUT
Headway Upper-Intermediate (JH4), DFL
New Headway Intermediate (JH3), DFL
New Headway Intermediate 2 (BAN4), DFL
Learning objectives:
  Improvement of reading skills and reading comprehension. Mastering different types of texts and different reading techniques.
  The course is focused on efficient reading and reading comprehension, mostly in combination with other skills. Different types of general and professional texts are used, as well as different reading techniques, such as scanning, skinning, intensive reading, and reading for problem solving. Both general and professional vocabulary is enriched. The course is suitable for the PGS exam and for other exams organized outside the faculty. It is a two-semester course.
Knowledge and skills required for the course:
  Successful passing the course JA2/1.
Learning outcomes and competencies:
  Students improve their reading skills, comprehension of English texts and they enrich their general and specialized vocabulary.
Syllabus of lectures:
  • Introduction and programme of the course
  • Needs analysis
  • Theory - different reading techniques
  • Skimming
  • Scanning
  • Reading for problem solving
  • Vocabulary work
  • Phrases used in social life
  • Introduction to idioms
  • Guessing meaning from the context
  • Structure of technical texts - I
  • Revision
  • Autumn semester test written
  • Theory of efficient reading
  • Intensive reading
  • British press - I 
  • British press - II
  • Vocabulary work
  • Structure of technical texts - II
  • Complete cloze
  • Summary of a long text
  • Retelling a read text (a product presentation)
  • Reading mathematical expressions
  • Reading mathematical formulae
  • Revision
  • Spring semester test written
Syllabus of numerical exercises:
  • Course organization
  • Needs analysis questionnaire, evaluation
  • Examples of different reading techniques and types of texts
  • Reading for survival and for gist
  • Scanning a text for a piece of information
  • Jumbled sentences and paragraphs
  • Opposites
  • Small talk
  • Practising idioms
  • Cloze tests
  • Branches of engineering
  • Revision
  • Autumn semester test written
  • Repairs and safety at work
  • Corrections of texts
  • Examples - British newspapers
  • Individual parts of British newspapers
  • Looking for synonyms in a technical text
  • Renewable energy sources
  • Reconstruction of a read text
  • Writing a summary
  • Presentation of an electronic device based on a read text
  • Practising reading mathematical expressions
  • Practising reading mathematical formulae
  • Revision
  • Spring semester test written
Fundamental literature:
 According to teacher hints.
Study literature:
 According to teacher hints.
Progress assessment:
  Each lesson - questions concerning vocabulary students met in the previous lesson and comprehension tests
Exam prerequisites:
  Semester tests

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