Course details

Practical English 3

BPC-PA3 FEKT BPC-PA3 Acad. year 2022/2023 Winter semester 5 credits

The course focuses on the development of reading, listening, speaking and writing skills with particular emphasis on the acquisition of complex grammar and vocabulary leading from B2 towards C1 level of the Common European Framefork of Reference for Languages (CEFR). It is based on learning materials and requirements of the international Cambridge Advanced English (CAE) exam.


Language of instruction




Time span

  • 52 hrs exercises



Subject specific learning outcomes and competences

A course graduate
- can interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers quite possible without strain for either party;
- can participate actively in routine and non-routine formal discussion;
- can follow the discussion on matters related to his/her field, understand in detail the points given prominence by the speaker;
- can contribute, account for and sustain his/her opinion, evaluate alternative proposals and make and respond to hypotheses.

A course graduate:
- can express news and views effectively in writing, and relate to those of others;
- can write different kinds of formal letters, reports, reviews and articles.

A course graduate
- can understand the main ideas of propositionally and linguistically complex speech on both concrete and abstract topics delivered in a standard dialect, including technical discussions in his/her field of specialisation;
- can follow extended speech and complex lines of argument provided the topic is reasonably familiar, and the direction of the talk is sign-posted by explicit markers.

A course graduate
- can read with a large degree of independence, adapting style and speed of reading to different texts and purposes, and using appropriate reference sources selectively;
- has a broad active reading vocabulary, but may experience some difficulty with low frequency idioms.

Learning objectives

The course objectives and output requirements are formulated at B2+ level (Strong Vantage) of the Common European Framefork of Reference for Languages (CEFR).

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

Knowledge of the English language at the level B2 according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) is required.

Study literature

  • HEWINGS, Martin. Advanced grammar in use: a self-study reference and practice book for advanced learners of English : with answers and CD-ROM. 3rd ed. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013. ISBN 978-1-107-69989-2.
  • O'DELL, Felicity a Michael MCCARTHY. English collocations in use: advanced : how words work together for fluent and natural English : self-study and classroom use. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2008. ISBN 9780521707800.
  • POWELL, Debra. Common mistakes at CAE: --and how to avoid them. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2005. Cambridge books for Cambridge exams. ISBN 0521603773.
  • Longman phrasal verbs dictionary. Harlow: Pearson Education, 2000. ISBN 0582291828.

Fundamental literature

  • ELLEDEROVÁ, Eva. Grammar and Word Formation for CAE – Survey and Practice. Brno: VUT FEKT, 2015.

Syllabus of seminars

1 Conditional clauses; collocations
2 Prepositional phrases, prepositions after nouns, adjectives and verbs; phrasal verbs; homonyms
3 Wish clauses and preferences; idioms
4 Modals and semi-modals; prefixes, suffixes; English for academic purposes: correspondence
5 Relative clauses; connotations
6 Purpose clauses, concessive and reason clauses and linking devices; English for academic purposes: report
7 Participle; word formation
8 Present time and present perfect; metaphors
9 Past time; English for academic purposes: review
10 Future time
11 Reported speech
12 Verb patterns; English for academic purposes: article

Topics for conversation:
1 Cultural Life
2 Society
3 Media
4 Education and the World of Work
5 Science and Technology

Progress assessment

75% attendance and active participation in classes, completing set assignments.

Course assessment in points:

A semester test: Use of English (max. 40 points, min. 24 pts, the test may be repeated only once).
An examination: Listening (max. 30 pts, min. 15 pts), Reading (max. 30 pts, min. 15pts).

Teaching methods and criteria

Preferred approaches and methods are a communicative approach and a task-based approach using multimedia teaching aids. 

Controlled instruction

The content and forms of instruction in the evaluated course are specified by a regulation issued by the lecturer responsible for the course and updated for every academic year.


Mon exam 2022-12-05 T10/N 3.22 09:0009:30písemný test
Mon exam 2022-12-12 T10/N 3.22 09:0009:30písemný test - opravný
Mon exam 2022-12-19 T10/N 3.22 09:0010:00zkouška
Mon exercise lectures T10/N 3.22 09:0010:5020 2BIA 2BIB 3BIT xx Ellederová
Mon exam 2023-01-09 T10/N 3.22 11:0011:30písemný test - 2. opravný
Mon exam 2022-12-05 T10/N 3.22 13:0013:30písemný test
Mon exercise lectures T10/N 3.22 13:0014:5020 2BIA 2BIB 3BIT xx Ellederová
Tue exam 2022-12-13 T10/N 3.22 11:0012:00zkouška
Tue exercise lectures T10/N 3.22 11:0012:5020 2BIA 2BIB 3BIT xx Ellederová
Tue exam 2022-12-13 T10/N 3.22 13:0014:00zkouška
Tue exercise lectures T10/N 3.22 13:0014:5020 2BIA 2BIB 3BIT xx Ellederová

Course inclusion in study plans

  • Programme BIT, 2nd year of study, Compulsory-Elective group A
  • Programme BIT (in English), 2nd year of study, Compulsory-Elective group A
  • Programme IT-BC-3, field BIT, 2nd year of study, Compulsory-Elective group A
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