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English for North America

ASA Acad. year 2014/2015 Winter semester 3 credits

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This course is designed for students who have a good enough ability to communicate in English. The aim of this course to make language students aware of North American culture, the different dialects, political and economic differences from the European way, along with a better orientation of Canada and the United States. The course is intended to improve the communication abilities of the student in specific situations, and to improve writing skills of each student as well.

Guarantor

Language of instruction

Czech

Completion

Credit+Examination (written+oral)

Time span

26 hrs exercises

Assessment points

60 exam, 40 half-term test

Department

Instructor

Subject specific learning outcomes and competences

Speaking and presentation (oral and written) are important. The use of everyday social expressions and idioms in American and Canadian English, and the context in which they are used, are also an integral part of the course.

Learning objectives

Vocabulary development and knowledge of American English. Encouraging students to communicate actively. Expanding the student's knowledge of the United States and Canada. Developing written abilities in professional situations.

Prerequisite kwnowledge and skills

Knowledge of English at an intermediate level is required, the completed BSc BAN4 course.

Study literature

R. MacNeil and W. Cran: Do You Speak American? 2007.

Syllabus of numerical exercises

  1. Political Systems. Differences between the United States and Canada and comparison with Europe. Attitudes towards their own sovereignty.
  2. Comparison of American English and British English-with a comparison of Canadian English too. Greetings/Telephoning.
  3. Geography of the USA. Comparison of different regions in the country. Demography, ethnic and religious background of population.
  4. Geography of Canada. Comparison of different regions in the country. Differences between Quebec and the rest of Canada. Linguistic issues.
  5. Traveling across the USA and Canada. Use of buses, trains and cars. Natural and man-made sites to visit. How to respond and react as a tourist?
  6. Technological feats-the building of the Hoover Dam given as one example. Other major technological feats in North America.
  7. Educational system. Differences between North America and Europe. Requirement for entrance into universities.
  8. Employment in North America. What are the necessary requirements? What type of engineers are needed? Presentation of C.V., going to interviews, etc.
  9. Invitations and restaurants. How to make and respond to an invitation? Different attitudes towards food in different parts of each country.
  10. Recreational and cultural activities in the United States and Canada. Sports, music, national holidays, other freetime activities.
  11. Taboos. Political correctness in the areas of sex and gender, religion, politics and alcohol. Race relations and multiculturalism.
  12. Review of above topic areas for semester test.
  13. Semester test for course written.

Progress assessment

  • 40% semester test,
  • 60% exam.

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

20 points from test.

Course inclusion in study plans

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