General English Exam
GEN Acad. year 2022/2023 Summer semester 1 credits
The exam tests the ability to use language independently at B1 level, with an emphasis on the needs of successful communication in everyday situations. The written part tests knowledge of grammar and general vocabulary acquired in previous study. In the oral part, students need to prove they are able to express themselves spontaneously, enter unprepared into conversation on topics that are familiar, react to questions, express and explain their ideas and thoughts, compare and contrast alternatives, etc.
Language of instruction
- 100 pts final exam
Subject specific learning outcomes and competences
A student who successfully passes the GEN exam understands the main ideas of comprehensible input on topics that he/she regularly encounters in everyday situations, in the workplace, while studying or visiting places where English is used as the main language of communication. A successful exam candidate can engage in conversation, describe facts, events and goals, and can briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans. The scope corresponds to B1 level.
The aim of the exam is to demonstrate that the student is able to communicate in English independently at B1 level.
Why is the course taught
The General English Exam at B1 level is intended to students with sufficient language knowledge required as compulsory minimum level who do not have any exam or certificate that could be acknowledged. The GEN exam therefore enables students to demonstrate their current knowledge and meet the required compulsory level without the necessity of going through lessons. The exam tests the ability to use language independently at B1 level, with an emphasis on the needs of successful communication in everyday situations or situations related to study.
Prerequisite knowledge and skills
Knowledge of grammar and vocabulary at B1 level corresponding to the compulsory literature and the needs of an independent communication is regarded as a minimum to pass the exam.
- MURPHY, Raymond. English Grammar in Use: A self-study reference and practice book for intermediate learners of English : with answers. 4th ed. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012. ISBN 978-0-521-18906-4.
- CLARE, Antonia, J. J. WILSON a Stephanie DIMOND-BAYIR. Speakout: intermediate. 2nd edition. Harlow: Pearson Education, . ISBN 978-1-292-11594-8.
The exam has a written and an oral part and tests the knowledge of General English at B1 level. The written part tests the knowledge of grammar and vocabulary, while the oral part tests the ability to engage in conversation spontaneously without prior preparation. It also assesses fluency of speech, pronunciation and the ability to use grammar and vocabulary covered in the compulsory literature or a similar course book on B1 level. The student is required to score at least 50% in both parts of the exam.
Teaching methods and criteria
Separately registered exam following previous language study.
There are no lessons.
How to contact the teacher
Teachers may be contacted via email or in the office hours.
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Course inclusion in study plans
- Programme BIT, 1st year of study, Compulsory-Elective group A
- Programme BIT (in English), 1st year of study, Compulsory-Elective group A
- Programme IT-BC-3, field BIT, 1st year of study, Compulsory-Elective group A