HIB026b English

Faculty of Arts
Autumn 2020
Extent and Intensity
0/2/0. 3 credit(s). Type of Completion: z (credit).
Taught online.
Mgr. Věra Slováková, Ph.D. (seminar tutor)
Guaranteed by
Mgr. Věra Slováková, Ph.D.
Department of History - Faculty of Arts
Supplier department: Department of History - Faculty of Arts
Wed 16:00–17:40 B2.33
! HIB0455 English for historians
English level B1 (CEFR)
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: 25/25, only registered: 0/25
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
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Course objectives
The aim of the course is to improve all language skills (reading, writing, listening, speaking) using various historical texts and video lectures. Students will be acquainted with basic features of academic language, translation of terminology and practical tools for studying materials written in English. Skills acquired in this course will enable students to prepare their papers more efficiently and to communicate with English-speaking historians with confidence.
Learning outcomes
Students will:
- understand differences between general and academic English
- improve understanding of written and spoken academic English
- be able to write and speak about history and historical research
- learn to use various on-line tools (dictionaries, corpora, databases)
- learn to use basic historical terminology and translate terms from Czech to English
  • Introduction. What is history?
  • Middle Ages - periodisation, sources
  • Early Modern Age - historical demography, social history
  • 19th century - colonialism, nationalism
  • 20th century - migration, civil rights
  • Writing and speaking about Czech history in English
  • New trends in historical research
  • Wall, Richard – Robin, Jean – Laslett, Peter (edd.), Family forms in historic Europe. Cambridge 1983.
  • ŠTĚPÁNEK, Libor, Janice DE HAAFF, Alena HRADILOVÁ, Colin KIMBRELL and David SCHÜLLER. Academic English - Akademická angličtina: Průvodce anglickým jazykem pro studenty, akademiky a vědce (Academic English). 2. aktualizované vydání. Praha: Grada Publishing, a. s., 2018. 224 pp. ISBN 978-80-271-0842-8. info
  • FOWLER, H. Ramsey and Jane E. AARON. The Little, Brown handbook. Thirteenth edition. Boston: Pearson, 2016. 921 stran. ISBN 9781292099477. info
  • MCCARTHY, Michael and Felicity O'DELL. Academic vocabulary in use. First published. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2008. 176 stran. ISBN 9780521689397. info
  • PALLARES-BURKE, Maria Lúcia Garcia. The new history : confessions and conversations. 1st pub. Cambridge: Polity, 2002. 247 s. ISBN 0745630219. info
  • New perspectives on historical writing. Edited by Peter Burke. Second edition. University Park, Pennsylvania: The Pennsylvania State University Press, 2001. viii, 306. ISBN 0271021179. info
  • DAVIES, Norman. Europe : a history. New York: HaperCollins Publishers, 1998. xix, 1365. ISBN 0060974680. info
  • HOBSBAWM, E. J. Age of extremes : the short twentieth century 1914-1991. 1st pub. London: Abacus, 1994. xii, 627. ISBN 0349106711. info
Teaching methods
Reading, watching lectures, discussion, pair work, homework.
Assessment methods
Active participation in seminars, regular homework, final paper.
Language of instruction
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