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Česká cesta: Czech as a Means of Communication and a Way of Thinking - OBZO19
Title: Česká cesta: Czech as a Means of Communication and a Way of Thinking
Guaranteed by: Děkanát (41-DEKAN)
Faculty: Faculty of Education
Actual: from 2011
Semester: both
E-Credits: 4
Hours per week, examination: 2/2, Ex [HT]
Capacity: winter:unknown / unknown (unknown)
summer:unknown / unknown (unknown)
Min. number of students: unlimited
4EU+: no
Virtual mobility / capacity: no
State of the course: not taught
Language: English
Teaching methods: full-time
Teaching methods: full-time
Note: course can be enrolled in outside the study plan
priority enrollment if the course is part of the study plan
you can enroll for the course in winter and in summer semester
Guarantor: doc. RNDr. Miroslava Černochová, CSc.
Class: Volitelné předměty pro PS
Česká cesta is a special language course. It is partly a course of language as such, partly a course about Czech language and partly also a course about our ways of thinking, the world of language per se and reflections on English language. Personal experience with the language and space forms the basis of the syllabus. The course teaches language through comparison, observation and data collection, and requires active involvement from the students. We will compare Czech and English; observe Czech as a system, living organism, means of communication among Czechs and between Czechs and foreigners. We will observe and analyze the language surrounding us (in various messages, street signs, posters, news, etc.). Last but not least, we will collect data, and based on them create "memory" of our course and we will trace our language learning and thinking. The syllabus has double structure - first - language as such, syllabus is organized by social situations and lexical topics (incl. grammar) second - thinking about the language, these topics are always connected to general linguistic questions.
Last update: CERNOCHO/PEDF.CUNI.CZ (11.02.2011)
Aim of the course

The goal of the course is to provide students with understanding of how Czech works in daily life and an ability to communicate in Czech at a very basic level. We don’t aim at comprehending how Czechs talk to each other on tram but at grasping worldviews residing in the language so that students get by in the daily culture and develop empathy for identity of a small nation. Students will collect photographs of various language contexts, posters, fliers, tickets and overheard conversations, and analyze them collectively in class. The classes will be run as classroom sessions to study Czech through contextual situations, phrases, vocabulary and grammatical rudiments, and workshops in and out of the classroom to discuss language related topics, deal with practical questions, work with language bits brought to class, visit real-life places and use the language with Czechs. To be able to communicate on a basic level means to comprehend daily life, survive in it with dignity and joy, react appropriately, ask simple questions and be polite. A goal of the course is also to develop readiness to study additional foreign languages and gain an international perspective.

Last update: CERNOCHO/PEDF.CUNI.CZ (11.02.2011)

Required materials: English-Czech / Czech-English Dictionary

Recommended readings:

Karen von Kunes: 240 Ways of Looking at Czech

Karen von Kunes: Everything You Wanted to Know about Czech and Were Afraid to Ask

Laura Janda and Steven Clancy: The Casebook for Czech

Derek Sayer: The Coasts of Bohemia

Last update: CERNOCHO/PEDF.CUNI.CZ (11.02.2011)
Requirements to the exam


Attendance is mandatory. Missing more than two classes during the semester will be reflected by dropping a final grade progressively.

quizzes 20%

tests (3)30%

active participation 20%

Diary/ portfolio / interdisciplinary project component 30%

Last update: CERNOCHO/PEDF.CUNI.CZ (11.02.2011)

Course Schedule:

Week 1 Cizinec na CESTĚ

Personal information. Social rituals and habits.

Czech - My God, what is that? Čeština, český, česky, česká, Češka, Čechy, Čech. /Basic information about Czech grammar./

Week 2 CESTA městem.

Around the town. Information about events and asking for directions.

Notes, signs and posters in town.

Week 3 Na CESTĚ do obchodu.

In a store. Where to get "stuff". Are shopping malls universal?

Week 4 CESTA Evropou.

Where have you been? Activities and verbs. Towns and places. Places in Europe./

Week 5 "CESTA" v restauraci

Restaurant: Dinning, feasting, drinking and eating

Week 6 Budu CESTOvat.

Activities and verbs. What will you do?

To do or to make? Borrow or lend? Czech verbs

Week 7 Na CESTĚ

Post office, station, transport

May I sit in a tram at all?! Being polite.

Week 8 Review

Week 9 CESTA do ČR

Where are you from?

Am I stranger or foreigner? Misunderstanding caused by translation. False friends

Week 10 Rok na CESTĚ


Czech habits and traditions


Verbal aspect. Verbs.

How come they have only 3 tenses? Are they able to express EVERYTHING?!


Typical Czech. Adjectives. Qualities.

"That is typical!" But what does it actually mean?


The same like. - Different from.

The Czech Republic and the U.S.A.

Week 14 Rok na CESTĚ 2.


Czech habits and traditions. 2

Week 15 Review

Tests / quizzes:

final orientation test

midterm test

final semester test

occasional quizzes on topics

vocabulary / phrases / memory quizzes

Last update: CERNOCHO/PEDF.CUNI.CZ (11.02.2011)
Registration requirements

Tento předmět vyučují odborníci z ÚJOP.

Bližší informace včetně rozvrhu a kontaktů na vyučující najdete na〈=en.

V případě, že máte zájem o zápis do předmětu, kontaktujte vyučujícího předmětu (Dana Hůlková Nývltová, Ph.D. email: a požádejte ho o zařazení do předmětu.

Last update: CERNOCHO/PEDF.CUNI.CZ (11.02.2011)
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