FF:CJVAPS Academic writing in English - Course Information
CJVAPS Akademické psaní v angličtiněFaculty of Arts
- Extent and Intensity
- 0/2/0. 2 credit(s). Type of Completion: z (credit).
- Joseph Lennon, BA, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Mgr. Martina Šindelářová Skupeňová (seminar tutor)
Mgr. Dana Plíšková (assistant)
- Joseph Lennon, BA, Ph.D.
Language Centre Faculty of Arts Division - Language Centre
Contact Person: Mgr. Martina Šindelářová Skupeňová
Supplier department: Language Centre Faculty of Arts Division - Language Centre
- Wed 12:30–14:05 L33
- This course will require 10-20 pages of reading and 1-2 pages of writing in English every week. The class is designed for students with an English level of upper-intermediate or higher who already have some experience reading and writing in English and would like to be challenged further.
- Course Enrolment Limitations
- The course is offered to students of any study field.
The capacity limit for the course is 15 student(s).
Current registration and enrolment status: enrolled: 2/15, only registered: 0/15, only registered with preference (fields directly associated with the programme): 0/15
- Course objectives
- In this course, you will:
-Discover that writing for academia can be much more interesting, useful, enjoyable, open, and challenging than you thought
-Expand your ideas about what an essay is and how it can be written
-Read many essays in English, covering a wide variety of styles, genres, and audiences
-Develop a weekly practice of reading and writing in English
-Build an understanding of writing as a continuous process of revision
-Learn concepts and vocabulary for thinking about and talking about your own and others' writing process
-Design and implement your own unique essay-writing project
- Learning outcomes
- By the end of the course, students will:
-be familiar with a great variety of ways of reading, conceiving, structuring, writing, and revising essays in English
-be able to identify several key techniques writers use to make their essays clear, concise, and engaging
-be well-practiced in adapting those techniques to their own writing
-have produced a polished essay on a topic of their choice, in their own unique style, which has gone through three revisions and two rounds of constructive feedback from the teacher and their classmates
- Here are some of the main questions (topics) we will take up in this course:
- 1. What is the definition of an "essay"?
- 2. What is considered "good" writing style in English, and what are some practical ways to get better at doing this type of writing?
- 2. How can I recognize "bad" writing in English, and how can I avoid doing it in my own writing?
- 3. How can I think and write in ways that will help me reach my intended audience?
- 3. What are some tricks and tips for revising my work?
- 4. How "creative" can I be when I am writing essays for school (and what are the differences/similarities between academic and creative writing)?
- 5. How can I improve my reading skills in English?
- 6. How can I talk about whether or not I like a piece of writing in English in an academically acceptable way (not just saying "I like it" or "It's boring")?
- 7. Is good writing dangerous?
- As the course goes on, I will expect you to bring your own questions to discuss.
- Teaching methods
- This course is taught in the form of seminar sessions, reading and writing assignments to do at home, and a few one-on-one consultations with the professor.
- Assessment methods
- Students will be assessed in three ways: 1. Attendance and active participation at the weekly seminars 2. Short weekly reading and writing assignments which will be submitted to the professor and/or shared with classmates. 3. A writing project which each student will develop individually (with guidance from the professor), and which will be worked on in several stages over the course of the semester
- Language of instruction
- Further comments (probably available only in Czech)
- Study Materials
The course is taught annually.
Information on course enrolment limitations: Nezbytná vstupní úroveň B2.