- Topic 1: Recognizing academic texts
Course description and requirements
The 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 the end of the course, each participant will have completed summaries of 2 of the texts accompanying each of the course units. Alternatively, students are encouraged to chose texts from their own field (5-10 pages) and write a summary (Czech or English) of those.The original text and its summary will both be uploaded in moodle.
By November 6, 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. They will also write a 1 page summary of the selected text in English or Czech.
- Topic 2: Reading Strategies
- Topic 3: Searching for online sources; Online dictionaries
- Topic 4: Note taking
FOR OUR NEXT CLASS - ON OCTOBER 30 - please use the text you have searched for for today and use a mind map to take notes of its main ideas. Bring the mind map to class or send it to me via email by Oct. 30, 9:10. If you are not sure whether you have chosen a suitable text (those who missed the class on Oct. 23 especially), do not hesitate to consult the text with me via email.
- Topic 5: Writing Summaries
For November 6: Finish the summarizing worksheet. Search for a text of app.15 standard pages which you are going to present to your colleagues from the course. The presentations will take place in December. Don't read for detail yet, just make sure this is the text you want to be working with in greater detail throughout the course. If you are preparing for the B2 exam, you can use a longer text and get ready for the oral part.
- Topic 6: Academic Word List: Create your own
For our next session (November 13), read the first 5 pages (approximately) of the text you selected as your core text. Focus on vocabulary: underline, check with a dictionary; create your own word list (in an electronic or paper form).
- Topic 7: Main ideas and supporting arguments
For our next session (November 20), please finish reading your selected text and extend your own wordlist. Prepare a short outline of the text's main ideas (e.g. a mindmap, list etc.).
Also, prepare your answers to the text attached below and to the exercises in the worksheet.
- Topic 8: Critical Reading: Thought patterns; Reading between the lines
- Topic 9: Logical Fallacies, False friends
- Topic 10: Understanding text structure
- Téma 11
- Téma 12
- Topic 13: Summaries uploaded
Under this unit you can upload your summaries of articles you have read as part of the course