CJVA401 Academic Writing and Other Study Skills

Fakulta sociálních studií
podzim 2023
0/2/0. 2 kr. (plus 2 za zk). Doporučované ukončení: zk. Jiná možná ukončení: z.
Vyučováno prezenčně.
Joseph Lennon, BA, Ph.D. (cvičící)
Mgr. et Mgr. Ondřej Pelech (cvičící)
Mgr. et Mgr. David Zelený (cvičící)
Mgr. Dana Plíšková (pomocník)
Mgr. et Mgr. Petra Trávníková, Ph.D. (pomocník)
Joseph Lennon, BA, Ph.D.
Oddělení Centra jazykového vzdělávání na Fakultě sociálních studií - Centrum jazykového vzdělávání
Kontaktní osoba: Mgr. et Mgr. Petra Trávníková, Ph.D.
Dodavatelské pracoviště: Oddělení Centra jazykového vzdělávání na Fakultě sociálních studií - Centrum jazykového vzdělávání
Rozvrh seminárních/paralelních skupin
CJVA401/01: Po 16:00–17:40 U36, J. Lennon
CJVA401/02: Út 14:00–15:40 U36, D. Zelený
CJVA401/03: Čt 12:00–13:40 U36, D. Zelený
CJVA401/04: St 10:00–11:40 U44, J. Lennon
CJVA401/05: Pá 12:00–13:40 U44, D. Zelený
(( FAKULTA ( FSS )&& TYP_STUDIA ( MN ))||( OBOR ( MUSFSS )))&&( ADAPT_B2 Adaptivní test B2 )&&(! NOWANY ( CJVA402 Academic Presentations and Other Study Skills ))
As a prerequisite, students must get a "Z" from ADAPT_B2, a multiple-choice entrance test, this semester held online. You will find all the necessary info in the interactive syllabus to ADAPT_B2.
Omezení zápisu do předmětu
Předmět je otevřen studentům libovolného oboru.
Předmět si smí zapsat nejvýše 75 stud.
Momentální stav registrace a zápisu: zapsáno: 66/75, pouze zareg.: 8/75, pouze zareg. s předností (mateřské obory): 0/75
Cíle předmětu
In this course, students will:

- Come to a better understanding of English-language academic writing culture, and learn some key ways in which it can differ from the writing cultures of Central Europe
- Develop a weekly (or even daily) practice of reading and writing in English
- Learn how to read texts as a writer, analyzing how an author’s choice of formal elements relates to a text’s audience and purpose
- Present and discuss their analysis of texts in speaking and in writing
- Practice specific concepts and vocabulary for thinking about and talking about their own and others' writing
- Design and develop their own unique writing and research project based on their interests and goals
- Receive regular and detailed feedback on their writing from the instructor and from their classmates, and gain more experience with writing as a continuous process of revision
- Come to see that writing for academia can be stimulating, creative, and enjoyable
Výstupy z učení
By the end of the course, students will:

- Be familiar with a variety of ways of reading, conceiving, structuring, writing, and revising academic texts in English
- Be able to identify several specific techniques professionals use to make their writing clear, concise, and engaging
- Be well-practiced in adapting these techniques to their own writing
- Be familiar with key vocabulary in English for talking about the formal, stylistic, and lexical properties of written texts, including useful terms for such elements as formatting, punctuation, sentence and paragraph structure, and citations
- Have produced a polished portfolio of written work, including at least one shorter work (1-2 pages) and one longer work (3+ pages), which have gone through revision and more than one round of constructive, detailed feedback from the instructor and their classmates
  • This course is taught by multiple instructors, and so the exact topics / skills / questions covered, and the order in which they are covered, will be decided by each individual instructor and by the students in each particular section. The following is a general list of questions which are likely to be taken up in the course:
  • - What do we mean when we say “academic writing”?
  • - What are some ways English-language writing is different from Central European writing?
  • - What are some typical mistakes Czech or Slovak writers make in English, and how can I avoid them?
  • - How do I read a text as a writer, i.e. not just for the information in it, but in order to analyze its formal elements and “steal” them for my own work?
  • - How do I choose what genre or style to write in?
  • - Where can I find good models and inspiration for my writing?
  • - When is it appropriate to use “I” in academic writing?
  • - What are some typical formal structures used in successful texts, and how do I decide when to use a particular structure?
  • - What are the different types of punctuation, and when should they be used?
  • - How can I use summary, paraphrase, and quotation effectively in a paper?
  • - How can I use citations effectively?
  • - How can I talk about a piece of writing in English in an analytical and academically acceptable way (not just saying "I like it" or "It's boring")?
  • - How can I talk about other people’s writing in a critical but constructive way?
  • - What are some techniques for avoiding writer’s block and revising my work to make it better?
    doporučená literatura
  • SWALES, John a Christine B. FEAK. Academic writing for graduate students : essential tasks and skills. 3rd ed. Ann Arbor, Mich.: University of Michigan Press, 2012. xiv, 418. ISBN 9780472034758. info
  • ŠTĚPÁNEK, Libor, Janice DE HAAFF, Alena HRADILOVÁ a David SCHÜLLER. Academic English – Akademická angličtina: Průvodce anglickým jazykem pro studenty, akademiky a vědce. Praha: Grada, 2011. 224 s. ISBN 978-80-247-3577-1. info
  • MCCARTHY, Michael a Felicity O'DELL. Academic vocabulary in use. First published. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2008. 176 stran. ISBN 9780521689397. info
Výukové metody
This is not a lecture course, in which students will be tested on passive knowledge. It is a language course and a skills course, in which students will gain practice not only in writing and reading, but in speaking and listening as well. Students are required to attend the seminars (most instructors require 80% attendance), be active participants, and complete all the required assignments.

The course will require 10-20 pages of reading and 1-3 pages of writing in English every week. Students might do some of this work in the seminars, but the majority of the reading and writing must be done outside of class, as preparation for student-led discussions and presentations in class.

In the seminars, students will regularly:
- do short writing exercises and share/discuss the results of these with others
- use laptops or tablets for in-class writing, reading, and research
- present their analyses of written texts, and start or lead discussions about them
- share their writing and research with the instructor and with other students
- give and receive constructive feedback on their writing and on others’ writing
- ask questions and respond to others’ questions

The instructor might also require one-on-one or small group meetings with students in addition to the seminars.
Metody hodnocení
This course is taught by multiple instructors, and so the exact assessment methods and criteria will be decided by each individual instructor and by the students in each particular section. Students must refer to their instructor’s syllabus for specific requirements. But in general, students can expect similar requirements to those listed here:

- Regular attendance and participation (most instructors require 80% attendance)
- Short spoken presentations and/or the responsibility for starting/leading discussions in class
- Short written quizzes on vocabulary or specific writing techniques
- One-on-one or small group meetings with the instructor
- Several smaller written assignments (1-2 pages) turned in throughout the semester
- Written and oral feedback delivered to classmates, based on close reading of their written drafts
- At least one longer written assignment (3 or more pages) which will go through revision
- A final portfolio of revised written work to be turned in at the end of the semester
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