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Academic Writing - JTM044
Anglický název: Academic Writing
Zajišťuje: Katedra ruských a východoevropských studií (23-KRVS)
Fakulta: Fakulta sociálních věd
Platnost: od 2022
Semestr: letní
E-Kredity: 6
Způsob provedení zkoušky: letní s.:
Rozsah, examinace: letní s.:0/2, Zk [HT]
Počet míst: neurčen / 10 (10)
Minimální obsazenost: neomezen
4EU+: ne
Virtuální mobilita / počet míst pro virtuální mobilitu: ne
Stav předmětu: vyučován
Jazyk výuky: angličtina
Způsob výuky: prezenční
Způsob výuky: prezenční
Poznámka: předmět je možno zapsat mimo plán
povolen pro zápis po webu
Garant: Pamela Danielle Cotte, M.A.
Vyučující: Pamela Danielle Cotte, M.A.
Třída: Courses not for incoming students
Je prerekvizitou pro: JTM049
Anotace - angličtina
Poslední úprava: Bc. Sára Lochmanová (31.01.2024)
The course is designed for students writing their thesis or interested in improving their English academic writing skills. The focus will be on academic English language use and structure since the methodological and thesis seminars deal with content. Students should have a B2 level of English.

The structure of the course is based on the parts of a thesis. Students who are currently writing a thesis will be encouraged to write in their topic area to develop their vocabulary and writing skills in their field of interest.
Cíl předmětu - angličtina
Poslední úprava: Pamela Danielle Cotte, M.A. (30.01.2024)

Students will learn how to write and structure a thesis using proper academic English.

o    To enhance skills in correct use of academic English, including academic style and grammatical forms.

o    To give students skills in utilizing the structure and signposting language used in academic English writing.

o    To enhance use of vocabulary and conventions for writing each part of a thesis, applying these to their own thesis work.

Students who are currently writing their thesis will write drafts of some sections of their thesis during the course. 

Podmínky zakončení předmětu - angličtina
Poslední úprava: Bc. Sára Lochmanová (05.02.2024)

According to the Dean's provision, the teacher evaluates the student's performance in the percentages assigned to grades A to F (https://fsv.cuni.cz/opatreni-dekanky-c-20/2019):

  • 91% and more   => A
  • 81-90%             => B
  • 71-80%             => C
  • 61-70%             => D
  • 51-60%             => E
  • 0-50%               => F

More in SMĚRNICE S_SO_002: Organizace zkouškových termínů, kontrol studia a užívání klasifikace A–F na FSV UK.

Literatura - angličtina
Poslední úprava: Bc. Sára Lochmanová (31.01.2024)

Sources: Cambridge Academic English Upper intermediate and Advanced; British Council English for Academics course; current KJP Academic English courses;

IMS thesis information (e.g. “manual” for MA thesis seminars; Methodological Seminar syllabus)

Metody výuky - angličtina
Poslední úprava: Pamela Danielle Cotte, M.A. (05.02.2024)

Lessons will be conducted in person. Native English speakers do not have to attend the lessons (details below). 

The course is structured according to the parts of a thesis. A brief summary of the structure and content

of each part of the thesis will be given to students.  Students will be encouraged to make a notebook or an

electronic "notebook" organized by these parts of a thesis that they can use as a practical resource while writing.


Students should do their written assignments on their thesis topic or if they do not have a thesis topic yet, on the topic

they are exploring or their academic area of interest. This will keep them engaged in research, help them begin to focus

their thesis topic and familiarize them with the academic writing vocabulary and norms in their field of study. 


Many of the lessons include a writing assignment related to a specific part of the thesis (see the syllabus), enabling students to put

the skills they are learning into practice.

- Part 1 of lessons will often be working with students’ texts from the previous lesson, for example editing practice or analysis of structure

and academic style.

Emphasis will be placed on students’ own texts in order to improve their individual writing skills.

- Part 2 will be skills development with a focus on writing part of the thesis using various approaches such as analysis of texts,

use of vocabulary and phrases, structuring, grammatical exercises, comparing academic English with non-academic English, discussion etc.

Pair work, group work, and individual work will be used.

Students are expected to do the assigned homework to prepare for lessons and to participate actively in classroom activities and discussions.


Native English speakers do not have to attend the lessons, thus they can register for other courses during the same time block. 

They are required to do the following: 

1 take the test on academic grammar (see SIS; an arrangement will be made if students have a class during the same time block) 

2 submit all the written assignments (the assignments are listed in the syllabus on SIS; this is an opportunity to receive feedback on academic writing;

an online folder will be created for this)

All of the course materials are available for download on SIS. It is highly recommended that native speakers download and read the course materials

as they specify what is expected in terms of parts of the thesis, seminar papers etc. 


Požadavky ke zkoušce - angličtina
Poslední úprava: Pamela Danielle Cotte, M.A. (30.01.2024)

Assessment will be based on the following:

I Attendance and class participation

-If a student is absent, it is his or her responsibility to check the syllabus and do the exercises to prepare for the next lesson,

including submitting any written assignments due. Materials for each lesson will be put on SIS.

II Successful completion of 4 written assignments and homework 

-These assignments must be completed on time as they will be used for in-class text analysis and exercises. They will be short,

with an emphasis on quality, not quantity. Written assignments should be done on the thesis topic or the area the student is

researching for his or her thesis. 

-Written assignments must be submitted in class as paper copies with a space between each line for corrections and the 

student's name. 

III Midterm test 

- The content will come from lessons 1-5: (lessons 1-5: academic style, use of articles, qualifying and hedging,

passive voice, nominalisation, conjunctions and sentence connectors, paraphrasing, reporting words

- The test will consist of fill ins, grammar exercises (e.g. Add an article if needed.), editing exercises 

(e.g. Find and correct the mistake in the sentence) and paraphrasing.    

IV Presentation.

-This will consist of 5 minute individual presentations in which students will present their thesis or research as a “spoken abstract“ (see the syllabus).

- Presentation skills training will be given in class and all materials will be posted on SIS.

- All students will be expected to give feedback on their classmates’ presentations as part of their presentation skills training.

-Assessment criteria will be discussed in class and put on SIS. 


Details on evaluation are in the Podmínky zakončení předmětu section. 

There is no final exam.



Sylabus - angličtina
Poslední úprava: Pamela Danielle Cotte, M.A. (30.01.2024)

Lesson 1 Course information; Academic English style and grammar conventions

               Course overview, requirements and policies

               What is academic English?

               Writing in an academic style: qualifying and hedging, use of passive voice, nominalisation

               Use of articles     

Lesson 2 Thesis structure; Supporting arguments with evidence

             Thesis structure and signposting language

             Critical thinking: writing logical arguments

             Structuring paragraphs: topic and supporting sentences; developing and

             supporting claims with evidence

             Writing homework: the thesis proposal

Lesson 3 Summarizing; Paraphrasing; Referencing

               Writing: the thesis proposal (recognizing academic style, editing)

               Conjunctions and sentence connectors, e.g. to express cause and effect

               Summarizing, paraphrasing and quoting  

               Avoiding plagiarism 

               Referencing overview (covered in the course on qualitative methods) 

Lesson 4 The literature review

               The literature review: structure, content and language

               Synthesizing from source material

               Reporting words

               WRITING ASSIGNMENT 1: the literature review (one page)

Lesson 5 The methodology section

               Writing: the literature review (text analysis; error correction; editing practice)

               Explaining methodology and rationale

               Midterm test review            

Lesson 6 Midterm test; The results section (the findings)

               Midterm test on lessons 1-5: academic style, use of articles, qualifying and hedging, passive voice,

               nominalisation, conjunctions and sentence connectors, paraphrasing, reporting words

              The results section: structure, content and language

              Discussing and interpreting data in figures, graphs and tables

              Optional writing homework: a description of a figure, graph or table

Lesson 7 The discussion section (evaluation and discussion)

              Discussing and interpreting research and data

              WRITING ASSIGNMENT 2: the conclusion of the results section (2-3 paragraphs)

Lesson 8 The thesis conclusion

               Writing assignment 2: the conclusion of the results section (text analysis; error correction;

               editing practice)

               The thesis conclusion: structure, content and language

               WRITING ASSIGNMENT 3: the thesis conclusion

Lesson 9 The thesis introduction

               Writing assignment 3: the thesis conclusion (text analysis; error correction; editing practice)

               The thesis introduction: structure, content and language  

               WRITING ASSIGNMENT 4: the thesis introduction

Lesson 10 Academic presentation skills; Punctuation

               Writing assignment 4: the thesis introduction (text analysis; error correction; editing practice)

               Punctuation (colons, semicolons and commas)

               Academic presentation skills: presenting a thesis in 5 minutes – “a spoken abstract”

               Signpost language

               Bullet points: effective use (spoken versus written English) and correct format

Lesson 11 The abstract

               Abstracts: purpose, structure, content and language

               Student thesis or research presentations and defence (5 minute “spoken abstracts”)

Lesson 12 Presentations; Review

                Student thesis or research presentations and defence (5 minute “spoken abstracts”)

                Review of key points

Vstupní požadavky - angličtina
Poslední úprava: Bc. Sára Lochmanová (31.01.2024)

The required level is at least B2. 

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