A2MK_STYL Stylistics

Faculty of Education
Spring 2020
Extent and Intensity
0/0/1. 4 credit(s). Type of Completion: zk (examination).
doc. Mgr. Olga Dontcheva-Navrátilová, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Guaranteed by
doc. Mgr. Olga Dontcheva-Navrátilová, Ph.D.
Department of English Language and Literature - Faculty of Education
Contact Person: Jana Popelková
Supplier department: Department of English Language and Literature - Faculty of Education
Timetable of Seminar Groups
A2MK_STYL/Kombi01: Fri 21. 2. 10:00–11:50 učebna 10, Fri 6. 3. 10:00–11:50 učebna 10, Fri 20. 3. 10:00–11:50 učebna 10, Fri 3. 4. 10:00–11:50 učebna 10, Fri 24. 4. 10:00–11:50 učebna 10, O. Dontcheva-Navrátilová
A2MK_STYL/Prez01: Wed 8:00–9:50 učebna 11, O. Dontcheva-Navrátilová
Advanced level of English Experience gathered in the course A2MK_Lexicology and Lexicography is an advantage
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is only offered to the students of the study fields the course is directly associated with.
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
Course objectives
The main objective of the course is to help students understand and analyze the distinctive features of English functional styles on the basis of text analysis of specimens of the administrative style (form and formal letters), legal English, public speaking, advertising, newspaper writing, scientific prose style, the language of conversation and stylized dialogue.
At the end of the course the students should be able to identify individual functional styles and their distinctive features, and to understand and analyse the differences between different situational varieties of English. Furthermore, they should be able to explain the functions of the style markers and interpret texts from a stylistics point of view. Finally, the students should be able to produce texts representative of the functional styles analysed in this course.
Throughout the semester students are encouraged to link theory in the classroom to practice at schools via practical tasks.
Learning outcomes
Students will be able to use relevant stylistic terminology, to identify different functional styles, to analyse and explain the use of various stylistics figures in different communicative situations, to produce texts representing different functional styles and genres and to apply this knowledge and skills for pedagogical purposes.
  • 1. Functional styles in English. Linguistic description of a text. Cohesion and coherence.
  • 2. The language of conversation.
  • 3. Stylized dialogue. Speech and thought presentation in fiction.
  • 4. Scientific prose style. Humanities vs. exact sciences. Reviews.
  • 5. Academic vs. popular science texts. Written instructions.
  • 6. The language of administrative texts. Forms.Formal letters.
  • 7. Legal English.
  • 8. Public speaking.
  • 9.Newspaper headlines.
  • 10. Newsreports and editorials. Broadsheets and tabloids.
  • 11.Advertisements and announcements.
  • 12. Teaching practice observation - stylistic variation in coursebooks and classroom practice.
    required literature
  • VERDONK, Peter. Stylistics. first published. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. xiii, 124. ISBN 9780194372404. info
  • Knittlová, Dagmar. Funkční styly v angličtině a češtině, Olomouc
    recommended literature
  • SHORT, Mick. Exploring the language of poems, plays and prose. London: Longman, 1996. xiii, 399. ISBN 0582291305. info
  • LEECH, Geoffrey N. and Mick SHORT. Style in fiction : a linguistic introduction to English fictional prose. London: Longman, 1981. xiii, 402. ISBN 0582291038. info
  • LEECH, Geoffrey N. A linguistic guide to English poetry. Harlow: Longman, 1969. xv, 237. ISBN 0582550130. info
  • URBANOVÁ, Ludmila. Stylistika anglického jazyka (English Stylistics). English Stylistics. Brno: Barrister and Principal; Filozofická fakulta MU, 2008. 104 pp. Barrister & Principal. ISBN 978-80-87029-29-9. info
  • CRYSTAL, David and Derek DAVY. Investigating English style. 1st pub. London: Longman, 1969. xii, 264. ISBN 0582522129. info
  • URBANOVÁ, Ludmila and Andrew OAKLAND. Úvod do anglické stylistiky. 1. vyd. Brno: Barrister & Principal, 2002. 145 s. ISBN 80-86598-33-0. info
Teaching methods
Lectures and class discussions, written assignments, reading assignments, self-study.
Teaching practice: Observation.
Assessment methods
Written assignments (pass mark 70%)
Homework assignments
Compulsory attendance (80%)
Compulsory reading
Teaching practice tasks: 1)Identification and description of textbook and classroom activities reflecting stylistic variation 2)Design of 1 activity illustrating variation in formality and 1 activity illustrating different national varieties of English
Oral exam
Language of instruction
Further comments (probably available only in Czech)
The course is taught annually.
Information on the extent and intensity of the course: 12 hodin.
Teacher's information
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic all oral and written examinations are taking place on-line this semestre.
The course is also listed under the following terms Spring 2008, Spring 2010, Spring 2011, Spring 2012, Spring 2013, Spring 2014, Spring 2015, Spring 2016, Spring 2017, Spring 2018, Spring 2019.
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