Course detail

English for Life 1

FEKT-MKC-EFE1Acad. year: 2023/2024

An English course with a focus on the acquirement and practice of advanced skills within practical verbal and written communication. The seminars include not only a wide variety of functional aspects of the English language, but also different forms of interaction, namely active discussion, presentation, interpretation of audiovisual materials, and production or analysis of texts. The topics are outlined in such a manner as to enable the students to use English more effectively in dealing with everyday social and professional situations.

Language of instruction


Number of ECTS credits


Mode of study

Not applicable.

Entry knowledge

The fundamental prerequisite consists of a good command of English as defined by the current XAN4 exam.
Students wishing to take the course exam and obtain their credits are required to attend a minimum of 75% of the tutorials/lectures.

Note 1: Students who have a bachelor degree in English in Electrical Engineering and Informatics (AJEI-H) must register MPC-EFE1 or MKC/EFE1. However, such students will automatically receive their credits and are not required to attend classes or to take any tests or exams that other MPC-EFE1/MKC-EFE1 students must take.

Note 2: Due to the return of the Covid-19 virus, the above class atttendance rules will not be applied in the same way during the 2020/2021 academic year. However, whether it is contact teaching at FEKT, or 'distance learning' from home, all students must complete the requirements given by their individual lecturer in this course.

As for all viruses and the wearing of masks in class, all students attending classes are obligated to respect the rules outlined by the Rector of VUT and the Dean of FEKT.

Rules for evaluation and completion of the course

Classified Credit:

Graded assessment based on the material discussed in the course of teaching, including grammar (see "osnova").
Students must earn a minimum of 50% of the total points in order to pass MKC-EFE1.

The content and forms of instruction in the evaluated course are specified by regulations issued by the lecturer responsible for the course and updated for every academic year.


The development of knowledge and skills related to both the general and professional use of English.
The abilility to communicate in areas of interest related to present-day Euroamerican civilization.
The ability to orientate oneself in the cultural and professional maze of present-day Euroamerican civilization.
The ability to use English in a wide range of everyday situations.
The knowledge of various writing techniques plus the rules of team work and business communication in English.
The ability to understand natural spoken English.
The ability to give an oral English presentation in front of many people.
The ability to ask different oral presenters pertinent questions in English on a variety of presentations.

Study aids

Not applicable.

Prerequisites and corequisites

Not applicable.

Basic literature

R. MacNeil and W. Cran, Do You Speak American? 2007 (EN)

Recommended reading

Not applicable.

Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme MKC-TIT Master's, any year of study, summer semester, compulsory-optional
  • Programme MKC-EVM Master's, any year of study, summer semester, compulsory-optional
  • Programme MKC-EEN Master's, any year of study, summer semester, compulsory-optional
  • Programme MKC-EKT Master's, any year of study, summer semester, compulsory-optional

Type of course unit


Language exercise

26 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer


1. Week 1 Introduction
2. Week 2 Grammar I
3. Week 3 Grammar II
4. Week 4 Introduction to EuroAmerican Culture
5. Week 5 Vocabulary Review and Sentence Structures
6. Week 6 Technical/Cultural (Hoover Dam)
7. Week 7 Englishes of the World
8. Week 8 Technical/Cultural (CN Tower and technical texts)
9. Week 9 Professional English
10. Week 10 Giving Presentations I: Learning how to give a good presentation.
11. Week 11 Giving Presentations II: Practicing how to give a good Introduction.
12. Week 12 Semester Review
13. Week 13 Semester Test