Rozšiřující studium AJ pro ZŠ

Programme Description

This is a 6-semester programme which contains both lectures and seminars covering the main areas of English and American studies. In Linguistics, there are the following subjects: Introduction to Linguistics, Phonetics and Phonology, Grammar of English, Lexicology, Stylistics, and Syntax. Literature is covered in the subjects of Introduction to Literary Studies, English Literature and Modern English Literature, American Literature and Modern American Literature. Cultural Studies are discussed in History and Culture of Great Britain, and History and Culture of the US. General English is taught in classes of Practical Language (5 semesters in total). There is also a series of Methodology classes and a seminar on Teaching Practice where students are either asked to observe 5 lessons and teach 3 lessons at a basic school; or those who teach English on a regular basis will document their teaching in a teaching journal. Apart from the above mentioned courses at the Department of English, there are also subjects organized by other departments (i.e. “společný základ”). The course finishes with a written final work of at least 30 pages and a final exam.

In general, courses are supported with e-learning tools; the following are examples of other required study materials:

Chalker, Sylvia. A Student’s English Grammar: Workbook.

Dontcheva-Navratilova, Olga. Grammatical Structures in English.

Hladký, Josef, and Jan Chovanec. Úvod do Studia Anglického Jazyka.

Podroužková, Lucie. A Reader in British Literature.

Tillotson, Geoffrey. A View of Victorian Literature.

Ur, Penny. A Course in Language Teaching: Practice and Theory.

Year Tutors

The English department offers the system of year tutors to facilitate the communication between the students and the department. The role of the year tutors is to guide students through the sophisticated system of study rules and help them deal with challenges they may face.

Please feel free to contact your year tutor if you have questions. You can find out who your year tutor is by using the table below.

Year Tutors

Year 1 Katarína Lexová
Year 2 Jiří Šalamoun
Year 3 Pavla Buchtová

Recommended Reading for Literature


Students are required to read two full length novels by the end of the semester, one from the 19th century and one from the first half of the 20th century. They can choose from the following:

19th Century: J. F. Cooper: The Last of the Mohicans; Nathaniel Hawthorne: The Scarlet Letter; Harriet Beecher Stowe: Uncle Tom´s Cabin; Mark Twain: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn; Kate Chopin: The Awakening.

20th Century: Theodore Dreiser: Sister Carrie; William Faulkner: As I Lay Dying; Ernest Hemingway: Fiesta; Francis Scott Fitzgerald: The Great Gatsby; John Steinbeck: Of Mice and Men.

Basic information about American literature can be found in Kathryn VanSpanckeren: Outline of American Literature (2006), chapters 1 to 6.

Methodology Courses

Below you can see an overview of what students of the Rozšiřující studium AJ pro ZŠ programme can expect from each semester of Methodology and their Teaching Practice at our department.

You can find all necessary documents for your teaching practice at the Teaching Practice page.

Semester Methodology Course School Experience Course
3. AJ2RC_DIDA (credit)Basic principles in teaching English to young learnersLiterature:DUNN, Opal. Developing English with young learners. London: Macmillan, 1991PHILLIPS, Sarah. Young learners. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1993Penny Ur: A Course in Language Teaching, CUP 1996Jim Scrivener: Learning Teaching, Macmillan, 1994 AJ2RC_VYPA (credit)Teaching practice
4. AJ2RC_DI2B (credit)Teaching language systems, assessment, feedback, materialsLiterature:Jeremy Harmer: How to teach English, Pearson Education Limited 2007Jeremy Harmer: The Practice of English Language Teaching, Longman 1991Penny Ur: A Course in Language Teaching, CUP 1996Jim Scrivener: Learning Teaching, Macmillan, 1994
5. AJ2RC_DI3A(colloquy)Negotiated syllabusLiterature:Collection of compiled journal articles associated with the topic coveredColloquy: group discussion with the portfolio (integrated with language exam) AJ2RC_VYPA (credit)Lesson plansEvidence of teachingand observing
6. AJ2RC_DI3B(exam)New trends in EFLLiterature:Jeremy Harmer: How to teach English, Pearson Education Limited 2007Jeremy Harmer: The Practice of English Language Teaching, Longman 1991Penny Ur: A Course in Language Teaching, CUP 1996Jim Scrivener: Learning Teaching, Macmillan, 1994Exam: successfully passed TKT test, oral exam, portfolio

AJ2MK_TEHO (credit)

Testing and assessment in ELT


HUGHES, Arthur. Testing for language teachers. 2nd ed. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2003


Final Exams

See more information at the page on Final Exams – Rozšiřující studium AJ pro ZŠ.

Final Work

When choosing a topic for the final work, students should choose a topic covered by one of the classes offered in this study programme. Students should then look at the topics suggested by members of our department in IS (under Packages of Topics, under Student) and select a supervisor to contact and work out the details of their cooperation with.

No matter what the topic, the theses must be written in English.

The final version of the work needs to have minimum 54,000 characters, which translates to approximately 30 pages (not including figures and appendices).

Evaluation of the thesis will be given based upon a rubric for evaluation. Students should refer to the General Guidelines for Writing Theses, as well as the Sectional Instructions for Theses for those writing on topics in each section.