Course syllabus AAU-2 - English for Academic Purposes - Module 2 (ŠAVŠ - Sklad předmětů)

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Course title: English for Academic Purposes - Module 2
Semester: -- item not defined --
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: usual
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 business and professional language they require, but also key academic skills such as note-taking, presentations and seminar contributions. The module will also introduce tranferable skills essential in the labor market such as resume design, cover letter composition and personal branding.
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 and clarified later in class.

The course follows a framework that fosters and enhances critical thinking through case studies, authentic material, discussions, debates and brainstorming sessions.

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.Labor markets (allowance 4/8)
a.Vocabulary associated with HR
b.Transferable skills: how to create a resume
c.Transferable skills: writing a cover letter
d.Transferable skills: mastering the job interview
e.Transferable skills: creating a personal brand
f.Academic skills: note-taking

2.The world of technology: Automotive (allowance 6/6)
a.Car components: interior, exterior, under the hood
b.Academic grammar: the verb, comparing and contrasting, relative clauses, phrasal and prepositional phrases
c.Academic & transferable skills: presentations

3.Information systems (allowance 6/6)
a.Academic skills: combining resources to compose fluent texts
b.Academic skills: writing an opinion essay based on a lecture.
c.Idioms connected with technology
d.Applying technology in everyday life: critical thinking activity

4.Evaluation and assessment (allowance 0/8)
a.Midterm, tests, coursework, presentations

Learning outcomes and competences:
After completing the course, student:
-Will recognize and use specialist subject vocabulary aimed at automotive industry
-Will be able to take notes effectively and use them in their learning
-Will create and design a resume and cover letter as well as present their own brand story effectively
-Will summarize, critique, evaluate and present adequately information connected to the course topics
-Will use aspects of grammar commonly found in academic writing in a correct manner (relative-clauses, the verb, comparing and contrasting, phrasal and prepositional verbs

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 %
Presentation20 %
Mid-term test(s)30 %
Final test25 %
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 transferable skills, evaluated through two tasks throughout the semester - resume and cover letter) - 20%
* written paper (aimed at testing note-taking skills as well as the ability to reproduce the material and offer a personal opinion on the topic) - 25%
* presentation (aims at assessing the student's ability to engage and convey information effectively with or without the use of technology or realia - on a topic of the student's choice but realted to the units covered during the semester) - 20%
* mid term paper (focused mainly on assessing the grasp and use of the taught vocabulary and grammar) - 30%
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:
Language of instruction: Czech
CORBALLIS, T. -- JENNINGS, W. English for Management Studies in Higher Education Studies, Course Book. UK: Garnet Education, 2009. 137 p. ISBN 978-1-859-64440-9.
ŠTĚPÁNEK, L. Academic English.: Akademická angličtina. 1st ed. Praha: GRADA, 2011. ISBN 978-80-247-3577-1.
BAILEY, S. Academic Writing for International Students of Business. Abingdon: Routledge, 2011. 317 p. ISBN 978-0-4155-6471-7.
MCARTHY, M. -- HEWINGS, M. Cambridge Academic English. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2012. 176 p.
MARTALA, M. -- HAMMOND, A. -- GILLET, A. Inside Track Successful Academic Writing. Harlow: Pearson Education Ltd, 2009. 334 p. ISBN 978-0-273-72171-0.
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:
TOMEK, J. -- KOLEKTIV. Economic Issues and Business Skills. 1st ed. Praha: Vysoká škola ekonomická v Praze, 2000. 331 p. ISBN 80-245-0122-8.
BRAUNSTEINER-MAUKNER, R. -- ŠNEBERGER, J. Job Matters.: Car Mechanics. A2-B1 +CD. 1st ed. Plzeň: FRAUS, 2008. ISBN 978-80-7238-746-5.
HARTZ, P. The Company that Breathes.: Every Job has a Customer. 1st ed. Berlin: Springer Verlag, 1996. 230 p. ISBN 3-540-61315-3.
STEJSKALOVÁ, I. -- KINCL, T. -- ŠTRACH, P. What Kind of Competences Are Sought by Employers at the Time of Crisis?. Journal of International Scientific Publication: Economy & Business. 2010. v. 4, no. 3, p. 47--52. ISSN 1313-2555.
EDENBOROUGH, R. Assessment Methods in recruitment, Selection & Performance.: A Manager´s Guide to Psychometric Testing, Interviews and Assessment Centres. 1st ed. London: Kogan Page, 2009. ISBN 978-0-7494-5014-4.
TOŠOVSKÁ, D. Atraktivní životopis v angličtině. 1st ed. Praha: Grada Publishing, 2005. 124 p. ISBN 80-247-0625-3.
Language of instruction: English
WALKER, C. -- HARVEY, P. English for Business Studies in Higher Education Studies. Reading: Garnet Publishing, 2008. 132 p. ISBN 978-1-8596-4936-7.

Study plans:
B-EM-BAL Business Administration and Operations, Logistics and Quality Management, full-time form, initial academic year WS 2013/2014
B-EM-BAL Business Administration and Operations, Logistics and Quality Management, part-time form, initial academic year WS 2013/2014
B-EMCZ Economics and Management, full-time form, initial academic year WS 2019/2020
B-EMCZ Economics and Management, full-time form, initial academic year WS 2019/2020
B-EMEN Economics and Management, full-time form, initial academic year WS 2019/2020
B-PM Průmyslový management, full-time form, initial academic year WS 2019/2020
B-PEMI Podniková ekonomika a manažerská informatika, full-time form, initial academic year WS 2019/2020
Run in the period of: SS 2018/2019, WS 2018/2019, SS 2017/2018, SS 2016/2017, SS 2015/2016, SS 2014/2015   (and older)
Course tutor: Ioana Giurgiu, M.A. (examiner, instructor, supervisor)
Teaching language: Czech, English
Room: Mladá Boleslav, Praha

Last modification made by Ioana Giurgiu, M.A. on 03/14/2018.

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