CJVA104 Academic English

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. Šárka Roušavá, B.A. (lecturer)
Mgr. et Mgr. Petra Trávníková, Ph.D. (seminar tutor)
Mgr. Filip Hanzelka (assistant)
Mgr. Dana Plíšková (assistant)
Guaranteed by
Mgr. Šárka Roušavá, B.A.
Language Centre Faculty of Social Studies Division - Language Centre
Contact Person: Mgr. Šárka Roušavá, B.A.
Supplier department: Language Centre Faculty of Social Studies Division - Language Centre
Timetable of Seminar Groups
CJVA104/01: Tue 15:15–16:45 U36, Š. Roušavá
CJVA104/02: Tue 17:00–18:30 U36, Š. Roušavá
CJVA104/03: Thu 9:45–11:15 U44, Š. Roušavá
CJVA104/04: No timetable has been entered into IS. Š. Roušavá
CJVA104/05: No timetable has been entered into IS. Š. Roušavá
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.
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is offered to students of any study field.
The capacity limit for the course is 90 student(s).
Current registration and enrolment status: enrolled: 0/90, only registered: 0/90, only registered with preference (fields directly associated with the programme): 0/90
Course objectives
Students will have a B2 level (CEFR) of English in academic writing, speaking, reading and listening in fields that pertain to topics related to studies at FSS. They will be able to give short academic presentations, lead discussions and engage in simple debates related to social science themes. They will be capable of summarizing and analysing written and audio texts, as well as contributions from other students in a cohesive, polite and concise manner. They will also have the ability to think critically about issues, and to present coherent responses and critiques, bother verbally and in writing.
  • 1. Introduction and Learning Styles: library resources, organizing ideas
  • 2. Presentation Skills: structure, topic selection, introduction, thesis statement, conclusion
  • 3. Presentation Skills II: processes of perception, sign-posting, register
  • 4. Social and Ethical Issues: surveys, assessing text validity
  • 5. Gender: Women Scholars in History: analysing summaries; coherence
  • 6. Cultural Difference and Diversity: compiling information for a position paper, comparing & contrasting
  • 7. Reaching a Consensus: establishing priorities in groups, justifying decisions, paraphrasing
  • 8. Human Behaviour: organising information for an argumentative text, hedging
  • 9. Work and Equality: presenting visuals, figures & tables; expressing cause & effect
  • 10. Healthcare: evaluating evidence and determining relevance, supporting claims, expressing polite disagreement
    recommended literature
  • THAINE, Craig. Cambridge Academic English: An integrated skills course for EAP: B2: intermediate. Edited by Michael McCarthy. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013. ISBN 9780521165198.
  • HEWINGS, Martin. Cambridge academic English : an integrated skills course for EAP : student's book : upper intermediate. Edited by Michael McCarthy. First published. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012. 176 stran. ISBN 9780521165204. info
Teaching methods
Class discussions, debates, presentations, weekly current event reports, homework, reading, writing, mind-mapping, peer-review.
Assessment methods
Course Requirements

1) Active participation at 70% of the lessons during the semester.

2) Preparation for classes and class work with approximately 5 smaller assignments (35 points); for example:
A) weekly written leads on current issues (30-50 words) – to be done at home and presented orally in each class
B) written introduction of a topic idea for a short presentation – 50-100 words
C) 3-4 minute-long practice presentation on an academic topic (delivered in class) [12 points]
D) written abstract (to accompany the presentation; 150-250 words) [8 points]
E) written summary of a class presentation or video (100-200 words) [5 points]
F) written argumentative text (150-250 words) [10 points]

3) Summary of a short lecture: to take place in the last week of the teaching part of the semester, i.e. during CREDIT WEEK [15 points]

4) Position paper: this involves the writing of a 500-1000 word long summary and critique of a text based on your reading of a 5-15 page long chapter from a book/academic article of your choice (this source text must be submitted in the latter half of the teaching period; the resulting written text is to be submitted during the EXAM PERIOD in advance of your final presentation described in point 5; 25 points)

5) Short academic presentation (3-4 minutes long) of the position paper, followed by a discussion (to take place in the EXAM PERIOD after the submission of the position paper; 25 points)


1) In place of points 1 and 2A, B, C & D, you will be required to submit a 1-2 page worksheet about information/interesting reading from your discipline. This will be worth 20 points and will include:

- a short reading text (about 200 words) with about 5 comprehension and some discussion questions

- a short listening (4-5 minute long audio or video) with about 5 comprehension questions (listening for detail) and some discussion questions (listening for main ideas).

You may use ideas from the seminars or any other worksheet ideas that you think of to replace one of the two parts above.
The materials should be targeted at upper-intermediate (B2 level) students of social sciences.
Your worksheet should be submitted at any point during the teaching period (i.e. before the credit week).

Evaluation: Quality & appropriateness of reading and listening materials [6 points]
Correct language formulation of questions (and answers) [14 points]

2) You will participate in the activities described above in points 3, 4 & 5 along with the students of the regular studies.
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, Autumn 2021, Spring 2022.
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