Title:

English: Conversation

Code:JA3
Ac.Year:2017/2018
Term:Summer
Curriculums:
ProgrammeBranchYearDuty
IT-BC-3BIT-Elective
IT-BC-3BIT2ndElective
Language:Czech
Credits:3
Completion:accreditation+exam (written&verbal)
Type of
instruction:
Hour/semLecturesSem. ExercisesLab. exercisesComp. exercisesOther
Hours:026000
 ExaminationTestsExercisesLaboratoriesOther
Points:6040000
Guarantee:Walek Agata, Mgr., DFL
Instructor:Walek Agata, Mgr., DFL
Faculty:Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Communication BUT
Department:Department of Foreign Languages FEEC BUT
Prerequisites: 
New Headway Intermediate 2 (BAN4), DFL
 
Learning objectives:
  
  • To involve students effectively and in a stress-free way in discussions so they could feel more confident when engaged in more sophisticated debates,
  • to include and practise a wide range of speaking skills such as negotiating, persuading, expressing and defending opinions, giving presentations,
  • to work with stress and intonation,
  • to practise and extend constantly vocabulary including slang and idiomatic expressions.
Description:
  
  • The conversation class opens opportunity to talk about social and scientific controversial issues occurring daily on TV and in newspapers, and makes students think more deeply about these matters.
  • The aim is to bridge the gap between the artificial classroom conversation and the natural, real-life discussion, and encourage students to talk about things which really matter to them on a personal, political and moral level.
  • Students are expected to give presentations providing basic information on the topic. They are intended to be used as springboards for the discussions.
Knowledge and skills required for the course:
  The student signed up for the class is expected to be able:
  • to use general vocabulary from all common areas (family, home, food, jobs and career, health and sickness, travelling and transport, sports, hobbies)
  • to apply carefully grammar rules during conversation (grammar tenses, relative clauses, time clauses, conditionals, passive voice, modal verbs),
  • to speak clearly with certain error tolerance,
  • to understand very well classes taught in English.
Syllabus of numerical exercises:
 TOPICS TO BE COVERED IN THE CONVERSATION CLASS:
  • SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY - WHERE DO WE GO?
    What are the main dangers of scientific advances? Will science end the world or save the world? What are the most important inventions / discoveries ever? Will machines rule the world?
  • THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS / RELIGION
    What is (un)happiness? What makes us feel happy? Does it lie within us or outside us? Do you think some nations are happier than others?
    What is our attitude to religion? Do we need God?
  • MONEY - THE ROOT OF ALL EVIL?
    Can you imagine living in a world without money? Would there be no poverty? How would the world be different if all the money was shared out equally among all people? Is money really the root of all evil? Are rich people more attractive?
  • NOBODY NEEDS A GUN
    Gun massacres in schools. Why do people keep guns? Why do men love guns that much? Would you ever use a gun?
  • CAR - A DANGEROUS WEAPON?
    Do we make way for cars or cars make way for us? What countries produce the best cars? Do you think the car a person drives is an extension of his/her personality?
  • SPACE EXPLORATION - LIVING ON MARS FOREVER?
    Is everything perfect in the Universe? Is it worth spending so much money on space research? Is colonizing space essential?
  • TELLING LIES
    Are we honest? How honest are we? Are we strong enough to face the truth? How to tell the truth? When to hide it?
  • DEATH PENALTY
    Are you in favour of death penalty? An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth? Is capital punishment deterrent to crime? How many innocent people have died from the death penalty?
  • NOT MY TYPE
    Biting nails, thin legs, bad complexion - what do you avoid in a partner?
  • ADDICTIONS
    Alcohol, smoking, drugs, chocolate, shopping, football, sex - what are we hooked on? 
  • ART
    What is art? Does art change the way we think or feel? How would the world be different without artists?
  • BIG BROTHER IS WATCHING
    Do we really care for freedom? Do you think that a surveillance society is a safe society? Do our parents respect our privacy?
  • IMMIGRATION AND RACISM
    Why are we racists? Will racism ever disappear from the world? What are the benefits of immigration?
Study literature:
 
  • Wallwork, A.: Discussions A-Z.
  • MacAndrew, R.: Taboos and Issues.
  • MacAndrew, R.: Instant Discussions.
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.
Progress assessment:
  Semester tests ... 40 points.
Final exam ... 60 points.
To pass this course one needs a minimum of 50 % in all activities.
Exam prerequisites:
  
  • Written test (40 points), it contains vocabulary,
  • presentation (60 points).