Course detail

Effective Reading of Electrotechnical English

FEKT-XAREAcad. year: 2017/2018

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 one-semester course.

Learning outcomes of the course unit

Students will improve their reading skills (they will become familiar with scanning, skimming, intensive reading, guessing meaning from the context, etc.) , the use of which will develop their comprehension of English texts . By analyzing different kinds of technical and semi-technical texts they will enrich their general and specialized vocabulary.Students will be able to understand, analyze, translate and paraphrase different kinds of specialized professional texts.


Intermediate level of English is requested (BAN4 /XAN4 min.)


Not applicable.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Recommended or required reading

E.H.Glendinning: Oxford English for Information Technology, O.U.P.
E.H.Glendinning: Study Reading,O.U.P.
Autentické materiály z tisku a internetu
BBC English Magazine

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Explanation of the reading strategies, individual reading of texts from the internet or class sets of textbooks, comprehension tasks, vocabulary work, and discussions over the texts

Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes

One semester test forms 40% of the course evaluation (40 points maximum and 20 points minimum).
The final exam forms 60% of the course evaluation and shows students´ ability to understand three different types of specialized texts and to analyze, synthetize, paraphrase, organize and reproduce information from them ( 60 points maximum and 30 points minimum).
The course is worth 3 credits.

Language of instruction


Work placements

Not applicable.

Course curriculum

2. evaluation of the questionnaire, reading techniques
3. to 11.scanning, skimming, intensive reading, vocabulary work, technical texts related to IT, communications, environment, safety, electrical engineering, British press, reading for study and research,etc.
12. revision
13. semestre test


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

Specification of controlled education, way of implementation and compensation for absences

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.

Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme AUDIO-P Master's

    branch P-AUD , 1. year of study, winter semester, 3 credits, general knowledge
    branch P-AUD , 2. year of study, winter semester, 3 credits, general knowledge

Type of course unit


Language exercise

26 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer