English Language Focus Summer School

  • 12 – 16 July 2021
  • MU Language Centre, Komenského nám. 2, Brno

The Summer School is intended to help teachers, lecturers and academics acquire English language skills which enable them to develop and run successful courses in English.

The course is designed for professionals delivering their degree programmes to multi-cultural groups through the medium of English language. It aims to improve their English proficiency for teaching purposes and to provide valuable insight into English grammar, pronunciation and academic style. It offers training and practice in all language skills in academic contexts, in speaking, writing, listening and reading.

The course will be taught on-line via ZOOM, or in-person, depending on the current government restrictions. 

Guest lecturer(s):


  09:00-10:30 11:00-12:30 14:00-15:30
Monday Introduction - Student expectations, circumstances and desires, overview of the course and skills, icebreaking activities, minor skills activities, introductions of the teachers. Essentials - identifying your needs, weak and strong points, language skills in academic settings Vocabulary - academic vocabulary vs non-academic vocabulary; features of academic vocabulary; field-specific academic vocabulary
Tuesday Speaking - Let's get talking (the much underrated hallway or conference chats and making self-introductions with an impact) Writing – types of writing used in teaching, writing emails, written learning materiál, writing styles, grading language and more. Reading – different techniques of reading in a foreign language, skimming and scanning for information, reading in chunks, vocabulary and context, and reading activities for practice.
Wednesday Listening – how does listening help your language, how to maximise your listening skills, listening for meaning, listening vs hearing, utilising vision for context, different styles of seminars, Grammar – why is grammar important, common errors at intermediate and advanced levels, use of English articles, use of tenses in English, prepositions and grammar check. Vocabulary – how does vocabulary help you with your academic work, different methods of improving your vocab, academic vocabulary, spelling, pronunciation and context and more.
Thursday Writing - academic prose style and its typical features; the process of writing; tips to improve your writing Grammar - features of academic prose style; describing, predicting, reporting and speculating in academic English Speaking - It's all in the tone (lesson on pausing, intonation, word and sentence stress and the changes in meaning that tone brings).
Friday Speaking - Really getting your point across (giving opinions, debating the point, politely disagreeing, insisting, and persuading) Writing - genres of academic writing; field-specific academic writing; micro-writing Feedback - Feedback from the teachers, where to from here?, self-learning resources, main areas for each person to focus on, surveys and self-assessment

This summer school is FULL. 

Please check our Academic Skills in English Summer School which still has free capacity. 

Contact person:

Language of instruction
When 12 July – 16 July 2021
Participants public, MU employees
155 EUR (early bird)
Early Bird (31.5.) 155 EUR
Standard (5.7.) 180 EUR

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