Course details

English for PhD Students

JA6D Acad. year 2020/2021 Winter semester

Current academic year

A course for postgraduate students focused on preparing them for the examination required for completion of postgraduate study. Various writing skills are trained and developed during the course: taking notes, language tools for writing abstracts,reports and articles. Students will also be trained in delivering academic presentations.


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Language of instruction



Examination (written+oral)

Time span

13 hrs lectures, 13 hrs exercises

Assessment points

100 exam




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Subject specific learning outcomes and competences

Ability to distinguish various writing styles,reading comprehension, writing abstracts, reports and articles, reproducing text on the basis of taken notes, communication skills, and presentation of research results.

Learning objectives

The aim of the one-semester course is enhancing students' skills in reading comprehension, writing abstracts, reports and articles, presentations and communication skills.

Prerequisite kwnowledge and skills

An intermediate-level examination, examination passed as part of admission procedure to the doctoral study programme.

  • recommended prerequisite
    • New Headway Intermediate 2

Fundamental literature

  • Leki, I. (1998) Academic Writing: Exploring Processes and Strategies. Cambridge: CUP (EN)
  • McCarthy, M., O'Dell, F. (2016) Academic Vocabulary in Use. Cambridge: CUP (EN)
  • Pathare, E. (2012) Headway Academic Skills 3: Listening & Speaking Student´s Book with Online Practice. Oxford: OUP (EN)
  • Harrison, R. (2012) Headway Academic Skills 3 Reading, Writing, and Study Skills Student's Book with Oxford Online Skills. Oxford: OUP (EN)
  • Moore, J. (2017) Oxford Academic Vocabulary Practice: Upper-Intermediate B2-C1. Oxford: OUP (EN)
  • Hewings, M. (2013) Advanced Grammar in Use. Cambridge: CUP. (CS)

Syllabus of lectures

  • Presentations
  • Listening
  • Technical / academic writing
  • Language functions
  • Language forms and features
  • Text analysis and reproduction

Progress assessment

  • Active participation in the seminars
  • Presentation
  • Self-study and written tasks

Controlled instruction

The course is based on electronic supports produced by the department and authentic materials. The students are expected to do written assignments and presentations.

In order to successfully complete the course, it is necessary to deliver a technical / academic presentation and achieve at least 50% in each part of the written exam (language test, listening, reading).

Course inclusion in study plans

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