CJVA103 Academic English with a Focus on Intercultural Communication

Faculty of Social Studies
Autumn 2016
Extent and Intensity
0/2/0. 2 credit(s) (plus 2 credits for an exam). Recommended Type of Completion: zk (examination). Other types of completion: z (credit).
Mgr. Lenka Zouhar Ludvíková (lecturer)
Mgr. Filip Hanzelka (assistant)
Joseph Lennon, BA, Ph.D. (assistant)
Mgr. Dana Plíšková (assistant)
PhDr. Mgr. Libor Štěpánek, Ph.D. (assistant)
Guaranteed by
Mgr. Lenka Zouhar Ludvíková
Language Centre Faculty of Social Studies Division - Language Centre
Contact Person: Mgr. Lenka Zouhar Ludvíková
Supplier department: Language Centre Faculty of Social Studies Division - Language Centre
Mon 11:30–13:00 U36
  • Timetable of Seminar Groups:
CJVA103/01: No timetable has been entered into IS. L. Zouhar Ludvíková
CJVA103/02: No timetable has been entered into IS. L. Zouhar Ludvíková
CJVA103/03: No timetable has been entered into IS. L. Zouhar Ludvíková
FAKULTA ( FSS ) && TYP_STUDIA ( BMN )&& PdF:ADAPT_AJ Adaptive Test || ADAPT_B2 Adaptivní test B2 || FF:ADAPT_B2 Adaptivní test B2
Passing PdF:ADAPT_AJ Adaptivní test Aj with the result indicating that you are on the B1 level or higher (https://is.muni.cz/auth/el/1441/podzim2016/ADAPT_AJ/index.qwarp). Students on the B1 level are able to communicate in English, express their opinions as well as summarize academic texts.
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is offered to students of any study field.
The capacity limit for the course is 23 student(s).
Current registration and enrolment status: enrolled: 0/23, only registered: 0/23, only registered with preference (fields directly associated with the programme): 0/23
Course objectives
The aim of the course is to open the horizons of the students and to enable them practising their English within intercultural topics. Furthermore, they will further develop skills that are essential for academia, such as presenting, academic writing, note-taking, critical thinking and reflecting. The course will also be a framework for widening their vocabulary and activating known or critical grammar structures in English.
  • culture (introduction, sharing, reflecting, what is culture)
  • language and culture (idioms, jokes, stories that we have in us)
  • body language in cultures (how not to offend...)
  • stereotypes (nation, gender, age, religion...)
  • cultural onion (Hofstede´s concept of layers - symbols, heroes, rituals, values)
  • Lewis model - role plays
  • Hofstede´s dimensions - analyzing websites from different cultures
  • youth subcultures
  • empathy, global citizenship
  • intercultural competence (the step beyond the intercultural communication, global citizenship, volunteering...)
  • to be specified later
  • PILLER, Ingrid. Intercultural communication : a critical introduction. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2011. ix, 197. ISBN 9780748632831. info
Teaching methods
discussions based on readings and videos, self-reflection and peer reflection, presentations, writing assignments
Assessment methods
Students are going to work on written and spoken assignments that have a total score of 100points. The range of final assessment is as follows:
100 - 93 = A
92 - 85 = B
84 - 77 = C
76 - 69 = D
98 - 61 = E
60 and below = F
Assignments: presentation, case study, position paper, reflective writing, note-taking
The criteria of the assignments to be specified.
Language of instruction
Further Comments
The course is taught annually.
Listed among pre-requisites of other courses
The course is also listed under the following terms Autumn 2017, Spring 2019, Spring 2020.
  • Enrolment Statistics (Autumn 2016, recent)
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