AJL11501 Spoken Fluency Practice

Faculty of Arts
Spring 2021
Extent and Intensity
0/2/0. 6 credit(s). Type of Completion: zk (examination).
Mgr. Peter Docherty (lecturer)
John Christopher Fennelly, B.A. (lecturer)
Guaranteed by
PhDr. Kateřina Tomková, 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
Timetable of Seminar Groups
AJL11501/01: Wed 18:00–19:40 G12, P. Docherty
AJL11501/02: Thu 8:00–9:40 L34, P. Docherty
AJL11501/03: Tue 18:00–19:40 C31, J. Fennelly
AJL11501/04: Mon 18:00–19:40 G12, J. Fennelly
Prerequisites (in Czech)
( AJL01002 Practical English II ) && ! NOW ( AJL13001 Academic Writing )
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is also offered to the students of the fields other than those the course is directly associated with.
The capacity limit for the course is 36 student(s).
Current registration and enrolment status: enrolled: 0/36, only registered: 39/36, only registered with preference (fields directly associated with the programme): 37/36
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
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Course objectives
The aim of the course is to improve L2 students’ spoken fluency in English, especially in an academic context. Students will be provided with a forum to develop spoken fluency through group activities such as conversation, debates, and presentations based around their own areas of academic interest and material introduced by the lecturers. The course helps prepare students for the oral defence of their Bachelor thesis and thus the differences between written and spoken EAP are highlighted throughout. Note: the course is not appropriate for native speakers of English.
Learning outcomes
Improved spoken fluency, improved public speaking skills, improved confidence in academic discussions in English
  • Weeks 1-3 Academic vocabulary
  • Weeks 4-5 Word combinations
  • Week 6 Sources, facts, numbers & statistics
  • Week 7 graphs, time, cause and effect
  • Week 8 opinions and ideas Week
  • Week 9 Presenting an argument
  • Individual, according to presentation topic
  • CRUTTENDEN, Alan. Gimson's pronunciation of English. Eighth edition. London: Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, 2014. xxvi, 381. ISBN 9780415721745. info
  • TRIM, J. L. M. English pronunciation illustrated. 2nd ed. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1975. 96 s. ISBN 0521206340. info
  • TIBBITTS, E. Leonard. English stress patterns : practice material. Cambridge: W. Heffer, 1967. 77 p. ; 19. info
Teaching methods
Each lesson consists of a short lecture on an aspect of spoken fluency followed by practise work in groups. Each student is expected to contribute equally with their peers. The onus is on the student to demonstrate their spoken ability to the lecturers throughout the course. During the in-class discussions, students are encouraged to experiment with new vocabulary, lexico-grammatical structures, and pronunciation etc. Students are in no way penalised for mistakes and inaccuracies during these discussions but are expected to learn from corrections. In the oral exam which concludes the course, students are assessed for accuracy, lexis, and overall fluency.
Assessment methods
In-class participation (30 points), oral exam (70 points). The course concludes with an oral exam lasting approximately 10 minutes. Each student will be required to discuss their particular area of academic interest and/or their Bachelor thesis topic and argument. Course grades (the CEFR levels shown in parentheses are indicative of the spoken standard required to achieve each grade): E - 60% (B2 minus), D – 65% (B2), C – 75% (B2 plus), B – 85% (C1), A – 95% (C2). There will be an opportunity for students to resit the oral exam in the exam period if required.
Language of instruction
Listed among pre-requisites of other courses
The course is also listed under the following terms Autumn 2020.
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