The objective of this course is to teach students the means of successful argumentation and the basics of academic writing in English. Upon completing this course, the student will know how to formulate a successful argument and write an academic essay.

Course Goals:

- This course will first focus on how to use internet and library resources to perform academic research.
- The students will learn how to properly formulate an argument.
- Students will learn the basics of paragraph construction, including the use of a topic sentence and discourse markers.
- Building on the concepts learned in paragraph construction, the students will then learn the constituent parts of an academic essay, including an introduction, thesis statement, supporting paragraphs, conclusion, citations, and works cited page.
- The students will write their own five page academic essay as well as several other assignments.
- They will learn first hand the process of peer review, critique, and revision.

Course Requirments

- 70% class attendance.
- Active participation both in class and on Moodle.
- Passing grade average (minimum 60%) on quizzes and tests.
- Completion of an adequate five page scholarly essay (seminar paper), with an introduction, thesis statement, supporting paragraphs, conclusion, citations, and works cited page.
- Leading up to the seminar paper, submission of two related written asignments: a research question and an outline of the seminar paper
- Successful critique and revision of a scholarly essay . The result of a subject examination is expressed on a six-point scale: A "výborně" (i.e. "excellent"), B "velmi dobře" (i.e. "very good"), C "dobře" (i.e. "average"), D "uspokojivě" (i.e. "below average"), E "dostatečně" (i.e. "sufficient"), F "nedostatečně" (i.e. "fail").