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Course, academic year 2023/2024
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English for Social Sciences I - JLB053
Title: Angličtina pro sociální vědy I
Czech title: Angličtina pro sociální vědy I
Guaranteed by: The Language Centre (23-KJP)
Faculty: Faculty of Social Sciences
Actual: from 2023
Semester: winter
E-Credits: 3
Examination process: winter s.:
Hours per week, examination: winter s.:0/2, C [HT]
Capacity: unknown / 85 (85)
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
Note: course can be enrolled in outside the study plan
enabled for web enrollment
Guarantor: Mgr. Michaela Gloverová Konečná
Mgr. Alena Prošková
Teacher(s): Mgr. Michaela Gloverová Konečná
Mgr. Alena Prošková
Class: Courses for incoming students
Incompatibility : {Složení skupiny: JLB002, JLB004, JLB006, JLB008, JLB010, JLB046}, {Složení: JLB001, JLB003, JLB005, JLB007, JLB009, JLB045}
Interchangeability : JLB031
Is incompatible with: JLM011
Is pre-requisite for: JLB054
Is interchangeable with: JLB031
In complex pre-requisite: JTB070, JTB074
Annotation -
The winter term course for both bachelor and master's programmes - English as a Second Foreign Language - intermediate level B2 (
A non-compulsory preparation course, taking students to the level when they can sign for their mandatory specialized courses, focusing on building vocabulary relevant to students of social sciences, improving grammar knowledge and correct usage, and developing academic skills.

The Department of Foreign Languages offers two types of the course:

Mgr Proskova's seminars are recommended mainly for students of journalism at the Institute of Communication Studies and Journalism (IKSŽ), or possibly students from the Institute of Political Studies (IPS) or the Institute of International Studies (IMS).

Mgr Gloverova's seminars are recommended for students of Czech-German Studies (CNS), International studies (IMS) and the Institute of Political Studies (IPS).

Mgr Gloverova's students are required to take a placement test organised by Jana Kunzová, B.A. (English for IMS) and Kamila Panešová ( English for PVP and PMV). The enrolment starts on 20 September 2023 at 12:00 once the results of the placement test are known.

Mgr. Proskova's group, tailor-made to journalism students, will be held on Thurdays 17-18:20 in #20 Room of the Hollar bldng. Students have been recommended this course via email, based on their Scio test results. Please check your email inbox on a regular basis prior to the registration for courses. The registration for all ASV I courses will commence on September 20th at noon.

Last update: Gloverová Konečná Michaela, Mgr. (19.09.2023)
Aim of the course -

Consolidation of grammar knowledge. Introduction of more advanced vocabulary needed for specialized language courses. Developing academic skills in speaking and writing - preparation for oral presentations (latest presentation techniques, more advanced discourse markers), formal register for thesis abstracts.

Last update: Prošková Alena, Mgr. (12.09.2023)
Course completion requirements -

Mgr. Alena Prošková - CREDIT REQUIREMENTS:

1. To obtain the credit, students are required to prepare for seminars, actively participate in lessons, bring a fresh item of news every week, take several short quizzes (testing newly acquired vocab and grammar) and the end-of-term credit test and a short oral interview.
2. Students must give one major oral presentation in the class. It is the students' responsibility to see the teacher to set topics and dates of presentations.

CREDIT TEST: Points - 60, pass level - 65%.

In our language courses, attendance records are kept, and once you enroll you will be expected to attend classes regularly (please note that only three absences a term are tolerated). If a student misses more than three lessons he/she is required to contact his/her teacher via e-mail, phone or personally during the consultation hours.


Mgr. Michaela Gloverová - credit requirements

I. One written midterm test covering the first half of the winter term (60 points, 60 minutes, pass level 70%, two attempts).

II. One written complex test covering the entire winter term (60 points, 60 minutes, pass level 70 %, two attempts).

For the test sample please go to Soubory.

III. Writing a summary. Extent : app 200 words. Students will write a summary  (200 +/- 20 words) of an article when taking the written complex test.

 Assessment of a summary - total of 15 points (pass level 70 %)

1 Structure 5                                                                        

2. Vocabulary and grammar 5                                         

3. Key messages 5

IV. Preparation of News Overview. Structure: each week of winter term one set of news (students will provide the  article link), 7 words ( plus recording of correct pronunciation of the selected terms) and a brief of summary of an article ( 3-5 sentences). Each student will be asked to create his/her own quizlet covering the terms selected ( total of 70 terms) and send such link to the teacher by 7 January 2024. Quizlet terms will be included in the complex test.To give you an idea what such overview should look like, please go to Soubory. Deadline: 7.1.2024 (via email). Complex test cannot be taken unless the News Overview is submitted. (BBC Learning English - Course: News Review / Unit 1)

V. Mock presentation PECHA KUCHA style (20 points)

Each group (of 3 students) will prepare a mock presentation for fellow students. The presentation will relate to one of the winter term topics as per students‘ choice. Each group will sign up for a certain date during the first two seminars of the winter term. PPT presentation shall follow the style of PECHA KUCHA, i.e. for every slide there is a time limit of 60-80 seconds allocated and then the new slide is introduced. For each student the number of slides should be 8. Students will prepare a handout with a list of key words, background information and a conversation question related to the given topic and will provide their teacher with such at the latest two days prior to their presentation date.

 Presentation assessment sheet - 20 points ( pass level 70%)

* English                  5 points

* Timekeeping          3 points

* Structure                 3 points

* Overall impression   3 points

* Handouts                3 points

VI. After the second and the third seminar (topic of presentation skills and academic English) each student will save in his or her Google folder screenshots of completed exercises from the website: - 5 exercises/Sublist 1 and 5 exercises/Sublist 2. The task is to be submitted prior to the seminar number 4. 

VII. Bonus points may be gained by completing extra tasks (e.g. quiz based on information included in BBC News - , following Hard Talk, BBC Global news Podcast, home team assignments).

VIII. Attendance in class is mandatory. Please note that only three absences a term are tolerated. Attendance will be taken in class. If a student misses more than four lessons he/she is required to contact his/her teacher during the consultation hours or via e-mail. 


Last update: Gloverová Konečná Michaela, Mgr. (09.10.2023)
Literature -

The study materials used in the classes are solely for the use of the students of the JLB053 course. Any circulation of the materials is prohibited.

Recommended literature and links:


A brief self-study guidebook

Aardvark’s EFL Resources:

Audio and video files organized by a level of difficulty and covering a wide array of life skills



R. Murphy: English Grammar in Use

Last update: Prošková Alena, Mgr. (12.09.2023)
Teaching methods -


Mgr Proskova's group:

Following breaking news and current affairs, using original English resources. Summarizing news items in writing as part of home assignments. Various follow-up activities to teach correct pronunciation, to repeatedly use new terms in appropriate contexts, and to remind students of some tricky grammar features. Work with audio/video materials. Grammar rules review for homework, reinforcement of grammar knowledge in class. Introducing academic skills, highlighting formal register and advanced discourse markers.


Mgr Gloverova´s groups:

During the classes we adopt communicative approach towards foreign language learning and employ various methods and techniques, ranging from teacher’s instruction to discovery technique when students themselves find out the grammar rules or try to form new words from the root ones. Also, the multiple intelligence theory is used which can cater for the needs of all types of learners.

Last update: Prošková Alena, Mgr. (12.09.2023)
Syllabus -


Mgr Prošková (Thursday 17-18.20, Hollar, Room 20)

Current developments in society, politics, economy etc. - emphasis on building specialized vocabulary, correct grammar usage and correct pronunciation.

Topics: Elections, Human Rights, Undemocratic Regimes, War v. Peace, Culture, Sport...

Grammar: Forming questions, tenses, passive, time clauses and conditionals, word stress, pronunciation.

Academic skills development in both speaking and writing - oral presentations (latest presentation trends, advanced discourse markers usage), thesis annotation.


Mgr. Gloverová  (Wednesday 9:30-10:50, 11:00-12:20, Opletalova, classroom 206, Thursday 14.00-15.20, 15:30-16:50, 17:00-18:20, Jinonice, classroom B317)


Topics: social studies topics as per students´ needs

Presentation skills

Summary writing

Grammar: passive, conditionals, paraphrasing, reporting verbs, formal versus informal language

Last update: Prošková Alena, Mgr. (13.09.2023)
Entry requirements -

 Mgr Gloverová's course: All students are required to take a placement test. Such does not apply to the students of ČNS and IPS (!required knowledge is B1+/B2). The enrolment starts on the 20 September, 2023, at 12:00 - once the results of the placement test are known. The placement is organised by Jana Kunzová, B.A. ( English for IMS).


Mgr. Proskova's course taylor-made to Bc. JOURNALISM students - Thursdays 17-18.20 in Hollar, room 20. Several students have already been recommended this course via email, based on their Scio entrance exams results. Please check your email inbox on a regular basis prior to the registration for courses (September 20th from 12 o'clock).


Students may want to pre-test their level at


Last update: Prošková Alena, Mgr. (13.09.2023)
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