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English for Sociology I - JLB001
Title: Angličtina pro sociology I
Guaranteed by: The Language Centre (23-KJP)
Faculty: Faculty of Social Sciences
Actual: from 2021 to 2022
Semester: winter
E-Credits: 3
Examination process: winter s.:
Hours per week, examination: winter s.:0/2, C [HT]
Capacity: unknown / 108 (108)
Min. number of students: unlimited
4EU+: no
Virtual mobility / capacity: no
State of the course: taught
Language: English
Teaching methods: full-time
Teaching methods: full-time
Level: specialized
Note: course can be enrolled in outside the study plan
enabled for web enrollment
Guarantor: Mgr. Michaela Klírová, M.Phil.
Teacher(s): Mgr. Michaela Klírová, M.Phil.
Class: Courses for incoming students
Is pre-requisite for: JLB002
In complex incompatibility with: JLB053
Annotation -
Last update: Mgr. Michaela Klírová, M.Phil. (19.08.2023)
Update for the academic year 2023-24:
The course is designed primarily for undergraduate students of sociology whose English is at upper intermediate level, i.e. B2 according to the Common European Framework of Reference (for the level description access EVALUATION OF LANGUAGE SKILLS/ENGLISH at Classes start in the first week of October 2023.

PLEASE NOTE: Students are required to sit an entrance test in order to enroll in the course.
WHEN: The test is scheduled for Monday, 18 September 2023; registration via SIS (opens 4 September at 10 a.m., closes 17 September at 8 p.m.), subject JLB099 (students can choose from 3 morning test dates - until capacity is reached/maximum 50 people per test date - 9:30 - 10:10 / 10:20 - 11:00 / 11:10 - 11:50)
WHERE: New campus Jinonice, building B, room B103B
MORE INFO available in SIS, JLB099

The test results will be announced no later than September 19 at 20:00; the list of accepted students will be posted in the JLB099/Soubory (=Course Files).
ENROLMENT IN ENGLISH FOR SOCIOLOGY I opens on Wednesday 20 September at 12:00 (only students who have passed the test and whose names appear on the list of accepted students may enrol).

C-test PRACTICE: Pro uchazeče/bakalářské a magisterské studium/Pro přijaté studenty ISS: Příprava na rozřazovací test.
Aim of the course -
Last update: Mgr. Michaela Klírová, M.Phil. (12.09.2023)

The aim of the course is to help students to develop their communicative and linguistic competence corresponding to their needs and professional interests, so that they are able to function effectively in the target language environment. Students should be able to demonstrate growth in their ability to listen, speak, read and write clearly using specialised vocabulary that is commonly used within their field of academic study (ideally progressing towards C1/C2-level).

Literature -
Last update: Mgr. Michaela Klírová, M.Phil. (12.09.2023)

There is no prescribed textbook for this course. The study materials are supplied by the teacher as the course progresses and are available after the class on Moodle.
N.B. The study materials used in the classes are solely for the use of the registered students of the English for Sociology course. Any circulation of the materials is prohibited.

Useful links:, (Companion for Undergraduate Dissertations (Sociology, Anthropology, Politics, Social Policy, Social Work and Criminology), "A survival guide to coping with your dissertation")

Dictionaries: (Online OXFORD Collocation Dictionary of English)

Grammar, vocuabulary and English usage:
Hewings, M. (2009): Advanced Grammar in Use (second edition), CUP.
Vince, M. (2003): Advanced Language Practice with key, Macmillan Publishers Limited.
Hewings, M., Thaine, C. (2012): Cambridge Academic English Advanced. CUP.
McCarthy, M., O´Dell, F. (2008) : Academic Vocabulary in Use. CUP.
Swan, M. (2005): Practical English Usage, 3rd ed, OUP.


Teaching methods -
Last update: Mgr. Michaela Klírová, M.Phil. (12.09.2023)

The classes will be conducted in English.

The primary emphasis of the course is on communication. We shall use relevant authentic materials (content-based learning) and work on a range of tasks (task/project-based learning) in groups, pairs or individually. Language and academic skills will be developed mainly through reading field-related articles and academic texts, watching videos, following/listening to lectures and talks, having discussions, and writing summaries; students will be also asked to prepare and present an academic presentation.

Requirements to the exam -
Last update: Mgr. Michaela Klírová, M.Phil. (12.09.2023)


Your end-of-semester results will be based on the CONTINUOUS assessment (i.e. tasks and assignments you submitted/presented during the semester) and FORMAL assessment (i.e. a mid-semester revision test).
(i) Quality of your Language Learning Portfolio (the collection of your work submitted throughout the semester)
(ii) Presentation project + written component (draft, peer-review, abstract, final talk, self-assessment)
(iii) Result of a mid-semester revision test (61% = pass line; if a student fails the test, the re-sit date will be offered during the exam period)

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Regular attendance and active participation are expected.
All assignments must be submitted/presented on their due dates. Exceptions can be made only in cases of illness or extra compulsory components of the students' degree subject.
Detailed information about the course requirements is available on MOODLE/Notice board: Course Programme for Winter Semester. (Students will receive their login details in the first week of the winter semester.)

Syllabus -
Last update: Mgr. Michaela Klírová, M.Phil. (12.09.2023)


(i) dealing with social riddles from the sociological landscape (handouts prepared by the teacher) and focusing on chosen skills/areas of academic English,
(ii) working on projects (input from the students),
(iii) sharing experiences and results from the work in groups and reflecting on the work undertaken.


Entry requirements -
Last update: Mgr. Michaela Klírová, M.Phil. (19.08.2023)

Students are required to take a placement test on Monday, 18 September, 2023.

Please make sure that you sign up for JLB 099 (Vstupní test z angličtiny pro ISS) via SIS.

The test practice material is available at - Placement test preparation for sociology students.

B2 level is expected to attend the course.

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