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Unit information: Czech Language (Elementary) in 2020/21

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. McNeilly
Open unit status Not 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

Learners will be involved in a variety of synchronous activities, mostly interactive with maximum use of the target language, but with attention devoted also to explaining the fundamentals of the Czech language structures. These activities will be supported and amplified by asynchronous e-learning opportunities and self-directed exercises.

Assessment Details

  • Portfolio of written work – to include writing / grammar / listening / comprehension – 40% - assesses ILOs 2, 3 and 4*Individual presentation / speaking exercise to assess Oral – 20% - assesses ILOs 1, 3, 4 and 5*Examination - to include writing / grammar / listening / comprehension – 40% - assesses ILOs 2, 3, 4 and 5

Reading and References

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