English Language and Literature
Learn from true experts and find your voice
Once you dash through the basics, you'll start learning British literature from Brits, American TV from Americans, translation from actual translators, and linguistics from true experts. Thanks to this, you will be required to think for yourself, not to just repeat what the experts tell you – express your own thoughts!
Choose your specialisation
Are you interested in semantics and narratology? Or in Australian literature? Colonialism in computer games? You will be able to choose from a wide range of courses, sometimes even from another faculty. A dash of Psychology or History of Heavy Metal in Scandinavia makes one's life much more interesting.
Become a part of the department family
The Department of English and American Studies is not large and in no time, you will get to know both your classmates and the teachers. This is incredibly useful for getting tips for the most interesting courses, helping with studies-related stuff, or finding the best café to study in. Moreover, the teachers are helpful and you can always talk to them if you need something.
In the programme English Language and Literature, you will acquire an overview of the histories, cultures, and literatures of the English-speaking countries, mainly the UK, the USA, Canada, and Australia. You will also learn about basic linguistic theories and will be introduced to the theory and practice of translation. Lectures and small group seminars are designed to develop the students' analytical and critical thinking. Emphasis is also placed on developing skills needed for working in independent and creative ways, as well as using both written and spoken English appropriately in various contexts and environments.
Apart from translation courses, all teaching, instruction and exams are in English. Our faculty includes both Czechs and native speakers and our standard curriculum is regularly complemented by intensive courses and guest lectures and seminars offered by international experts in their respective fields. Topics covered by international guests range from contemporary pop culture, interdisciplinary and creative pedagogy, to specific cultural phenomena. In the past, we have hosted, for example, courses on Anglo-American TV series, urban walking in literary contexts, or the cultural meanings of The Lord of the Rings trilogy, etc.
During your studies, you will improve your language skills to the B2–C1 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. You will also learn to prepare in English presentations, write argumentative essays, and critically assess films and literary texts. You will also learn to carry out research and write a thesis. English Department students are encouraged to travel to our partner universities across Europe and in North America through the Erasmus+ programme or through other grants and scholarships.
The Department of English and American Studies supports a number of extracurricular activities. Every year, our students in the Department's theatre group The Gypsywood Players rehearse and premiere a play; students organize a Halloween party and a Creativity Night through Escape (the English Students Club). Students also manage and publish a high-profile student magazine Re:Views, as well as a department newsletter, the KAArdian.
Is the English Language and Literature programme right for you?
If you are interested in learning more about how language, literature, and film work, if you enjoy discussing and thinking critically about what you read and watch, if you like the history and culture of the English-speaking countries, then this programme is the right one for you!
The graduates of the English Language and Literature Bachelor’s degree program are able to communicate on a complex level in both written and spoken English and they are equipped with knowledge of the historical, social and cultural contexts of English-speaking countries. Apart from finding jobs in the field — teaching English at language, primary and high schools and in translation – our graduates may also find employment in jobs and positions which require independent, critical thinking, creativity, and excellent communication and language skills. These may include, for example, editorial work, positions in the publishing industry, tourism, the NGO sector, or international departments of companies.
Admission is offered to applicants selected by a departmental entrance examination committee on the basis of a complex assessment of the applicant's language skills, recommendations, and motivation.
Applicants are asked to submit the following:
- Two letters of recommendation, one of which must be from a teacher.
- Statement of purpose (in English, maximum 500 words) explaining why the applicant wishes to enrol in a selected degree programme at a given department.
- Certificate of proficiency in English issued no more than one year prior to application submission. The following are accepted:
- IELTS with a score of 6.5 or higher
- Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English with a grade of A or B
- Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English
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