Czech for Foreigners (300 Hours)

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Name of the course: Czech for Foreigners (300 Hours)
Faculty:Faculty of Arts, University of Ostrava
Target group:Candidates in studying at University of Ostrava and universities in the Czech Republic
Duration: Two-semester course (September – May), date of beginning of teaching: September, date of the end of teaching: May (total 300 teaching hours; 1 hour = 45 minutes
Price:65.000,- CZK
Organization of study:150 hours / semester (approx. 12 hours a week); teaching takes place in winter semester (September – December) and in summer semester (February – May)
Department:Department of Czech Language (Faculty of Arts, University of Ostrava)
Guarantee:doc. Mgr. Jaroslav David, Ph.D.
Course objectives:The course is designed as a preparatory one for study at public universities, mainly at the University of Ostrava, and is also intended for other people interested in Czech as a foreign language. The course will be focused on versatile language acquisition (sound and graphic level, vocabulary and grammar); phonetic exercises - pronunciation of specific Czech sounds; grammar in comparative aspect - interference influences; communication), complex development of receptive and productive speech skills for communication in formal and informal environment (listening, reading, speaking and writing) and for acquainting students with cultural, social and historical facts of the Czech Republic.
The output communication skills in both written and spoken forms are the B1 level (according to the CEFR).
Graduation Exam:Written and oral exam: level B1 (according to the CEFR)
Certificate:Participants receive a certificate of completion of the course with an assessment of the examination result according to the CEFR after the final exam.
Prerequisites for admission:Completed secondary education; knowledge of Czech at the A1 level; knowledge of English at the B1 level (mediation language).

The applicant must have knowledge of the Czech language at a level corresponding to category A1 according to the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR). The applicant must also be able to communicate in English at the B1 level according to the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) – English serves as a mediation language only for explaining complicated topics; however, the course is taught only in the Czech language.

The candidate should therefore be able to communicate in Czech in simple, often recurring situations with a predictable exchange of information on familiar topics and activities. Vocabulary should cover basic conversational topics such as family, hobbies, food, shopping, travel, study, etc. The candidate must be able to introduce himself and his family in Czech, describe his interests, previous studies, explain motivation to study, etc. In addition to spoken communication must the candidate is also able to write short simple texts in Czech such as a simple personal letter (e-mail), message, etc.

Language competence (prerequisite) thus corresponds, for example, to the content of the textbook curriculum:
Holá, L., & Bořilová, P. (2011). Čeština expres 1: Praha: Akropolis. (A1/A2)
Holá, L., & Bořilová, P. (2011). Čeština expres 2: Praha: Akropolis. (A1/A2)
Applications:online form (e-application)
Admissions:Course will be organized with a minimum number of 8 students (max. number of admitted is 12; in case of a higher number of applicants, the date of submission of the application decides).
Deadline for applications:May 31
Contact / more information:Mgr. Lenka Krahulcová
Teachers:internal and external university teachers at the Faculty of Arts, OU with long-term experience teaching foreigners using effective teaching methods
Requirements:The precondition for accepting an applicant to the course is the knowledge of the Czech language at the beginning level, which corresponds to the A1 categories according to the CEFR. Applicants must also be able to communicate in B1 English, as English serves as a language of mediation in the first year of study.
Applicants should thus be able to communicate in simple, repetitive situations with a predictable information interchange about well-known topics and activities. Their word-stock should cover basic conversation topics, such as family, hobby, food, shopping, travelling, studies, etc. Applicants must be able to introduce themselves and their families, describe their previous schooling, explain their motivation for studying the course, etc. Besides the spoken communication, applicants must be able to write short, easy texts, such as a simple personal letter (e-mail), a notice, etc.
Sources:Holá, L., & Bořilová, P. (2011). Čeština expres 1: Praha: Akropolis. (úroveň A1)
Holá, L., & Bořilová, P. (2011). Čeština expres 2: Praha: Akropolis. (úroveň A1/A2)
Further information:It is an intensive two-semester course at the Faculty of Arts of the University of Ostrava, so the applicant can apply for a study visa (long-term stay for the purpose of study).

Guestions about visas, accommodation, insurance, admission procedure, nostrification etc. should be directed to the advisor for foreign students Bc. Lucie Linhartova, e-mail .

Updated: 02. 02. 2021