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About Us

The Institute for Language and Preparatory Studies at Charles University established the Centre for Distance Education in order to prepare distant online courses. The Centre is located at the castle in the town of Podebrady.

Initially, English online courses were developed. Courses available are designed for elementary, pre intermediate, intermediate, upper-intermediate and FCE students.

Czech online instruction began with an introductory course which was successfully offered from 2006–2010. The course was later substituted with the 'Breakthrough Czech' Online Course (A1 level, CEFR) in 2010, followed shortly by the 'Waystage Czech' Online Course (A2 level, CEFR) and the 'Threshold Czech' Online Course (B1 level, CEFR), thereby extending the range of courses available. An additional B1 level course for the Czech language Certificate Exam is currently being prepared.

The department also cooperated on a project called @languages within the framework of the European Union program Leonardo da Vinci. A business English course for SMEs was then created.

In addition, CDE is a contact site for Euromobil, a project of the European Union programme Socrates – Lingua 2. Within its framework, a multimedia language learning and information programme for nine European target languages was designed; ILPS CU is the author of the Czech version. This project was awarded a silver Lifelong Learning Programme Award in languages section as a one of outstanding European projects and actions which will serve as a good motivating example to wide public. Project website.

CDE is a member of the Czech Association for Distance University Education (CADUV) and the International E-learning Association (IELA).

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Study format

All courses in the Centre for Distance Education are in electronic form available via Internet (i.e. online courses) assisted by a tutor (e-learning).

Study materials are implemented in a learning management system called iTutor, mediating communication between  students and tutors, in  addition to recording their work. It is accessible via a web browser upon log-in.

The tutors help and check students' work. Communication is practised throughout with the use of chatboxes,  e-mail messages and two attendance conversational tutorials.

Students may sit a final exam at the end of each semester. The exam is mandatory for those students who require a certificate.

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