Course detail

Practical English 4

FEKT-HPA4Acad. year: 2020/2021

The course focuses on the development of reading, listening, speaking and writing skills with particular emphasis on complex grammar and vocabulary at C1 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). It is based on learning materials and requirements of the international Cambridge Advanced English (CAE) exam. The course continues the course Practical English 3 (HPA 3).

Learning outcomes of the course unit

A course graduate can:
- understand a wide range of demanding, longer texts, and recognise implicit meaning;
- express him/herself fluently and spontaneously without much obvious searching for expressions;
- use language flexibly and effectively for social, academic and professional purposes;
- can produce clear, well-structured, detailed text on complex subjects, showing controlled use of organisational patterns, connectors and cohesive devices.

A course graduate:
- can give clear, detailed descriptions and presentations on complex subjects, integrating sub-themes, developing particular points and rounding off with an appropriate conclusion.

A course graduate:
- can write clear, well-structured texts of complex subjects, underlining the relevant salient issues;
- can expand and support points of view at some length with subsidiary points, reasons and relevant examples, and round off with an appropriate conclusion.

A course graduate:
- can understand enough to follow extended speech on abstract and complex topics beyond his/her own field, though he/she may need to confirm occasional details, especially if the accent is unfamiliar;
- can recognise a wide range of idiomatic expressions and colloquialisms, appreciating register shifts;
- can follow extended speech even when it is not clearly structured and when relationships are only implied and not signalled explicitly.

A course graduate:
- can understand in detail lengthy, complex texts, whether or not they relate to his/her own area of speciality, provided he/she can reread difficult sections.


Knowledge of the English language at the level B2+ according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) and successful completion of the course Practical English 3 (HPA 3) is required.


Not applicable.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Recommended or required reading

O’Dell, Felicity, and Annie Broadhead. Objective Advanced. Student’s Book with Answers. Third Edition. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012.
Ellederová, Eva. CAE Use of English Practice – A Set of Four Parts: 111x Multiple-Choice Cloze, 111x Open Cloze, 111x Word Formation, 111x Key Word Transformation. Brno: VUT FEKT, 2015.
Ellederová, Eva. Grammar and Word Formation for CAE – Survey and Practice. Brno: VUT FEKT, 2015.
Ellederová, Eva. Practical English HPA 4 - Grammar, Vocabulary and Phrases. Brno: VUT FEKT, 2015.
Hewings, Martin. Advanced Grammar in Use. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013.
Powell, Debra. Common Mistakes at CAE and How to Avoid Them. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2005.
Longman Phrasal Verbs Dictionary. Harlow: Pearson Education Limited, 2000.
O’Dell, Felicity and Michael McCarthy. English Collocations in Use Advanced. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2008.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Practical exercises developing receptive and productive skills by means of a presentations, explanations, exercises and exploitation activities using multimedia aids.

With reference to the current measures related to the spread of COVID-19, teaching and learning will be in the form of 50 % self-studying and 50 % online teaching.

Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes

75% attendance and active participation in classes, completing set assignments.

Final Assessment:
A project: Persuasive presentation (max. 15 pts., min. 7 pts.)
A semester test: Use of English (max. 40 points, min. 24 pts, the test may be repeated only once).
An examination (max. 45 pts.): Listening (cut-off score: 15%), Reading (cut-off score: 50%)

The semester test and examination will take place online.

Language of instruction


Work placements

Not applicable.

Course curriculum

1 Passive voice, expression “have sth done”; word formation; English for academic purposes: essay
2 Verbs + to-infinitive/0-infinitive and gerund; expressing opinions
3 Hypothesising; idioms: the body
4 Reading: gap filling; listening: multiple choice
5 Articles; English for academic purposes: review
6 Use of English: multiple-choice cloze, open cloze and key word transformation
7 Collocations; Emphasis; English for academic purposes: presentation and discussion
8 Reading: multiple choice, cross-text multiple matching and multiple matching
9 Language of persuasion; homonyms; English for academic purposes: proposals
10 Inversion; word formation; idioms: travel; English for academic purposes: scientific report, abstract, annotation and summary
11 Listening: multiple choice; sentence completion; multiple matching
12 Interpreting and comparison; collocations: environment
13 Phrasal verbs; recapitulation: linking devices and types of clauses

Topics for conversation:
1 Family life
2 Literature, films, theatre and music
3 Food, cooking and eating
4 Interesting places
5 Climate change and environment
6 Information technology and electrical engineering


The course objectives and output requirements are formulated at C1 level (Effective Operational Proficiency) of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR)

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 AJEI-H Bachelor's

    branch H-AEI , 2. year of study, summer semester, 5 credits, compulsory

Type of course unit


Language exercise

52 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer