English (UNICERT ? advanced prep. course 1)

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104XA1T Z 0 4C Czech
Garant předmětu:
Sandra Giormani
Sandra Giormani, Kateřina Konečná, Raquel Nogueira Rizzotto Falcäo
Department of Languages


UNIcert® Certificate

- English for Civil Engineers and Architects, UNIcert® III (level C1)

General information

- Enhance language skills useful for professional employment

- Focus on skills: scientific writing, presentation skills, reading comprehension and Use of English

- Current professional topics in the world of civil engineering

- After completing the two-semester course, it is possible to apply for the C1 level certified exam

The C1 level course is suitable for:

- PhD students and students already in the Bachelor's degree programme

- students who are going on a internship abroad

- future researchers

- prospective employees of foreign construction companies

- if you want to deepen and improve your professional English, you can take only one semester without taking the certificate


necessary B2+ language level in English

Syllabus of lectures:

This course is not a lecture but practical session:

Course code: 104XA1T

Duration: 4 hours / 1 semester

For more information see Outline and Syllabus of Exercises

Syllabus of tutorials:


This course consists of 3 parts:

1- Introduction to academic English and grammar

2- Presentation skills

3- Introduction to professional English for architects and CE

1-Introduction to academic English and grammar

0)Placement; Introduction to presentation skills; overview of the principles of academic English

1)Placement test correction; Introduction to presentation skills; overview of the principles of academic English

●GR – Placement test correction; basic principle of presentation skills; making a presentation: vocabulary

●AE – the specifics of academic English (U1);

SELF-STUDY Key nouns (U2)

●SPEAKING SKILLS: presentations: brainstorm questions; making a presentation (video)

2)The basics of formal and informal language 1+2

•GR – nominalization; using It…; There… and I, we, you, one; formal verbs, nouns, adjectives; other formal phrases and structures; Being formal review (challenge yourself)

•AE - Academic writing 1 – Academic vocabulary + IELTS vocabulary sets Academic writing 2 – Paragraphs + Organising your writing (U39)

SELF-STUDY Key verbs (U3)

Listening: the properties of materials (Mr G)

●SPEAKING SKILLS: individual students’ presentations

3)The language of argumentation and persuasion 1

•GR – Scope; thesis statement; presenting , supporting arguments and counterarguments ; expressing advantages and disadvantages; conclusions and recommendations

•AE – Academic writing 3 – Writing assignments + Sources (U23)

SELF-STUDY Key adjective (U4)

•SPEAKING SKILLS: individual students’ presentations

4)The language of argumentation and persuasion2

•GR – the language of argumentation review (challenge yourself)

•AE – Academic writing 4 – Argumentation + Facts, evidence and data (U24)

SELF-STUDY Key adverbs (U5)

●SPEAKING SKILLS: individual students’ presentations

5)Tense review 1

●GR – present; past

●AE – Academic writing 5 – Citation skills + reporting what others say (U32)

SELF-STUDY Phrasal verbs in AE (U6)

●SPEAKING SKILLS: individual students’ presentations

6)Tense review 2

●GR – future; review

●AE – Verbs and the words they combine with (U12)

Listening, speaking: Phrases that express speculation/hypothesis

●SPEAKING SKILLS: individual students’ presentations

7)Comparing and contrasting

●GR – comparative and superlative adj/adv; comparisons; modifying adj/adv; expressing similarity and contrast;

●AE Key quantifying expressions (U7)

SELF-STUDY Words with several meanings (U8)

Listening, speaking: What are the differences and similarities between architects and civil engineers?

●SPEAKING SKILLS: individual students’ presentations

8)Noun phrases 1

●GR – articles and quantifiers

●AE – Academic writing 6 – Essay writing + nouns and the words they combine with (U10)

SELF-STUDY Adjective and noun combinations (U11)

●SPEAKING SKILLS: individual students’ presentations

9) Noun phrases 2

●GR – ADJ+nouns; noun+noun; noun+prep. Phrases; noun+ noun clauses

●AE – nouns and prepositions (U15)

SELF-STUDY Prepositional phrases (U13)

Listening, vocab, written assignment: tackling environmental issues

●SPEAKING SKILLS: individual students’ presentations

10)Stating facts and opinions

●GR – facts and figures and giving others´/own opinions

●AE – statistics (U26)

SELF-STUDY Fixed expressions (U16)

Listening, speaking: Comparing thermosets and thermoplastics

●SPEAKING SKILLS: individual students’ presentations

11) Stating facts and opinions

●GR – facts and figures and giving opinions

●AE –graphs and diagrams (U27)

SELF-STUDY Verbs and prepositions (U14)

Paragraph matching; gap fill Design

●SPEAKING SKILLS: individual students’ presentations

2 and 3 - Presentation skills and

Introduction to professional English

2- Presentation skills and introduction to professional English

A)Sustainable Architecture and Engineering

1)Architecture and Indoor Environment

•Indoor environment quality – current problems & possible solutions

•Residential buildings sustainable design – principles & examples

2) Renewable Sources of Energy and Alternative Materials

•Renewable and alternative sources of energy

•Off-grid houses – principles, solutions & examples

•Building materials in terms of sustainability – alternative and green materials

3) Building Services

•Water management in buildings – current approaches and possibilities

•Smart solutions & technologies – possibilities & examples

4) Urban Design

•Smart cities – principles & examples

•Urban planning - heat islands, greenery and water management

•Brownfields redevelopment

B)Civil Engineering - Structures and Technology

5) Transportation Engineering

•Transportation Infrastructure – roads, railways, bridges, harbours, airports

•Use of concrete and steel in transportation engineering

•Reconstruction and maintenance of road and railway Structures

6) Hydraulic and Offshore Structures

•Dams and reservoirs – architecture, structure, materials

•Offshore structures – issues and examples (oil rigs, artificial islands, etc.)

7) Technologies and Innovations

•High rise buildings – structures, materials & construction process

•Innovative materials & technologies - 3D & 4D printing, permeable concrete, biomimetics etc.

C)Development of Architecture and Civil Engineering

8) History of Architecture

•History of masonry structures

•Most influential buildings of 19th & 20th century in terms of architectural and structural development

9) Restoration and Maintenance of Historical Buildings

•Historical buildings in the Czech Republic – renovation & maintenance, refurbishment & retrofitting

10) Modern Technologies and Approaches

•Building information modelling (BIM)

•Virtual reality and laser scanning in civil engineering

13)Into the Future

•Space architecture – space stations and space hotels, a long-term stay in space influence on human body

•Mars and Moon colonies – outer worlds colonisation related problems, architectural conceptions

Study Objective:

The aim of the course is to consolidate all the necessary skills in both academic and professional language at C1 level; to promote students' ability to use the acquired knowledge in practice

Study materials:


Specific resources in the area of Civil engineering and Architecture

YULE, G., Oxford Practice Grammar Advanced, OUP 2015

PATERSON K., WEDGE R., Oxford Grammar for EAP, OUP 2017

CHAZAL de E., MOORE, J., Oxford EAP (Advanced), OUP 2017

IBBOTSON, M., Cambridge English for Engineering, CUP 2009

IBBOTSON, M., Professional English in Use, CUP 2009

M. MCCARTHY, F. O´DELL: Academic Vocabulary in Use, CUP, 2007

Further information:
Time-table for winter semester 2023/2024:

(parallel nr.101)
Thákurova 7 (budova FSv)
Time-table for summer semester 2023/2024:
Time-table is not available yet
The course is a part of the following study plans:
Data valid to 2024-05-18
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