Faculty of Information Technology, BUT

Course details

English Everyday Conversation 2/2

JA3 Acad. year 2005/2006 Summer semester 3 credits

Characteristics of native-speaker conversation, idioms of the spoken language, the difference between the Czech and English languages and presentation are done here. Students can continue in other specialized courses in English. The prerequisite for this course is a passed exam from either the "Headway Intermediate" or the "Headway Upper-Intermediate" course.


Language of instruction



Credit+Examination (written+oral)

Time span

26 hrs exercises

Assessment points

100 exam



Subject specific learning outcomes and competences

Students will develop the ability to speak English fluently and confidently, especially in less formal contexts. The activities will also increase the students' sensitivity to the way conversations work.

Learning objectives

The themes are connected with the habits and custom of everyday conversation. Note: The course takes two semesters.


Prerequisite kwnowledge and skills

Successful passing the course JA3/1.

Syllabus of lectures

  • Introductory lesson
  • Aims in life
  • Desperate decision
  • Group holiday
  • Guide
  • Looking for a job
  • NASA game
  • Shrinking story
  • The message is...
  • True or false?
  • Similarities and differences
  • Culture shock!
  • Semester interview
  • Attitudes to gifts and giving
  • Habits
  • Family life
  • Emotions
  • Eureka!
  • Problem page
  • Time capsule
  • Future shock
  • The bridge
  • Airport
  • Who's the boss?
  • Weekend trip
  • Final semester test

Syllabus of numerical exercises

  • Students learn about the aims of the course
  • Describing and giving reasons for one's aims in life
  • Finding solutions to a problem
  • Agreeing on a shared holiday
  • Ranking places for a sightseeing tour
  • Choosing someone for a job
  • Ranking objects
  • Memory, insight into the process of communication
  • Recognizing the functions of gestures in English
  • Ways of being polite in social encounters
  • Social behaviour in the target language
  • Problems people encounter when living in a new country
  • Assessing the progress of students in the course
  • A cross-cultural discussion about gifts and giving
  • To get students to share opinions
  • Sharing opinions on family
  • Telling each other about emotions
  • Promoting discussion about inventions
  • Showing empathy
  • Things students value in their daily lives
  • Discussing priorities for the future
  • Deciding on individual responsibility for a tragedy
  • A conflict situation in having to decide what to do
  • Discussing the role of secretaries at work
  • Planning a short holiday
  • To be announced

Progress assessment

Students will be expected to discuss the topic of the week in either pairs, groups or in the class as a whole. The lecturer will observe the students and prod them when needed.

Exam prerequisites

Students must attend class regularly and make an effort to participate in class discussions in English in order to be invited to the exam.

Course inclusion in study plans

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