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Unit information: Advanced Czech Language in 2020/21

Unit name Advanced Czech Language
Unit code RUSS30070
Credit points 20
Level of study H/6
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 4 (weeks 1-24)
Unit director Ms. McNeilly
Open unit status Not open

Relevant core language unit at level I/5



School/department Department of Russian
Faculty Faculty of Arts


To advance to degree standard students’ active and passive ability in the language studied.
To sustain and build on oral fluency and listening skills acquired to date.
To develop students’ writing skills across a range of written tasks.
To perfect students’ skills in translation of texts (from literature and contemporary media).

Intended learning outcomes

Successful students will:

  • be knowledgable about a significant cultural, historical or linguistic subject related to the language they are studying;
  • will have advanced skills in the selection and synthesis of relevant material;
  • be able to evaluate and analyse relevant material from a significant body of source materials, usually in a foreign language, at an advanced level;
  • be able to respond to questions or problems by presenting their independent judgements in an appropriate style and at an advanced level of complexity;
  • be able to transfer these skills to other working environments, including postgraduate study.

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

  • Two submitted pieces of coursework to test Translation into English incorporating reflective element where possible - 25% - assesses ILO 4
  • Individual presentation / speaking exercise to assess Oral / Listening – 25% - assesses ILOs 1 and 2
  • Timed online exam – to include Reading Comprehension / Guided Writing – 50% - assesses ILOs 1, 3 and 5

Reading and References

Selection of dedicated material prepared in-house (SML).

Grammar texts and dictionaries as appropriate to language area.