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SEEC0026 Czech C off-track language module

UCL Credits: 15

Total Learning Hours: 188

ECTS: 15

Level: Advanced

Course Unit: 1.0

Terms 1 and 2

Module Coordinator: Lucie Wiseman

Taught By: Lucie Wiseman

To find out more about this module, please contact the Module Coordinator.

Weekly Contact Hours:  2 hours per week

Prerequisites:

Either successful completion of SEEC2109 Czech B off-track language module or equivalent (lower intermediate) knowledge of Czech. An assessment test will be arranged with the tutor to assess students' level before they join the course.

Compulsory Module for: None

Summative Assessment

2 hour written examination (70%), including grammar and lexical exercises (20%), reading (25%), and writing (25%); oral examination (30%), consisting of presentation (15%) and social conversation (15%).

Formative Coursework

Progress is carefully monitored, in particular in the early stages of the course, through a number of formative assessment tasks (short presentations and conversation exercises in class, informal and semi-formal vocabulary tests, reading comprehension tasks, grammar practice, Q&A sessions) and homework exercises.

Module Outline

This course aims to enable students to function in most everyday situations in Czech and to appreciate the complexity of Czech culture and society. This includes sound knowledge of vocabulary (approximately 2200-2500 words), grammar, morphology (e.g. verbs in the present and past tense and various moods, verbal aspect, where relevant, noun cases, singular and plural forms, possessive constructions, derivation, etc.), syntax (word order in complex sentences), and phonetics (improving pronunciation and intonation). The course follows up and consolidates knowledge of Czech gained on the Czech B off-track module, and completes the Czech off-track (A, B, and C) course.

EXPECTED OUTCOMES

By the end of the course students should have reached level B2 (an advanced level) in all four skills according to the grading provided by the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). Depending on the independent study time they spent on completing their course options, students may consider taking the ECL language examination at Level B2 in languages where such examination is available.

Students will have improved their intercultural communication skills, independent study skills, and general language learning ability.

Indicative Texts

Course materials produced by the teacher will be provided.

Core learning materials:

Holá, L; Bořilová, P (2009). Česky krok za krokem 2. Prague: Akropolis.

Malá, Z (2012). Česky krok za krokem 2. Pracovní sešit 1-10. Prague: Akropolis.

Holá, L; Bořilová, P (2010, 2011). Čeština Expres 3. Prague: Akropolis

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

Naughton, J. Czech. An Essential Grammar. 2005. Oxford.

Bischofová, J; Hasil, J; Hrdlička, M; Kramářová, J (2011, 1st edition 1999). Čeština pro středně a více pokročilé. Prague.

Please note: This outline is accurate at the time of publication. Minor amendments may be made prior to the start of the academic year.