UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES)


SEES0029 MA New Language: Czech

UCL Credit Value: 30

ECTS Value: 15

Terms 1 and 2

Module Coordinator: Lucie Wiseman

Taught By: Lucie Wiseman

Weekly Contact Hours: 4.0

Prerequisites: None

Summative Assessment

3 hour written examination (75%), oral examination (25%)

Formative Assessment

Progress is carefully monitored, in particular in the early stages of the course, through a number of formative assessment tasks (reading and translating in class) and homework exercises.

Module Outline

This course aims to provide a competent reading knowledge of Czech and basic communicative skills in the language. Students who complete the course successfully will be able to assure both potential employers and academic supervisors that they possess the necessary foundation-level Czech language skills to work with original Czech texts and to enable them to undertake study and/or research in Czech. The course provides an intensive introduction to Czech grammar, a knowledge of basic vocabulary, practice in the skills of oral communication in Czech in straightforward situations, translation and information retrieval skills, using Czech texts in Czech and international cultural, political, and social themes. The course is designed for beginners. It requires intensive study including learning and practising independently beyond the contact hours.

Expected Outcomes

By the end of the course students should have reached level B1+ (a solid upper intermediate to advanced level) in reading skills and in awareness of language structure, and level A2 (lower to upper intermediate level) in all other skills (speaking, writing, listening) according to the grading provided by the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).

Students will improve their independent study skills, analytical skills, and general language learning ability.

Key Reference Texts

Course materials produced by the teacher will be provided.

Core learning materials:

HOLÁ, L. New Czech Step by Step. Akropolis, 2005.

Material from the following will also be provided in class or may be used independently:

HOLÁ, L., BOŘILOVÁ, P. Čeština Express. Akropolis, 2014.

NEKOVÁŘOVÁ, A. Čeština pro život. Akropolis, 2009.

NAUGHTON, J. Czech. An Essential Grammar. Routledge, 2005.

NAUGHTON, J. Colloquial Czech. Routledge, 1987.