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2020/2021

Academic Writing

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Code Completion Credits Range Language
BE9M04AKP KZ 2 2C English
Lecturer:
Tutor:
Dana Saláková (guarantor), Michael Ynsua
Supervisor:
Department of Languages
Synopsis:

ACADEMIC WRITING COURSE (BE9M04AKP)

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:

Students are expected to be at upper-intermediate level of English at least.

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

Week 3: UNIT THREE: THE INTRODUCTION

Writing an Introductory Paragraph

Writing a Conclusion

Week 4: UNIT FOUR: PARAGRAPHS Part One

Paragraph Structure

Week 5: UNIT FIVE: PARAGRAPHS Part Two

Topic Sentences / Supporting Sentences & Details

Week 6: UNIT SIX: PARAGRAPHS Part Three

Unity & Coherence

Week 7: UNIT SEVEN: CONCRETE SUPPORT Part One

Facts versus Opinions

Week 8: UNIT EIGHT: CONCRETE SUPPORT Part Two

Quotations, Paraphrases, and Summaries

Week 9: UNIT NINE: TRANSITION SIGNALS

Week 10: UNIT TEN: COMPARISON & CONTRAST

Week 11: UNIT ELEVEN: CAUSE and EFFECT

Week 12: UNIT TWELVE: PUNCTUATION

The Comma / The Semicolon / The Colon

Abbreviations & Numbers / American vs British English

Week 13: UNIT THIRTEEN: FORMAL LETTER WRITING

Letters of Application & Complaint

Week 14: Spare Week, Credits

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

Week 3: UNIT THREE: THE INTRODUCTION

Writing an Introductory Paragraph

Writing a Conclusion

Week 4: UNIT FOUR: PARAGRAPHS Part One

Paragraph Structure

Week 5: UNIT FIVE: PARAGRAPHS Part Two

Topic Sentences / Supporting Sentences & Details

Week 6: UNIT SIX: PARAGRAPHS Part Three

Unity & Coherence

Week 7: UNIT SEVEN: CONCRETE SUPPORT Part One

Facts versus Opinions

Week 8: UNIT EIGHT: CONCRETE SUPPORT Part Two

Quotations, Paraphrases, and Summaries

Week 9: UNIT NINE: TRANSITION SIGNALS

Week 10: UNIT TEN: COMPARISON & CONTRAST

Week 11: UNIT ELEVEN: CAUSE and EFFECT

Week 12: UNIT TWELVE: PUNCTUATION

The Comma / The Semicolon / The Colon

Abbreviations & Numbers / American vs British English

Week 13: UNIT THIRTEEN: FORMAL LETTER WRITING

Letters of Application & Complaint

Week 14: Spare Week, Credits

Study Objective:

to improve the student's skills and abilities of writing academically (in English).

Study 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/A/BE9M04AKP/
Time-table for winter semester 2020/2021:
06:00–08:0008:00–10:0010:00–12:0012:00–14:0014:00–16:0016:00–18:0018:00–20:0020:00–22:0022:00–24:00
Mon
Tue
Fri
roomT2:E1-103b
Ynsua M.
14:30–16:00
(parallel nr.101)
Dejvice haly
Cvičebna
Thu
Fri
Time-table for summer semester 2020/2021:
Time-table is not available yet
The course is a part of the following study plans:
Data valid to 2020-09-30
For updated information see http://bilakniha.cvut.cz/en/predmet5076106.html