Course details

New Headway Intermediate 1

BAN3 Acad. year 2010/2011 Winter semester 3 credits

Current academic year

The course of English for intermediate students orientated on both general and technical English. An integrated approach is applied during teaching of 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.

Guarantor

Walek Agata, Mgr. (DFL FEEC BUT)

Language of instruction

Czech, English

Completion

Credit+Examination (written+oral)

Time span

26 hrs exercises

Assessment points

80 exam, 20 half-term test

Department

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.

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.

Prerequisites

Prerequisite kwnowledge and skills

To pass the BAN2 course or to acquire "31 - 40" points in the entrance test (instruction is in Czech only).

Study literature

  • Taylor, L.: International Express Intermediate. New edition, Student's Book, OUP 2002.
  • Support for home-training: http://www.feec.vutbr.cz/et

Fundamental literature

  • Taylor, L.: International Express Intermediate. New edition. Student's Book. OUP 2002
  • 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. Pres. Simple and Continuous, action and state verbs. Vocab: personal information, learning vocabulary.
  2. National branding. Functions: introductions and greetings, welcoming a visitor.
  3. Past Simple and Pres. Perfect Simple review, used to + infinitive, subject and object questions. Vocab: work file, dictionary skills.
  4. Reading: company and job profile. Functions: answering the phone, making and changing appointments. Pronunciation: "s", "z". Saying dates.
  5. Comparative and superlative adjectives, relative clauses. Vocab: adjectives, personal attitudes and qualities. Techn. text: From dumb pipes to smart sensors.
  6. Reading: Past, present and future languages. Functions: giving opinions, agreeing and disagreeing, participating in a meeting or discussion. Pronunciation: sounding polite.
  7. Present and past trends: Pres. Continuous and Past Simple, adjectives and adverbs. Vocab: food file, word groups.
  8. Reading: ethical consumerism. Functions: advice and suggestions. Pronunciation: "sh (š)", "ch (č)" Techn. text: Data with a human touch.
  9. Passives: Pres. Simple, Pres. Continuous, Past Simple, Pres. Perfect Simple, Will future. Vocab: leisure and fitness activities, word combinations.
  10. Reading: Fit to work. Functions: leaving recorded messages, using mobile phones. Pronunciation: stressing important information.
  11. Past Simple, Past Continuous, Past Perfect. Vocab: gerunds file, personal management.
  12. Reading: Gap year for adults. Functions: requests and offers, exchanging information. Pronunciation: contrastive stress. Techn. text: Electronic paper (mock exam).
  13. Semester test.

Progress assessment

"Stop and Check" tests.

Exam prerequisites

A written test.
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