BA English Language and Literature in Education

The BA degree in English Language and Literature in Education is offered jointly by the Department of Anglophone Literatures and Cultures and the Department of the English Language and ELT Methodology.

Forms of Study

The programme is available only in the joint-subject mode (“sdružené studium”). Joint-subject students are enrolled in English Language and Literature for Teacher Education AND another Teacher Education Programme within the Faculty of Arts (e.g., History, Czech, Spanish, etc; see the list of programmes available for combination at the faculty website for applicants). They must pass the entrance exams in both subjects. At the conclusion of their studies they must choose a thesis topic in one of their two subjects.

General Structure

The programme combines three main components:

  1. General Teaching Skills
    The component is designed to provide students with competences that allow them, in the follow-up MA programme, to develop knowledge and skills that are indispensable for a teaching career, including practical competences to organize lessons.
  2. Subject-specific Teaching Skills
    The component contributes to the formation of subject-specific teaching competences. In the follow-up MA programme, graduates can build on these and develop knowledge and skills necessary for a teaching career in the given subject and in other related subjects, primarily philological.
  3. Subject-specific Component
    This is structured around three main areas:

    1. Literatures on the British Isles; British, Irish and Commonwealth Cultural Studies
    2. American and Canadian Literature and Cultural Studies
    3. English Language and Linguistics run by the Department of the English Language and ELT Methodology.

Literatures on the British Isles; British, Irish and Commonwealth Cultural Studies
The curriculum consists of a three-semester lecture with seminars which provide an introduction to the development of the literature and relevant cultural background to the following principal topics: English Drama to the Restoration, the Rise of the Novel, the Period of Romanticism, the Victorian Novel, Modernism and Contemporary Literature. The course is complemented by one-semester lecture on medieval literature and culture on the British Isles.

American and Canadian Literature and Cultural Studies
The curriculum consists of a three-semester lecture and seminar devoted to American literature from the colonial period to the present. The central topics are Colonial Literature, American Romanticism and Transcendentalism, Main Trends in Later Nineteenth-century Poetry, Humour and Satire in Later Nineteenth-century Fiction, Realism, Naturalism and Other Developments in Late Nineteenth- and Early Twentieth-century Fiction, Modernism, The Writing of the Expatriates, Southern Literature, The War Novel, The Development of Twentieth-century Drama, African American and Contemporary Literature, including Postmodern Tendencies and Literary Activities of Varied Ethnic Groups. Seminars focus on historical traditions and cultural trends, literary techniques, and artistic expression.

English Language and Linguistics
The curriculum combines courses enhancing the students’ command of the English language (level C1-C2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) with a focus on linguistic description and analysis of the English language (phonetics/phonology, morphology and syntax, lexical semantics, history of the English language). For full information please refer to the website of the Department of the English Language and ELT Methodology.

In addition, in the first year students must take mandatory courses in:

  • English Skills in Cultural Communication (two-semester seminar)
  • Introduction to Literary Studies (two-semester seminar)

These courses function as prerequisites for courses in the second and third years of study. Without the appropriate credits for these courses students will be unable to continue with their studies at the Department.

Students have the opportunity to take optional seminars offered within the Department as well as within the University.

All students in the programme must fulfil credit requirements in Academic Skills and a Foreign Language.

For detailed information on credit requirements and the recommended sequence in which to take courses students should consult the study plan.

The BA Degree is concluded by:

Students writing a thesis in English Language and Literature for Teacher Education must also complete a seminar in preparation of the BA thesis. At the Department of Anglophone Literatures and Cultures, this course takes the form of individual consultation with the supervisor.

Credit Requirements

In order to complete the degree, students must acquire 180 credits in total, 83 in the English Language and Literature for Teacher Education programme (7 are reserved for optional courses).

All students
Credit requirements
Minimum credit requirements for entering the next year of study
Year 1
60 Credits
50
Year 2
60 Credits
90 total
Year 3
60 Credits
120 total

 

For more detail see the Faculty Study Regulations: in Czech, in English.

Duration

The BA programme is normally three years (i.e. six semesters of instruction) in duration for full time students. However, many students take a fourth year to complete the final thesis. Please consult with your thesis supervisor should you need to prolong your studies for this reason.

Students may also apply to study abroad for a semester or two as part of the Erasmus+ programme. However, as courses and credits are not exactly equivalent, this may result in a prolongation of study at the Department in order to fulfil core requirements.

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