- Topic 1: Recognizing academic texts Aktuální téma
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 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 April and May, 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.
- Topic 2: Reading Strategies
- Topic 3: Searching for online sources; Online dictionaries
- Topic 4: Note taking
FOR OUR NEXT CLASS 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 .... If you are not sure whether you have chosen a suitable text (those who missed the class on ... especially), do not hesitate to consult the text with me via email.
- Topic 5: Writing Summaries
For ...: 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 April/May. 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, 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) and bring it to class to share with the others.
- Topic 7: Main ideas and supporting arguments
For our next session, 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: Presentations of texts
- Topic 11: Presentations of texts
The session on Tuesday, ..., will also be composed of student presentations of texts.
Please be aware of the fact that one of the course requirements asks you to upload your summary of the presented text to moodle (I have lowered the number from 2 to 1 eventually). The deadline is .... Summary length: app. 1 standard page (app. 250-300 words). Language: Czech or English.
- Topic 12: Final class - Course overview; Final reading test
- Topic 13: Summaries uploaded
Under this unit, you can upload your summaries of articles you have read as part of the course. Careful, this is one of the credit requirements.
- Text bank
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.