30 research outputs found

    Syntactic-semantic Classification of Sentences

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    AbstractThe purpose of the paper is to focus on the analysis of compound and complex sentences in the abstract parts of scientific texts. Small-scale research includes 45 abstracts written in British English. The syntactic-semantic classification is based on Quirk (1985). The types of the compound and complex sentences are recorded by registering the conjunctions and other connectives occurring in them. The criterion for distinguishing the simple sentence from the compound and complex sentence is the number of finite verbs contained in a sentence. If the finite verbs share the same complement, they are regarded as one compound or complex sentence. Findings should be of interest to the writers of such documents and textbook writers

    Making academic writing real with ICT

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    AbstractThe aim of the article is to explore the potential use of ICT (Information and Communication Technology) as a tool that supports and improves students’ skills of formal written English in the context of higher education. The article begins first by explaining how ICT is implemented in an optional course on academic writing taught at the Faculty of Informatics and Management in Hradec Kralove for 5 years already. Therefore, a short introduction to the concept of blended learning is mentioned. Furthermore, referring to the corresponding research literature, main pedagogy theories connected with the use of ICT are described, i.e. constructivism and activity theory. In addition to that, it shows how students’ newly acquired knowledge and skills of formal written English result in real electronic publishing. Finally, students’ end products of their half-semester effort are demonstrated and benefits of such work examined

    Detecting the Development of Language Skills in Current English Language Teaching in the Czech Republic

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    AbstractThe current English language teaching (ELT) is based on the communicative principle whose aim is not only the acquisition of language knowledge but mainly the acquisition of the ability to make oneself understood in everyday situation. However, this communicative method should not be overestimated because there should be always a balance between the acquisition and learning of foreign language knowledge and skills so that pupils could achieve corresponding communicative competences. In addition, the four language skills should be integrated in ELT classes so that pupils could focus more on functional use of language. Therefore, the purpose of this article is firstly to evaluate the use of communicative method in present ELT; secondly, to explain the importance of communicative competences; thirdly, to explore whether all four language skills are well-balanced and/or whether some of these skills are more preferred in ELT in the Czech Republic or not; and finally, to propose methodological approaches to the successful development of the productive language skills

    Basic Motions of Human Life and Innate Education

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    AbstractIn connection with the concept of the basic motions of human life according to Jan Patocka (a motion of acceptance, a motion of self-prolongation and a motion of self-understanding), solutions of the innate education, which is multiperspective, related to the innate human forces, and which overcomes common institutional education focused on successful life in technocratic and bureaucratic relations of Euro-American civilization, will be expressed. This concept of the innate education also contains a hope for future. Moreover, Rorty's approach is mentioned. This approach emphasizes an importance of solidarity, interpersonal reciprocity and tolerance, face-to-face to this rugged and chaotic world. The result of the article is a depiction of information and communication technologies and their role in the innate education

    Students of Management of Tourism and their Writing Competences

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    AbstractAt present due to the economic crisis, many companies cut costs, including the work positions. Therefore, only the people who possess the right and extensive skills for the required job, might hold their position. The purpose of this article is to explore and emphasize one of the language skills which might help students of tourism to get their job and which is also a must for their further careers, and that is - writing. The theoretical background is discussed within the framework of the Common European Reference Framework for languages aimed at B2-C1 language level. The article also examines what kinds of documents students need in their future profession as managers, for example, of a travel agency

    CLIL at the Faculty of Informatics and Management

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    The teaching of foreign languages

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    AbstractCurrent trends in the teaching of foreign languages arising from the Common European Reference Framework for languages aim to increase the quality of communication among the European citizens of different language and cultural backgrounds. Moreover, they attempt to offer a wide range of methodological recommendations as to how to achieve this goal. Therefore, the purpose of the presentation is to discuss recent trends in the teaching of foreign languages with a special focus on the approaches which help to improve the quality of learning and which motivate a learner to be more independent and responsible on one hand, and more collaborative on the other

    Teaching Writing at FIM UHK

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