Faculty of Information Technology, BUT

Course details

New Headway Intermediate 2

BAN4 Acad. year 2017/2018 Summer semester 3 credits

Current academic year

The course of English for intermediate students is orientated on both general and technical English. An integrated approach is applied during teaching this course. After a grammar section with many tasks highlighting the new grammar, there is at least one activity for speaking, listening, reading and writing in every unit. There is a strong lexical component in the course. Technical texts are subject specific but the teacher's objective is teaching language, not subject knowledge.


Sedláček Pavel, Mgr. (DFL FEEC BUT)

Language of instruction



Credit+Examination (written+oral)

Time span

26 hrs exercises

Assessment points

60 exam, 40 half-term test



Subject specific learning outcomes and competences

To be able to speak about topics contained in the textbook accurately and fluently (with a certain error tolerance). To be able to use basic reading techniques (scanning, skimming, selecting what is relevant). To be able to follow English lessons, to follow instructions, desciptions and explanations, to take notes when listening. To be able to write a formal and informal letter, to send a fax, to fill in a form, to describe a person and a place. To be able to understand a complicated sentence construction and relations between sentences from a language point of view; to acquire new semi-technical vocabulary.

Generic learning outcomes and competences

This course fulfills Level B1 of the European Council Reference Frame.

Learning objectives

Acquisition of new vocabulary. Developing grammar knowledge. Developing the language skills: reading, speaking, listening and writing. Introducing and revising common phrases of spoken English. Work with semi-technical texts.

Prerequisite kwnowledge and skills

To pass the BAN3 course or to acquire at least 41 points the entrance language test (instruction is in Czech only).

Study literature

Fundamental literature

  • Taylor, L.: International Express Intermediate. New edition. Student's Book. OUP 2005.
  • Johnson, D.: General Engineering. English for Academic Purposes Series. Cassell Publishers Ltd, London, 1991.
  • Soars, L., Soars, J.: New Headway Intermediate (Student's Book, Teacher's Book, Workbook). Oxford University Press, 1996.

Syllabus of numerical exercises

  1. Modal verbs. Differences between British and American English.
  2. Giving presentations. Reading: International Outsourcing.
  3. Future arrangements and intentions. Collocations.
  4. Present Continuous and 'going to'. Business communication.
  5. Temporal clauses. Writing e-mails.
  6. 1st and 2nd Conditionals. Phrasal verbs.
  7. Present Perfect Simple and Present Perfect Continuous. Job descriptions.
  8. Describing a process. Interviewing techniques.
  9. 3rd Conditional. Confusing words.
  10. Business correspondence. 'Should' + perfect infinitive.
  11. Reported speech. Collocations.
  12. Technical text. Social responses.
  13. Semester test.

Controlled instruction

"Stop and Check" tests.

Exam prerequisites

A written test.

Course inclusion in study plans

  • Programme IT-BC-3, field BIT, 1st year of study, Compulsory-Elective group A
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