CJV_D_A English for Doctoral Studies

Faculty of Arts
Spring 2024
Extent and Intensity
0/0/0. 5 credit(s). Type of Completion: zk (examination).
Joseph Lennon, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Mgr. Dana Plíšková (assistant)
Mgr. Martina Šindelářová Skupeňová (assistant)
Guaranteed by
Joseph Lennon, Ph.D.
Language Centre Faculty of Arts Division – Language Centre
Contact Person: Joseph Lennon, Ph.D.
Supplier department: Language Centre Faculty of Arts Division – Language Centre
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The student should have a CEFR (Common European Framework) C1 level of English language competence (in writing and speaking) to obtain recognition for this course.
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is offered to students of any study field.
Course objectives
The aim of this course is to verify that the student has at least a CEFR C1 level of English in academic writing and speaking.
Learning outcomes
Upon completion of the certification requirements, the student will have shown their ability to:

-Research, write and revise a publishable academic text in English
-Converse naturally and fluently in English in a professional context
-Meet the English language expectations of the Faculty of Arts for PhD candidates
  • This is a course meant only for recognition of language level. The student may choose one of the forms described in the ASSESSMENT METHODS AND CRITERIA (see the section below) to fulfill both the WRITING part and SPEAKING part.
  • There is NO class participation component.
    recommended literature
  • BALLENGER, Bruce. The curious researcher :a guide to writing research papers. 3rd ed. Boston: Allyn and Bacon, 2001, xxviii, 35. ISBN 0-205-31911-4. info
  • SWALES, John. Genre analysis : English in academic and research settings. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1990, xi, 260. ISBN 0521338131. info
Teaching methods
Please read the "Letter from Dr. Lennon" posted in the Course materials on IS for full instructions and links to recommended study resources.
Assessment methods
There are two parts to the exam - writing and speaking. Every student must pass both parts to receive a passing grade for the subject.

For the writing part of the exam, all students are required to submit a short text which they have written recently (within the past 3 years) in English. This can take the following forms:

A) an extended abstract of around 600-1000 words (not including reference list), describing either the student's dissertation work, or a research project related to their current studies. A recommended structure for this abstract is given in the "Letter from Dr. Lennon" posted in the course materials.

B) an academic paper written originally in English and meant for publication in an academic journal (this can be something already published, or it can be something which the student hopes to publish in the future)

C) a short section or chapter from a Master's thesis or PhD dissertation written by the student in English

For the speaking part of the exam, all students are required to meet with Dr. Lennon for a brief (30 min max.) conversation about their work. This conversation can take place in person, or online in a video call. The format and probable topics of this conversation are given in the "Letter from Dr. Lennon" posted in the course materials.

All students are required to meet with Dr. Lennon, but special consideration will be given to students who submit:

A) proof of having given a presentation in English at an international conference within the last 3 years

B) proof of having passed an internationally recognized exam in English on the C1 level within the last 3 years

C) proof of having completed a Master's program in which the primary instruction language was English within the last 5 years
Language of instruction
Further comments (probably available only in Czech)
The course is taught each semester.
Note related to how often the course is taught: bez výuky.
General note: Výstupní úroveň C1 podle ERR.
Information on the extent and intensity of the course: bez výuky.
Teacher's information
Please send your correspondence and questions to Dr. Joe Lennon (joelennon@mail.muni.cz)
The course is also listed under the following terms Autumn 2006, Spring 2007, Autumn 2007, Spring 2008, Autumn 2008, Spring 2009, Autumn 2009, Spring 2010, Autumn 2010, Spring 2011, Autumn 2011, Spring 2012, Autumn 2012, Spring 2013, Autumn 2013, Spring 2014, Autumn 2014, Spring 2015, Autumn 2015, Spring 2016, Autumn 2016, Spring 2017, Autumn 2017, Spring 2018, Autumn 2018, Spring 2019, Autumn 2019, Spring 2020, Autumn 2020, Spring 2021, Autumn 2021, Spring 2022, Autumn 2022, Spring 2023, Autumn 2023, Autumn 2024, Spring 2025.
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