AJL11613 Czenglish A

Faculty of Arts
Autumn 2024
Extent and Intensity
0/2/0. 6 credit(s). Type of Completion: zk (examination).
PhDr. Simona Kalová, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Christopher Adam Rance, M.A. (lecturer)
Guaranteed by
PhDr. Simona Kalová, Ph.D.
Department of English and American Studies – Faculty of Arts
Contact Person: Tomáš Hanzálek
Supplier department: Department of English and American Studies – Faculty of Arts
Thu 10:00–11:40 G31, except Mon 18. 11. to Sun 24. 11.
AJL01002 Practical English II || AJ01002 Practical English II
AJL01002 AJ01002
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is only offered to the students of the study fields the course is directly associated with.

The capacity limit for the course is 25 student(s).
Current registration and enrolment status: enrolled: 0/25, only registered: 37/25
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
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Course objectives
The main aim of the course is to focus on the problem areas caused by L1 interference in the acquisition of the English language, namely in vocabulary and grammar. The course also deals with the analysis and practice of selected advanced grammar points. The format of the course is blended, i.e. a combination of online and weekly face-to-face sessions. Students will be given the opportunity to actively contribute to the content of the course by preparing and performing a task based on selected Czenglish items and/or advanced grammar.
Learning outcomes
After completing the course, a student will be able to:
- be aware of the main problem areas and differences between Czech and English grammar and vocabulary;
- identify the main areas of difficulty for Czech and Slovak speakers of English;
- eliminate most traces of L1 interference in their perfomance in English
  • Introductory session: syllabus, aims and requirements of the course;
  • Determiners;
  • Parts of Speech and Quantifiers;
  • Present tenses;
  • Life;
  • Modals I;
  • Education, Creativity and Mind;
  • Midterm progress test;
  • Conditionals;
  • Interactions;
  • Sentences and Word order;
  • Final test;
    required literature
  • SPARLING, Thomas Donaldson, Simona KALOVÁ and Chris RANCE. English or Czenglish. Avoiding Czechism in English. 1st ed. Brno: Masarykova univerzita, 2021, 319 pp. ISBN 978-80-210-9965-4. info
    recommended literature
  • SWAN, Michael. Practical English usage. 3rd ed., New international s. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2005, xxx, 653. ISBN 9780194420969. info
  • HEWINGS, Martin. Grammar for CAE and proficiency with answers : self-study grammar reference and practice. 1st pub. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009, viii, 296. ISBN 9780521713757. info
Teaching methods
weekly face-to-face sessions
group project
supplying contributions to the course content
Assessment methods
Students will be assessed on their work throughout the term, namely:
- their active participation on the course
– practice tests taken weekly in Elf
- a presentation on a selected Czenglish problem area, L1 interference caused by the speakers´ mother tongue, Czech or SLovak, given in class as part of a group project
- the results of 2 tests, mid-term and final tests
- contributing new ´Czenglish´ items to the shared forum
Language of instruction
Further Comments
The course is taught annually.
The course is also listed under the following terms Autumn 2020, Autumn 2021, Autumn 2022, Autumn 2023.
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