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Academic Writing - ORA201058
Title: Akademické psaní
Guaranteed by: Katedra anglického jazyka a literatury (41-KAJL)
Faculty: Faculty of Education
Actual: from 2019
Semester: summer
E-Credits: 0
Examination process: summer s.:
Hours per week, examination: summer s.:0/12, C [HT]
Capacity: unknown / unknown (unknown)
Min. number of students: unlimited
Virtual mobility / capacity: no
State of the course: not taught
Language: English
Teaching methods: combined
Note: enabled for web enrollment
priority enrollment if the course is part of the study plan
Annotation -
Last update: PhDr. Tereza Topolovská, Ph.D. (05.05.2019)
The seminars will focus on developing writing skills which fall into the realm key academic abilities. The content of the course reflects principal requirements put on any kind of text and an academic one in particular, i.e. accuracy of expression, adherence to formal stipulations, complexity of subject matters, their thorough treatment and structuring, and originality of authors’ own contributions.
Aim of the course
Last update: PhDr. Tereza Topolovská, Ph.D. (05.05.2019)
  • to introduce students to academic writing in general, developing both receptive (reading and analysing the texts) and productive skills (interpretation and production of original academic texts)
  • to enable students to master complex grammatical structures which allow them to express accurately
  • to enable students to master academic vocabulary
  • to enable students to embrace the nature of academic writing in its complexity, including coherent and balanced structuring, adherence to MLA citation norm and different developmental stages of writing process
  • to emphasise the necessity of treating and understanding writing as a process
  • to evaluate the importance to produce several versions of a text while possibly taking peer correction into account
  • to be able to spot and avoid any kind of intentional or unintentional plagiarism
  • to be able to paraphrase and cite correctly
  • to learn to value good quality writing in English for academic and work purposes
  • to understand the general significance of academic writing
  • to train the students in the techniques and the ethics of scholarly research
Last update: PhDr. Tereza Topolovská, Ph.D. (05.05.2019)

BAILEY, Stephen. Academic writing: a Handbook for International Students. Fourth edition. London: Routledge, 2015. ISBN 978-1-138-77850-4.


HAYOT, Eric. The Elements of Academic style: Writing for the Humanities. New York: Columbia University Press, 2014. ISBN 978-0-231-16801-4.


HUNTLEY, Helen. Essential Academic Vocabulary: Mastering the Complete Academic Word List. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, c2006. ISBN 978-0-618-44542-4.


MCCARTHY, Michael a Felicity O'DELL. Academic Vocabulary in Use: 50 units of Academic Vocabulary Reference and Practice : Self-study and Classroom Use. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2008. ISBN 978-0-521-68939-7.


ROSSEN-KNILL, Deborah F. a Tatyana BAKHMETYEVA. Including Students in Academic Conversations: Principles and Strategies for Teaching Theme-based Writing Courses across the Disciplines. New York: Hampton Press, 2011. ISBN 978-1-61289-015-9.


SCHMITT, Diane a Norbert SCHMITT. Focus on Vocabulary: Mastering the Academic Word List. 2. White Plains: Pearson Education, c2011. ISBN 978-0-13-137617-5.



+ course in Moodle :

Last update: PhDr. Tereza Topolovská, Ph.D. (05.05.2019)

1. Course Introduction, Academic Writing in English – Definition, Importance, Aspiration, Examples, Primary and Secondary Sources

2. Academic Vocabulary, Gender Neutral Writing, Political Correctness in Academic Writing

3.Stages in the Process of Writing an Academic Text

4. Essay Structure, Argumentation, Emphasis, Clichéd Writing

5. Sources Searching, Citation models: Formatting and Styles – MLA Style Review

6.  Paraphrasing, Plagiarism, Summary, Avoiding repetition, Synonyms

7. Editing, peer reading, proofreading

8. Essay submission

Course completion requirements
Last update: PhDr. Tereza Topolovská, Ph.D. (05.05.2019)

1. Active attendance/ Preparation: Preparation and active participation in seminars.

2. An essay. One 800-word MLA-style Term Paper (citations are not included in the total amount of words) – max. amount of words:1000, in an appropriate academic style, written adhering to MLA citation norm, max. amount of grammatical errors: 4.

Your essay will feature at least 3 short and 2 longer citations taken from at least 4 different sources (at least 2 printed ones).

TOPIC ASSIGNEMENT: Topics will be assigned only after being consulted with the teacher. Students should provide the teacher with theme proposition in advance. Possible fields of interest include literature, linguistics, cultural studies, etc., but if possible, try to opt for a less generic field of interest and come up with a proposition of your final project.

ESSAY FORM: Generic Keep to the traditional formal structure: indent paragraphs, make no spaces in between paragraphs. Use Ariel or Times New Roman type size 12, double-spaced. DO not use contractions or phrasal verbs in your academic essays. Do not use Wikipedia or Wikipedia clones or anonymous websites as the sources of your information.

ESSAY SUBMISSION: Essays should be submitted on 5th February 2019 at the latest. Your essay should be signed. You submit your essay in printed version. Include your name in the file title. Include your name and email address in the heading of the essay.

ESSAY ASSESSMENT: Your essay will be assessed according to the following criteria: USE OF ENGLISH (accuracy - absence of grammatical, lexical, stylistic mistakes), variety and richness of expression, LOGIC (relevant choice of subject matter and means of expression), STRUCTURE (structuring and proportioning of individual parts of your essay), ADAPTABILITY (correct use of the MLA Style, variety and treatment of sources, ability to paraphrase), and ORIGINALITY of your contribution. You may submit your essay twice, otherwise you will not get a credit and you will have to repeat the course.


Learning resources
Last update: PhDr. Tereza Topolovská, Ph.D. (05.05.2019)

Course in Moodle:

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