Czech Studies

Czech is the language of a dynamic country in the heart of Europe where the history of the East meets the contemporary West. Its literature, film, history, and sport make Czech a rewarding language to learn and the Czech Republic an outstanding destination for study and work.

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Here at Sheffield we have a strong record of excellent teaching and student satisfaction. We are a close-knit department and form a real relationship with our students, which means that you will learn quickly but that your classes are also genuinely enjoyable. You will start the study of Czech from scratch - either at Level 1 or 2 - and by the end of your course you can achieve the fluency needed to use the language in your professional life. You will also have a solid expertise in the history and culture of the Czech lands. If you already have some knowledge of Czech, please contact us and ask.

The local Czech and Slovak community has a full programme of speakers and cultural activities that students often attend. Every year, students have the opportunity to attend fully-paid summer schools in the Czech Republic.

Find out more about Czech at Sheffield

Undergraduate degree combinations

BA Modern Languages & Cultures

On the BA Modern Languages & Cultures you can study:

  • Czech language & culture with one other language & culture
  • Czech language & culture with two other languages & cultures

Choose from these languages:

  • French
  • German
  • Russian
  • Spanish
  • Portuguese
  • Catalan
  • Dutch
  • Luxembourgish* (from second year only)
  • Italian

BA Modern Languages and cultures - 2020 entry

Dual Honours (with a non-language subject)

As a Dual Honours degree:

  • Czech language & culture with a non-language subject
  • Czech languages & culture, a second language & culture, and a non-language subject

Combine your study of German language & culture with one of the following:

  • Archaeology
  • Business Management
  • Economics
  • English
  • History
  • Linguistics
  • Music
  • Philosophy
  • Politics

Find out more about our range of dual honours degrees.

Why study Czech at Sheffield?

We asked some of our students why they chose to study Czech at Sheffield:


Module information

What if I already have some Czech?

We can in certain circumstances offer alternative pathways or modules if you know Czech from home or have learned it independently. Please ask us directly for advice.

You will study 40 credits in language and culture at beginner level.

In your first year, you'll get an intensive introduction to Czech grammar, and learn essential speaking skills with a native Czech speaker. You'll also use our interactive online exercises to consolidate your learning.

By the end of the year, you'll have a solid grounding in the language skills (at a level equivalent to A2 on the Common European Framework of Reference - CEFR) needed to communicate with Czech people and get around in the Czech Republic.

Our first-year Czech culture course focuses on history and is based on exploration, so you'll study the different periods by reading translations of actual texts written by Czechs in various historical periods. By the end of the year, you'll have covered Czech history from the middle ages to the present, and will be familiar with the events that have shaped the Czech nation and its people.

Beginner's Czech

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Credits

Core/Optional

Czech Language Beginners

You will gain the skills to speak Czech in everyday situations. We take an integrated approach to language learning, so you will develop all four language skills - speaking, listening, reading, writing - in your work in class and at home. Our emphasis is on communication and you are encouraged to use the language from day one.

20 Core

The Czechs in Central European History

How does a nation come to be: what are its founding myths, the events and relationships that shape its formation? This module examines the history of the Czech lands, beginning with the earliest records and tales of its foundation. In the second half, the module follows the 'national revival' of the early nineteenth century and continues through the founding of the modern Czechoslovak state and its fateful encounters with Nazi Germany and Soviet Russia. You will participate via readings and discussion of original historical documents in translation and student-led seminars.

20 Core (if you are studying two languages)
Optional (if you are studying three languages)

You may also choose from a range of modules from across the School of Languages and Cultures.

The content of our courses is reviewed annually to make sure it is up-to-date and relevant. Individual modules are occasionally updated or withdrawn. This is in response to discoveries through our world-leading research, funding changes, professional accreditation requirements, student or employer feedback, outcomes of reviews, and variations in staff or student numbers. In the event of any change we'll consult and inform students in good time and take reasonable steps to minimise disruption.

Information last updated: 7 December 2020


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