CJVA103 Academic English with a Focus on Intercultural Communication

Faculty of Social Studies
Spring 2021
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. Dana Plíšková (assistant)
Mgr. et Mgr. Petra Trávníková, Ph.D. (assistant)
Guaranteed by
Mgr. Lenka Zouhar Ludvíková
Language Centre Faculty of Social Studies Division - Language Centre
Contact Person: Mgr. Dana Plíšková
Supplier department: Language Centre Faculty of Social Studies Division - Language Centre
(( FAKULTA ( FSS )&& TYP_STUDIA ( BMN )&& FORMA ( P ))||( OBOR ( MUSFSS )))&&(( PdF:ADAPT_AJ Adaptive Test Aj ))&&(! NOWANY ( CJVA101 Academic English with a Focus on Writing , CJVA102 Academic English with a Focus on Presentations , CJVA104 Academic English ))
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/podzim2017/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 15 student(s).
Current registration and enrolment status: enrolled: 0/15, only registered: 0/15, only registered with preference (fields directly associated with the programme): 0/15
Course objectives
The aim of the course is to open the horizons of the students and to enable them practicing 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.
Learning outcomes
By the end of the course, students will be able to:

- discuss and debate on a variety of important contemporary issues in the theory and practice of intercultural communication
- write and revise a project proposal in English
- present efficiently and engagingly in English, and respond to their colleagues’ presentations with constructive feedback
- write a 5-paragraph essay
- prepare and present a poster and a conference abstract
  • 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: group presentation, poster presentation, abstract writing, essay... A portfolio of assignments will be discussed and reflected on in the exam period.
The criteria of the assignments to be specified.
Language of instruction
Further comments (probably available only in Czech)
The course is taught annually.
Information on the per-term frequency of the course: v jarním semestru.
The course is taught: every week.
Listed among pre-requisites of other courses
The course is also listed under the following terms Autumn 2016, Autumn 2017, Spring 2019, Spring 2020.
  • Enrolment Statistics (Spring 2021, recent)
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