Information for first-year students

English education in the first year

English courses for bachelor students are optional and designed to provide appropriate preparation for the required final departmental English exam.

For each course successfually passed, students will receive one credit in the faculty credit system as well as five „bonus“ points for the final departmental English exam.

These points are applied to the written part of the final examination as well as to the final assessment.

Credit is awarded for a number of assignments, including written tests (use of English, listening and reading comprehension, specialized English), essays, seminar papers and regular attendance.

First-year students can attend two forty-five minute lessons a week in the winter semester for intermediate and advanced levels (code NJAZ070 English for intermediate and advanced students I; seminar group C for intermediate and group D for advanced) or four forty-five minute lessons a week at the pre-intermediate level (code NJAZ071 English for pre-intermediate students I). The system of courses is organised in the same way (with different codes) during the summer semester.

code course Winter semester Summer semester
NJAZ070 English for Upper-Intermediate and Advanced Students I 0/2 Credit   1 credit
NJAZ071 English for Intermediate Students I 0/4 Credit   1 credit
NJAZ072 English for Upper-Intermediate and Advanced Students II   0/2 Credit 1 credit
NJAZ073 English for Intermediate Students II   0/4 Credit 1 credit

Required course materials are the textbook New Total English (Pearson-Longman Publishing House) – Student's Book and Workbook.

  • B - pre-intermediate students:

    1st year - New Total English Pre-Intermediate (A. Crace, R. Acklam);

  • C - intermediate:

    1st year - New Total English Upper-Intermediate (A. Crace, R. Acklam);

  • D - advanced:

    1st year - New Total English Advanced (J.J. Wilson, A. Clare);

For all levels and courses, the following textbook is used for specialized English/ESP (English for Specific Purposes):
Křepinská A., Bubeníková M., Mikuláš M.: Angličtina pro studenty MFF UK. Praha: Matfyzpress, 2013.

Placement: 1st year students who attend the introductory workshop at the University Training Centre at Albeř are given an English placement test which will determine which level the student should register for. Those who do not attend this workshop must register in Prague, and the level they choose is left to their own discretion.

Students are obliged to pass the final final departmental English exam (code NJAZ 091) during their bachelor studies at the Department of Language Education. The level of the final examination is the same for all students. Students usually register for the examination in the fourth semester of the bachelor study programme (and usually after four semesters of preparatory courses).

Before the beginning of each semester, MFF students can enroll for the courses for their seminar group and level prior to other Charles University students. We recommend that students regularly check information in SIS. From the beginning of each semester, students from other faculties of Charles University can start registering for the courses and fill up any free capacity.

!!!ATTENTION!!! – there is a limited number of participants on each course

Address of the Department of Language Education:
Praha 8 – Troja, V Holešovičkách 2, room no. V 133 – building V


Recognition of English language examinations from other institutions

A student can apply for recognition of an exam in writing. Only an examination passed at another university or college in the Czech Republic or abroad in the last ten years can be recognised.

Together with the application, applicants should enclose the syllabus of English education and the structure and content of the examination which are submitted to be recognised. The examination can only be recognised if the content and level correspond to the MFF final departmental English exam for the bachelor study programme.

It is also possible to accept the following language examinations and certificates to replace the written part of the English examination:
  1. language examinations at other universities and colleges in the Czech Republic marked 1 or 2, not older than 10 years;
  2. language examinations from other universities abroad, not older than 10 years;
  3. state language examinations passed in the Czech Republic (state general examination or state special examination not older than 10 years);
  4. internationally recognised language certificates (traditional examinations guaranteed by renowned institutions):
    1. Cambridge ESOL – CAE, CPE, and FCE with grade A
    2. IELTS (7 points and above)
    3. TOEFL (PBT – min. 550 and above, CBT- min. 213 and above, iBT – min. 110 and above)

In the case of other language examinations, students can file an application of recognition. The compatibility of the examination will be considered by the Department of Language Education.

Students whose language examination has been recognised (see points 1 through 4 above) must sit the written examination in specialized English/ English for specific purposes (with a minimum score of 70%) as well as the oral part in compliance with the requirements of the Department of Language Education.

Original or notarised copies of certificates must be submitted to the secretary of the Department (room V 133) at least two weeks before the date of the examination. (See examination requirements.)


Other language courses (other than English)

Regardless of their year of study, students can register for other language courses (German, Russian, French, Spanish and Czech for foreigners). Upon completion of the course requirements, students will receive 3 credits in the faculty credit system.

In the winter semester, the Department of Language Education offers the following courses that continue in the summer semester:

NJAZ049 Elementary German I 0/2 Credit   3 credits
NJAZ051 Pre-Intermediate German I 0/2 Credit   3 credits
NJAZ081 Intermediate German I 0/2 Credit   3 credits
NJAZ053 Upper-Intermediate German I 0/2 Credit   3 credits
NJAZ083 German for Advanced Students I 0/2 Credit   3 credits
NJAZ043 Elementary French 0/2 Credit   3 credits
NJAZ045 Pre-Intermediate French I 0/2 Credit   3 credits
NJAZ047 French for Advanced Students I 0/2 Credit   3 credits
NJAZ094 French for Intermediate Students I 0/2 Credit   3 credits
NJAZ039 Elementary Russian I 0/2 Credit   3 credits
NJAZ041 Pre-Intermediate Russian I 0/2 Credit   3 credits
NJAZ085 Intermediate Russian I 0/2 Credit   3 credits
NJAZ106 Advanced Russian I 0/2 Credit   3 credits
NJAZ017 Elementary Spanish I 0/2 Credit   3 credits
NJAZ078 Pre-Intermediate Spanish I 0/2 Credit   3 credits
NJAZ104 Intermediate Spanish I 0/2 Credit   3 credits
NJAZ108 Advanced Spanish I 0/2 Credit   3 credits
NJAZ097 Elementary Czech I 0/2 Credit   3 credits
NJAZ099 Pre-Intermediate Czech I 0/2 Credit   3 credits
NJAZ101 Advanced Czech I 0/2 Credit   3 credits

If the course is not successfully completed, it can be retaken at a later date.

More information will be provided by the relevant teachers:
Spanish – PhDr. M. Režná
German and Russian – PhDr. L. Vachalovská, CSc.
Intermediate and advanced Russian – PhDr. A. Křepinská, CSc.
French – PhDr. M. Dundrová, Ph.D.
Czech – Mgr. Dita Šebelová


Students with specific learning needs

Students with specific learning needs must submit a certificate approving their specific needs to the Student Affairs Department at the beginning of their studies. The certificate of approval can only be issued by authorised Charles University counselling institutes.

We recommend that students contact Mgr. Lukáš Krump, PhD. (see mff.cuni.cz/studium/handicap).

In addition, students must submit the certificate of approval to the Department of Language Education Secretary Office at the beginning of their studies.

The certificate must also be submitted to the language course teacher at the beginning of every semester.