Mgr. Robert Helán, Ph.D.


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Curriculum Vitae

Name
  • Mgr. Robert Helán, Ph.D.
Qualifications
  • 2012: PhD in English Language Philology (dissertation: Analysis of Published Medical Case Reports: Genre-Based Study), Masaryk University
  • 2009: TESOL Professional Sequence Award, University of California, Santa Barbara
  • 1999: MA in Teaching English as a Foreign Language (thesis: Czech Students of English and their Areas of Difficulty), Masaryk University
  • 1997: BA in Teaching English as a Foreign Language (thesis: Video in English Class), Masaryk University
Professional Experience
  • 2012-2018: Masaryk University Language Center, Faculty of Medicine Department (assistant professor)
  • 2003-2012: Masaryk University Language Center, Faculty of Medicine Department (lecturer)
  • 1997-2003: Military Academy, Foreign Language Institute (lecturer)
  • 1996–1997: Business Academy ELDO (secondary school teacher)
  • 1993–2012: Civic Society "Parents and Children" (event organizer)
Courses Taught and Research Interests
  • Courses Taught:
    - English for Medical Purposes
    - English for Science
    - Academic Writing
    - Theory and Methods of Genre Analysis
    - Discourse and Media
    - Media Literacy
    - Conference Skills
  • Research Interests:
    - English for Medical Purposes
    - Academic Writing
    - Genre Theory and Research
    - Corpus-Based Discourse Analysis
    - Media Literacy
Projects and Grants
  • 2018: MEDIA LITERACY sponsored by Masaryk University Developmental Fund: development of media literacy course with e-learning support at the Faculty of Social Studies
  • 2016: MUOC: MASARYK UNIVERSITY ONLINE COURSE - ACADEMIC WRITING AND PUBLISHING sponsored by Masaryk University Developmental Fund: online course development at the Language Center
  • 2016: ENGLISH FOR BIOLOGIST III sponsored by Masaryk University Developmental Fund: subject innovation at the Faculty of Science
  • 2015: CONFERENCE SKILLS sponsored by Masaryk University Developmental Fund: development of conference skills course for international students at the Faculty of Social Studies
  • 2014: ENGLISH FOR DOCTORAL STUDENTS: ACADEMIC WRITING COURSE sponsored by Masaryk University Developmental Fund: development of academic writing course for PhD students at the Faculty of Medicine
  • 2012-2015: IMPACT project sponsored by EU structural funds: language course innovations, testing, collaborative learning at the Language Center
  • 2012-2015: SOVA 21 project sponsored by EU structural funds: innovation of the Theory and Methods of Genre Analysis course at the Faculty of Social Studies
  • 2012-2015: C-IME-SO project sponsored by EU structural funds: development of e-learning materials at the Language Center
  • 2010-2013: GEOINNOVATIONS project sponsored by EU structural funds: development of Academic Writing course for geographers at the Faculty of Science
  • 2009-2012: COMPACT project sponsored by EU structural funds: English language course innovations at the Language Center
  • 1998-1999: DISTANCE WRITING project sponsored by the British Council: writing for military students at the Military Academy
Research Fellowships and Educational Stays
  • 2018: Erasmus+ Staff Mobility for Training: Language Centre, University of Cyprus, Nicosia, Cyprus (1 week)
  • 2017: Erasmus+ Staff Mobility for Teaching: Faculty of Political & Social Sciences and Communication, University of La Laguna, Spain (1 week)
  • 2017: Erasmus+ Staff Mobility for Teaching: Department of Foreign Language Education, Hacettepe University, Ankara, Turkey (1 week)
  • 2015: Erasmus+ Staff Mobility for Teaching: International English Centre, Aberystwyth University, UK (1 week)
  • 2015: Erasmus+ Staff Mobility for Training: Centre for Academic Writing, Coventry University, UK (1 week)
  • 2014: Research School - Conceptualization of Writing: Urgent Issues and Best Solutions, Utrecht, Netherlands (3 days)
  • 2008-2009: Junior Fulbright-Masaryk Fellowship sponsored by the Fulbright Commission (supervised by Charles Bazerman), University of California, Santa Barbara, USA (10 months)
  • 2003-2004: Peacekeeping English Project sponsored by the British Council, two-week stays in Slovenia, Hungary, and Slovakia
  • 2001: Advanced English Instructor Course, Defense Language Institute - English Language Center, San Antonio, Texas, USA (4 months)
  • 1999: Intensive Teacher Training Course, Bournemouth, Great Britain (2 weeks)
  • 1991-1992: American Intercultural Student Exchange, Winnfield Senior High School, Louisiana, USA (10 months)
Academic and Management Positions
  • 2014-2016: head of Language Center, Faculty of Medicine Department
  • 2014-2018: head of Academic Writing special interest group
  • 2009-2014: vice-head of Language Center, Faculty of Medicine Department
Extra-University Activities
  • 2017-2018: member of Public Speaking Special Interest Group
  • 2014-2018: member of Academic Writing Special Interest Group
  • since 2014: member of Cambridge English Teacher
  • since 2013: peer-reviewer for the CASAJC REVIEW journal
  • 2014: peer-reviewer for the LOGOS POLYTECHNIKOS journal
  • 2014: peer-reviewer for the SAGE OPEN journal
  • 2014: peer-reviewer for the MEDIA RES journal
  • since 2013: member of EATAW (European Association for the Teaching of Academic Writing)
  • since 2013: member of ISAWR (International Society for the Advancement of Writing Research)
  • since 2013: member of International Exchange Alumni (Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, US Department of State - sponsor of the Fulbright Fellowship)
  • 2011: cooperation with the Fulbright Commission - organization of visiting scholar program (prof. Charles Bazerman)
Conferences and Workshops
  • 2018: national event - LANGUAGE EDUCATION WEEK 2018, Brno, workshop in Czech and English: Public Speaking Support Group
  • 2017: national event - LANGUAGE EDUCATION WEEK 2017, Brno, workshop in English: Media Literacy in Teaching Foreign Languages
  • 2016: national event - INFORMATION EDUCATION WEEK AT MASARYK UNIVERSITY 2016, Brno, workshop in English: Academic Writing in English: Challenges and Perspectives
  • 2015: international conference - 2ND TEACHING ENGLISH FOR HEALTHCARE CONFERENCE 2015, Bern, Switzerland, workshop in English: Facilitating Academic Writing in Postgraduate Medical Education: Tips for Instructors.
  • 2015: international conference - LANGUAGE CENTRES IN HIGHER EDUCATION: SHARING INNOVATIONS, RESEARCH, METHODOLOGY, AND BEST PRACTICES, Brno, Czech Republic, presentation in English: Interdisciplinary Science-Based Language Course of Collaborative Learning - Do's and Don'ts.
  • 2014: national conference - LANGUAGE STUDIES AT A HIGHER EDUCATION INSTITUTION, Kaunas, Lithuania, plenary presentation in English: Using Tools of Corpus Linguistics for Investigating and Teaching Language for Medical Purposes.
  • 2014: national conference - CONCEPTUAL PERSPECTIVES ON TEACHING FOREIGN LANGUAGES AT MEDICAL FACULTIES IN THE CZECH REPUBLIC, Praha, Czech Republic, presentation in Czech: The Role of Latin in Teaching English for Medical and Academic Purposes: Synergy or Dichotomy?
  • 2014: international conference - 13TH CONFERENCE OF THE EUROPEAN CONFEDERATION OF LANGUAGE CENTRES IN HIGHER EDUCATION, Fribourg, Switzerland, presentation in English: Encoder-Message-Decoder: Invoking the Communication Model for Teaching Academic Writing.
  • 2014: international conference - 13TH CONFERENCE OF THE EUROPEAN CONFEDERATION OF LANGUAGE CENTRES IN HIGHER EDUCATION, Fribourg, Switzerland, presentation in English: The Implementation of Media Literacy in English Language Teaching: Learning to Think Critically in the Web 2.0 Age.
  • 2014: international conference - CONFERENCE ON WRITING RESEARCH 2014, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands, presentation in English: Medical Case Reporting in Czech and English: A Genre-Based Contrastive Analysis
  • 2014: international research school - CONCEPTUALIZATION OF WRITING: URGENT ISSUES AND BEST SOLUTIONS, University of Utrecht, Netherlands, poster in English: Author-Audience-Academic Text: Three Approaches to Teaching Research Writing
  • 2014: international conference - 5TH BIENNIAL WRITING DEVELOPMENT IN HIGHER EDUCATION (WDHE) CONFERENCE, Centre for Academic Writing, Coventry University, United Kingdom, workshop in English: Teaching Academic Writing to Doctoral Students in the Context of English as a Foreign Language: Implementing Best Practices from Writing Research
  • 2014: international conference - 5TH BIENNIAL WRITING DEVELOPMENT IN HIGHER EDUCATION (WDHE) CONFERENCE, Centre for Academic Writing, Coventry University, United Kingdom, presentation in English: Academic Writing in the Web 2.0 Age: Pedagogic Applications
  • 2014: international conference - CONFERENCE UNICOM 2014, University of Pardubice, Czech Republic, presentation in English: The Role of E-learning in Teaching English for Medical Purposes: From Anatomy to Test Skills
  • 2014: international conference - WRITING RESEARCH ACROSS BORDERS III, Université Paris-Ouest Nanterre La Défense, France, presentation in English: Medical Writing in the Era of Medicine 2.0: Case Reporting
  • 2014: international conference - WRITING RESEARCH ACROSS BORDERS III, Université Paris-Ouest Nanterre La Défense, France, poster in English: From Scaffolding to Independence: A Combined Approach to Teaching Academic Writing to EFL Doctoral Students of Geography
  • 2014: national conference - OPEN SPACE CONFERENCE ON E-LEARNING IN THE MASARYK UNIVERSITY INFORMATION SYSTEM, Masaryk University Brno, Czech Republic, presentation in Czech: E-learning as a Means for Developing Test Skills in English for Specific Purposes
  • 2013: international conference - CHALLENGES OF FOREIGN LANGUAGE TEACHING V, Purkyne University in Ústí nad Labem, Czech Republic, presentation in English: Media Literacy in English Language Teaching at University Level: Necessity or Luxury?
  • 2013: international conference - PROMOTING LANGUAGE LEARNING AND STANDARDIZATION AT UNIVERSITIES IN THE CZECH REPUBLIC - IMPACT, Technical University of Liberec, Czech Republic, presentation in Czech: Teaching English to Nutritional Therapists: Using Authentic Materials for the Cultivation of Language Skills
  • 2013: international conference - FROM THEORY TO PRACTICE, Tomas Bata University in Zlín, presentation in English: Textual Representation of the Doctor-Patient Relationship: Comparative Analysis of 19th-Century and Present-Day Medical Case Reports
  • 2013: international conference - FORLANG, Technical University of Košice, Slovakia, presentation in English: Academic Writing Pedagogies: Adopting Best Practices for Mastering Research Genres in English
  • 2013: international conference - FORLANG, Technical University of Košice, Slovakia, presentation in English: The Use of Media Literacy Knowledge in Teaching Specific Language Skills
  • 2011: international conference - FORLANG, Technical University of Košice, Slovakia, presentation in English: Helping Medical Students Write: Genre Analysis of Medical Case Reports
  • 2009: WRITING RESEARCH COLLOQUIUM, University of California, Santa Barbara, USA, presentation in English: Communities, Conventions, and the Conception of Medicine 2.0 in the Development of the Medical Case Report: Genre Analysis
Publications Citations
  • https://scholar.google.cz/citations?user=gX4bHCEAAAAJ&hl=cs
Major Publications
  • HELÁN, Robert. Facilitating Academic Writing in Postgraduate Medical Education: Tips for Instructors. EALTHY (European Association of Language Teachers for Healthcare) magazine. 2016, Issue N°1, s. 8. URL info
  • HELÁN, Robert, Hana NĚMCOVÁ a Markéta KOVAŘÍKOVÁ. Collaborative, Content & Language Integrated, and Problem-Based Learning of English: Development and Evaluation of an Interdisciplinary Language Course for Science Students. Humanising Language Teaching. Pilgrims, 2016, roč. 18, č. 2, s. 1-13. ISSN 1755-9715. URL info
  • HELÁN, Robert. Myths About Obesity. Brno: Language Centre, Masaryk University, 2015. 8 s. info
  • HELÁN, Robert. How to Write Medical Case Reports for Publication. Brno: Language Centre, Masaryk University, 2015. 8 s. info
  • NĚMCOVÁ, Hana, Eva ČOUPKOVÁ, Markéta KOVAŘÍKOVÁ, Robert HELÁN, Sbertoli GRACIELA a James Edward THOMAS. Collaborative teaching and learning in an interdisciplinary problem-based language course. Brno: Muni Space, 2015. 92 s. Muni Space Čítárna Masarykovy univerzity. ISBN 978-80-210-7606-8. URL info
  • POŘÍZKOVÁ, Kateřina a Robert HELÁN. Using Tools of Corpus Linguistics for Investigating and Teaching Language for Medical Purposes. In Dalija Gudaityte. Language Studies at a Higher Education Institution. Kaunas, Lithuania: Lithuanian University of Health Sciences, 2014. s. 101-105. ISBN 978-9955-15-370-2. info
  • SEDLÁČEK, Pavel a Robert HELÁN. The Use of Media Literacy Knowledge in Teaching Specific Language Skills. In Kaščáková Eva, Mihoková Kristína. FORLANG Cudzie jazyky v akademickom prostredi. Košice: Technicka univerzita v Košiciach, 2013. s. 241-248. ISBN 978-80-553-1471-6. info
  • HELÁN, Robert. Academic Writing Pedagogies: Adopting Best Practices for Mastering Research Genres in English. In Kaščáková Eva, Mihoková Kristína. FORLANG Cudzie jazyky v akademickom prostredi. Košice: Technicka univerzita v Košiciach, 2013. s. 68-75. ISBN 978-80-553-1471-6. URL info
  • HELÁN, Robert. Teaching English to Nutritional Therapists: Using Authentic Materials for the Cultivation of Language Skills. ACC JOURNAL. Liberec: Technická univerzita v Liberci, 2013, roč. 19, č. 3, s. 14-20. ISSN 1803-9782. URL info
  • HELÁN, Robert. Courtesies, Conventions, and Medicine 2.0 in the Development of the Genre of Medical Case Reports. In Rollerová, Anna. Dimenzie jazykového vzdelávania v nefilologických odboroch (Tradícia a súčasnosť). Bratislava: Univerzita Komenského, 2013. s. 139-149. ISBN 978-80-223-3506-5. info
  • BEDNÁŘOVÁ, Radomíra a Robert HELÁN. Akademické psaní. In Jindřich Frajer, Petr Daněk, Pavel Ptáček, Milada Dušková, Irena Smolová. Nové metody ve výuce geografie. Sborník příspěvků z konference Olomouc 2013. Brno: Masarykova univerzita, 2013. s. 13-16. ISBN 978-80-210-6664-9. info
  • HELÁN, Robert a Radomíra BEDNÁŘOVÁ. Medical Writing for Real Purposes: Health Information Leaflets for International Students at Masaryk University. 1. vyd. Brno: Masarykova univerzita, 2012. 8 s. ISBN 978-80-210-5770-8. info
  • HELÁN, Robert. Disciplinary Writing for Publication in English: Empowering and Equipping EFL Doctoral Students with Writing Skills and Tools. In Kaščáková Eva, Mihoková Kristína. FORLANG: Cudzie jazyky v akademickom prostredí. Periodický zborník vedeckých príspevkov vydaný pri príležitosti 60. výročia založenia Technickej univerzity v Košiciach a Katedry jazykov. Košice: Technická univerzita v Košiciach, 2012. s. 39-47. ISBN 978-80-553-0982-8. info
  • HELÁN, Robert, Pavel SEDLÁČEK a Radomíra BEDNÁŘOVÁ. On Learning to Write and Writing to Learn: An Interview with Charles Bazerman. Media Studies. Praha: Univerzita Karlova, 2012, roč. 6, č. 2, s. 167-175. ISSN 1801-9978. URL info
  • HELÁN, Robert a Pavel SEDLÁČEK. BAZERMAN: Učme se lépe psát, budeme lépe myslet. muni.cz. Brno: Masarykova univerzita, 2011, roč. 7. ISSN 1801-0806. info
  • HELÁN, Robert. Helping Medical Students Write: Genre Analysis of Medical Case Reports. In Kaščáková Eva, Zvirinský Marek. FORLANG Cudzie jazyky v akademickom prostredi. Košice: Technicka univerzita v Košiciach, 2011. s. 75-85. ISBN 978-80-553-0743-5. info
  • HELÁN, Robert. Kultivujme psaní - pomůže nám vědecky myslet: rozhovor s prof. Charlesem Bazermanem. CASALC Review. Brno: CASAJC, 2011, roč. 1, č. 2, s. 14-17. ISSN 1804-9435. URL info
  • HELÁN, Robert. True to Life Pre-Intermediate Tests. VA Brno, 2002. 92 s. info

2018/09/04

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