About the Language Centre
The Language Centre consists of the following subdivisions:
Czech for Foreigners
The Academic Division of the Language Centre is undergoing the process of building a competency profile for students at the Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctoral Programmes at Palacký University Olomouc, as its aim is to develop foreign language skills, especially for professional and academic communication.
The Academic Division of the Language Centre offers its students a choice of more than 85 courses in 10 languages - English, Arabic, French, Italian, German, Portugal, Russian, Spanish and Swedish - on all levels of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. On average, 2,000 students attend the Language Centre’s courses each semester.
WHAT WE OFFER
Alongside the general language courses, the Academic Division of the Language Centre also offers specialized courses as a part of the Bachelor’s and Master’s programmes, such as professional courses tailored to specific programmes of study: English for Sociologists, German and English for Art History Students, English for Psychologists, English for Political Scientists, English for Musicologists, German for Historians and Archivists.
Apart from the above mentioned courses, the students are offered many academic and professional courses, e.g. Academic English, Business English, Professional Communication in English.
The Academic Division of the Language Centre organizes the German Language Exam for the Doctoral Students, and also preparatory modules for English and German exams. It is also possible to take the Latin Language Exam for Doctoral Students, French Language Exam for Doctoral Students and also Italian Language Exam for Doctoral Students at the Language Centre.
The Academic Division of the Language Centre also organizes foreign language exams and tutorials for the part-time students of Psychology and Social Work Studies, namely in English, French, Italian, German, Russian and Spanish.
In association with the University of the Third Age (U3A) at Palacký University, the Language Centre offers English and German courses for U3A participants.
PROJECTS AT THE DEPARTMENT
In cooperation with the Department of Art History, Department of Musicology, Department of Theatre, Film and Media Studies, Department of History, Department of Classical Philology and Department of Philosophy, the Language Centre offers academic English courses – all as a part of the European project Innovation of Academic English Courses for the Humanities.
As a result of an ESF project, the Language Centre organizes Intercultural Communication Courses in English, German, Spanish and French. The project Development of Quality Assurance System of International Work PlacementofPalacký University Students, was managed by the International Relations Office at the Rector‘s Office and is noted for the cooperation of six of the Palacký University faculties.
Currently, the Language Centre of the Faculty of Arts participates in the project Palacký University as a Complex Educational Institution. The aims of the Language Centre within this project are as follows: to improve pedagogical skills of the academic staff in the field of methodology of teaching relating to communication in academia; to implement the open-access e-learning system Moodle and prepare study materials, to prepare placement tests for students before they choose their courses; and last but not least to secure quality language education for the employees of the Faculty of Arts.
INTERNATIONAL LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY TESTS
The Language Centre also offers German language proficiency tests not only for its students but also for the general public. The Academic Division of the Language Centre is a testing centre for the Goethe-Institut exams, and also organizes preparatory courses for Palacký University students. The Austrian German Language Diploma Exam (ÖSD) can be taken at the UPLIFT Language School, which also organizes the respective preparatory courses.
The Academic Division of the Language Centre is a testing centre for the ECL language exams.
The UPLIFT Language School, in cooperation with the British Centre, organizes preparatory courses for the Cambridge English exams.