Title:

Conversation through Hot Current Issues

Code:JA3
Ac.Year:2018/2019
Sem:Summer
Curriculums:
ProgrammeField/
Specialization
YearDuty
IT-BC-3BIT-Elective
IT-BC-3BIT2ndElective
IT-MSC-2MBI-Compulsory-Elective - group H
IT-MSC-2MBS-Compulsory-Elective - group H
IT-MSC-2MGM-Compulsory-Elective - group H
IT-MSC-2MIN-Compulsory-Elective - group H
IT-MSC-2MIS-Compulsory-Elective - group H
IT-MSC-2MMM-Compulsory-Elective - group H
IT-MSC-2MPV-Compulsory-Elective - group H
IT-MSC-2MSK-Compulsory-Elective - group H
Language of Instruction:Czech
Credits:3
Completion:credit+exam (written&verbal)
Type of
instruction:
Hour/semLecturesSeminar
Exercises
Laboratory
Exercises
Computer
Exercises
Other
Hours:026000
 ExamsTestsExercisesLaboratoriesOther
Points:6040000
Guarantor:Walek Agata, Mgr. (DFL)
Deputy guarantor:Baumgartnerová Alena, PaedDr. (DFL)
Instructor:Walek Agata, Mgr. (DFL)
Faculty:Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Communication BUT
Department:Department of Foreign Languages FEEC BUT
Prerequisites: 
New Headway Intermediate 2 (BAN4), DFL
Schedule:
DayLessonWeekRoomStartEndLect.Gr.Groups
Friexercise - WaleklecturesT10/322 09:0010:502BIA 2BIB 3BIT xx
Friexercise - WaleklecturesT10/322 11:0012:502BIA 2BIB 3BIT xx
 
Learning objectives:
  
  • The aim of the English conversation class is to involve students effectively and in a stress-free way in discussions so they could feel more confident when engaged in more sophisticated debates.
  • We want students to practise a range of speaking skills such as negotiating, persuading, expressing and defending opinions, giving presentations, and also proper using stress and intonation.
  • Vocabulary including slang and idiomatic expressions will be constantly extended and revised.
  • The key aspect is to motivate students to create the content of the classes by themselves.

Description:
  
  • The conversation class opens opportunity to talk about social and scientific controversial issues occurring daily on TV and in newspapers, and makes students think more deeply about these matters.
  • The aim is to bridge the gap between the artificial classroom conversation and the natural, real-life discussion, and encourage students to talk about things which really matter to them on a personal, political and moral level.
  • Students are expected to give presentations providing basic information on the topic. They are intended to be used as springboards for the discussions.
Knowledge and skills required for the course:
  The student signed up for the class is expected to be able:
  • To use general vocabulary from all common areas (family, home, food, jobs and career, health and sickness, travelling and transport, sports, hobbies),
  • to apply carefully grammar rules during conversation (grammar tenses, relative clauses, time clauses, conditionals, passive voice, modal verbs),
  • to speak clearly with certain error tolerance,
  • to understand very well classes taught in English.
Why is the course taught:
  The course enables students to acquire professional vocabulary, language functions and language skills necessary for active participation in seminars, lectures and other activities in the information and communication technology sector.
Syllabus of numerical exercises:
 TOPICS TO BE COVERED IN THE CONVERSATION CLASS:

SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY - WHERE DO WE GO?
What are the main dangers of scientific advances? Will science end the world or save the world? What are the most important inventions/discoveries ever? Will AI rule the world?

SUCCESS/HAPPINESS - I WILL WIN NOT IMMEDIATELY, BUT DEFINITELY
What is success? Is success measurable in terms of money, power, knowledge? Does success equal happiness? What makes us feel happy? Does happiness lie within us or outside us? Do you think some nations are happier than others?

NOT MY TYPE - FALL IN LOVE OR RAISE IN LOVE?
How do we select our mates? What is the most annoying thing about women (men) and what inspires us? What definitely brings us on our knees? Would you forgive a one-night stand?

MONEY - THE ROOT OF ALL EVIL?
Can you imagine living in a world without money? Would there be no poverty? How would the world be different if all the money was shared out equally among all people? Is money really the root of all evil? Are rich people more attractive?

IMMIGRATION AND RACISM - NO HUMAN BEING IS ILLEGAL
Why are we racists? Will racism ever disappear from the world? How do you feel about black and white marriages? What are the benefits of immigration?

FUTURE - IF YOU CAN DREAM IT, YOU CAN DO IT
Are we able to learn from history? To what extent can we influence the future? Should we worry about the future? What should we worry about? What are the future challenges we are going to face?

RELIGION - NO NEED FOR CHURCHES
Is political Islam a threat to the world? What do you think about a Muslim dress code? Do we need religion? Do we need God?

SPORTS - YOU ARE YOUR OWN LIMIT
Why do we do sports? What is good/bad about competition? How easily do we give up? Where are our limits?

LIFE IS A JOURNEY
Why do we travel? Is travelling a journey to ourselves? To what extent are we willing to go beyond out comfort zone? What are the (dis)advantages of solo travelling?

TELLING LIES, FAKE NEWS, CONSPIRACY THEORIES
Is it better to get hurt by the truth than comforted with a lie? Are conspiracy theories trustworthy? Why are they created? Does truly objective news reporting really exist?

Study literature:
 
  • MacAndrew, R.: Instant Discussions. Thomson Heinle, 2003. 96 pgs. ISBN 9780759396302.
  • MacAndrew, R.: Taboos and Issues. LPT, 2001. 96 pgs. ISBN 9781899396412.
  • Wallwork, A.: Discussions A-Z. Cambridge University Press, 1997, reprinted 2013. ISNB 978-107-61829-9.
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:
  Semester tests ... 40 points.
Final exam ... 60 points.
To pass this course one needs a minimum of 50 % in all activities.
Exam prerequisites:
  
  • Written test (40 points), it contains vocabulary,
  • presentation (45 points), speech (15 points)
 

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