JAF01 English for Physicists I

Faculty of Science
Autumn 2018
Extent and Intensity
0/2/0. 2 credit(s). Type of Completion: z (credit).
Mgr. Eva Čoupková, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Mgr. Štěpánka Bilová, Ph.D. (assistant)
Mgr. Daniela Dlabolová (assistant)
Bc. Mgr. Petra Chládková (assistant)
Mgr. Kateřina Kováčová, Ph.D. (assistant)
PhDr. Hana Němcová (assistant)
Agnieszka Suchomelová-Polomska, M.A. (assistant)
Mgr. Monika Ševečková, Ph.D. (assistant)
Mgr. Daniela Veškrnová (assistant)
Mgr. Jitka Žváčková (assistant)
Guaranteed by
Mgr. Eva Čoupková, Ph.D.
Language Centre, Faculty of Science Division - Language Centre
Contact Person: Lenka Pavlíková
Supplier department: Language Centre, Faculty of Science Division - Language Centre
Timetable of Seminar Groups
JAF01/01: Mon 17. 9. to Fri 14. 12. Mon 15:00–16:50 J1, E. Čoupková
JAF01/02: Mon 17. 9. to Fri 14. 12. Thu 11:00–12:50 J1, E. Čoupková
The knowledge of English at B1 level of CEFR.
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is only offered to the students of the study fields the course is directly associated with.
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
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Course objectives
The aim of JAF01 course is: to raise students' awareness of practices in an English-speaking academic environment (internationalization) to raise students' awareness of modern trends and practices among members of specific discourse communities (introducing language in the context of typical genres, practising those genres) to show the divergence between English for Science and Technology and English for other academic purposes (e.g. when employing numerical values in written texts) to practise and extend academic vocabulary and basic specialized vocabulary in the context of physics(numbers and measurements, scientific method, solar system, properties of materials, processes in physics, electricity and magnetism, etc.) to practise language skills and functions typical for natural sciences (e.g. process description, classification, defining, comparing/contrasting, cause-effect), which the students will be able to apply to a narrower/more specific context of their specializations (transferrable skills) to practise academic skills, e.g.: note-taking from a lecture, identifying and formulating main ideas, identifying specific information, text summary, interpretation of information, speaking in public about physics-related topics, describing a picture as a visual aid
Learning outcomes
After completing this course the student will be able to: talk about their studies and present an academic institution employ numerical values in a scientific academic text describe a measuring tool and an experiment (its purpose, materials, method, result and conclusion) use various ways of classification in specialized context deliver a formal speech describe processes (e.g.: in physics) describe two concepts / methods, point out their similarities and differences write a short academic text with emphasis on its correct organisation, use of functional language and specialized vocabulary use practised grammar in the context of their field of study
  • Studying Physics and Language How and where do you study, Atom Numbers and measurements Properties of Materials Scientific Method Shapes Classifying in Physics, University Structure Electricity and Magnetism Revision lesson, Science and Technology The Solar System Lensless Photography, Hologram Revision, discussion of videos Credit test Grammar: past simple, present perfect,present continuous, future, questions, expressing purpose, adverbs of sequence, comparing structures, modlas for possibility, quantifiers, determiners, articles.
    recommended literature
  • GRELLET, Françoise. Developing reading skills : a practical guide to reading comprehension exercises. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1981. 252 s. ISBN 0521283647. info
  • 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 0521537622. info
  • Academic writing course :study skills in English. Edited by R.R Jordan. 1st ed. Essex: Longman, 1999. 160 s. ISBN 0-582-40019-8. info
  • ZEMANOVÁ, Alena. Angličtina pre fyzikov. 1. vyd. Bratislava: Univerzita Komenského Bratislava, 2007. 98 s. ISBN 9788022322720. info
  • Physics:Reader. Ivana Tulajová Přírodovědecká fakulta Masarykova univerzita Brno 2000
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  • MCCARTHY, Michael and Felicity O'DELL. Academic vocabulary in use. First published. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2008. 176 stran. ISBN 9780521689397. info
  • Science. Keith Kelly. Macmillan 2008. ISBN 978-0-2305-3506-0
  • http://www.sciencenews.org
  • http://www.newscientist.com
  • http://www.sciencedaily.org
  • http://www.biochemlinks.com/bclinks/bclinks.cfm
  • http://www.nature.com
Teaching methods
Specialist language course: text analysis, reading/listening comprehension exercises, pronunciation and grammar exercises, specialized and academic vocabulary practice, presentations using basic presentation techniques and discussions.
Assessment methods
continuous assessment through assigned tasks, written credit test - the passing grade is 60%, 80% of seminar attendance is required, final assignment
Language of instruction
Follow-Up Courses
Further Comments
Study Materials
The course can also be completed outside the examination period.
The course is taught annually.
Teacher's information
The course is also listed under the following terms Autumn 2010 - only for the accreditation, Autumn 2002, Autumn 2003, Autumn 2004, Autumn 2005, Autumn 2008, Autumn 2009, Autumn 2010, Autumn 2011, Autumn 2011 - acreditation, Autumn 2012, Autumn 2013, Autumn 2014, Autumn 2015, Autumn 2016, autumn 2017, Autumn 2019, Autumn 2020, autumn 2021.
  • Enrolment Statistics (Autumn 2018, recent)
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