Course detail

Grammar and Phonetic Structures

FEKT-BPC-MFCAcad. year: 2023/2024

The course aims to extend and deepen the students' knowledge of the English language grammar and phonetic system, including the terminology associated with these areas. It focuses on the elimination of the most frequent errors (Czenglish) and appropriate usage of formal and informal expressions. The students apply the theoretical knowledge in a number of practical tasks during the course of the semester (presentations, miniessays, etc.).


Language of instruction


Number of ECTS credits


Mode of study

Not applicable.

Entry knowledge

Not applicable.

Rules for evaluation and completion of the course

The assessment consists of: 

- Homework assignments (50 points): several tasks in phonetics and grammar assigned during the course of the semester; the details are specified in elearning

- Graded credit (50 points): written and oral parts.

75% attendance is required.


The course aims to deepen the students' knowledge of the English grammar, help the students eliminate the most common grammatical errors, and improve their pronunciation skills and spoken fluency.

Grammar: the students deepen their knowledge of the English grammar and are able to apply it in both speaking and writing. They are able to utilize stylistically appropriate means of expression across various written and spoken genres.

Phonetics: the students understand the basic phonetic and phonological concepts and learn the basics of IPA transcription. They understand how the sounds of English are articulated and eliminate most of the frequent pronunciation errors from their spoken English.

Study aids

Not applicable.

Prerequisites and corequisites

Not applicable.

Basic literature

SPARLING, Don, Simona KALOVÁ a Chris RANCE. English or Czenglish: avoiding Czechisms in English. Brno: Masarykova univerzita, 2021. ISBN 978-80-210-9965-4. (CS)
ALEXANDER, L. G. Longman English grammar. London: Longman, 1991. ISBN 0582558921. (CS)
ROACH, Peter. English phonetics and phonology: a practical course. 4th ed. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009. ISBN 978-0-521-71740-3. (CS)

Recommended reading

MANN, Malcolm a Steve TAYLORE-KNOWLES. Destination C1 & C2: grammar and vocabulary [with answer key]. Oxford: Macmillan, 2007. ISBN 9780230035409. (CS)


Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme BPC-APE Bachelor's, 1. year of study, winter semester, compulsory

Type of course unit


Language exercise

39 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer


Grammar: parts of speech, nouns (countability, plurals), articles, verb tenses, sentence elements, the passive, complex sentences and punctuation, conditionals, prepositions, typical Czech errors

Phonetics: basic terminology, IPA, dialects of English, vowels, consonants, suprasegmentals (word stress, intonation, linking), typical Czech pronunciation errors