FF:CJVAPS Academic writing in English - Course Information

CJVAPS Akademické psaní v angličtině

Faculty of Arts
Spring 2017
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.
The course is also listed under the following terms Autumn 2017, Spring 2018, Autumn 2018, Spring 2019.
  • Enrolment Statistics (Spring 2017, recent)
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