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STUDY PLANS
2020/2021

Academic Writing

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Code Completion Credits Range Language
BE3M04AWR KZ 2 2C English
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Department of Languages
Synopsis:

Objective(s): The overall aim of this course is not to increase the student's level of English, but to improve the student's skills and abilities of writing academically (in English). This course is not simply an opportunity for students who have registered to have someone (the instructor) simply proofread and correct their texts - the ultimate goal of the course will be that the student is able to write (better) in English at an academic level.

If a student's level of English is not up to the expected level of this course (B2 Upper-Intermediate), it is the student's responsibility to take action to improve it (outside of this course). It is hoped that by working and writing in English on a regular basis throughout this course that participants will, naturally, improve their level of English in one way or another.

Requirements:

the expected level of this course is B2 Upper-Intermediate

Syllabus of lectures:

Week 1: Course Introduction, Credit Requirements

UNIT ONE: What is Academic Writing?

Academic Vocabulary

Week 2: UNIT TWO:Types of Academic Writing

Formality, Accuracy and Punctuation in Academic Writing

Week 3:UNIT THREE:The Structure of Academic Texts

Sentence Structures

Week 4:UNIT FOUR:Organisation

Understanding the Task

The Process of Academic Writing (Pre-writing & Planning)

Week 5:UNIT FIVE:Complexity in Academic Writing

Articles in English

Week 6:UNIT SIX:Objectivity & Hedging in Academic Writing

Using ‘For Example’ and Phrases like ‘For Example’

Week 7:UNIT SEVEN:The Introductory Paragraph

The Difference between an Abstract and an Introduction

Thesis Statements

Week 8:UNIT EIGHT:Body Paragraphs

Paragraph Structure (Topic Sentences / Supporting Sentences & Details)

Paragraph Unity & Coherence

Week 9:UNIT NINE:Transition Signals

Week 10:UNIT TEN: Rhetorical Functions in Academic Writing:

Reasons and Explanations (Cause and Effect)

Comparison and Contrast

Week 11:UNIT ELEVEN: Concrete Support

Facts versus Opinions / Supporting Details / Extended Examples / Statistics

Quotations, Paraphrases, and Summaries / Documenting Sources of Information

Week 12:UNIT TWELVE:Writing a Conclusion

Proofreading & Editing

Week 13:UNIT THIRTEEN:Supplemental Materials & Further Reading

Week 14:Spare Week

Syllabus of tutorials:

Week 1: Course Introduction, Credit Requirements

UNIT ONE: What is Academic Writing?

Academic Vocabulary

Week 2: UNIT TWO:Types of Academic Writing

Formality, Accuracy and Punctuation in Academic Writing

Week 3:UNIT THREE:The Structure of Academic Texts

Sentence Structures

Week 4:UNIT FOUR:Organisation

Understanding the Task

The Process of Academic Writing (Pre-writing & Planning)

Week 5:UNIT FIVE:Complexity in Academic Writing

Articles in English

Week 6:UNIT SIX:Objectivity & Hedging in Academic Writing

Using ‘For Example’ and Phrases like ‘For Example’

Week 7:UNIT SEVEN:The Introductory Paragraph

The Difference between an Abstract and an Introduction

Thesis Statements

Week 8:UNIT EIGHT:Body Paragraphs

Paragraph Structure (Topic Sentences / Supporting Sentences & Details)

Paragraph Unity & Coherence

Week 9:UNIT NINE:Transition Signals

Week 10:UNIT TEN: Rhetorical Functions in Academic Writing:

Reasons and Explanations (Cause and Effect)

Comparison and Contrast

Week 11:UNIT ELEVEN: Concrete Support

Facts versus Opinions / Supporting Details / Extended Examples / Statistics

Quotations, Paraphrases, and Summaries / Documenting Sources of Information

Week 12:UNIT TWELVE:Writing a Conclusion

Proofreading & Editing

Week 13:UNIT THIRTEEN:Supplemental Materials & Further Reading

Week 14:Spare Week

Study Objective:

The overall aim of this course is not to increase the student's level of English, but to improve the student's skills and abilities of writing academically (in English).

Study materials:

Materials: Materials can be found on the department’s website: http://jazyky.fel.cvut.cz/

Recommended Reading:

McCarthy, M. & O’Dell, F. (2008). Cambridge University Press. Academic Vocabulary in Use.

Note:
Further information:
https://jazyky.fel.cvut.cz/vyuka/RPP/BE9M04AKP/
No time-table has been prepared for this course
The course is a part of the following study plans:
Data valid to 2020-09-19
For updated information see http://bilakniha.cvut.cz/en/predmet4877906.html