Course syllabus AAU-1 - English for Academic Purposes - Module 1 (ŠAVŠ - SS 2017/2018)

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Course title: English for Academic Purposes - Module 1
Semester: SS 2017/2018
Course supervisor: Ioana Giurgiu, M.A.
Supervising department: Department of Languages and Intercultural Competences (ŠAVŠ)
Prerequisites for registration: not Final state examination
Time allowance: full-time, 0/4 (hours of lectures per week / hours of seminars per week)
Type of study: consulting
Form of teaching: seminar
Mode of completion and credits: Classified fulfillment of requirements (4 credits)
Course objective:
The aim of the course is to develop the skills that students need for their academic study programmes in English. Not only will students be equipped with the specialist vocabulary and language they require but also key academic skills such as listening to lectures, speaking in seminars, note-taking, summarizing, and writing an argumentative essay.
Course methods: The content of the course will be introduced and practiced during the lessons and additional self-study tasks will be assigned mainly as homework an clarified later in class.

The key skills and language are enhanced by real life practice situations in class. Writing skills are practiced mainly through home assignments.
Course content:
1.The business of business (allowance 3/7)
a.General vocabulary with different meanings in the business context.
b.Note-taking skills
c.Articles (grammar)
d.Business writing - general guidelines
e.The structure of businesses and types of businesses

2.People and Markets (allowance 5/3)
a.Marketing terms and related vocabulary
b.Advertising techniques - group discussion and brainstorming
c.Prepositions (grammar)
d.Dictionary skills (transferable skills)

3.Economics in the Modern World (allowance 4/6)
a.Common words used in Economics with different meanings from common English
b.Ways of describing graphs and trends
c.Conditional sentences (1, 2, 3, mixed - grammar)
d.Pronunciation practice (language skills)
e.Giving effective presentations

4.Evaluation and assessment (allowance 0/6)
a.Midterms, tests, coursework

Learning outcomes and competences:
After completing the course, student:
-Will communicate clearly and concisely in English orally at a professional and academic level using appropriate language constructions, formats and register to suit the purpose and audience
-Will compile, formulate and produce correctly written and spoken business and academic texts
-Will critically evaluate, judge, justify, and support an argument
-Will recall, identify, define, and recognize specific subject vocabulary and grammar without error

Teaching methods and workload (hours of workload):
Type of teaching methodDaily attendance
Direct teaching
     Attendance of lectures48 h
     Consultations with teacher (part-time form of study)5 h
     Course reading and ongoing preparation10 h
     Ongoing evaluation4 h
     Composing of individual (seminar) work4 h
     Composing of presentation6 h
     Preparation for final test10 h
     Preparation for final oral exam4 h
language focus5 h
Total96 h
Assessment methods:
Requirement typeDaily attendance
Active lecture/seminar/workshop/tutorial participation5 %
Term paper20 %
Presentation25 %
Mid-term test(s)10 %
Final test40 %
Total100 %
Course completion:
The requirements for a successful completion of the course are:

* active participation (meaning not simple attendance but actual involvement in class) - 5%
* progressive assessment (aimed at vocabulary and skills, evaluated through mini tasks throughout the semester) - 20%
* term paper (argumentative essay on a topic related to the units covered throughout the module) - 40%
* presentation (essay defense) - 25%
* mid term paper (focused mainly on assessing the grasp and use of the taught vocabulary and grammar) - 10%

The midterm test must be passed successfully (min 60%) to be able to submit the term paper!
Support for combined/distance forms of study:
Materials will be made available soon in Moodle and on-line in AIS. For more information please contact your class teacher or the course supervisor.
Reading list:
MCCARTER, S. -- DE CHAZAL, E. Oxford EAP - A course in English for Academic Purposes. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press, 2012. 240 p. ISBN 978-0-19-400176-2.
MCARTHY, M. -- HEWINGS, M. Cambridge Academic English. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2012. 176 p.
ROBERTS, M. English for Economics in Higher Education Studies. REading, UK: Garnet Publishing, 2012. 140 p. ISBN 978-1-85964-448-5.

MICHAEL J, W. Study Skills in English. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2004. 208 p. ISBN 978-0-521-53385-0.

Study plans:
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Run in the period of: WS 2019/2020, SS 2018/2019, WS 2018/2019, WS 2017/2018, SS 2016/2017, WS 2016/2017   (and older)
Course tutor: Ioana Giurgiu, M.A. (examiner, instructor, supervisor)
Teaching language: Czech
Room: Mladá Boleslav, Praha

Last modification made by Ing. Lucie Bydžovská on 04/10/2018.

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