Course detail

English 5

FSI-A5Acad. year: 2021/2022

The course covers core language and skills that students need to communicate successfully in technical specialisations.

Language of instruction


Learning outcomes of the course unit

Students will be made familiar with general vocabulary for the workplace, as well as grammar structures necessary for professional communication at upper-intermediate level.


The course is intended for students who are familiar with the language at intermediate level (CEF B1).


Not applicable.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Language instruction as an extension of basic professional curriculum.

Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes

To pass this course it is necessary, apart from active participation in the class and individual home preparation, to pass the credit test, which is divided into three parts written on pre-set dates throughout the semester. The maximum score is 50 points and in order to fulfil the credit requirements students must earn a minimum of 30 points. In case this benchmark is not achieved, there is a possibility for the student to resit the test.

Course curriculum

Not applicable.

Work placements

Not applicable.


The aim of the course is to teach the language skills needed by university students and company employees in a range of engineering branches.

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

Attendance at seminars is compulsory and is systematically checked by the teacher. Students are allowed to miss two seminars.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Prerequisites and corequisites

Not applicable.

Basic literature

BONAMY, David. Technical English 4: Course Book. Harlow: Pearson Education, 2011. ISBN 978-1-4082-2955-2. (EN)

Recommended reading

MURPHY, Raymond. English Grammar in Use: A self-study reference and practice book for intermediate learners of English : with answers. 4th ed. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012. ISBN 978-0-521-18906-4. (EN)
BRIEGER, Nick a Alison POHL. Technical English Vocabulary and Grammar. Andover: Heinle, Cengage Learning, 2002. ISBN 978-1-902741-76-5. (EN)

Type of course unit


Language exercise

26 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer


1. Introduction, U1 - technical description, past tenses and questions revision
2. U1 - technical article, linking
3. U2 - function of a device, passive forms revision
4. U2 - describing properties, modal verbs
5. 1st semester test, U3 - expressing probability, automotive engineering text
6. U3 - note-taking, lecture, summarizing, linkers of contrast, relative clauses
7. U4- engineering article, physics and mechanical vocabulary, phrasal verbs
8. U4 - instructions and feedback, conjunctions while/as
9. 2nd semester test, U5 - cause and effect links, describing a process
10. U5 - flow diagram, lecture, gerunds and nouns
11. U6 - degrees of certainty, plans, future forms
12. U6 - participating in a meeting, chairing a meeting
13. 3rd semester test