Faculty of Information Technology, BUT

Course details

Efficient Reading of English Professional Texts

AEC Acad. year 2009/2010 Winter semester 3 credits

Current academic year

The course is focused on efficient reading and reading comprehension, mostly in combination with other skills. Different types of general and professional texts are used, as well as different reading techniques, such as scanning, skinning, intensive reading, and reading for problem solving. Both general and professional vocabulary are enriched. The course is suitable for the PGS exam and for other exams organized outside the faculty.


Borecká Marcela, PhDr. (DFL FEEC BUT)

Language of instruction

Czech, English


Credit+Examination (written+oral)

Time span

26 hrs exercises

Assessment points

60 exam, 40 half-term test



Borecká Marcela, PhDr. (DFL FEEC BUT)

Learning objectives

Improvement of reading skills and reading comprehension. Mastering different types of specialized and general technical texts in English and different reading techniques.


Prerequisite kwnowledge and skills

Intermediate level of English, a completed BSc BAN4 course.

Study literature

  • E. H. Glendinning: Oxford English for Information Technology, O.U.P.
  • E. H. Glendinning: Study Reading, O.U.P.
  • Daily Press and Internet Sources.
  • BBC English Magazine.

Syllabus of numerical exercises

  • 1) Introduction, needs analysis questionnaire, course programme.
  • 2) Evaluation of the questionnaire, reading techniques.
  • 3) to 12) Scanning, skimming, intensive reading, vocabulary work, technical texts related to IT, communications, environment, safety, electrical engineering, British press, reading for study and research, etc. with a test in the 7th week.
  • 13) Revision.

Progress assessment

A half-semester test (worth 40 points max.) and an examination (worth 60 points max.).

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.

Exam prerequisites

Active and regular attendance and a completed test (20 points min.).
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