English for Social Sciences II - JLB054
Title: Angličtina pro sociální vědy II
Czech title: Angličtina pro sociální vědy II
Guaranteed by: The Language Centre (23-KJP)
Faculty: Faculty of Social Sciences
Actual: from 2023
Semester: summer
E-Credits: 3
Examination process: summer s.:
Hours per week, examination: summer s.:0/2, MC [HT]
Capacity: unknown / 75 (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
priority enrollment if the course is part of the study plan
Guarantor: Mgr. Michaela Gloverová Konečná
Mgr. Alena Prošková
Teacher(s): Mgr. Michaela Gloverová Konečná
Mgr. Alena Prošková
Class: Courses for incoming students
Pre-requisite : JLB053
Interchangeability : JLB032
Is incompatible with: JLM012
Is interchangeable with: JLB032
In complex pre-requisite: JTB070, JTB074
Examination dates   SS schedule   Noticeboard   
Annotation -
The summer term course for bachelor programmes on the upper-intermediate level serves as 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 Language Centre offers two types of the course: Mgr Proskova's seminars are recommended for students from the Institute of Communication Studies and Journalism (IKSŽ), and Mgr Gloverova's seminars are recommended for students of Czech-German Studies (CNS), the Institute of Political Studies (IPS) and the Institute of International Studies (IMS).

Prerequisite: Successfully completed (earning credits) winter term course JLB053.

Last update: Prošková Alena, Mgr. (29.01.2024)
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 academic oral presentations and academic debates (latest presentation techniques, more advanced discourse markers).

Last update: Prošková Alena, Mgr. (29.01.2024)
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.

Last update: Prošková Alena, Mgr. (29.01.2024)
Teaching methods -

 Mgr Proskova's group:

Following the latest developments, 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 group:

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 (audiovisual, kinesthetic, spatial intelligence etc.).

Last update: Prošková Alena, Mgr. (29.01.2024)
Requirements to the exam -

Mgr. Alena Prošková (IKSŽ):


1. To obtain the credits, students are required to prepare for seminars, actively participate in lessons, and pass frequent vocabulary and grammar quizzes - 10 points.

2. Students must give one oral presentation in class. It is the students' responsibility to suggest their topic and enter it in the chart-planner in the shared document, send the presentation and an audio-rehearsal to the teacher two days in advance in an electronic form, and deliver the presentation in the seminar, following the given guidelines and recommendations - 10 points.

3. The final consolidation test covers the course material of both terms -  80 minutes, 80 points.


(excellent) = 91 % and more

(very good) = 81-90 %

(good) = 71-80 %

(satisfactory) = 61-70 %

(sufficient) = 51-60 %

(fail) = 0-50 %

A - outstanding performance with only minor errors, B - above the average standard but with some errors, C - generally sound work with a number of notable errors, D - fair but with significant shortcomings, E - performance meets the minimum criteria, F - fail – considerable further work is required

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 (ČNS,IPS,IMS)


I. 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 and agree on extra work. 
II. Students are asked to prepare a debate in a group of min. 3 students,  provide at least three sources containing information relevant to the selected topic and send a worksheet ( containing a- key words b- key information c- recommended study materials) with processed information and sources one week in advance to their teacher for approval. After being approved the teacher will send such materials to the rest of the students of the relevant seminar group so they can study the information and be prepared for the upcoming debate. The debating group will also prepare a knowledge quiz based on the facts contained in the approved materials (10 questions) and the students in the seminar group with the highest score will get the opportunity to gain bonus points. Following the debate the students of the debating group will create a vocabulary list which after having it approved by the teacher will post on Quizlet and send a link to the teacher. Each member of the debating group will be asked to prepare his/her self-assessment and send it to his/her teacher. The panel discussion will take place during a seminar. No debate after the end of the summer term will be accepted. Each student is assessed as a part of the team. The total of points is 15.


Groups of students will sign up for a certain date in person at the beginning of the summer term or during office hours. Debates are scheduled to commence at the beginning of March.


 Debate assessment sheet:

 * English                                                             3 points

  * Structure                                                          3 points

 * Argumentation                                                3  points

 * Materials plus knowledge quiz                        3 points

* Self-assessment plus Quizlet                             3 points


III. A midterm test (45 points, 60 minutes, one attempt)

IV.and a final complex test, checking lexical and grammatical items covered during the term (45 points, 60 minutes, one attempt).


Overall assessment will include an interview with a student. Such interview will be based on  materials delivered by the student, i.e news overview, and progress made by an individual student over the past two terms. Complex test can be taken only after fulfillment of all requirements by the student i.e. regular attendance ( tolerance of three absences), debate, midterm test, news overview, and particapation in the conference.


V. Students will write an argumentative essay (300-350 words) after the completion of the complex test. Total number of points:10. Students have one attempt to write the essay.

Assessment criteria - 10 points 

1 Structure and logical transition from one paragraph to the next 2

2 Vocabulary and use of relevant style, grammar 3

3 Correct way of stating references 2

4 Clear connection between the title of the essay, the thesis statement and the concluding remarks 3



VI. Preparation of News Overview. Structure: each week of winter term one set of news (students will provide the video or article link), 5 key words (plus recording of correct pronunciation of the selected terms) and a brief summary (3-5 sentences). To give you an idea what such overview should look like, please go to Soubory. Deadline: one week prior to the Complex Test.



Individual groups  will prepare a 12-minute presentation/talk in a  format as per their preference in order to participate in a “Great leaders and their legacies conference“. The conference is scheduled for the end of the summer term and each group is asked to prepare a brief abstract (200 words) which will be included in the conference handbook. Related materials need to be sent to a teacher one week prior to the conference.

Assessment of a conference presentation/talk

Grammar 3


Abstract  3

Graphics and relevance of the materials 3

Timing 3 

Presentations CANNOT be delivered once the winter term finishes.


The assessment of the student´s performance is based on seven parts ( 1 – debate, 2 – midterm test, 3 – final test, 4 – argumentative essay, 5 – personal interview, 6 – news overview, 7 - Conference plus abstract). Each part is compulsory. Only five parts gain points } total of {130} :

1. Midterm test - 45points

2. Final test - 45points

3. Debate - 15 points

4. Argumentative essay - 12 points

5. Conference talk { incl. preparartion of an abstract} 15 points

The assessment scale:

0-50 % = F
51-60 % = E
61-70 % = D
71-80 %=C
81-90 %=B
91% and more=A 

A - outstanding performance with only minor errors, B - above the average standard but with some errors, C - generally sound work with a number of notable errors, D - fair but with significant shortcomings, E - performance meets the minimum criteria, F - fail – considerable further work is required




Last update: Prošková Alena, Mgr. (31.01.2024)
Syllabus -

Mgr Prošková (Monday 9:30 - 10.50, room 108 of the Hollar building)

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

Grammar: conditionals, gerund and infinitive, articles, countables and uncountables, wish clauses, purpose clauses, relative clauses; pronunciation.

Academic skills development in both speaking and writing: oral presentations, debates, introduction into academic writing.


Mgr Gloverová ( Monday 8:10 - 9:30, 9:50 - 11:00, Thursday 14:00-15:20, 15:30 - 16:50, 17:00 - 18:20)

Topics: social studies topics



Argumentative essay

Last update: Prošková Alena, Mgr. (29.01.2024)
Entry requirements -

Students must be on B2 level according to the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR). Registering for the subject is allowed solely to students who have successfully passed the winter term JLB053 course.



Last update: Prošková Alena, Mgr. (29.01.2024)