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Czech language and culture for beginner students
COERLL, CREEES, and the Department of Slavic and Eurasian Studies at UT Austin are excited to announce the publication of Christian Hilchey’s Reality Czech, a course in contemporary Czech language and culture.
Reality Czech is an openly licensed online curriculum for beginning to intermediate-level Czech students. The course aims to be a highly communicative introduction to Czech language and culture and includes over 240 interview compilation videos shot in the style of a reality TV show on a variety of everyday topics such as daily schedule, hobbies, food and drink, studies, holidays, health, weather, and more.
The name Reality Czech reflects the centrality of these interviews to the curriculum and the textbook’s focus on the vocabulary and constructions Czechs frequently use to talk about everyday topics. The entire course has been shaped by the language used in the interview videos as well as openly licensed content sourced from the internet.
Each of the 10 units follows a sequence of pre-class, in-class, and post-class activities ideal for a flipped classroom.
  • Pre-class activities such as Quizlet vocabulary activities, video and audio with comprehension questions, culture notes, and grammar exercises introduce students to new language.
  • An activity book for in-class use provides all of the resources an instructor needs to create a communicative classroom experience focused around task-based learning, such as games and activities.
  • Post-class activities use both exercises and authentic multimedia texts as a catalyst for students to create language.
The materials all exist natively online in flexible formats such as Google Docs, and are licensed with a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license, allowing the curriculum to be easily adapted to 100% online delivery.