English Everyday Conversation 1/2
|Hour/sem||Lectures||Sem. Exercises||Lab. exercises||Comp. exercises||Other|
|Guarantee:||Froehling Kenneth A., M. A., UJAZ|
|Instructor:||Froehling Kenneth A., M. A., UJAZ|
|Faculty:||Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Communication BUT|
|Department:||Department of Foreign Languages FEEC BUT|
The themes are connected with the habits and custom of everyday conversation. Note: The course takes two semesters.
Characteristics of native-speaker conversation, idioms of the spoken language, the difference between the Czech and English languages and presentation are done here. Students can continue in other specialized courses in English. The prerequisite for this course is a passed exam from either the "Headway Intermediate" or the "Headway Upper-Intermediate" course.
|Knowledge and skills required for the course:|
A knowledge of the upper-intermediate English or higher level.
|Learning outcomes and competences:|
Students will develop the ability to speak English fluently and confidently, especially in less formal contexts. The activities will also increase the students' sensitivity to the way conversations work.
|Syllabus of lectures:|
- Introductory lesson
- Aims in life
- Desperate decision
- Group holiday
- Looking for a job
- NASA game
- Shrinking story
- The message is...
- True or false?
- Similarities and differences
- Culture shock!
- Semester interview
- Attitudes to gifts and giving
- Family life
- Problem page
- Time capsule
- Future shock
- The bridge
- Who's the boss?
- Weekend trip
- Final semester test
|Syllabus of numerical exercises:|
- Students learn about the aims of the course
- Describing and giving reasons for one's aims in life
- Finding solutions to a problem
- Agreeing on a shared holiday
- Ranking places for a sightseeing tour
- Choosing someone for a job
- Ranking objects
- Memory, insight into the process of communication
- Recognizing the functions of gestures in English
- Ways of being polite in social encounters
- Social behaviour in the target language
- Problems people encounter when living in a new country
- Assessing the progress of students in the course
- A cross-cultural discussion about gifts and giving
- To get students to share opinions
- Sharing opinions on family
- Telling each other about emotions
- Promoting discussion about inventions
- Showing empathy
- Things students value in their daily lives
- Discussing priorities for the future
- Deciding on individual responsibility for a tragedy
- A conflict situation in having to decide what to do
- Discussing the role of secretaries at work
- Planning a short holiday
- To be announced
Students will be expected to discuss the topic of the week in either pairs, groups or in the class as a whole. The lecturer will observe the students and prod them when needed.
Students must attend class regularly and make an effort to participate in class discussions in English in order to be invited to the exam.