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Comprehensive Final Examination – Level C1/C2 – English Language

The comprehensive final examination verifies the candidate’s practical and theoretical language skills and his knowledge about political, economic, social and cultural issues of the language area and Slovakia. The candidate also presents whether he can use the language actively in written and spoken form.

This means, the preparation to the comprehensive final examination demands longer and more precise study in all language skills. As for the level of difficulty, the comprehensive final examination is not the highest language level, whilst besides of using the language on this level, the candidate is also required to present his knowledge about English speaking countries task and literature in terms of the syllabus.

The level of difficulty and qualification of the examination is on the same level as the final language examinations at pedagogical or art faculties.

The comprehensive final examination consists of two parts - written and oral.
The candidate who does not succeed in the written part is not allowed to take the oral part.

The examination consists of 2 parts:

Written - consists of 4 subparts:
Dictation: /size of 100 words/ read by the examiner 3 times - first slower, then the speed the candidate is able to write in his mother tongue, at the end the examiner reads the text once again in a usual speed. In this part the candidates cannot use dictionaries.
Reading Comprehension: – the candidates read the given text and elaborate the attached exercises. In this part the candidates cannot use dictionaries.
Translation, from the candidates’ mother tongue into English - size 100 words. The candidate is expected to be able to translate into a foreign language on a particular level. The candidates are allowed to use dictionaries in this part.
Essay chosen by the candidates from three alternatives is elaborated in a size of the shortest 1 and a half A4 sheet form pages for the basic exam / 2 pages for the comprehensive exam. In this part the use of dictionaries is available.

It is recommended to bring good quality dictionaries.

Preparation for the written part of the comprehensive final examination:
It is recommended to practice translation, reproduction of newspaper articles and other texts. As for the translation, it is important to emphasize on correct translation, that means not word for word, using appropriate phraseology, preposition constructions idioms and respect different structures. Besides of grammar methodologies it is also advisable to study the course books to revise grammar.

Oral - consists of 4 subparts:
Cutting: - a cut out part of an article from a newspaper or a magazine. Recent world news /politics, science, technology, health care…/ reading, analyses, discussion of the topic from the article is examined. No use of dictionaries is allowed in this part.
Conversation: – see the conversation topics attached
English Speaking Countries - /see the topics attached/
Literature: - the candidate introduces on his application form /basic exam 3; comprehensive exam 5/ British or American writers and their works which are supposed to be read in original. The candidates have to show the target language literature knowledge and analyze the work.

The candidate can acquire necessary knowledge about these facts from publications issued here or abroad.

The candidate should also be well informed about contemporary world affairs. It is recommended to follow daily press, magazines and news programs (TV or radio) in the target language to acquire knowledge of modern expressions and phrases used in common life.

There is no compulsory literature to study; we can only recommend some authors and their works:
Peter Brmhead: Life in Modern Britain
Peter Bromhead: Life in Modern America
John Oakland:A Dictionary of British Institutions
John Oakland: British Civilization
Karel Veselý: The English Speaking Countries
Jean Ruppeldová: Some Facts on Britain
Ondryášová, Holá: English and American Literature
Eliška Morkesová: British and American Literature
Eliška Morkesová: British and American History
Eliška Morkesová: British and American Life and Institutions

System of Assessment:
a) small mistake: 1 bad point
b) big mistake: 4 bad points

big mistake:
-in grammar – a lack of knowledge of grammar rules
-in lexicology – changes or shades the meaning of the word
-in phraseology and stylistics interferes with the written expression
-basic spelling mistake

small mistake:
- the cases not named above

Grading:
4 grade classification: Excellent, Very good, Good and Unsatisfactory

a) Dictation:
Excellent: 1-4 bad points
Very good: 5-10 bad points
Good: 11-15 bad points
Unsatisfactory: more than 15 bad points

b) Translation and Essay:
Excellent: 1-7 bad points
Very good: 8-16 bad points
Good: 17-25 bad points
Unsatisfactory: more than 25 bad points

c) Reading Comprehension:
Excellent: up to 90%
Very good: up to 80%
Good: up to 70%
Unsatisfactory: less than 70%

Topics: English Speaking Countries

1. PHYSICAL GEOGRAPHY (geographical situation, climate, mountains, rivers, fauna, flora)
2. ECONOMIC GEOGRAPHY (mineral deposits, agricultural conditions industries and agriculture - historical survey, present state, trade, transport)
3. PEOPLE (historical survey, present state, nationalities - minorities, social structure)
4. FORMS OF GOVERNMENT (historical survey, present state, law and order)
5. POLITICAL ORGANIZATIONS (political parties and foreing policy - historical survey, present state
6. EDUCATION
7. LANGUAGE (development, differencies between BE and AE)
8. FINE ARTS (painting, scuplture, music, film, theatre, architecture)
9. SCIENCE AND RESEARCH (historical survey, present state)
10. SOCIAL WELFARE (historical survey, present state)
11. MASS MEDIA (press, radio, television)
12. MAIN STREAMS IN LITERATURE
13. TYPICAL WAY OF LIVING (holidays and festivals, housing, leisure, sports)
14. CAPITAL OF... (general information)

Topics: Conversation

1. House or Flat? Pros and Cons
2. Town or Country? Pros and Cons
3. My Daily Programme (My Occupation, My place of Work)
4. If you Travelled to GB or USA What Would You Like to See?
5. Does Eating and Drinking Cut Our Life Expectancy?
6. Itinerary of a Visit to Bratislava or Slovakia
7. Nature and Environmental Politics
8. Shopping: Little Groceries or Super- and Hypermarkets?
9. Why Ought Everybody to Have a Hobby?
10. Significance of Art in Our Life
11. Education Does not End with a Diploma
12. Sport and Tourism - A Means of Enhancing International Friendship?
13. Holidays: In a Tent or at a Hotel? Pros and Cons
14. What Made You Learn English?