S4001 International performance

Faculty of Science
Autumn 2018
Extent and Intensity
2/0. 2 credit(s) (plus extra credits for completion). Recommended Type of Completion: zk (examination). Other types of completion: k (colloquium).
PhDr. Mgr. Libor Štěpánek, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Guaranteed by
PhDr. Mgr. Libor Štěpánek, Ph.D.
National Centre for Biomolecular Research - Faculty of Science
Supplier department: National Centre for Biomolecular Research - Faculty of Science
Mon 19. 11. 9:30–15:30 A26-222, Tue 20. 11. 9:30–15:30 A35-145a, Mon 3. 12. 9:30–15:30 A26-222, Tue 4. 12. 9:30–15:30 A26-222
English - B2 CEFR level and above
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is offered to students of any study field.
Course objectives
The goal of the course is to familiarize Ph.D. students with different approaches in presentation of his/her scientific outcomes in international environment. It aims to improve scientific writing skills, preparing poster or oral presentations of participant. The importance is given also to working with bibliography, citation rules and electronic sources of scientific information. The students become familiar with converting tedious data of their research into the words and sentences of interesting story, what is essential step for an establishing of international co-operations as well as acquiring funds.
Learning outcomes
After completing this course, students will be able to: -communicate effectively within the international academic community setting -be a successful participant of an international conference/meeting; -recognise various organizational patterns found in academic speaking and writing; -adjust communication to different tasks; -recognise different genres of written texts; -write formal academic texts with high level of precision and accuracy.
  • I. Introduction to the course and communication skills in academic context; II. Academic Speaking Skills: presentations – general introduction / Writing Skills: academic style; III. Academic Speaking Skills: complex structure, introduction, conclusion of conference talks / Writing Skills: paragraphs, their composition, length; IV. Academic Speaking Skills: main body, audio-visual aids of conference talks / Writing Skills: text types, abstracts; V. Academic Speaking Skills: rehearsal, delivery, complex preparation of conference talks / Writing Skills: language functions; VI. Academic Speaking Skills: spoken interaction, academic/panel discussion, chairing a meeting, session, panel discussion / Writing Skills: text coherence and cohesion / electronic sources use for scientific information; VII. Academic Speaking Skills: feedback giving and accepting / Writing Skills: biography; VIII. Academic Integrity: plagiarism, referencing, quoting, paraphrasing, summarising bibliography, citation rules; IX. Poster Preparation and Presentation Skills / Writing Skills: The Story of Research; X. Academic Speaking Skills: audience diversity / Writing Skills: audience diversity; XI. Academic Speaking Skills and Writing Skills: practical training with critical reflection and feedback; XII. Academic Speaking Skills and Writing Skills: practical training with critical reflection and feedback
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  • 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
  • GILLETT, Andy, Angela HAMMOND and Mary MARTALA. Successful academic writing. 1st pub. Harlow: Pearson, 2009. xxvi, 334. ISBN 9780273721710. info
  • HARTLEY, James. Academic writing and publishing : a practical handbook. London: Routledge, 2008. viii, 196. ISBN 9780415453219. info
  • How to prepare, stage, and deliver winning presentations. Edited by Thomas Leech. 3rd ed. New York: American Management Association, 2004. v, 330 p. ISBN 0814472311. info
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  • SWALES, John and Christine B. FEAK. Academic writing for graduate students : essential tasks and skills. 2nd ed. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2004. ix, 331. ISBN 0472088564. info
  • POWELL, Mark. Presenting in English :how to give successful presentations. Boston: Thomson,. 128 s. ISBN 1-899396-30-6. info
  • Lend me your ears ; all you need to know about making speeches and presentations. Edited by J. Maxwell Atkinson. New York: Oxford University Press, 2005. 376 p. ISBN 0195300750. info
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  • WILLIAMS, Erica J. Presentations in English : find your voice as a presenter. 1st ed. Oxford: Macmillan, 2008. 128 s. ISBN 9780230028760. info
Teaching methods
intensive course consisting of block sessions, lectures, interactive seminars, peer-review and online communication
Assessment methods
Successful completion of this course involves a production of an academic text; delivery of an academic presentation; and active participation in class discussions and writing activities.
Language of instruction
Further Comments
Study Materials
The course can also be completed outside the examination period.
The course is taught annually.
The course is also listed under the following terms Autumn 2014, Autumn 2015, Autumn 2016, autumn 2017, Autumn 2019.
  • Enrolment Statistics (Autumn 2018, recent)
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