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Unit information: Czech Language (Elementary) in 2015/16

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Unit name Czech Language (Elementary)
Unit code MODL23015
Credit points 20
Level of study I/5
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 4 (weeks 1-24)
Unit director Ms. Nahodilova
Open unit status Open




School/department School of Modern Languages
Faculty Faculty of Arts


The unit concentrates equally on all elements of language learning –reading, writing, listening and speaking, as well as translation. The main focus will be development of active and passive language skill. Students will develop and extensive vocabulary and understanding of the main grammatical structures. Students will also develop a basic knowledge of culture and society.


  • To introduce students to a significant body of knowledge of a complexity appropriate to second year level. The content matter will normally include one or more of the following: literature; social, cultural or political history; linguistics; cultural studies; film, television or other media.
  • To facilitate students’ engagement with a body of literature, including secondary literature, texts, including in non-print media, primary sources and ideas as a basis for their own analysis and development. Normally many or most of these sources will be in a language other than English and will enhance the development of their linguistic skills.
  • To develop further skills of synthesis, analysis and independent research, building on the skills acquired in units at level C.
  • Some options may prepare students for the experience of the Year Abroad.

Intended learning outcomes

Upon successful completion of the unit, the student will have acquired a basic knowledge of the language studied and be able to communicate in a variety of circumstances, in both written and spoken forms, with a degree of accuracy and fluency.

Teaching details

3-4 hours weekly, though pattern will vary, generally two hours spent on work with texts, vocabulary and grammar and one hour on oral/aural activities. Students will be given written homework for each week, in addition to other preparation.

Assessment Details

The four key skills are; ‘Composition’, ‘Translation’, ‘Guided Writing’ and ‘Oral/Aural’.
1. Composition - assesses the students’ ability to communicate in the longer written form in the target language, which can include essay writing.

  • Assessed by a 60% exam and 40% continuous assessment.

2. Translation - may assess the students’ ability to translate accurately and fluently into and out of the target language.

  • Assessed by a 60% exam and 40% continuous assessment.

3. Guided Writing - sometimes also known as ‘Mediation into the Target Language’, assesses the students’ skills in reading comprehension and in expressing material in the target language in prose form (including condensing, translation into the target language, rephrasing, asking them to respond to structured or guided questions related to a given text, etc). It may also assess students’ metalinguistic and lexical competence (i.e. grammar and vocabulary).

  • Assessed by a 60% exam and 40% continuous assessment.

4. Oral/Aural - assesses the students’ verbal and listening skills, communicating verbally and in comprehension of the spoken language. Split: Oral=70%; Aural=30%

  • Assessed by a 100% continuous assessment.

Reading and References

Selection of dedicated material prepared in-house (SML). Grammar texts and dictionaries as appropriate to language area