What is the purpose of this site?

The aim of this site is to provide a student of the Faculty of Informatics, Masaryk University, with some English teaching and testing materials. Moreover, it contains information every student of my courses should familiarize himself/herself with. Provided you are one, please make sure you read through the texts posted under the sections Courses, My Office Hours, and FAQs carefully before asking me any question. That is, you can find an answer to your question more quickly than by contacting my be e-mail. Besides, you might also make my (and my colleagues') job a little more enjoyable by not joining the legions of those who constantly e-mail us.

The teaching materials in the Worksheets and Tests sections represent outcomes of my past effort. The former focus on a couple of specialized topics an IT student may encounter in his/her future career. Every worksheet is accompanied by a test concentrating on the vocabulary and grammar contained in the former.

What you should bear in mind is the fact that the teaching materials posted on this site were an attempt at creating a database of English written materials, designed particularly for teaching the language for specific purposes, which makes it a more accessible source of IT-related English than its "paper" predecessor - the worksheet supply in Jazyková studovna of MU. This, however, does not mean that the "paper" worksheets are no longer available. On the contrary, they are still there and you are encouraged to use them.

Provided you have a question regarding the courses, their organization, their syllabi, examination requirements, English learning strategies, or any question of the type "How come I have failed the course?", please visit the Courses or FAQs section. You may also try to use the search engine and search this site for what you are interested in.

Hope this site will make the communication between you and me easier and less nerve-wracking than before.

Martin Dvořák, qdvorak1[zavinac]