JAM03 English for Mathematicians III

Faculty of Science
Autumn 2018
Extent and Intensity
0/2/0. 2 credit(s). Type of Completion: z (credit).
Mgr. Eva Čoupková, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Mgr. Štěpánka Bilová, Ph.D. (assistant)
Mgr. Daniela Dlabolová (assistant)
Bc. Mgr. Petra Chládková (assistant)
Mgr. Kateřina Kováčová, Ph.D. (assistant)
PhDr. Hana Němcová (assistant)
Agnieszka Suchomelová-Polomska, M.A. (assistant)
Mgr. Monika Ševečková, Ph.D. (assistant)
Mgr. Daniela Veškrnová (assistant)
Mgr. Jitka Žváčková (assistant)
Guaranteed by
Mgr. Eva Čoupková, Ph.D.
Language Centre, Faculty of Science Division - Language Centre
Contact Person: Lenka Pavlíková
Supplier department: Language Centre, Faculty of Science Division - Language Centre
Timetable of Seminar Groups
JAM03/01: Mon 17. 9. to Fri 14. 12. Mon 10:00–11:50 J1, E. Čoupková
JAM03/02: Mon 17. 9. to Fri 14. 12. Wed 13:00–14:50 J2, Š. Bilová
The knowledge of English - B1+ level CEFR - English for Specific Purposes
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
there are 40 fields of study the course is directly associated with, display
Course objectives
The aim of JAM03 course is: -to raise students‘ awareness of modern trends and practices among members of specific discourse communities (introducing language in the context of typical genres, practising those genres) -to practise and extend academic vocabulary and basic specialized vocabulary in biological context (e.g.: academic CV and cover letter for field-related jobs, job interview, the calculus, the history of maths symbols, the prisoner´s dilemma, graph theory, Euler circuit and path, Kurt Godel and mathematical logic, etc.) -to practise language skills and functions typical for natural sciences (e.g. process description, cause-effect, argumentation: persuasive/balanced, analysing: comparing/contrasting, evaluating, etc.) which the students will be able to apply to a narrower/more specific context of their specializations (transferrable skills) -to practise academic skills, e.g.: formal writing/note-taking from a lecture, identifying and formulating main ideas, identifying specific information, interpretation of information, text summary, taking part in discussions, speaking in public about biology-related topics, politeness markers in negative answers/giving negative feedback -to practise B2 grammar in academic or specialized context
Learning outcomes
By the end of the course, students will be able to: better understand an authentic global problem from the angle of their specialization and at the same time communicate it with other specialists in their team better understand interdisciplinary relationships formulate their key skills and motivation for the work in a research team (CV, letter of application for an internship, mock interview) think critically use English as a tool of communication, use functional academic language, specific language of the subject communicate their results effectively by making their presentations understandable
  • PI - sixty symbols, grammar revision Why work, History of maths symbols, notation revision Writing a CV, The Problem of the Seven Bridges of Konigsberg Cover letter, Calculus, Irregular plural nouns Job interview, Squaring the Circle, Trisecting an angle Leaving and losing the job, The Prisoner´s dilemma Mock job interview, Log tables Continuous functions, Grammar revision Greatest equations, What is a summary Jumbled summary, Paraphrasing Paraphrasing, Proof strategies, Presenting an argument Presenting an argument II, Overbooking, Types of distribution Revision and exam practice
  • The recommended literature - see the information of the teacher
  • Přehled doporučené literatury - viz informace učitele.
Teaching methods
practising academic English in specialized context, and practising model activities and language techniques for English for Specific Purposes exam (JA002) preparation. Reading and listening comprehension, writing skills, team work, discussions and other spoken delivery, presentations.
Assessment methods
The course is completed upon successful accomplishment of coursework assignments: writing CV, writing cover letter and taking part in a mock interview, and receiving at least 60% score for the final credit test. At least 80% of attendance is required.
Language of instruction
Follow-Up Courses
Further comments (probably available only in Czech)
Study Materials
The course can also be completed outside the examination period.
The course is taught annually.
Teacher's information
The course is also listed under the following terms Autumn 2010 - only for the accreditation, Autumn 2002, Autumn 2003, Autumn 2004, Autumn 2005, Autumn 2008, Autumn 2009, Autumn 2010, Autumn 2011, Autumn 2011 - acreditation, Autumn 2012, Autumn 2013, Autumn 2014, Autumn 2015, Autumn 2016, autumn 2017, Autumn 2019, Autumn 2020.
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