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2006/07 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

SLAV3006 Czech Language and Culture

10 creditsClass Size: 12

Taught: Semester 2 View Timetable

Year running 2006/07

Pre-requisites

Successful completion of Czech SLAV3005.

This module is approved as an Elective

Module summary

OK, so now you can speak Czech well enough to converse with the native Czechs or maybe even read a Czech paper. Do you want to put your Czech to a test? Fancy a challenge? Many British people have read and liked reading great Czech authors like Hrabal, Havel or Kundera. Very few read them in the original. You could become one of them! The aim of the course is to consolidate your knowledge of basic Czech already acquired in SLAV 2005/2006. You will read a number of texts, both literary and non-literary, in Czech. The texts should provide a framework of Czech history and cultural references on which you can build in the future. With the help of studied texts you will meet more advanced points of grammar and syntax as well as dialectal usage and become familiar with the language of Czech dictionaries. Audio and video tapes will be used as additional material to improve your language skills and overall knowledge.

Objectives

To further consolidate the student's knowledge of Czech and widen their experience of Czech literature and culture.

Syllabus

A limited number of pages of Czech prescribed from a selection of texts; a selection of translations, film and televised material. The material will be used for translation, appreciation and commentary.

Teaching methods

Close reading of the Czech texts, lectures, and occasional presentations/seminars.

Methods of assessment

One 1500 word essay and a one hour examination.

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 19/04/2010

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