Sport Studies - Fundamental Terminology in English on the DVD-ROM is a new course designed to be both a textbook for students and a reference book for teachers offering their English speaking, degree-related classes to international students.

Our goal in preparing this work is to provide, in one “book”, a comprehensive coverage of the fundamental areas of the bachelor degree in Physical Education and Sport. The course is divided into nine stand-alone units (chapters 1-7, listening scripts unit and vocabulary unit). Each chapter includes topic-related text, authentic text, listening comprehension exercise and English – Czech vocabulary. The overall English-Czech vocabulary including entries from all chapters is presented in the final vocabulary unit.

Chapter 1 on Studying at University covers all key aspects of the academic field such as the institution structure, academic degrees, academic staff, teaching methods and assessment. The chapter also brings information on the grading systems.

Chapter 2 on The Concept of Sport and Physical Education deals with a definition of sport and presents different perspectives the sport may be categorized from.

Chapter 3 on The Categorization of Sport Branches offers a detailed list of categories the sports are classified to, using the common approach of viewing sports as Olympic, non-Olympic, recognized and extreme.

Chapter 4 on The Human Body introduces general medical vocabulary related to parts of the body with a special focus on the skeletal, muscular and nervous systems. The chapter also describes the most common types of sport injuries, how they can be treated and prevented.

Chapter 5 on Physiology of the Human Body deals with the human energy system and physical fitness. The mechanism and response of the body to movement is explained through the function of the respiratory and cardiovascular systems and related physical fitness indicators.

Chapter 6 on Movement and Exercise offers a description of sport physical activities beginning with simple movements such as the basic body positions and actions, ending with complex movement patterns. The chapter also provides the students with information on human motor skills.

Chapter 7 on Principles of Sport Training and Teaching Physical Education introduces general principles of sport training and physical education class leadership. It is also focused on the personality of the coach or teacher and coaching styles.

All chapters include also authentic texts from textbooks, journals, reference works and study guides, taking account of new media with the growth of online resources.

Each chapter includes topic-related recordings of natural English conversation providing students with models for speaking and pronunciation, as well as experience listening to fluent native speakers of English. All audio scripts are presented in a special section.

Sport Studies, Fundamental Terminology in English integrates video, audio, images and text to provide a course that builds vocabulary, improves listening and gives speaking practice. The course, suitable for intermediate students and above, is primarily designed to be used for classroom work but is also recommended for self-study.

The DVD-ROM sets a new standard for university course books including everything students would normally find in a textbook and more!


PhDr. Andrea Koudelková, Ph.D. and Mgr. Jana Kosová are Assistant Professors at the Department of Foreign Languages at Charles University, Faculty of Physical Education and Sport. Both authors specialize in teaching professional English for students of Sport & Exercise Science and Sports Management.

Andrea Koudelková is the author of the following chapters: Studying at University, The Human Body, Physiology of the Human Body and Movement and Exercise. She is also the author of most audio scripts.

Jana Kosová is the author of The Concept of Sport and Physical Education, Categorization of Sport Branches and Principles of Sport Training and Teaching Physical Education.


We would like to thank several colleagues who have been instrumental in allowing this project to be completed.

Many thanks go to our colleague at University of West Virginia, Dr. Ted Muilenburg, Ph.D., CTRS, Associate Professor of Health and Human Performance, for his dedication and interest in reading our text and offering valuable advice.

We thank Doc. PhDr. Václav Velebil, our peer reviewer, for providing a valuable review, feedback and suggestions to improve the quality of the content.

Special thanks also go to Billy Crossan and Heather Newman for recordings of native English conversation providing students with models for speaking and pronunciation.We appreciate their support and helpful comments.

Without the care and consideration of all people involved, this DVD-ROM would likely not have reached its users.

The authors

Content        Chapters: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7        Vocabulary       Listening        References