Course detail

Contrastive Analysis of Professional Texts

FEKT-BPC-CATAcad. year: 2023/2024

In lectures and seminars the course offers a deeper look at different ways of expressing different layers of meaning meaning in English and Czech through the comparison of particular texts. The texts chosen are used to demonstrate the differences between particular linguistic means in general, and their style specific features as well. The lecture always introduces linguistic phenomena which are then practically dealt with in the seminars.

Language of instruction


Number of ECTS credits


Mode of study

Not applicable.

Entry knowledge

Secondary school level knowledge and lower intermediate knowledge of English are required.

Rules for evaluation and completion of the course

Both the examination and exam will use an in-class writen tests to test the abiloity of the students to realize and analyze the differences between English and Czech texts. The examination focuses on the ability to analyse and compare grammatical structure of English and Czech texts.The exam tests the ability of students to apply theoretical linguistic methodology and knowledge in practice. The maximum number of points for the examination is 40 and the maximum possible number of points for the exam is 60.

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.


The course offers an insight into different problems concerning the diverse ways of expressing meaning in Czech and English. Students will be able to get to know, understand and test in practice the variety of both languages starting from grammar through pragmatic aspects up to cultural dimensions of given languages. The course will futher perfect students’ acquaintance with different genres and sub-genres of prosfessional discourse by their practical analysis.
Student is able to:
- compare Czech and English linguistic means and apply this knowledge in translation and everyday usage of the foreign language
- recognize, define and correctly use different features of professional discourse, either in Czech or in English
- better understand, translate and analyze the meaning of English texts
- to use correct grammar equivalents in translation.
- analyse the usage of stylistic and grammatical means in diverse texts.

Study aids

Not applicable.

Prerequisites and corequisites

Not applicable.

Basic literature

DUŠKOVÁ, Libuše. Mluvnice současné angličtiny na pozadí češtiny. 4. vyd. Praha: Academia, 2012. ISBN 978-80-200-2211-0.
KRHUTOVÁ, Milena. The language of electrical engineering as a special province. Brno: Akademické nakladatelství CERM, 2007. ISBN 978-80-7204-562-4.
KARLÍK, Petr, Marek NEKULA, Zdenka RUSÍNOVÁ a Miroslav GREPL. Příruční mluvnice češtiny. Vyd. 2., opr. [i.e. 4. vyd.]. Praha: NLN, Nakladatelství Lidové noviny, 2012. ISBN 978-80-7106-624-8.
URBANOVÁ, Ludmila. Stylistika anglického jazyka. Brno: Společnost pro odbornou literaturu - Barrister & Principal, 2008. ISBN 978-80-87029-29-9.

Recommended reading

Not applicable.

Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme AJEI-H Bachelor's

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

  • Programme BPC-APE Bachelor's, 3. year of study, summer semester, compulsory

Type of course unit


Fundamentals seminar

26 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer