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Course description and requirementsThe language of instruction of the Academic Reading course, in accordance with the results of the survey of students' preferences, will be ENGLISH, with occasional Czech translation. However, students are not required (though encouraged) to speak in English.The first half of the course will be dedicated to the exploration of reading strategies, building up academic vocabulary and detailed reading of texts from selected fields of humanities.
By mid-term, the course participants will have searched for an original text (10-15 standard pages) written in English from their own field of study.During November and December, each participant will also introduce their text in a brief, 10-minute-long presentation in English or Czech. By the end of the course, each participant will have completed 1 summary (Czech or English) of the text and uploaded the original text and its summary in moodle.
In order to obtain the 3 credits for this course, regular attendance (min 75%) is required, as well as meeting all the deadlines and classroom activity.
For our next session on October 9 please read the texts on pp. 37 and 40 and do the related exercises on pp. 36 - 43.
Please download or print the whole material, we are going to work with it in our next class.
Challenge yourselves!! Study the words from the AWL by the end of the semester! We will check your progress around mid-semester! If you take 1 sublist a week, you'll become an academic vocabulary expert by January - what a chance! Don't miss it!
Do this short quiz to practice word-class terminology. Deadline: October 15, 11 p.m.
Read the attached article and write a short reflection (max. 300 words). The following questions might help you when writing your reflection: What did you think about the text? Did it persuade you that there are distinct differences in Continental and Anglo-American intellectual writing styles/cultures? What new insights did you gain from the text? Was there anything that you disagree with? Why? After learning about cultural differences and different expectations of the Anglo-American audience, do you think you’ll change something about the way you compose your texts in English? What specifically?
Deadline: October 15, 11 p.m.
For our next session find and read an article from your field of study which you found in an online scholarly database. You are, of course, encouraged to use one of the databases listed in today's topic.
I will be interested in: where and how you found it, why you chose this particular text and in your summary of its main points. It can be a review or a longer study, ranging from 5-15 pages. Create a mind map to take notes of its main ideas. Bring the mind map to class on October 30 or send it to me via email by October 29, 23:59 if you cannot come to class. If you are not sure whether you have chosen a suitable text, do not hesitate to consult it with me via email.
For those who missed our class on October 30. Prepare your answers to this exercise for November 6.
Write a summary of the text you have found and mind-mapped for this class. Write ca 250-300 words. Write your summary in English unless you prepare for the Academic reading exam, in that case use Czech in order to practice for the exam. Please follow the guidelines offered in the links above. Make sure your text is spell-checked. Please upload your original text (or a link) as well as your summary. Deadline: November 5.
For our next session on November 13 , find another academic text from your field of study (15-20 standard pages). Focus on vocabulary: underline, check with a dictionary; create your own word list of 10-15 words and prepare a simple activity in an electronic or paper form to share with your colleagues.
Below, you can find a list of texts from the field of education and humanities to practice your reading. Some of them are accompanied by questions for reflection.