CJV_AW Academic Writing_ONLINE

Faculty of Education
Spring 2015
Extent and Intensity
0/0. 5 credit(s). Type of Completion: zk (examination).
Teacher(s)
Mgr. Gabriela Hublová, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Mgr. Veronika Dvořáčková, Ph.D. (assistant)
Mgr. Daniela Dvořáková (assistant)
PhDr. Jiří Vacek, CSc. (assistant)
Guaranteed by
Mgr. Gabriela Hublová, Ph.D.
Language Centre, Faculty of Education Division - Faculty Branches of University Departments - Faculty of Education
Supplier department: Language Centre, Faculty of Education Division - Faculty Branches of University Departments - Faculty of Education
Prerequisites
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The course is open to all MU students who DO NOT STUDY ENGLISH AS THEIR MAJOR. (Kurz je určen studentům MU, kteří nestudují anglický jazyk jako hlavní obor.) Only students with B2 and higher level of English are enrolled in the course. The course is particularly recommended to students who 1) plan to take an international exam in English (IELTS, CAE, CPE, etc.), 2) plan to study abroad, 3) plan to study in doctoral study programmes, 3) plan to publish in English, 4) want to improve their (academic) writing skills/English in general.
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is offered to students of any study field.
The capacity limit for the course is 14 student(s).
Current registration and enrolment status: enrolled: 2/14, only registered: 0/14, only registered with preference (fields directly associated with the programme): 0/14
Course objectives
The aim of the course is to enhance students’ EFL academic writing skills and to develop their learner autonomy by means of providing multiple learning opportunities in an online learning environment (IS.MUNI + Peer-review application). The course is designed for students with B2 and higher levels of English. It combines many features of both traditional and more recent approaches to teaching writing (the process writing approach, the communicative approach, the paragraph-pattern approach, the product approach). The main focus is placed on two areas: 1) quality input and relating practice and 2) practising writing, with emphasis on the individual stages of the writing process. Special attention is paid to meeting common genre/academic writing conventions and achieving coherence in one’s writing plus developing the skill of producing a meaningful peer-feedback, and incorporating the received feedback into own writing. At the and of the course, students can follow all common academic writing style conventions and can meet the genre conventions for selected genres; can produce meaningful, coherent, well-organised and grammatical texts at B2+ or C1 level of the CEFR; and can use citation appropriately throughout their writing. They can also produce quality peer-feedback and respond adequately the feedback they receive.
Syllabus
  • The course addresses the following areas: 1) The academic writing process: from the first idea to the final product (pre-writing, drafting, revising, editing and proofreading + incorporating received feedback); 2) The academic writing style: the accuracy, clarity and brevity principle; 3) Text structure and organization: sentence, paragraph and text level (introduction + the thesis statement, paragraph + the topic sentence, conclusion) 4) Language to express different functions: classification, comparison and contrast, definition, generalization, describing processes and products, argumentation) 5) Unity, coherence and cohesion 6) Academic honesty, quoting and citation styles 7) Selected grammar areas (with a focus on those causing problems to Czech learners of English): subject-verb agreement, active and passive voice, articles, punctuation, etc. 8) Academic vocabulary: academic/scientific words (general academic vocabulary - academic word list, rephrasing, tautologies, irregular plural nouns), tricky words and phrases, differences between BrE and AmE
Literature
    recommended literature
  • SWALES, John and 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
  • CRASWELL, Gail. Writing for academic success : a postgraduate guide. 2nd ed. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, 2012. xi, 248. ISBN 9780857029287. info
  • BARRY, Marian. Steps to academic writing. 1st pub. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2011. vi, 154. ISBN 9780521184977. info
  • BAILEY, Stephen. Academic writing : a handbook for international students. 3rd ed. New York: Routledge, 2011. xx, 293. ISBN 9780415595803. info
  • GILLETT, Andy, Angela HAMMOND and Mary MARTALA. Successful academic writing. 1st pub. Harlow: Pearson, 2009. xxvi, 334. ISBN 9780273721710. info
  • TURABIAN, Kate L. Student's guide to writing college papers. Edited by Gregory G. Colomb - Joseph M. Williams. 4th ed. London: The University of Chicago Press, 2010. xiv 281. ISBN 9780226816319. info
  • Writing for academic journals. Edited by Rowena Murray. 2nd ed. Maidenhead, England: Open University Press, 2009. xii, 220 p. ISBN 9780335240111. info
  • FEAK, Christine B. and John SWALES. Telling a research story : writing a literature review. [Ann Arbor]: University of Michigan Press, 2009. xiv, 98. ISBN 9780472033362. info
  • CARO, Sarah. How to publish your PhD : a practical guide for the humanities and social sciences. London: SAGE, 2009. vii, 136. ISBN 9781412907910. info
Teaching methods
Introductory session + 100% online learning: 1) autonomous study of the language input including reading and analysing sample texts; completing assigned language practice: language exercises, tasks and quizzes; and participating in e-discussions with peer-writers 2) writing two essays and producing peer-feedback.
Assessment methods
Credit requirements: 1) face-to-face introductory session participation (course introduction + entrance test (writing tasks) to check level B2 of English); 2) regular online participation (approx. 120 - 150 min per week); 3) participation in online discussions; 4) submitted in-term assignments (two writing tasks + peer-feedback): 50% of the final grade; 5) final test: writing tasks + a quiz checking the awareness of and the ability to apply the information presented in the course materials: 50% of the final grade.
Language of instruction
English
Further comments (probably available only in Czech)
Study Materials
The course is taught annually.
Information on the extent and intensity of the course: Online kurz s participací cca 120 min. týdně.
The course is also listed under the following terms Spring 2014, Autumn 2014, Spring 2016, Spring 2017, Spring 2018.
  • Enrolment Statistics (Spring 2015, recent)
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