Course syllabus APA - Academic Writing in English (ŠAVŠ - Sklad předmětů)

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Course title: Academic Writing in English
Semester: -- item not defined --
Course supervisor: Ioana Giurgiu, M.A.
Supervising department: Department of Languages and Intercultural Competences (ŠAVŠ)
Prerequisites for registration: Bachelor state examination
Time allowance: full-time, 0/2 (hours of lectures per week / hours of seminars per week)
Type of study: usual
Form of teaching: seminar
Mode of completion and credits: Classified fulfillment of requirements (2 credits)
Course objective:
The course is an introduction to academic writing in order to prepare students for their academic studies in English as well as writing their assignments and theses throughout and at the end of their studies. The course will follow technique and language oriented schemata. The genre specifics may be found in Moodle along with theory and further practice at the student's discretion.
The class activities will offer immediate feedback and shape the student's writing style as they follow the process of text creation.
Course methods: The main course content will be introduced and practiced during the lessons with additional self-study material and practice opportunities listed in Moodle. The key skills and language are enhanced through short coursework tasks assigned during the semester. Overall mastery of the academic writing abilities is assessed through a final written exam, at the end of the semester.
Course content:
1.Academic style and writing (allowance 11/11)
a.Features of spoken academic English
b.Components of academic style
c.Citing and referencing
d.Paraphrasing methods
e.Cohesion and coherence: applying the Paramedic method to texts
f.Academic synonyms: distinguising and matching meanings of common words in with their corresponding use and meaning in academic contexts
g.Punctuation: demonstrating understanding of the use of puctuation and its correct application to texts
h.Problems and solutions: illustrating through language one or the other and contextualizing them legibly
i.Rhetorical functions in writing: the language of cause and effect - linking related ideas in writing, identifying causes and effects in other texts and paraphrasing them effectively
j.From understanding titles to planning: determining and constructing genre specific texts by topical organization of ideas, integration, rearrangement and revision. Understanding tasks in academic contexts.

2.Evaluation and assessment (allowance 2/0)
a.Final written exam - Focus on the student's global ability to master academic texts and techniques in writing

Learning outcomes and competences:
After completing the course, student will be able to:
-will be able to employ the course collected knowledge to create and write academic texts of various difficulties and structures.
-will be able to reconstruct information in a more cautious manner
-will formulate clear topical sentences to set up the idea of a paragraph
-will identify and reproduce in their own words referenced information in an academic format

Teaching methods and workload (hours of workload):
Type of teaching methodDaily attendance
Direct teaching
     Attendance of lectures24 h
     Course reading and ongoing preparation10 h
     Ongoing evaluation3 h
     Composing of individual (seminar) work5 h
     Preparation for final test6 h
Total48 h
Assessment methods:
Requirement typeDaily attendance
Active lecture/seminar/workshop/tutorial participation5 %
Term paper55 %
Final test40 %
Total100 %
Course completion:
In order to pass the module students have to complete the following:

- attendance - participate in at least 60% of the lessons and be actively involved (5%)
- coursework - complete 5 short coursework tasks. (the longest worth 15% and the rest 10% each)(55%)
- final written test - content based on the syllabus (40%)
Support for combined/distance forms of study:
The content for the self-study section of the course on which the students will not be tested is placed in Moodle along with additional opportunities for practice. The in-class material will be made available online in AIS as soon as possible or may be requested from the course supervisor.
Reading list:
BAILEY, S. Academic Writing for International Students of Business. Abingdon: Routledge, 2011. 317 p. ISBN 978-0-4155-6471-7.
MARTALA, M. -- HAMMOND, A. -- GILLET, A. Inside Track Successful Academic Writing. Harlow: Pearson Education Ltd, 2009. 334 p. ISBN 978-0-273-72171-0.
Language of instruction: English
ŠTĚPÁNEK, L. Academic English.: Akademická angličtina. 1st ed. Praha: GRADA, 2011. ISBN 978-80-247-3577-1.
MCARTHY, M. -- HEWINGS, M. Cambridge Academic English. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2012. 176 p.
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.
GILLETT, A. Using English for Academic Purposes.  [online]. 2015. URL:

Study plans:
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Run in the period of: WS 2018/2019, SS 2017/2018, WS 2017/2018, SS 2016/2017, WS 2016/2017, SS 2015/2016   (and older)
Course tutor: Paula Gibson, M.A. (examiner, instructor)
Ioana Giurgiu, M.A. (supervisor)
Teaching language: English
Room: Mladá Boleslav

Last modification made by Ioana Giurgiu, M.A. on 03/15/2018.

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