English Language for Education – Field of study catalogue MU
English Language for Education
“All the world's a classroom”
The objective of the study programme is to provide quality education for teacher assistants and future teachers of English in an inspiring, stimulating and creative environment. Emphasis is placed equally on the development of professional skills and gaining knowledge of relevant disciplines that graduates will use in their teaching practice. The study shapes and develops basic attitudes and values of graduates so that they can become active, responsible and independent members of their profession and society.
The Bc. study programme is to provide the students with basic knowledge and skills in various areas of linguistics, literature, culture and history of English-speaking countries and the foundations of didactics. In order to obtain comprehensive teacher education the graduates are expected to continue their studies in the Master's programme, which will focus on studying English language teaching methodology and creating relationships between different linguistic, cultural and literary disciplines and didactics of English. The idea of the study programme envisages a Master's degree with didactic culmination of all disciplines and the application of knowledge acquired from linguistics, literature, history and culture on teaching practice in primary and lower secondary schools.
After successfully completing his/her studies the graduate is able to:
- use both spoken and written language at C1 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages
- manifest theoretical knowledge and practical skills in the field of phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, and lexicology; demonstrate the knowledge of linguistic terminology and use it when explaining specific linguistic issues
- demonstrate the knowledge of society, culture and history of the USA, Great Britain, and other English-speaking countries; identify cultural values and norms and interpret their significance
- show an understanding of major literary movements in British and American literature, their main representatives and significant literary texts and relevant literary terms; analyse and interpret literary texts as forms of cultural expression
- have an insight into principles, methods and techniques of teaching English to different age groups and levels of students, including an appropriate choice and use of teaching materials for different groups
The double-subject Bachelor's degree programme trains students for the position of a teacher of the English language in the contexts of leisure-time activities in free-time centres, in language schools and courses, possibly in language classes in nurseries, and in adult language education.
The standard length of the Bc. study programme is 3 years. It includes required and selective courses. Students may modify their study programme to a certain extent in order to expand and deepen their knowledge and skills acquired in the compulsory subjects. Compulsory and optional subjects fall into four areas: practical language, linguistics, literature and culture and English language didactics.
Practical training is an obligatory part of this study programme. It includes the following forms:
1. Reflected teaching practice (part of the common-core courses, 8 credits in total);
2. Field practice (within the didactic module, 1 credit).
The contents of the final state examination is as follows:
- English Language and Literature and Methodology
- Thesis defense (if the applicant submits their Bachelor's thesis at the
Department of English)
- Pedagogical and psychological foundation for Bachelor's degree
The final state examination is designed as a written test (the passmark for all the three individual subtests is 65%). The areas of knowledge and skills that the applicant is to demonstrate in the test include the content listed in the syllabi of all compulsory linguistic, literary and cultural and educational subjects. Emphasis is placed on the practical application of knowledge gained, e.g. in the form of critical work with a text. Within the test, the level of written English is also evaluated (C1 according to CEFR). The spoken language at the same level is assessed in the examination of the subject Practical Language 3A - C1 and within the thesis defense (if the applicant submits their Bachelor's thesis at the Department of English).
For further details (structure, content, evaluation of the Final State Examination etc.) see the departmental website at http://katedry.ped.muni.cz/anglictina/current-students
Graduates are able to continue their studies in the follow-up Master’s degree Field of Study Lower Secondary School Teacher Training in English Language.