In-class semestral course

Basic information

 

Term

  • Winter semester: September 1 – January 31
  • Summer semester: February 1 – June 30

You can join the course either in September, or in February.

Schedule

Every day from 9 a.m. to 12:10 p.m. (sample schedule)

Course location

In classrooms of the Faculty of Arts, Charles University in the center of Prague

  • Na Příkopě 584/29, Prague 1
  • Celetná 20, Prague 1
  • nám. Jana Palacha 2, Prague 1

Price

New students Continuing students
Non-refundable registration fee (paid with the application form) 4 000 CZK
Course fee for the winter semester 2022/23 39 000 CZK 39 000 CZK
Course fee for the summer semester 2022/23 39 000 CZK 36 000 CZK

 

  • The payment for the course must be done by the first day of the programm

Language levels

Beginners (A1), low intermediate (A2), intermediate (B1), upper-intermediate (B2); beginner level is opened every semester

Student groups

A maximum of 15 students in a group (separation into groups is based on a placement test and an interview with a teacher)

Number of teaching hours (TH):

winter semester 240 THs (12 weeks) + summer semester 240 THs (12 weeks), 1 TH = 45 minutes

The course fee includes:

  • 240 THs of instruction
  • Czech Language Certificate Exams (CCE), levels A2, B1 and B2 + preparation for them (http://ujop.cuni.cz/en/exam/czech-language-certificate-exam)
  • Optional courses (phonetics = pronunciation for each level, Czech films, Czech culture – starting from B1 level)
  • Basic textbooks and supplementary study materials
  • Individual consultation with teachers
  • An introductory orientation week (registration, library tour, issuing of faculty ID card, access to university WIFI, introductory language course and phonetics lecture)
  • Cultural events (whole day trip within Czech Republic, guided tours in Czech and in English, visits of museums, theatres
  • Course certificates
  • A ceremony at the end of the semester together with the issuing of graduation certificates; an end of semester party

Attendance

Class attendance is obligatory!
Classes begin at the time written on the schedule, please always arrive on time. Anyone arriving later than 15 minutes after the class starts will be considered absent.
In the event of an absence, the student must excuse themselves no later than by the beginning of the lesson, otherwise it is considered an unexcused absence. The student always announces an absence to their instructor. In the event of an absence of more than three days the student announces the absence to the programme administrator
If attendance in the course is lower than 70 % of the hourly composition of the course, the student will not be evaluated for this course and receive the mark N (unclassified) on the certificate. If a student is unclassified in one or more courses, they may continue their studies only with the consent of the academic coordinator of the programme.
If a student receives four unexcused absences (one absence = 90 minutes), the student is expelled from the programme without any entitlement to compensation of the course fee.

4 and more unexcused absences -> Expelled from the programme
Excused absences > 30% -> Unclassified (N) in the specific course
Excused absences > 50% -> Unclassified (N) in all courses
Short-term absence (1 to 2 days) -> Announce absence to your instructor
Long-term absence (over 3 days) -> Announce abscence to programme administrator

 

Certificate and Certificate Exam

At the end of each semester, students obtain a certificate with the marks from the subjects that they studied.
Structure of evaluation:

Excellent Very good Good Insufficient Unclassified
A A- B B- C D N
100–90 % 80–89 % 70–79 % 60–69 % 50–59 %  <50 % absence >30 %

 

The student may also register for the Czech Language Certificate Exam (ALTE), levels A2, B1 and B2.

Late entry into the programme

The maximum possible delay is three weeks from the official commencement of the programme.  If the delay is any longer than this you have to inform the administrative coordinator of the course.
In individual cases may students (mostly intermediate or native Slavic speakers) join the programme even later, but always after the consultation with the academic coordinator of the programme.

Framework study plans

Study plans for the Czech Studies programme are divided into two basic modules so that students can acquire and develop their language and verbal skills depending on their level of knowledge of Czech (from complete beginners to the very advanced). Timetables for the individual modules and syllabuses are adjusted each semester to fully meet the needs of our students.

A) Module for beginners and elementary students – levels A1 and A2 in the CEFR.

This module is intended for beginners and elementary students. Tuition is structured around a language course in grammar and conversation, and students will also attend other subjects, where great emphasis is placed on practising correct pronunciation and acquiring a basic knowledge of Czech spelling. For beginners’ groups these subjects may be taught partially in English. It normally takes two semesters to reach the levels specified. The timetable follows the following study plan:

Course name

Number of lessons per semester

Language courses for beginners (grammar and conversation) 120 
Listening and pronunciation 24 
Reading and conversation 48 
Oral and written expression 24 
Vocabulary development 24 
  Total: 240 per semester

The aim of the module is to acquire:
• A vocabulary of 2200-2800 Czech words
• A basic knowledge of grammar (morphology and syntax) and word formation
• A basic overview of Czech history, literature and culture
• The ability to communicate successfully in normal, everyday circumstances

B) Module for intermediate and upper intermediate – levels B1 to B2 in the CEFR

B2 Module is not offered in the 2021/22 academic year.

This module is intended for intermediate and upper intermediate students and all teaching will be done exclusively in Czech. The module allows students to develop their previous knowledge more fully. Teaching is divided into courses according to individual linguistic disciplines (morphology, syntax, lexicology, oral and written expression, reading, Czech history, culture etc.). In module B1 within the language course, in addition to grammar lessons, students also have other disciplines (e.g. Czech cultural background, Czech culture etc.) – these areas are always closely related to the thematic framework of the program, which is elaborated in the syllabi.

It normally takes two semesters to reach the levels specified. The imetable follows the following study plan:

 

Course name ČS B1  Number of lessons per week
Joint foundation:  
Language course (grammar, conversation, cultural studies etc.) 10
Listening and pronunciation 2
Oral nad written expression 2
Vocabulary nad orthography 2
Reading and vocabulary 2
Reading and conversation 2
  Total 20 per week

The aim of the module is to acquire:

  • vocabulary of 1800-3000 Czech words
  • a general overview of Czech cultural background and customs, Czech culture and the main historical milestones of the Czech Republic

·       the ability to communicate well in a variety of communication situations – in the family, at school, in the office or at work

 

Course name ČS B2 Number of lessons per week
Joint foundation:  
Communication and grammatical exercises 4
Grammatical exercises 2
Morphology and syntax exercises 2
Listening, reading and vocabulary development 2
Reading of authentic texts 2
Written exercises 2
Vocabulary and orthography 2
Czech cultural background 2
Overview of Czech history and culture 2
  Total: 20 per week

The aim of the module is to acquire:
• Vocabulary of 2800–4000 Czech words
• A very good knowledge of Czech history, literature and culture and the ability to use Czech to study at the university
• The ability to communicate successfully in a variety of situations – in the family, at unversity or at work

 

Beyond the basic module, all students have access to phonetic consultations and tailor-made pronunciation practice during the semester.

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