Upper Secondary School Teacher Education in English Language and Literature
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), learning environment, learning processes, assessment and evaluation, reflection on their own teaching, school development and collaboration with colleagues, collaboration with parents and wider community, and their professional development. They will have read and critically assessed studies from up-to-date professional publications. Furthermore, the graduates of the single-subject and major studies will be able to design, conduct and evaluate classroom research.
The added value of this programme lies in:
(1) Small numbers of students and intensive interaction with individual students,
(2) Focus on specific aspects of teaching English in upper-secondary education, such as working with materials used in upper-secondary schools, with higher proficiency levels, dealing with (inter)cultural and literary topics, English for specific purposes, maturita examination and certificates, dealing with the specifics of adolescents and young/emerging adults.
(3) Teaching practice. Teaching practice takes place within the Internal and External teaching practice. During the Internal Teaching Practice, students teach and observe in onsite English as a foreign language courses, analyze and reflect on their performance and do research. During External Teaching Practice students collaborate with their mentors and faculty members, take part in their mentor’s everyday activities. They also analyze and reflect upon their performances and observations with their mentor and faculty members. Close collaboration of the faculty and mentors at selected upper-secondary schools make the teaching placement an important and invaluable step in the career of a novice teacher.
(4) Research skills. Students have many possibilities to learn about and contribute to the research activities conducted at the Department by the faculty members, who are active researchers (e.g. students can discuss research findings in seminars, take part in more specialized research seminars, analyze data with researchers, do empirical research in their diploma theses). Students also conduct classroom research within the teaching practice component of the programme.
(5) International dimensions of the programme. Students can spend a semester abroad at one of many universities, the academic staff at the Department include native speakers of English, the academic staff have extensive experience of participating in international conferences, collaborate with foreign experts and publish in international journals.
Teaching practice is an inherent part of this teacher education programme. Students enrolled in single-subject study plans do classroom observation, weekly teaching practice (1 semester) and block teaching practice (4 weeks). In major and minor study plans the total hours spent on teaching practice equals roughly to a half, as compared to single-subject study plans.
Students are guided not only to prepare, teach, evaluate and reflect on their lessons, but also to become familiar with everyday tasks that upper-secondary school teachers do. Teaching practice is accompanied by a number of tasks, in which students use various methods (e.g. classroom observation, collection and analysis of learner language, analysis of video-recordings with their own teaching) to connect the findings discussed in EFL didactics courses with the reality of language teaching. Students can also discuss their lived experience at reflective seminars.
Graduates of this degree programme are fully qualified to teach English as a foreign language at Czech upper-secondary education. They can also teach in language schools. Graduates are also prepared for work in adult English language education and training, education projects, education policy making and educational NGOs, as well as a broader range of public institutions. In addition they may find work in the private sector, where key transferable skills such as high-level English-language oral and written communication, analytical and research skills, as well as teamwork ability, organisation and time management skills are required. They are also prepared to enter doctoral-level degree programmes in applied linguistics or foreign language didactics, continuing on to an academic career.
Students have a pre-defined list of required courses, which are supplemented with selective and elective courses. The student pays full attention to the single field of study chosen.
Combinations with programmes from Faculty of Arts
An example of your study plan:
After successfully completing the studies, the graduates can enter doctoral degree study programmes in philology.
|Provided by||Faculty of Arts|
|Type of studies|
|Standard length of studies||2 years|
|Language of instruction||Czech|
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