Course detail

English for PhD Students

FIT-JA6DAcad. year: 2020/2021

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.

Learning outcomes of the course unit

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.


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

  • recommended prerequisite
    • New Headway Intermediate 2


Not applicable.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Recommended or required reading

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)

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Not applicable.

Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes

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

Language of instruction

Czech, English

Work placements

Not applicable.


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

Specification of controlled education, way of implementation and compensation for absences

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).

Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme VTI-DR-4 Doctoral

    branch DVI4 , any year of study, winter semester, 0 credits, elective

  • Programme VTI-DR-4 Doctoral

    branch DVI4 , any year of study, winter semester, 0 credits, elective

Type of course unit



13 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer


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

Guided consultation in combined form of studies

26 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer

Fundamentals seminar

13 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer