Course: Introduction to Professional English

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Course title Introduction to Professional English
Course code KCJ/6UAJ
Organizational form of instruction Lesson
Level of course Bachelor
Year of study not specified
Semester Winter
Number of ECTS credits 2
Language of instruction Czech
Status of course Compulsory-optional
Form of instruction Face-to-face
Work placements This is not an internship
Recommended optional programme components None
  • Suchánková Hana, PhDr. Ph.D.
  • Holas Jaroslav, Mgr.
Course content
1. Presentations What is presentation - the key elements of a presentation (context, presenter, audience, message, reaction, method, impediments Preparing a presentation - the objective, the subject, the audience, the place, time of day, length of talk. Assigning presentations to students. Grammar test. 2. Organising the material The ideas, the main points, illustrations, introduction, conclusion Samples. Grammar revision. 3. Presentation method Full text, notes on cue cards, keywords on cue cards, mind maps Samples. Visual aids Whiteboard, flip chart, slides, video, PowerPoint and other presentation software, handouts Grammar revision. 4. Managing a presentation event Seating, final preparation, coping with nerves, creating rapport, body language Coping with nerves Deep breathing, drinking water, smiling, visualisation techniques, self-massage, pause, slowing down, moving around, stopping thinking about oneself Dealing with questions, answering questions. Sample presentations. Grammar revision. 5. English usage Recognising parts of speech, skimming, looking up words after and before the gap in a monolingual dictionary, samples 6. Reading Scanning and skimming as methods of reading, transition words used as logical devices in an argument, samples 7. Reading and writing Authentic texts, letters, letter writing techniques, styles, and conventions, samples 8. Reading and translation Short examples of professional texts of different types. Samples of students´ presentations Grammar revision. 9. Effective communication skills Listening, nonverbal communication, managing stress, emotional awareness. Samples of students´ presentations 10. Samples of students´ presentations 11. Samples of students´ presentations 12. Samples of students´ presentations 13. Revision Final test.

Learning activities and teaching methods
unspecified, unspecified, unspecified, unspecified
  • unspecified - 26 hours per semester
  • unspecified - 26 hours per semester
Learning outcomes
This course will provide students with the basis for the development of the presentation skills. It will form the foundation on which further English courses for Social Work will be developed. An essential part of the course is revision of selected grammatical structures.
At the end of this course the student will be able to: -demonstrate the ability to present a selected topic in a short and concise form; -work out a short presentation; -use the revised grammatical items with a greater accuracy, incorporated into their oral and written performance.
Secondary school-leaving examination level of English.

Assessment methods and criteria
Recommended literature
  • MARK, Geraldine, MCCARTHY, Michael, O'DELL, Felicity. English Vocabulary in Use, Upper intermediate second edition.Cambridge: Cambridge University Press,2012. ISBN:978-0-521-67744-8..
  • MURPHY, Raymond. English Grammar in Use. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012. ISBN 978-05-211-8939-2..
  • STRNADOVÁ, Z., SLABÁ,D. Professional English book 2, LEDA.

Study plans that include the course
Faculty Study plan (Version) Branch of study Category Recommended year of study Recommended semester
Faculty of Social and Economic Studies Social Work (C) Social sciences - Winter
Faculty of Social and Economic Studies Social Work (D) Social sciences 1 Winter