Course details

English: Reading Skills 2/2

JA2 Acad. year 2010/2011 Summer semester 3 credits

Current academic year

Course is not open in this 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 is enriched. The course is suitable for the PGS exam and for other exams organized outside the faculty. It is a two-semester course.


Borecká Marcela, PhDr. (DFL FEEC BUT)

Language of instruction



Credit+Examination (written+oral)

Time span

26 hrs exercises

Assessment points

100 exam


Subject specific learning outcomes and competences

Students improve their reading skills, comprehension of English texts and they enrich their general and specialized vocabulary.

Learning objectives

Improvement of reading skills and reading comprehension. Mastering different types of texts and different reading techniques.


Prerequisite kwnowledge and skills

Successful passing the course JA2/1.

Study literature

According to teacher hints.

Fundamental literature

According to teacher hints.

Syllabus of lectures

  • Introduction and programme of the course
  • Needs analysis
  • Theory - different reading techniques
  • Skimming
  • Scanning
  • Reading for problem solving
  • Vocabulary work
  • Phrases used in social life
  • Introduction to idioms
  • Guessing meaning from the context
  • Structure of technical texts - I
  • Revision
  • Autumn semester test written
  • Theory of efficient reading
  • Intensive reading
  • British press - I 
  • British press - II
  • Vocabulary work
  • Structure of technical texts - II
  • Complete cloze
  • Summary of a long text
  • Retelling a read text (a product presentation)
  • Reading mathematical expressions
  • Reading mathematical formulae
  • Revision
  • Spring semester test written

Syllabus of numerical exercises

  • Course organization
  • Needs analysis questionnaire, evaluation
  • Examples of different reading techniques and types of texts
  • Reading for survival and for gist
  • Scanning a text for a piece of information
  • Jumbled sentences and paragraphs
  • Opposites
  • Small talk
  • Practising idioms
  • Cloze tests
  • Branches of engineering
  • Revision
  • Autumn semester test written
  • Repairs and safety at work
  • Corrections of texts
  • Examples - British newspapers
  • Individual parts of British newspapers
  • Looking for synonyms in a technical text
  • Renewable energy sources
  • Reconstruction of a read text
  • Writing a summary
  • Presentation of an electronic device based on a read text
  • Practising reading mathematical expressions
  • Practising reading mathematical formulae
  • Revision
  • Spring semester test written

Progress assessment

Each lesson - questions concerning vocabulary students met in the previous lesson and comprehension tests

Exam prerequisites

Semester tests

Course inclusion in study plans

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