Čeština expres START is a preparatory course for Czech as a foreign/second language, which can come before work with A1 or higher-level textbooks. All of its seven units focus on everyday situations from practical life. The course introduces students to objects which are all around them (their classroom or room, everyday objects) and it teaches them how to orient themselves in situations which they can encounter on a daily basis (shopping, directions).
Space is also dedicated to resolving crisis situations (calling a doctor, the police or fire department) and the basics for interactions with public offices, including how to fill out a form. Unlike classical textbooks, the publication works using elements of direct teaching methods, without explicit explanations of grammar rules.
The publication also includes the following freely available supplementary materials: Teacher’s manual with on-line activities, MP3 audio recordings and a Penmanship book for practicing the Latin alphabet (all available for free download at www.czechstepbystep.cz).
The preparatory course can be helpful for the beginning Czech studies of non-Slavic students, for students studying directly in Czech without an intermediary language, for students with minimal knowledge of grammar terms and for students who are not comfortable with or do not know the Latin alphabet.
The publication has been financially supported by the Association of teachers of Czech as a foreign language (Asociace učitelů češtiny jako cizího jazyka).
The material is designed for instruction only in the target language, without an intermediary language (L1), and for this reason, it has no way to even provide such explanations. Students do perceive grammatical principles, but they master them in a similar way as in their mother tongue, ‘on the fly’ so to speak, by deriving grammar rules from practical examples through observation and listening, and through the frequent repetition of simple structures. In this way, they learn to speak Czech naturally and without fear, from the very first class.
S učebnicí Čeština Start jsem se seznámila ještě před vydáním jako její lektorka. Nyní podle ní učím studenta ze Sýrie a funguje moc dobře. Jsem spokojená s velkým množstvím opakovacích cvičení v materiálu pro učitele. Pochvaluji si i velké řádky a větší velikost písma, odpovídají potřebám studentů začátečníků, kteří obvykle píšou jako naši prvňáčci.
more than 20 years not only
in the Czech Republic but also
all over the world.
for most of our textbooks.
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our textbooks regard the manuals
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