VV043 Academic Writing in English

Faculty of Informatics
Spring 2010
Extent and Intensity
0/2. 5 credit(s). Type of Completion: z (credit).
James Edward Thomas, M.A. (lecturer), Mgr. Alena Hradilová, Ph.D. (deputy)
Guaranteed by
prof. RNDr. Antonín Kučera, Ph.D.
Faculty of Informatics
Contact Person: prof. RNDr. Antonín Kučera, Ph.D.
Thu 8:00–9:50 B204, Thu 10:00–11:50 B204
Prerequisites (in Czech)
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is only offered to the students of the study fields the course is directly associated with.
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
Course objectives
In this course, post-graduate students study some formal aspects of writing academic articles in English. At the end of the course, students should be able to use new vocabulary and understand grammar and syntax as well as design and structure of longer articles. It is intended that students will be able to use the data they have uploaded into the Informatics Corpus for the observation of language phenomena peculiar to this field.
  • The course deals with the following language topics.
  • Aspects of syntax
  • end weight, subjunctive, fronting, to-infinitive and -ing clauses.
  • Aspects of discourse and pragmatics
  • topic sentences and paragraph hooks, hedging, roles of first person, sexist language, linking clauses and sentences meaningfully.
  • Academic writing per se
  • structure of different types of documents, choosing verb forms appropriate sections of papers
    recommended literature
  • ZOBEL, Justin. Writing for computer science :the art of effective communication. Singapore: Springer, 1997. xiii, 176. ISBN 981-3083-22-0. info
    not specified
  • HAMP-LYONS, Liz and Ben HEASLEY. Study writing : a course in writing skills for academic purposes. 2nd ed. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2006. 213 s. ISBN 9780521534963. info
Teaching methods
The course is run as a seminar in which students are involved in analysing documents on macro and micro levels, analysing language phenomena in the British National Corpus and our very own Informatics Corpus, and of course, writing.
Assessment methods
Corpus study test, terminology test, various pieces of writing demonstrating the language concepts taught.
Language of instruction
Further Comments
Study Materials
The course is taught annually.
The course is also listed under the following terms Autumn 2006, Spring 2008, Spring 2009, Spring 2011, Spring 2012, Spring 2013, Spring 2014, Spring 2015, Spring 2016, Spring 2017, Spring 2018, Spring 2019, Spring 2020, Spring 2021.
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