Course detail

English for Life

FP-IapePAcad. year: 2022/2023

The course is focused on the development of the students' verbal and written communication skills and their further professional application within the wider framework of both Czech and European job markets. The central elements of the course consist in practising communication in the European cultural, business and legal environment and activities designed to describe and question European cultures in comparison with the Czech Republic (taking the Euro-American cultural context into account). The course provides the overview of the European Union institutions and their functions and presents the English language as the universal tool providing access to education and jobs to the Czech and Moravian university graduates. The coursework is based on the interpretation of written and audio-visual sources, discussion and personal opinion presentation.

Language of instruction


Number of ECTS credits


Mode of study

Not applicable.

Learning outcomes of the course unit

The ability to find one's way in the European (and world) cultural and professional environment. The ability to use English in a wide range of everyday situations. Improved ability to understand spoken English. The student is able to describe EU institutions and knows the basic facts about their functioning, understands the relationships of the Euro-American cultural context, is able to discuss economic and political problems, the questions of employment, jobs, science and technology, discusses the problems of the legal system and environment, compares cultural environment of different countries and understands cultural differences, is able to discuss the problems of education.


The subject knowledge required corresponds to CEF B1 level according to the Common European framework.


Not applicable.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

The course uses teaching methods in form of Exercise - 2 teaching hours per week.

Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes

75% attendance and active participation at classes, test

Completion of the course for students with individual study plan
Credit: test

Completion of the course in distance form (applied only when objective external circumstances do not allow the implementation of the study programme in accordance with the granted accreditation)
Credit: test
Specific tasks may be required during semester

Course curriculum

EU - information about the history of EU and functioning of its institutions
Professional communication, business
Science and technology
Law, crime, justice, legal proceedings
Cultural differences, intercultural communication
Schools and education
Health problems, health care
Euro-American culture

Work placements

Not applicable.


Vocabulary development and practising the general ability to work with language Encouraging the students to communicate actively. Further broadening of European horizons.

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.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Prerequisites and corequisites

Not applicable.

Basic literature

Not applicable.

Recommended reading

Wellman, Guy. The Heinemann English Wordbuilder. Praha: Státní pedagogické nakladatelství, 1991. (EN)
Sweeney, S. (2003) English for Business Communication. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press
McCarthy,M. and O´Dell, F. (2009) Academic Vocabulary in Use. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press
Kocmanová, M. and Pokorná, Z.(2004) Euro English. Praha:Ostrov

Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme MGR-IM Master's, 1. year of study, summer semester, elective

  • Programme MGR-SI Master's

    branch MGR-IM , 1. year of study, summer semester, compulsory-optional

Type of course unit


Language exercise

26 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer