A2MK_ACWR Academic Writing

Faculty of Education
Spring 2020
Extent and Intensity
0/0/1. 3 credit(s). Type of Completion: z (credit).
doc. Mgr. Olga Dontcheva-Navrátilová, Ph.D. (seminar tutor)
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_ACWR/Kombi01: Fri 21. 2. 8:00–9:50 učebna 10, Fri 6. 3. 8:00–9:50 učebna 10, Fri 20. 3. 8:00–9:50 učebna 10, Fri 3. 4. 8:00–9:50 učebna 10, Fri 24. 4. 8:00–9:50 učebna 10, O. Dontcheva-Navrátilová
A2MK_ACWR/Prez01: Wed 14:00–15:50 učebna 36, O. Dontcheva-Navrátilová
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 course aims to:
develop the academic writing skills of the students with focus on argumentation and rhetorical structure;
provide practice in writing the rhetorical sections of a diploma thesis;
It will teach students how to:
build their authorial identity and communicate with their readers;
write argumentative texts using the problem-solution and cause-effect patterns;
critically evaluate sources and reference to sources (quotations and paraphrases) and visual devices.
Learning outcomes
After completing the course, the student will be able:
write an argumentative academic text in English;
abide by the Anglophone academic style conventions (soft sciences) in terms of formality, writer-reader interaction, academic vocabulary and phraseology;
apply the appropriate rhetorical structure of the genre of diploma theses;
transfer the knowledge into teaching writing in English lessons and work with relevant academic genres.
  • 1.Academic writing - context, conventions, approaches. The genre of diploma thesis.
  • 2. Writing Introductions. General-specific openings and the thesis statements
  • 3. Writing the Thesis statement. Personal vs. impersonal stance.
  • 4. Writing the Literature review. Citing sources.
  • 5. Coherent information flow - topic development.
  • 6. The cause-effect pattern. Coherent information flow - connectors.
  • 7. Presenting arguments, reporting results and findings.
  • 8. Stance in academic discourse.
  • 9. Writing the Conclusions.
  • 10. Writing the Summary.
    required literature
  • HAMP-LYONS, Liz and Ben HEASLEY. Study writing : a course in writing skills for academic purposes. 2nd ed. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2006. 213 s. ISBN 9780521534963. info
  • URBANOVÁ, Ludmila and Andrew Philip OAKLAND. Úvod do anglické stylistiky (Introduction to English Stylistics). 1st ed. Brno: Barrister & Principal, 2002. 148 pp. Studium. ISBN 80-86598-33-0. info
  • MCCARTHY, Michael and Felicity O'DELL. Academic vocabulary in use. First published. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2008. 176 stran. ISBN 9780521689397. info
    recommended literature
  • MACPHERSON, Robin. Základy anglické stylistiky. Praha: Academia, 1997. 240 pp. ISBN 80-200-0644-3. info
    not specified
  • CRYSTAL, David. The Cambridge encyclopedia of the English language. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1995. vii, 489. ISBN 0521401798. info
  • ČERMÁK, František. Jazyk a jazykověda : přehled a slovníky. Vyd. 3., dopl. V Praze: Univerzita Karlova v Praze, nakladatelství Karolinum, 2001. 341 s. ISBN 8024601540. info
Teaching methods
Teaching methods:
explanation and discussion in seminars;
group and individual writing;
observation of selected phenomena during teaching practice;
home study and practice.
Assessment methods
Completion prerequisites:
- attendance: minimum 80%;
- active participation in seminars;
- completing 3 writing assignments 70%.
Language of instruction
Further comments (probably available only in Czech)
Study Materials
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 Autumn 2007, Autumn 2008, Autumn 2009, Spring 2011, Spring 2012, Spring 2013, Spring 2014, Spring 2015, Spring 2016, Spring 2017, Spring 2018, Spring 2019.
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