VV043 Academic Writing in English

Faculty of Informatics
Spring 2019
Extent and Intensity
0/2/0. 5 credit(s). Type of Completion: z (credit).
Daniel Gerrard, M.A. (lecturer)
Guaranteed by
Mgr. Eva Rudolfová
Language Centre, Faculty of Informatics Division - Language Centre
Contact Person: prof. RNDr. Petr Hliněný, Ph.D.
Supplier department: Language Centre, Faculty of Informatics Division - Language Centre
Tue 19. 2. to Tue 14. 5. Tue 14:00–15:50 C416
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
The overriding aim of this course is to guide novice writers in aspects of discovery learning. It is important to understand the conventions of the academic writing genre at all levels: from the minutiae of language such as the use of prepositions, through clause and sentence structure, paragraph structure and up to full text. The task for novice writers is to discover the regular, standard features of usage and then employ them in their own writing.
  • 1. Academic writing and style in English
  • 2. Academic and technical vocabulary
  • 3. Multiword units in academic writing
  • 4. Noun phrases and nominalization
  • 5. Language of cause and effect
  • 6. Coherence and cohesion
  • 7. Paragraphing
  • 8. Evaluation, stance and voice
  • 9. Reporting and citation
  • 10. Writing a research paper
  • 11. Writing academic correspondence
  • 12. Accuracy in academic writing
  • BAILEY, Stephen. Academic writing : a handbook for international students. Fifth edition. London: Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, 2018. xxx, 312. ISBN 9781138048737. info
  • GILLETT, Andy, Angela HAMMOND and Mary MARTALA. Successful academic writing. 1st pub. Harlow: Pearson, 2009. xxvi, 334. ISBN 9780273721710. info
  • 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
  • MCCARTHY, Michael and Felicity O'DELL. Academic vocabulary in use. First published. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2008. 176 stran. ISBN 9780521689397. info
  • PATERSON, Ken and Roberta WEDGE. Oxford grammar for EAP : English grammar and practice for academic purposes : with answers. First published. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013. 223 stran. ISBN 9780194329996. info
  • ŠTĚPÁNEK, Libor, Janice DE HAAFF, Alena HRADILOVÁ and David SCHÜLLER. Academic English – Akademická angličtina: Průvodce anglickým jazykem pro studenty, akademiky a vědce (Academic English: a guide for students, academics and scientists). Praha: Grada, 2011. 224 pp. ISBN 978-80-247-3577-1. info
  • SWALES, John and Christine B. FEAK. Academic writing for graduate students : essential tasks and skills. 3rd ed. Ann Arbor, Mich.: University of Michigan Press, 2012. xiv, 418. ISBN 9780472034758. info
  • Writing for computer science. Edited by Justin Zobel. 2nd ed. London: Springer, 2004. xi, 270. ISBN 1852338024. info
Teaching methods
The course is run as a seminar in which students are involved in analysing examples of published academic papers, discussion of their features, and application in their own writing.
Assessment methods
Participation in discussion (50%) and reflective essay (50%).
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 2010, Spring 2011, Spring 2012, Spring 2013, Spring 2014, Spring 2015, Spring 2016, Spring 2017, Spring 2018, Spring 2020, Spring 2021.
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