CJVA154 English for Media Studies and Journalism (B.A.)

Faculty of Social Studies
Spring 2021
Extent and Intensity
0/2/0. 4 credit(s). Type of Completion: zk (examination).
Taught online.
Mgr. Filip Hanzelka (lecturer)
Mgr. Dana Plíšková (assistant)
Mgr. et Mgr. Petra Trávníková, Ph.D. (assistant)
Guaranteed by
Mgr. Filip Hanzelka
Language Centre Faculty of Social Studies Division - Language Centre
Contact Person: Mgr. Dana Plíšková
Supplier department: Language Centre Faculty of Social Studies Division - Language Centre
Mon 18:00–19:40 U36
(( FAKULTA ( FSS )&& FORMA ( P )&& TYP_STUDIA ( BMN ))||( OBOR ( MUSFSS )))&&(( PdF:ADAPT_AJ Adaptive Test Aj ))
Passing PdF:ADAPT_AJ Adaptivní test Aj with the result indicating that you are at the B1 level or higher (https://is.muni.cz/auth/el/1441/jaro2021/ADAPT_AJ/index.qwarp).
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is offered to students of any study field.
The capacity limit for the course is 17 student(s).
Current registration and enrolment status: enrolled: 16/17, only registered: 1/17, only registered with preference (fields directly associated with the programme): 0/17
Course objectives
This is a course which follows the constructionist paradigm of learning by doing. Students' work will be read, analyzed and evaluated throughout the semester. While all the four language skills will be present in the course, emphasis will be placed on writing and reading.
Before being published, every student's article will be reviewed by a peer and the teacher. The articles will be subsequently published in the English section of muniMEDIA or in a forum in the e-learning facility.
Due to the workshop-like character of the course, the maximum number of absences from class is set at two.
Learning outcomes
By the end of this course, students will:
• be able to write a profile story, a news story and a feature story on the upper-intermediate English level;
• be able to identify the characteristics of the three genres studied;
• be able to provide constructive feedback to a fellow student, commenting on the language, genre, coherence, and interest of the submitted text;
• be familiar with the differences between Czech and Anglo-Saxon journalism.
  • Week 1-4: interviewing skills, analyzing profile stories, writing your own profile story
  • Week 5-8: news stories: analyzing the pyramid structure, the vocabulary of the headlines and subheads, different styles of news writing of different media, good and bad leads, writing your own news story
  • Week 9-12: the feature story: the color piece; the language and structure of the color piece and the feature, analyzing a feature story for its characteristics (OWN WORK), writing your own color piece
  • BAINBRIDGE, Jason, Nicola GOC and Liz TYNAN. Media & journalism : new approaches to theory and practice. Third edition. South Melbourne, Victoria: Oxford university press, 2015. xxix, 555. ISBN 9780195588019. info
  • MCCARTHY, Michael and Felicity O'DELL. Academic vocabulary in use. First published. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2008. 176 stran. ISBN 9780521689397. info
  • PAPE, Susan and Sue FEATHERSTONE. Feature writing : a practical introduction. 1st pub. London: SAGE Publications, 2006. 163 s. ISBN 1412908000. info
  • KEEBLE, Richard. The newspapers handbook. 4th ed. New York: Taylor & Francis, 2005. x, 299. ISBN 9780415331142. info
Teaching methods
class discussions, analyses of sample texts, comparing and contrasting samples, peer review, editing
Assessment methods
a/ 1x a profile story: max 20 points
b/ 1x a news story: max 20 points
c/ 1x a feature: max 25 points
d/ 1x analysis of a feature: max 10 points
e/ editing: max 8 points for a and b each, max 9 points for c: max 25 points
Total: 100 points
Language of instruction
Further comments (probably available only in Czech)
Study Materials
The course is taught each semester.
Teacher's information
The course concludes with a B2 exam.
The course is also listed under the following terms Autumn 2016, Spring 2017, Autumn 2017, Spring 2018, Autumn 2018, Spring 2019, Autumn 2019, Spring 2020, Autumn 2020, Autumn 2021, Spring 2022.
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