AJL13001 Academic Writing

Faculty of Arts
Autumn 2020
Extent and Intensity
0/2/0. 5 credit(s). Type of Completion: zk (examination).
Taught online.
Mgr. Martina Horáková, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Christopher Adam Rance, M.A. (lecturer)
Guaranteed by
Mgr. Martina Horáková, Ph.D.
Department of English and American Studies - Faculty of Arts
Contact Person: Tomáš Hanzálek
Supplier department: Department of English and American Studies - Faculty of Arts
Timetable of Seminar Groups
AJL13001/01: Wed 12:00–13:40 G22, Ch. Rance
AJL13001/02: Thu 14:00–15:40 G22, Ch. Rance
AJL13001/03: Wed 10:00–11:40 VP, Ch. Rance
AJL13001/04: Thu 12:00–13:40 G22, Ch. Rance
Prerequisites (in Czech)
AJL01002 Practical English II && ! NOW ( AJL11501 Spoken Fluency Practice )
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is also offered to the students of the fields other than those the course is directly associated with.
The capacity limit for the course is 30 student(s).
Current registration and enrolment status: enrolled: 38/30, only registered: 2/30, only registered with preference (fields directly associated with the programme): 2/30
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
Course objectives
The overall aim of the course is to enable students to write acceptable texts in English to fulfil a range of academic purposes. That is, to enable students to write texts which are clearly-expressed, grammatically correct, correctly punctuated, well-structured and logically coherent. Subsidiary aims of the course are: 1. to raise students' awareness of the semantic and syntactic pitfalls of trying to 'sound academic'; 2. to emphasize the virtues of simplicity, explicitness and directness when attempting to express complex ideas; 3. to encourage students to remember the connection between speaking and writing - that is, to ask "Would I say this?" when considering the naturalness of the structures and sentences they choose.
Learning outcomes
Students will be have an understanding of the structure of the paragraph and essay, will be able to compose topic sentences and thesis statements and write self-sourced reference papers using MLA/APA.
  • The Writing Process–purpose, plan, draft, redraft, edit; The students experience of writing; Differences between English and Czech academic texts; The issue of coherence; Paragraph structure-single theme and topic sentence; Punctuation-commas, semicolons and colons; Writing a project statement; Paragraph Structure-topic sentences and links; Paragraph Coherence–using transitions; Paragraph Coherence–Order of Ideas; Paragraph Unity–Digression; Paragraph ‘smoothing’; Writing essays; Paragraph Unity–Unrelated Information; Thesis statements; Parallelism: a) Using parallelism to increase coherence, b) Non-parallel sentence elements; Writing a formal letter of application; Using Generalisations; Editorial issues-italicization, capitalization, quotation; Dangling Modifiers; Punctuation-question marks, quotation marks, and apostrophes;
  • AARON, Jane E. The little, brown essential handbook for writers. 3rd ed. New York: Longman, 1999. viii, 247. ISBN 0-321-04970-5. info
  • ALEXANDER, L. G. Sixty Steps to Précis. 9. vyd. London: Longmans, 1965. 135 s. info
  • COOPER, Charles R. and Rise B. AXELROD. The St. Martins guide to writing. 2nd ed. New York: St. Martin's Press, 1988. xxvi, 726. ISBN 0-312-00283-1. info
  • ČMEJRKOVÁ, Světla, František DANEŠ and Jindra SVĚTLÁ. Jak napsat odborný text. Vydání první. Praha: Leda, 1999. 255 stran. ISBN 8085927691. info
  • FOWLER, Henry Ramsey. The little, brown handbook. Edited by Jane E. Aaron - Daniel Anderson. 8th ed. New York: Longman, 2000. xxviii, 96. ISBN 0-321-07507-2. info
  • LAAKEN, M. van der, R. E. LANKAMP and M. Sharwood SMITH. Writing better English :a multi-purpose model for advanced speakers. 3., herziene druk. Bussum: Uitgeverij Coutinho, 2001. 82 s. ISBN 90-6283-276-8. info
  • ŠESTÁK, Zdeněk. Jak psát a přednášet o vědě. Illustrated by Hana Kymrová. Vyd. 1. Praha: Academia, 1999. 204 s. ISBN 8020007555. info
Teaching methods
lectures, peer correction of assignments, completetion of written exercises in class, homework assignments, whole-class analysis of written assignments, analysis of model texts
Assessment methods
To complete the course students must submit four written homework assignments and take a final written examination. The final examination takes the form of a timed essay. They must also achieve a high level of attendance. To pass the course they must achieve an average score of 67% (40 pts) for the four homework assignments and the final exam. The maximum number of points for each component is as follows: Homework 1 - Summary.............. 6 pts (10%) Homework 2 - Project Statement.... 9 pts (15%) Homework 3 - Essay 1.............. 15 pts (25%) Homework 4 - Formal Letter........ 12 pts (20%) Final Exam - Essay 2...............18 pts (30%) ______ TOTAL: 60 pts
Language of instruction
Further Comments
The course is taught only once.
Listed among pre-requisites of other courses
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