As anyone who has visited the picturesque Czech capital of Prague can testify, the Czech Republic is now a highly westernised European country with many links within the European Union and many business opportunities.
If you choose to study Czech at Glasgow you will learn different aspects of a sophisticated culture with a 1000-year long history.
What can I expect in first year?
Entrants to Czech Level 1 should be able to demonstrate some flair for language learning. Preferably, you should have already studied another European language. In order for you to achieve a high level of competence within one year, our pace of study is rapid.
Your focus at this stage will be on learning to speak, read, listen to and write the language and will involve:
- grammar-based classes
- classes focusing on grammatical and phonetic drills
- conversation classes with native Czech speakers
Later in the year you will read, analyse and familiarise yourself with a selection of short Czech literary texts, covering a range of topics on Czech literature, history and culture.
In the summer between first and second year, you will usually attend a summer school in the Czech Republic, which is a one-month course.
What can I expect in second year?
If you have successfully completed Czech Level 1 you may continue with the study of Czech (in combination with other subjects) at Level 2. Czech Level 2:
- increases your mastery of the language
- introduces you to a range of literary texts within their cultural contexts
- contains language classes that continue to use a wide variety of methods in order to develop further your speaking and writing skills and to increase your understanding of the language and civilisation being studied.
The School of Modern Languages and Cultures has a number of content courses dealing with the history, literature, cinema and the media of the countries of Central and Eastern Europe, including the Czech Republic. These are available within the SMLC Comparative Literature programme, both on Levels 1 and 2 and in Honours (Levels 3 and 4).
Where can I find out more?
If you have any further queries please contact:
tel: +44 (0)141 330 5535