About the Department of English Language Teaching

The Department of English Language Teaching trains students to become English language teachers at the lower secondary level. The study programme consists of courses focusing on language (linguistics), literature and didactics. It is structured into two parts: a three-year bachelor's degree in the English language, focusing on education, followed by a two-year master's degree in English language teaching for lower-secondary schools. The Department plays a significant role in providing English language, phonetics and phonology and didactics courses in the master's programme for future primary school teachers. The Department also runs lifelong learning courses for teachers at the primary and lower secondary level and English teaching courses for preschool teachers. The Department is currently involved in two international projects focusing on mentor training and teacher training using Moodle platform.

In addition to its 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, Spanish, and French 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 focuses on modernising teacher training for foreign language teaching at the primary and lower secondary level, mentor training, CLIL (Content and Language Integrated Learning), English language coursebooks and curriculum. Other research areas include academic discourse and English as a Lingua Franca.

The Department cooperates with the Institute for Adult Education and Development. It also provides a forum for language teachers in the region to meet and network at a range of seminars and conferences, organised in cooperation with partners such as publishers (Oxford University Press, Hueber) and the British Centre at Ostrava's City Library.

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Updated: 05. 11. 2021