CENTRUM JAZYKOVÉHO VZDĚLÁVÁNÍ

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Lékařské fakultě Masarykovy univerzity

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CZECH FOR FOREIGNERS

The aim of the course is to teach and train speaking skills of foreign students of General Medicine and Dentistry in order to enable them to communicate in Czech without any help of English speaking doctors or interpreters and independently write case history in practical lessons. 

Information for Students

The knowledge of Czech is a presupposition of attending practical seminars at clinics, which means that communication with patients in Czech is a necessity. If a student fails to prove the ability to communicate with patients in role-plays in seminars, they have to repeat the unsuccessfully completed course in its full extent in the following academic year. 

Czech tuition is divided into eight semesters. No previous knowledge of the language is required. 

The first three semesters aim at general language and grammar, which makes common everyday life communication of students easier. The following semesters aim at medical terminology.

1st year hour subsidy is three lessons a week but only two lessons a week in the following years. Due to this low hour subsidy, great emphasis is put on systematic home preparation which is a part of evaluation.  Consultations in the office hours of individual teachers are highly recommended.

2nd year aims at practise of medical vocabulary and phraseology. The choice of vocabulary is decided by lecturers and also based on students’ enquires and wishes.  Additional materials used in lessons are tailored to students’ level and interest. Lecturers recommend specific chapters from the course book Needs of Patients by D. Grundova, which helps students to get ready for the demanding work with purely medically oriented literature.

3rd and 4th year course focus lies in specialized terminology. Communication skills are developed by working with the texts and dialogues from the course book Czech for Medical Students by Iveta Čermáková. This book is accompanied with  listening exercises on a CD.  The seminars concentrate on practising modal thematic doctor-patients dialogues and specialised medical terminology with the use of course book based and teacher created exercises. 
Seminars for students of Dentistry deal with topics from the field of dentistry (tooth anatomy, oral cavity anatomy, tools, dental caries, dental hygiene, dental defects etc. Materials for this field are prepared individually by lecturers.  

Study support for all students is offered in the form of our e-learning courses called Czech for Foreigners at the web pages of the Masaryk University. These offer a wide variety of additional exercises on medical terminology and grammar.
 
http://is.muni.cz/el/1411/podzim2008/VSCJ0181/
http://is.muni.cz/el/1411/podzim2007/VSCJ0585/
Students can also use the materials at the web pages of 3rd Faculty of Medicine, Charles University, called Czech for Medical Students, which include chapters such as Everyday Czech, Czech in Clinical Practice, The Ill and Illnesses, Patents’ Needs, Case History, Czech grammar and a dictionary. These materials can help students improve their pronunciation due to the audio version and enable them to train the listening to native speakers.
http://www.lf3.cuni.cz/cestina/levels/index.php

All students have a multimedia language study room at their disposal in the Department of Languages at the Faculty of Medicine Masaryk University in Komenského Square 2 (2nd building, on the left, 1st floor).
Opening hours:
Tuesday:   12.00 am - 3.30 pm
Wednesday:   12.00 am - 3.30 pm
For more information go to: http://lingua.muni.cz/cs/studovna/

Credit test and examination conditions

Czech lessons consist of seminars that take place purely in the rooms of the Faculty of Medicine.

The conditions on being awarded credits lie in active participation in seminars evaluated by short tests throughout the semester and final credit test (minimum number of per cent is 60).

Attendance is compulsory and only two absences without stating their reasons are acceptable.  In case a student exceeds the number of allowed unexcused absences, they are not allowed to take either the credit test or the examination, and they need to register the same course again in their following year of studies

The examination consists of a written and oral part. The minimal score that needs to be reached in the credit test is 60 per cent and it is a pre-requisite of the oral exam. The use of dictionaries and cell phones is forbidden in written and oral exams and colloquies. The exam can be re-sat maximum two times.

Credit tests and examinations can be taken only within the examination period. Students are obliged to take their credit tests and examinations in the official terms in the examination period offered by lecturers. It is not possible to be examined outside the examination period.

Any copying, recording or leaking tests, use of unauthorized tools, aids and communication devices, or other disruptions of objectivity of exams (credit tests) will be considered non-compliance with the conditions for course completion as well as a severe violation of the study rules. Consequently, the teacher will finish the exam (credit test) by awarding grade "F" in the Information System.

Our goal is to reach the B1 level of the six levels of language education defined by Common European Framework, be able to communicate when completing simple tasks including simple information exchange and discussion on familiar topics, provided the Czech speaker speaks slowly and clearly and is ready to help. In the future, we would like our students to be able to describe their experiences and events, explain and give reasons for their own opinion and plans.

The main aim of the Czech courses for foreigners lies in communication with patients and nursery staff in Czech language, on a level good enough to do without the help of English speaking doctors and interpreters, and to be able to independently write case history in practical lessons in practical seminars.

Literature

General literature:
Remediosová, H. - Čechová, E. Chcete mluvit česky? / Do you want to speak Czech?
Textbook 1. A communicative course of contemporary Czech for English speakers (beginning to intermediate level). 5th edition. Liberec : Harry Putz, 2005. 414 pp. ISBN 80-86727-04-1. Čermáková, Iveta. Czech for medical students: a manual. 1st edition. Prague : 3rd Medical Faculty of Charles University, 1995. 121 pp. ISBN 80-85121-63-8.

Recommended literature:
Grundová, Dominika. Needs of Patients. Czech-English Phrasebook for Beginners.
2., Revised edition. Prague: Eurolex Bohemia, 2004. 104 pp. ISBN 80-86432-86-6.

For more information ask the lecturers of the Department of Languages in their office hours or by e-mail.

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Kamenice 5
625 00 Brno

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