About the Department of English Language with Didactics
The Department trains students to be teachers of English language at lower secondary level. The Master’s degree programme is available in full-time or part-time form, and consists of a range of courses focusing on language (linguistics) and didactics. The Department also runs lifelong learning courses for current teachers at lower secondary level, as well as English teaching courses for preschool teachers.
In addition to its own degree programmes, the Department provides language courses in English, German, French and Spanish for students of most degree programmes at the Faculty; foreign language courses form an integral part of the accreditation requirements for the majority of degrees at the University. The Department’s language courses develop students’ communication competencies and enable them to express themselves on everyday topics and topics related to their own specialist area; there is a strong emphasis on reading (and writing) academic texts in foreign languages. The Department also offers a range of courses taught in English, German and Spanish which are targeted at students visiting the Faculty as part of the Erasmus+ programme; this provides a multicultural platform for discussions on a range of contemporary topics.
The Department’s research currently focuses on the modernization of teacher training for foreign language teaching at primary schools across the entire primary curriculum, using CLIL (Content and Language Integrated Learning). Staff also specialize in the integration of children with specific needs into language teaching. The Department regularly contributes to the University of the Third Age.
The Department also provides a forum for language teachers in the region to meet and network at a range of seminars and conferences, organized in conjunction with partners such as publishers (Oxford University Press, Hueber) and the British Centre at Ostrava’s City Library.