Course details

English for PhD Students

JA6D Acad. year 2022/2023 Winter semester

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.


Course coordinator

Language of instruction

Czech, English


Examination (written+oral)

Time span

  • 13 hrs lectures
  • 13 hrs exercises

Assessment points

  • 100 pts final exam



Subject specific learning outcomes and competences

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

  • recommended prerequisite
    • New Headway Intermediate 2

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 knowledge and skills

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

Study 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)
  • 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)

Syllabus of lectures

  1. Presentations
  2. Listening
  3. Technical / academic writing
  4. Language functions
  5. Language forms and features
  6. Text analysis and reproduction

Progress assessment

  • Active participation in the seminars
  • Presentation
  • Written exam consists of three parts: language test, reading comprehension test and listening comprehension test.

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).


Tue exam 2023-01-10 T10/N 3.23 09:3011:00Řádný
Tue exam 2023-01-17 T10/N 3.23 09:3011:00Náhradní
Tue exam 2022-12-13 T10/N 3.29 11:0012:30První
Tue exercise lectures T10/N 3.29 11:0012:5020 1DVI xx Zmrzlá

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