Master's State Exam

English Language and Literature, Teaching English Language and Literature for Secondary Schools

 

The Master's State Exam consists of two parts:

  1. Defense of the Master's Diploma Thesis (there is no defense for the Master's Non-diploma Thesis)
  2. Oral examination of five books in the student's chosen track (which must correspond with both the submitted thesis and coursework) selected from the following lists:
  • List of books for Students in day studies (Matriculation 2014 and earlier) - contact Mr. Hanzalek (hanzalek@phil.muni.cz)
  • List of books (Matriculation 2015 and later)

In this part of the exam, students are expected to demonstrate both their knowledge of the selected texts as well as being able to place them with a broader theoretical context, and if relevant, relate them to the specific research topic(s) addressed in their thesis.

 

In addition, students pursuing a degree in Secondary School Teaching English Language and Literature must take an exam in the Methodology of Teaching the English Language. This exam has the following format:

A teaching and learning context and a specific problematic situation within this context will be described to the candidates. They will be asked to suggest ways to deal with the problem in order to solve it, offering specific procedures and drawing on their familiarity with ELT principles and knowledge of second language acquisition theories.

Candidates are expected to move in their answers from a discussion of a specific example to a more general presentation of their theoretical background, demonstrating their knowledge and understanding of foreign language education and their attitudes to teaching and learning English to speakers of other languages.

The exam is approximately 15 minutes in length and no preparatory time is provided.

 

English-language Translation

 

The Master's State Exam consists of two parts:

  1. Defense of the Master's Diploma Thesis (there is no defense for the Master's Non-diploma Thesis)
  2. Oral examination:

The result of a sit-in translation, written several days prior to the state exam, will count as one the first of the questions asked in the examination. Apart from this, students will be examined from five books selected from the following list:

In this part of the exam, students are expected to demonstrate both their knowledge of the selected texts as well as being able to place them within a broader theoretical context and their translation practice, and if relevant, relate them to the specific research topic(s) addressed in their thesis.

North-American Culture Studies

The Master's State Exam consists of two parts:

  1. Defense of the Master's Diploma Theses
  2. Oral examination of six books selected from this list.

In this part of the exam, students are expected to demonstrate both their knowledge of the selected texts as well as being able to place them with a broader theoretical context, and if relevant, relate them to the specific research topic(s) addressed in their thesis.

 

Master's Diploma and Non-diploma Thesis Deadlines:

  • April 30 (Master's State Exam in May/June)
  • November 30 (Master's State Exam in January/February)

As of the 2007/2008 academic year, there will be only two terms for the Master's State Exam: January/February and May/June. This means that there is no term in September. No exceptions will be made. Please make your plans accordingly.

 

All theses are to be handed in at the Department Office. For the Master's Diploma Thesis, two hard-bound copies are to be submitted. For the Master's Non-diploma thesis, one spiral-bound copy is to be submitted.