Upper Secondary School Teacher Education in English Language and Literature (for students accepted in 2020 and later)

Overall aims of the programme

Graduates of this degree programme will be qualified to teach English as a foreign language at various types of Czech upper-secondary schools. They will be well-grounded in the theory and practice of teaching English to adolescents and young/emerging adults.

It is expected that the students who enter the programme possess a sound knowledge of English linguistics, literary theories and the literatures and cultures of English-speaking countries, and that their written and spoken proficiency in English corresponds to the CEFR C2 level. These capacities will make it possible for the students to understand the educational reality of language teaching and develop their professional knowledge, skills, attitudes and beliefs in the field of teaching English as a foreign language, including professional ethics.

More specifically, the graduates will be able to perform activities that manifest their professional competences in the following fields: planning (of lessons, series of lessons, courses), the learning environment, learning processes, assessment and evaluation, reflection on their own teaching, school development and collaboration with colleagues, collaboration with parents and the wider community, and their professional development. They will have read and critically assessed studies from up-to-date professional publications.

Information for prospective students

Upper Secondary School Teacher Education in English Language and Literature  is offered as single-subject programme (completus) to full-time and part-time students, or as a double-subject (major, minor) programme to full-time students. For deadlines, possibilities and requirements see the website of the Faculty of Arts: https://www.phil.muni.cz/pro-uchazece/navazujici-magisterske-studium

Information for current students

Students in a follow-up master’s programme (2 years) need to get 120 credits in total. In both full-time and part-time single-subject (completus) programmes students are supposed to take the compulsory courses, elective courses in EFL didactics and then other courses offered by the Department of English and American Studies (see the study plans below) to get 120 credits in total. Full-time students enrolled in double-subject programmes (major, minor) only take the compulsory courses (see the study plans below).

Single subject - full-time

   

Course code

Course name

Credits

Semester

Education and Psychology (organized by the Department of Educational Sciences and Department of Psychology, compulsory)

SUP001

Psychology for teachers I

4

1

SUP002

Basic course in Education

4

1

SUP003

Theory of Instruction

4

2

SUP004

Psychology for Teachers II

4

2

SUP005

Special Education & Pedagogical Diagnostics

4

2

SUP006

Compendium for Teachers

4

1

EFL Didactics (compulsory)

AJU2101

EFL Didactics I

4

1

AJU2102

EFL Didactics II

4

1

AJU2103

EFL Didactics III

4

2

Linguistics for Teachers (compulsory)

AJU2201

Language Testing

4

2

AJU2202

Aspects of Language for EFL Teachers

4

3

AJU2203

Discourse and interaction in EFL classes

4

3

AJU2204

English for specific purposes

4

3

Teaching practice (compulsory)

AJU2301

Classroom observation

4

2

AJU2302

Teaching practice 1

4

3

AJU2303

Reflective seminar 1

2

3

AJU2304

Teaching practice 2

6

4

AJU2305

Teaching practice 3

6

4

AJU2306

Reflective seminar 2

2

4

Examination in English (compulsory)

AJU2401

Practical English exam

0

2

AJU2402

Oral practical English exam

0

2

Research and Diploma Thesis (compulsory)

AJU2901

Research design

4

2

AJU2902

Master's Thesis Seminar I

4

4

AJU2903

Master’s Thesis

8

4

EFL Didactics (elective, students take courses for at least 12 credits)

AJU2104

ICT in ELT

4

spring 2021

AJU2105

Diploma thesis in FL didactics

4

autumn 2021

AJU2106

Individual differences in ELT

4

autumn 2020

AJU2107

Literature and culture in ELT

4

TBA

AJU2108

Teaching Pronunciation at Secondary Schools

4

autumn 2020

       
       

Double-subject - major (full-time)

   

Course code

Course name

Credits

Semester

Education and Psychology (organized by the Department of Educational Sciences and Department of Psychology, compulsory)

SUP001

Psychology for teachers I

4

1

SUP002

Basic course in Education

4

1

SUP003

Theory of Instruction

4

2

SUP004

Psychology for Teachers II

4

2

SUP005

Special Education & Pedagogical Diagnostics

4

2

SUP006

Compendium for Teachers

4

1

EFL Didactics (compulsory)

AJU2101

EFL Didactics I

4

1

AJU2102

EFL Didactics II

4

1

AJU2103

EFL Didactics III

4

2

Courses in Linguistics for Teachers (compulsory)

AJU2201

Language Testing

4

2

AJU2202

Aspects of Language for EFL Teachers

4

3

AJU2203

Discourse and interaction in EFL classes

4

3

AJU2204

English for specific purposes

4

3

Teaching practice (compulsory)

AJU2301

Classroom observation

4

2

AJU2302

Teaching practice 1

4

3

AJU2303

Reflective seminar 1

2

3

AJU2304

Teaching practice 2

6

4

AJU2305

Teaching practice 3

6

4

AJU2306

Reflective seminar 2

2

4

Examination in English (compulsory)

AJU2401

Practical English exam

0

2

AJU2402

Oral practical English exam

0

2

Research and Diploma Thesis (compulsory)

AJU2901

Research design

4

2

AJU2902

Master's Thesis Seminar I

4

4

AJU2903

Master’s Thesis

8

4

       

Double-subject - minor (full-time)

   

Courses in Education and Psychology are included in the major study plan

 

Course code

Course name

Credits

Semester

EFL Didactics (compulsory)

AJU2101

EFL Didactics I

4

1

AJU2102

EFL Didactics II

4

1

AJU2103

EFL Didactics III

4

2

Courses in Linguistics for Teachers (compulsory)

AJU2201

Language Testing

4

2

AJU2202

Aspects of Language for EFL Teachers

4

3

AJU2203

Discourse and interaction in EFL classes

4

3

AJU2204

English for specific purposes

4

3

Teaching practice (compulsory)

AJU2302

Teaching practice 1

4

3

AJU2304

Teaching practice 2

6

4

AJU2306

Reflective seminar 2

2

4

Examination in English (compulsory)

AJU2401

Practical English exam

0

2

AJU2402

Oral practical English exam

0

2

       
       

Single subject (completus) - part-time

   

Course code

Course name

Credits

Semester

Education and Psychology (organized by the Department of Educational Sciences and Department of Psychology, compulsory)

SUK001

Psychology for teachers I

4

1

SUK002

Basic course in Education

4

1

SUK003

Theory of Instruction

4

2

SUK004

Psychology for Teachers II

4

2

SUK005

Special Education & Pedagogical Diagnostics

4

1

SUK006

Compendium for Teachers

4

2

EFL Didactics (compulsory)

AJU5101

EFL Didactics I

4

1

AJU5102

EFL Didactics II

4

1

AJU5103

EFL Didactics III

4

2

Courses in Linguistics for Teachers (compulsorry)

AJU5201

Language Testing

4

2

AJU5202

Aspects of Language for EFL Teachers

4

3

AJU5203

Discourse and interaction in EFL classes

4

3

AJU5204

English for specific purposes

4

3

Teaching practice (compulsory)

AJU5301

Classroom observation

4

2

AJU5302

Teaching practice 1

4

3

AJU5303

Reflective seminar 1

2

3

AJU5304

Teaching practice 2

6

4

AJU5305

Teaching practice 3

6

4

AJU5306

Reflective seminar 2

2

4

Examination in English (compulsory)

AJU5401

Practical English exam

0

2

AJU5402

Oral practical English exam

0

2

Research and Diploma Thesis (compulsory)

AJU5901

Research design

4

2

AJU5902

Master's Thesis Seminar I

4

4

AJU5903

Master’s Thesis

8

4

EFL Didactics (elective, students take courses for at least 12 credits)

AJU5104

ICT in ELT

4

spring 2021

AJU5105

Diploma thesis in FL didactics

4

autumn 2021

AJU5106

Individual differences in ELT

4

autumn 2020

AJU5107

Literature and culture in ELT

4

TBA

AJU5108

Teaching Pronunciation at Secondary Schools

4

autumn 2020

 

Students enrolled in the single-subject (completus) programme need to get an additional 16 credits from the courses offered by the Department of English and American Studies.

 

Teaching practice and portfolios

More details regarding the organization of teaching practice will be added soon.

During their teaching practice the students are expected to collect and store their lesson plans, teaching materials, fieldnotes and keep a reflective diary. A teaching portfolio, which is also presented during the State Final Examination, is a collection of such and other materials.


Recognition of the Practical English Examination

Students can apply for the “recognition” of the practical English examination as follows:

  1. Practical English Examination (written) can be recognized if the student obtained an A or B in the practical English part during his/her Bachelor state final examination taken at the Department of English and American Studies, Faculty of Arts, Masaryk University.
  2. Oral Practical English Examination can be recognized if the student obtained an A in the Oral Practical English Examination during his/her BA studies at the Department of English and American Studies, Faculty of Arts, Masaryk University.
  3. Both the Practical English Examination (written) and Oral Practical English Examination can be recognized if the student produces a Cambridge Proficiency certificate (formerly Certificate of Proficiency in English, CPE). In the case that the student is a holder of a Cambridge Advanced (formerly Certificate in Advanced English, CAE) certificate, the overall grade stated on the certificate must be an A. No other certificates can be recognized.

Students who meet (some of) the above conditions register for the courses and then contact Mr Tomáš Hanzálek via email. After a successful processing of the application the students will get the grade “recognized”/ “uznáno”.

 

Diploma theses

Students following the major and single-subject study plans have to write a diploma thesis within the EFL teacher education programme in line with the following requirements.

Foreign language teaching is both a theoretical and practical field. Through writing a diploma thesis the student should gain deeper insights into a selected area of language teaching. This means that theory (or principles, concepts and conceptualizations, methods etc.) has to be connected with practice.

Implications: The diploma theses written within the ELT programme should be of an empirical nature (in the broad sense). This means that the students should show that they can implement the following three steps:

1) Select an issue in ELT and study relevant literature (i.e. theory).

2) Collect relevant data in the practice of ELT (which may or may not include their own teaching).

3) Seek meaningful connections between theory (step 1) and practice (step 2), which will help them gain deeper insights into an issue of their choice.

The empirical nature (and thus the focus of the empirical/practical part) may be one of the following:

  1. a) Action research, i.e. students select an issue, study relevant literature, prepare an intervention for a group of learners, do the intervention, evaluate what happened, suggest improvements for future interventions (including evidence/recommendations in literature) and go through the cycle several more times.
  2. b) Evaluation research, i.e. students select an issue, study relevant literature, prepare an intervention for a group of learners, do the intervention and evaluate its impact (e.g. how the learners reacted, what they learnt etc.)
  3. c) Empirical research that uses relevant methods from research in education, linguistics, sociology, etc., to address a selected issue in foreign language teaching and learning.

In each case (a–c) the students should demonstrate that they can see the links between theory and practice. Theses that focus solely on theoretical aspects (e.g. review of relevant literature, conceptual issues in ELT, etc.) are possible, provided that the thesis, to a satisfactory extent, meets standards related to theoretical or review studies normally published in academic journals in the field.

The topics should be related to teaching EFL, ideally in the context of upper-secondary education. If students have access to other settings, this is alright, but they should at least discuss their findings in relation to ELT in upper-secondary settings, which is their field of study.

To support the process of writing a diploma thesis in line with the above requirements, the students take the following courses:

  • Research Design (2nd semester, compulsory) – an introductory course into research methods, finished with a thesis proposal. After this course students find a thesis supervisor.
  • Diploma thesis in FL didactics (3rd semester, elective) – a follow-up course in which the students are guided through the process of data collection and analysis.
  • Master's Thesis Seminar (4th semester, compulsory) – students consult their progress with a supervisor.
  • Master’s Thesis (4th semester, compulsory) – students get credit for submitting their thesis.

 

State final examination

The state final examination within the Department of English and American Studies has two main parts:

  1. Diploma thesis defence (if the thesis was written within the EFL teacher education programme).
  2. State examination in ELT, which consists of two parts:
    • Students choose 5 books from the following areas: English Language Didactics and Linguistics for Teachers. This part of the state exam aims to determine whether students are capable of academic discussion about the books chosen, i.e. if they are able to critically evaluate the books, set them in the context of English Language Didactics and Linguistics for Teachers and seek links between theory and practice.
    • Students bring their portfolios from their teaching practice. They first briefly introduce their portfolio and then they will discuss selected aspects encountered during their school placement. During the examination they are expected to be able to theorize the phenomena and relate their practical experience to relevant theories in the context of English Language Didactics and Linguistics for Teachers, i.e. to seek connections between practice and theory. Students should also be able to discuss possibilities and next steps in their professional development.

Students in teacher education programmes take an examination of psychology and general education. This examination is organized by the Department of Educational Sciences (link: https://pedagogika.phil.muni.cz/).

For more information about teacher education programmes at the Faculty of Arts, see https://anglistika.phil.muni.cz/studium/navazujici-magisterske-studium/informace-o-studiu-ucitelstvi-na-ff-mu