Faculty of Information Technology, BUT

Course details

English for PhD Students

JA6D Acad. year 2007/2008 Summer semester

Writing course for postgraduate and intermediate students. Various writing skills are trained and developed during the course: taking notes, summary, reports and articles, description of a process or instrument.


Language of instruction

Czech, English


Examination (written+oral)

Time span

13 hrs lectures, 13 hrs exercises

Assessment points

100 exam



Subject specific learning outcomes and competences

Ability to distinguish various writing styles,reconstruct the text on the base of taken notes, write a summary, a report, article and also make a good presentation.

Learning objectives

Acquiring different skills necessary for writing: reading comprehension and summary, controlled writing, free composition and presentation. Note: this is a two-semester course


Prerequisite kwnowledge and skills

To pass successful the course JA6/1.

Study literature

  • Sparling, D.: English or Czenglish?, Praha, SPN, 1989
  • Hladký, J.: Zrádná slova v angličtině, Praha, SPN, 1990

Fundamental literature

  • McArthur, T.: The Written Word. A course in controlled composition. Oxford University Press, 1990
  • Maley, A.: Writing Intermediate, Upper-Intermediate. Oxford Supplementary Skills. OUP, 1990

Syllabus of lectures

  1. Basic writing styles
  2. Informal writing style
  3. Formal writing style
  4. General formal writing style
  5. Specialized-style characteristic
  6. Characteristics of general-style article
  7. Characteristics of specialized-style article
  8. Specialized writing style
  9. Writing a report
  10. Writing an article
  11. Writing an essay
  12. Writing up your notes
  13. Autumn semester test written
  14. Main features of essay
  15. Means of connecting ideas
  16. Organizing a paragraph
  17. Using direct and indirect speech
  18. Using quotations and references
  19. Effective taking notes
  20. Organizing a passage
  21. Characteristics of summary
  22. Writing a summary
  23. Keeping logical order in the text construction
  24. Basic features of description
  25. Exploiting source materials
  26. Spring semester test written

Syllabus of numerical exercises

  1. Tense system in English
  2. How to use tenses properly
  3. Kinds of sentences
  4. Relative pronouns
  5. Using participles
  6. Analysis of sentences
  7. Uses of the comma
  8. The right word in the right place
  9. Contrasts
  10. Negative prefixes
  11. Conjunctions and relative pronouns
  12. Articles
  13. Autumn semester test written
  14. Expressing possibilities
  15. Causes and effects
  16. Compound words
  17. Direct and indirect speech
  18. Personal pronouns used impersonally
  19. The phrasal verb
  20. Conditional sentences
  21. Various uses of the passive voice
  22. Contrast within a sentence
  23. Derived words
  24. Simple and complex sentences
  25. General sentence synthesis
  26. Spring semester test written

Controlled instruction

  • 75% attendance
  • Active participation in the seminars
  • Self-study and fulfilling the set written tasks

Exam prerequisites

  • Active participation in the seminars
  • Self-study and fulfilling the set written tasks
  • Success at the written semester tests (min. 50%)
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