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Unit information: Intermediate Czech Language in 2020/21

Unit name Intermediate Czech Language
Unit code RUSS20043
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 Department of Russian
Faculty Faculty of Arts


This unit will build on existing kowledge of Czech grammar and vocabulary, and active and passive skills developed in the first year of Czech study, with the central objective of improving freedom, range and accuracy in written and spoken Czech. Students will revise and deepen their knowledge of the grammar in the context of oral and written communication, and will develop translation skills from and into Czech. Particular emphasis will be placed on vocabulary-building. Texts will be chosen on the basis of six to eight topics to be agreed with students at the beginning. Students will be encouraged to find and present texts themselves.


  • 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

Students will be more confident in their ability:

  1. to produce accurate and fluent spoken and written language in a variety of registers;
  2. to understand written and spoken language studied at a more sophisticated level and
  3. to put their skills into practice during their time abroad.

Overall, students will attain a level comparable to B2/C1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEF).

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 1000 words of written work to test Composition – 25% - assesses ILOs 2, 3 and 4
  • In class presentation / speaking exercise to assess Oral - 20% - assesses ILOs 1, 3, 4 and 5
  • Two submitted pieces of translation coursework to test Translation into English - 25% - assesses ILOs 3, 4 and 5
  • Timed online exam – to include Reading Comprehension / Guided Writing / Grammar / Listening – 30% - 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.