Czech Language Foundation Course
The Czech language foundation course is primarily intended for international students who wish to obtain free tuition for programmes taught in Czech language in state universities in the Czech Republic. The course prepares students to pass an international ECL level B2 in Czech language, which is the entry requirement for tertiary education in state Universities in Czech Republic. The course modules include reading, writing and speaking exercises and vocabulary in specific fields of study.
Academic collaboration between Czech College and Tomas Bata University in Zlín offers students of Czech language foundation course opportunity to progress to several degree programs at TBU.
After successful completion of 900 hours of Czech language foundation course and passing the admission exams, students may enter the following Bachelor degree programs of Tomas Bata University, Zlin and study free of cost.
· Economics and Management under the Faculty of Management & Economics
· Engineering Informatics under the Faculty of Applied Informatics
· Philology under the Faculty of Humanities
· Fine Arts under Faculty of Media Communications
· Chemistry and Materials Technology under Faculty of Technology
Other programs at TBU are also open to successful candidates subject to fulfilling the admission requirements for the individual courses.
- The ideal candidate is a Slavic language speaker, at least 18 years old, and having completed a full secondary school education.
- Video interview with Admissions Office: The admissions office conducts video interviews to review and assess each application.
- Upon request, a statement of purpose.
Course Duration:: 1 year (900 hours of study)
Tuition Fees: EUR 2990
The main objective of the course is to develop the Czech language abilities and skills of students in a linguistic, academic and social context to prepare them for life as a student in Czech Republic. Students are initially given orientation to help them adapt to the life in Czech Republic, lessons and exercises are designed to help students navigate real-life situations. Students are given intensive training in Czech grammar, vocabulary and phrases through classroom lectures, exercises and activities. The course prepares students to
- Be able to read, understand and reproduce texts.
- Be able to listen and understand lectures and make notes.
- Be able to speak about a particular topic.
- Be able to produce well-written texts in a particular area of study.
- Be able to use internet, books, journals and articles to gain more information about the topic of study.
At the end of the course, students are to appear for an international ECL level B2 examination. The examination consists of three parts.
- Oral communication – The speaking skills of students are tested by means of guided conversations with other students on a given topic. Students are also required to read aloud texts and answer questions asked by the interviewer. Students are assessed based on the formal accuracy, fluency, vocabulary, diction and effectiveness of communication.
- Listening comprehension – This part of the exam involves students listening to conversations, and the understanding is tested with answers to certain questions about the conversation. The student must demonstrate ability to understand the whole idea provided in oral material on a wide range of topics which may involve up to four native speakers.
Written examination – This part of the examination is a test in grammar and lexicology. First task is writing an essay on a specific topic. The second is to read a text. Students are tested on the use of Czech language by means of questions that require short or long descriptive answers, multiple choice questions, and questions that require ordering of answers.