CJVA102 Academic English with a Focus on Presentations

Faculty of Social Studies
Autumn 2016
Extent and Intensity
0/2/0. 2 credit(s) (plus 2 credits for an exam). Recommended Type of Completion: zk (examination). Other types of completion: z (credit).
Mgr. et Mgr. Petra Trávníková, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Mgr. Lenka Zouhar Ludvíková (seminar tutor)
Mgr. Filip Hanzelka (assistant)
Mgr. Dana Plíšková (assistant)
Guaranteed by
Mgr. et Mgr. Petra Trávníková, Ph.D.
Language Centre Faculty of Social Studies Division - Language Centre
Contact Person: Mgr. et Mgr. Petra Trávníková, Ph.D.
Supplier department: Language Centre Faculty of Social Studies Division - Language Centre
Timetable of Seminar Groups
CJVA102/01: Mon 8:00–9:30 U36, P. Trávníková
CJVA102/02: Thu 8:00–9:30 U36, P. Trávníková
CJVA102/03: No timetable has been entered into IS. P. Trávníková
CJVA102/04: No timetable has been entered into IS. P. Trávníková
FAKULTA ( FSS )&& TYP_STUDIA ( BMN )&& PdF:ADAPT_AJ Adaptive Test || ADAPT_B2 Adaptivní test B2 || FF:ADAPT_B2 Adaptivní test B2
Passing PdF:ADAPT_AJ Adaptivní test Aj with the result indicating that you are on the B1 level or higher (https://is.muni.cz/auth/el/1441/podzim2016/ADAPT_AJ/index.qwarp).
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is offered to students of any study field.
The capacity limit for the course is 45 student(s).
Current registration and enrolment status: enrolled: 4/45, only registered: 0/45, only registered with preference (fields directly associated with the programme): 0/45
Course objectives
The aim of the course is to give students the basic rules, training and experience to make semi-formal and formal presentations in order to be able to present their research at academic conferences and workshops and/or in their future jobs. Moreover, they will be able to acquire the experience at being an audience, e.g. by focusing on note-taking, asking for clarifications, and offering appropriate questions and comments. Together with written assignments, related or unrelated to their presentation, they will be able to practice all four academic skills, i.e. speaking, writing, listening and reading.
Course objectives:
1. Students will be acquainted with the process of making and delivering a successful presentation.
2. Practising the acquired skills in front of an audience, which will contribute to building students’ confidence.
3. Extending academic vocabulary.
4. Students will learn how to write an abstract and improve their writing skills.
5. Discussions on various academic and non-academic topics.
  • Syllabus:
  • 1. Introduction to the course. Academic orientation. Short presentation- introducing your partner.
  • 2. Register, formal x informal presentation, purpose of presentation, needs analysis. Signposting.
  • 3. Overview of the process of developing a presentation. Reading: skimming and scanning. Writing: Paragraph building. Short presentation: introducing your field.
  • 4. Presentation Structure: title, introduction, main body, conclusion (concluding a presentation). Writing: Paraphrasing. Nominalisation. The passive.
  • 5. Types of presentations (persuasive, informative, personal, etc.). Speaking: Agreeing and disagreeing.
  • 6. Analysis of speakers and speaking styles. Writing: Summarising, writing an abstract. Short persuasive presentation (in pairs).
  • 7. Using visuals (e.g. PowerPoint, Prezi) effectively. Language for focusing on visuals.
  • 8. Asking and answering questions – discussion. Giving positive and negative feedback. Writing: argumentative essay/position paper. Drafting and building arguments.
  • 9. Non-verbal communication, body language.
  • 10. Final revision.
    recommended literature
  • Hewings, Martin. Cambridge Academic English Intermediate. Cambridge University Press 2012. ISBN 978-0-521-16521-1.
  • 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
    not specified
  • MURPHY, Raymond. English grammar in use : a self-study reference and practice book for intermediate learners of English : with answers. Fourth edition. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012. x, 380. ISBN 9780521189064. info
  • LANE, Sarah. Instant academic skills : a resource book of advanced-level academic skills activities. First published. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2011. 128 stran. ISBN 9780521121620. info
  • MCCARTHY, Michael and Felicity O'DELL. Academic vocabulary in use. First published. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2008. 176 stran. ISBN 9780521689397. info
  • COMFORT, Jeremy and Derek UTLEY. Effective presentations. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1995. 1 videokaz. ISBN 0194588920. info
Teaching methods
class discussions, presentations, reading authentic materials, watching videos of effective presentations
Assessment methods
Active and regular attendance
Giving leads on topics related to their study fields
Several presentations of various length and structure will be given in class
Writing an abstract to the presentation
Final test: reading and listening parts
Language of instruction
Further Comments
The course is taught annually.
Listed among pre-requisites of other courses
The course is also listed under the following terms Spring 2017, Autumn 2017, Spring 2018, Autumn 2018, Spring 2019, Autumn 2019, Spring 2020, Autumn 2020, Spring 2021.
  • Enrolment Statistics (Autumn 2016, recent)
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