CJVAST English for Study and Internship Abroad

Faculty of Arts
Autumn 2021
Extent and Intensity
0/2/0. 2 credit(s). Type of Completion: z (credit).
Taught in person.
Abigail Mokra, M.A. et M.A. (lecturer)
Mgr. Dana Plíšková (assistant)
Mgr. Martina Šindelářová Skupeňová (assistant)
Guaranteed by
Abigail Mokra, M.A. et M.A.
Language Centre Faculty of Arts Division - Language Centre
Contact Person: Mgr. Dana Plíšková
Supplier department: Language Centre Faculty of Arts Division - Language Centre
Tue 16:00–17:40 L42
English on level B1 according to CEFR.
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is offered to students of any study field.
The capacity limit for the course is 18 student(s).
Current registration and enrolment status: enrolled: 0/18, only registered: 17/18, only registered with preference (fields directly associated with the programme): 0/18
Course objectives
By the end of the course, students will acquire practical communication and academic skills, which comprise a large part of this subject;
students will be capable of preparing and giving a presentation on a topic that directly relates to studying abroad in a multi-cultural environment. ;
students will broaden their horizon from the prespective of different countries nad cultures ;
students will practise all language skills(speaking, reading, listening and writing) and expand their vocabulary.
Learning outcomes
At the completion of the course, the student is able to do the following at a level of at least B1+ (CEFR): 1. Apply the presentation criteria (presented in the course) for the preparation and delivery of a presentation related to study abroad topics and/or cultural differences. 2. Demonstrate the skill of responding appropriately to discussion questions posed after a presentation; speak spontaneously and comprehensibly in the context of the class (e.g. discussions, expressing one's own ideas, paraphrasing and summarizing others' ideas, including those that are in person, recordings and texts). 3. Practise filling in application forms for study abroad. 4. Apply the principles of writing a motivation letter presented in the course and write a motivation letter for study abroad and a formal e-mail in the university context. 5. Compare, contrast and evaluate different cultures. 6. Manage practical topics (e.g. travelling, accommodation, banking and medical aid). 7. Demonstrate understanding of spoken language in the context of discussions, presentations, and recordings. 8. Interpret and summarize English texts from online newspapers.
  • The order might change slightly during the semester. ;
  • 1. Introduction and Presentation Skills 2. Cultural Differences I 3. Cultural Differences II 4. Cultural Differences III 5. Administration 6. Travelling and Introductiono to Essay Writing 7. Accommodation Abroad 8. University 9. Library 10.Practical Communication: Banking and Medical Aid
    required literature
  • Seminar materials 1 - 10
    recommended literature
  • http://peakperformer.wordpress.com/2012/06/21/hofstedes-onion-model-of-culture/
  • BBC broadcasting, Euronews and CNN
  • http://geert-hofstede.com/dimensions.html
  • MURPHY, Raymond. English grammar in use : a self-study reference and practice book for intermediate students of English : with answers. 3rd ed. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2004. x, 379. ISBN 0521532892. info
  • HOFSTEDE, Geert. Cultures and organizations :software of the mind : intercultural cooperation and its importance for survival. 1st pub. London: Harper Collins Business, 1994. xiv, 279 s. ISBN 0-00-637740-8. info
Teaching methods
Seminar: - student presentations on topics connected with studying abroad and different cultures - group discussions - tasks based on the work with short videos - listening exercises - reading - writing assignments (e.g. formal email, short summary) - group projects - homework
Assessment methods
Class exercices - seminar Reguirements for the course completion: - 70 % seminar attendance - short oral presentation (6-8 minutes)on topics relevant to studying/working abroad and different cultures - short written assignment (e.g.formal email,short summary,etc.) - home preparation before class is expected
Language of instruction
Further comments (probably available only in Czech)
The course is taught each semester.
Teacher's information
The course is primarily intended for students planning to travel abroad for a study stay or work internship, especially through the Erasmus+ program. It is suitable for students who have already taken part in student exchanges, or those who simply wish to practice and perfect their practical and academic language skills. Both Bachelor's and Master's students are welcome.
The course is also listed under the following terms Spring 2014, Autumn 2014, Spring 2015, Autumn 2015, Spring 2016, Autumn 2016, Spring 2017, Autumn 2017, Spring 2018, Autumn 2018, Spring 2019, Autumn 2019, Spring 2020, Autumn 2020, Spring 2021, Spring 2022.
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