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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.

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

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

Week 1: Course Introduction, Credit Requirements
UNIT ONE: ACADEMIC WRITING

Week 2: UNIT TWO: THE PROCESS OF ACADEMIC WRITING (Pre-writing & Planning)
Choosing and Narrowing a Topic / Brainstorming
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

Week 1: Course Introduction, Credit Requirements
UNIT ONE: ACADEMIC WRITING

Week 2: UNIT TWO: THE PROCESS OF ACADEMIC WRITING (Pre-writing & Planning)
Choosing and Narrowing a Topic / Brainstorming
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

Materials can be found on the department's website: http://feld.jazyky.cvut.cz
Recommended Reading:
McCarthy, M. & O'Dell, F. (2008). Cambridge University Press. Academic Vocabulary in Use.

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