Course detail

Styles and genres in ESP

FEKT-BPC-SAZAcad. year: 2023/2024

The course aims to develop English language competences on level C1 of CEFR. The focus is on formal oral and written communication in the academic and professional environments in terms of both grammar and lexis as well as stylistics and pragmatics. The students are presented with the most common genres in the academic and professional discourse (an abstract, a scholarly article, a popular science article, a manual, a CV, a covering letter, a project proposal, a presentation, etc.), analyse their stylistic features, practice writing them, and learn how to reference cited materials.


Language of instruction


Number of ECTS credits


Mode of study

Not applicable.

Entry knowledge

Knowledge and skills at B2 level (CEFR) are required, i.e. a student has to pass successfully the preceding exams in the subjects Practical English. 

Rules for evaluation and completion of the course

Homework assignment (36 points; minimum 18 points): submit several written assignments (a manual, a formal email, an abstract).

Project (14 points; minimum 7 points): give a popular science presentation

Written exam (50 points; minimum 25 points)

75% attendance is required.



Development of academic language skills and knowledge with a particular focus on the writing skills on the level C1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. 

The student is able to:

- write well-structured academic and technical texts using appropriate style

- correctly cite utilized source materials

-  react effectively in terms of written professional and business communication

- understand academic and technical texts on the native-speaker level



Study aids

Not applicable.

Prerequisites and corequisites

Not applicable.

Basic literature

URBANOVÁ, Ludmila. Stylistika anglického jazyka. Brno: Společnost pro odbornou literaturu - Barrister & Principal, 2008. ISBN 978-80-87029-29-9. (CS)
KRHUTOVÁ, Milena. Parameters of professional discourse: English for electrical engineering. Brno: Tribun EU, 2009. ISBN 978-80-7399-867-7. (CS)

Recommended reading

HEWINGS, Martin, Craig THAINE, Matt FIRTH a Chris SOWTON. Cambridge academic English: an integrated skills course for EAP : advanced. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012. ISBN 978-0-521-16521-1. (EN)
PATERSON, Ken a Roberta WEDGE. Oxford grammar for EAP: English grammar and practice for academic purposes with answers. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013. ISBN 978-0-19-432999-6. (EN)

Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme BPC-APE Bachelor's, 3. year of study, winter semester, compulsory

Type of course unit


Language exercise

52 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer


1. formal and informal means of expression 2. articles, capitalization, numerals 3. complex and compound sentences; formal emails 4. manuals 5. the passive voice, discourse markers 6. citing, hedging; abstracts 7. scientific articles 8. scientific versus popular science articles 9. professional discourse genres: CV, covering letter, project proposal, report 10. spoken genres: lecture, presentation 11. students’ presentations 12. revision