ARTS009 Czech 101

Faculty of Arts
Spring 2021
Extent and Intensity
2/0/0. 5 credit(s). Type of Completion: k (colloquium).
Mgr. Michaela Boháčová, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Mgr. Pavel Caha, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Mgr. Linda Doleží, Ph.D. (lecturer)
doc. PhDr. Zdeňka Hladká, Dr. (lecturer)
Mgr. Dana Hlaváčková, Ph.D. (lecturer)
prof. PhDr. Petr Karlík, CSc. (lecturer)
Mgr. et Mgr. Monika Klučková (lecturer)
doc. Mgr. Pavel Kosek, Ph.D. (lecturer)
PhDr. Michal Křístek, M.Phil., Ph.D. (lecturer)
doc. PhDr. Klára Osolsobě, Dr. (lecturer)
prof. PhDr. Jana Pleskalová, CSc. (lecturer)
Mgr. Lucie Rychnovská, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Mgr. Lucie Taraldsen Medová, M.Phil., Ph.D. (lecturer)
PhDr. Jarmila Vojtová, Ph.D. (lecturer)
doc. Mgr. Markéta Ziková, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Mgr. Hana Žižková, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Guaranteed by
doc. PhDr. Zdeňka Hladká, Dr.
Department of Czech Language - Faculty of Arts
Supplier department: Department of Czech Language - Faculty of Arts
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The course is open to students of all programs. It is also suitable for students visiting (or studying) at MU from abroad.
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is offered to students of any study field.
The capacity limit for the course is 70 student(s).
Current registration and enrolment status: enrolled: 0/70, only registered: 0/70, only registered with preference (fields directly associated with the programme): 0/70
Course objectives
The course objective is to provide lectures on selected topics on Czech (as our mother tongue) and its attractions, covering issues every university-educated person should know about. The lectures are given by leading experts from the Department of Czech Language of the Faculty of Arts, and/or invited guests. The course is intended to be interactive: the students are encouraged (if not required) to ask questions. Motivation: Do you want to know - Where does the Czech language come from? - Why are there so many exceptions in Czech? - Why do people say ‘lžíce’ (for ‘a spoon’) not only that but also ‘žlíce’ and ‘žíce’? - Which Czech verb has 16 different variants for an infinitive? - What is the deal with ‘correct’ and ‘standard’ Czech? - Where in the Czech Republic people use ‘hurry’ and where they ‘rush’ instead, how many dialect names there are for a ‘ladybird’ and what food is hidden under the name ‘čuráčkovo procesí’ (‘willy’s procession’)? - Whether do Czech personal names have magical power, and who decides what name you can give your child? - Whether Czech is bullied by English? - What is the Brno dialect, aka ‘hantec’? - How to deal with the Czech spelling (without falling into despair)?
Learning outcomes
Students will get acquainted with: - the basic description of Czech as a mother (or second / foreign) language; - the basic topics of selected linguistic subdisciplines (e.g., dialectology, onomastics, computational linguistics, teaching Czech as a foreign language); - practical handling of more problematic phenomena of spelling and linguistic codification. Or, more precisely, a student will be able to cope with them on the basis of the recommended literature; - work with classical and computer manuals and other sources about Czech; - a certain sensitivity to language as it is really used in everyday communication.
  • In this course, you learn about CZECH (in a relaxed and friendly way) at least some of the following points: 1. Where does it come from? Whom did it meet on its way? And was it harmless? The history of Czech; Czech in contact with other languages – KOSEK 2. Is Czech unique? Czech seen from a typological perspective – CAHA, ZIKOVÁ 3. Is it homogenous? Is Czech really spoken in Brno? Czech dialects; the Brno dialect – HLADKÁ 4. Who are the speakers? And can they really speak Czech? Sociological and functional stratification of Czech – KŘÍSTEK 5. Who is the watchdog for Czech? And how does he decide what is correct? Institutions that take care of Czech; Correct Czech and its codification – VOJTOVÁ 6. How does the Czech create sentences? Czech syntax – KARLÍK 7. Can you take it literarily? Introduction to pragmatics – HIRSCHOVÁ, HLADKÁ 8. How does it give names? The Czech proper names in the past and today; Local names in Brno – BOHÁČOVÁ 9. How does Czech do in the computer world? Corpus and computational tools for Czech – HLAVÁČKOVÁ 10. How difficult is it for foreigners to learn it? Czech as a foreign language – DOLEŽÍ 11. Is Czech spoken abroad? Czech in language enclaves abroad; foreigners in Czechia – VELTRUSKI 12. A trip: towards the roots of Czech words An excursion to the Etymological department of the Czech Language Institute, Academy of Sciences – KARLÍKOVÁ 13. A test: What did you learn about Czech. A final test.
  • Doporučená literatura k jednotlivým tématům je uvedena v doprovodném e-learningovém materiálu.
Teaching methods
The cycle of lectures, discussion with students. There is an e-learning material accompanying the lectures; the material contains studying material covering both the basics and additional points of interest, illustrative presentations (e.g., with audio samples), recommended literature and a set of practice questions (
Assessment methods
The condition for successful completion of the course is active participation at lectures. The course is completed with a test; each student is assigned a specific randomly selected set of questions from the pool of the questions based on the e-learning material. To complete the test, students are allowed to use the materials accompanying the individual lectures. The test is to be completed in the e-learning environment.
Language of instruction
Further comments (probably available only in Czech)
Information on course enrolment limitations: Kurz je určen NEbohemistům a je tak i koncipován. Studenti českého jazyka by si ho neměli zapisovat.
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