CJVA402 Academic Presentations and Other Study Skills

Faculty of Social Studies
Spring 2019
Extent and Intensity
0/2/0. 2 credit(s) (plus 2 credits for an exam). Recommended Type of Completion: zk (examination). Other types of completion: z (credit).
Mgr. et Mgr. Petra Trávníková, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Abigail Mokra, M.A. et M.A. (seminar tutor)
Mgr. Dana Plíšková (assistant)
Mgr. et Mgr. David Zelený (assistant)
Guaranteed by
Mgr. et Mgr. Petra Trávníková, Ph.D.
Language Centre Faculty of Social Studies Division - Language Centre
Contact Person: Mgr. et Mgr. Petra Trávníková, Ph.D.
Supplier department: Language Centre Faculty of Social Studies Division - Language Centre
Timetable of Seminar Groups
CJVA402/06: Mon 18:00–19:40 U44, A. Mokra
CJVA402/01: Mon 8:00–9:40 U36, P. Trávníková
CJVA402/02: Mon 16:00–17:40 U44, A. Mokra
CJVA402/03: Wed 8:00–9:40 U36, P. Trávníková
CJVA402/04: Thu 12:00–13:40 U44, P. Trávníková
CJVA402/05: No timetable has been entered into IS. D. Plíšková
(( FAKULTA ( FSS )&& TYP_STUDIA ( MN ))||( OBOR ( MUSFSS )))&&( ADAPT_B2 Adaptivní test B2 )&&(! NOWANY ( CJVA401 Academic Writing and Other Study Skills ))
Passing ADAPT_B2 Adaptivní test B2 with the result indicating that you are on the B2 level or higher.
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is offered to students of any study field.
The capacity limit for the course is 95 student(s).
Current registration and enrolment status: enrolled: 3/95, only registered: 0/95, only registered with preference (fields directly associated with the programme): 0/95
Course objectives
This course, intended for master’s students of all disciplines, is a skills-based course at the B2+ level of the European Referential Framework of Languages. Its aim is practise students’ academic language and critical thinking skills. Students will practice listening (listening to lectures and note-taking, identifying the speaker’s point of view), speaking (delivering presentations, developing an argument, small talk), reading (how to understand academic articles, strategies helpful for efficient reading), writing (writing a presentation abstract and position paper, paraphrasing and summarizing). Special attention will be paid to presentations, which is a skill that is essential not only in the academic world but also in their future careers. Students will be presented with a wealth of practice opportunities to enhance all the aforementioned skills.
Learning outcomes
Students will be able to (at the C1 level of CEFR): • give presentations on academic and non academic topics (pecha kucha, elevator pitch) • recognise and employ various registers • write various academic genres (abstract, position paper) • be involved in academic debates (art of argumentation) • use linking and transition words
  • 1. Introduction. Academic Orientation, academic culture, study expectations. Informal presentation- introducing one’s partner.
  • 2. Choices and implications: Efficient reading (skimming and scanning). Vocabulary building- adjectives. Introducing your presentation.
  • 3. Risks and hazards: Selecting what you read. Vocabulary: collocations. Preparing slides for presentations and presenting charts. Short presentation: Retelling what you have read.
  • 4. Language and communication: Reading for detail and scanning for information. Ways of taking notes. Reporting words.
  • 5. Difference and diversity: Cultural awareness in international business- note-taking. Multiculturalism. Working with colleagues- generating ideas.
  • 6. The world we live in: recognizing plagiarism. Summarizing and paraphrasing. Vocabulary: hedging. Writing an abstract to your presentation.
  • 7. Behaving the way we do: organising information, signposting. Referring backwards and forwards in your presentation.
  • 8. Bringing about change: using academic style (register). Relative clauses. Concluding your presentations.
  • 9. Work and equality: understanding tables and figures. Vocabulary: avoiding repetition. Joining in discussions. Job interviews.
  • 10. Controversies: understanding hedges. Asking for and giving more information. Linking. Evaluating visual aids.
  • L. A. Ford Brown: Guide to Public speaking. Longman 2012. ISBN ISBN-13: 978-0-205-75011-5
Teaching methods
planning and giving presentations, reading academic texts, class discussions, academic writing
Assessment methods
Active and regular attendance
Giving leads on topics related to their study fields.
Several presentations of various length and structure will be given in class.
Write an abstract to the final presentation.
Language of instruction
Further Comments
The course is taught each semester.
Listed among pre-requisites of other courses
The course is also listed under the following terms Autumn 2016, Spring 2017, Autumn 2017, Spring 2018, Autumn 2018, Autumn 2019, Spring 2020, Autumn 2020, Spring 2021, Autumn 2021, Spring 2022.
  • Enrolment Statistics (Spring 2019, recent)
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