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State Exam Topics
- Language learner – individual differences, learner autonomy
- Second language acquisition.
- Methods and approaches in ELT
- Listening skills in theory and practice
- Speaking skills in theory and practice
- Reading skills in theory and practice
- Writing skills in theory and practice
- Teaching and learning vocabulary
- Teaching and learning pronunciation
- Teaching and learning grammar
- Language teacher – roles, professional development
- Teaching materials
- Course design and lesson planning
- Modern approaches to assessment and evaluation
- Language learning and cultural awareness
- Mother tongue in ELT
- Literature in ELT
- Error correction in accuracy and fluency activities
- Modern technologies in the language classroom and e-learning
- Teaching English to heterogeneous classes
- Teaching learners with SLD
- Ur, P. A Course in Language Teaching : Practice and Theory. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1996.
- Harmer, J. The Practice of English Language Teaching. 7th Edition. Essex: Longman Group UK Limited, 1994.
- Harmer, J. How to Teach English. Essex: Longman Group UK Limited, 1998.
- Scrivener, J. Learning Teaching. Oxford: Macmillan, 2005.
Note that for the final exam (methodology part) every student must study at least one of the recommended titles thoroughly.
- Angry Young Men
- British drama
- Male writers since the 1960s
- Female writers since the 1960s
- Poetical movements
- Scottish, Welsh and Irish literature
- New ethnic literatures
- Postmodern literature
- American poetry
- Ethnic literatures
- Regionalism I (Eastern and Southern states)
- Regionalism II (Western states)
- New (global) literatures
- Nursery rhymes and modern poetry for children
- Folk tales, traditional and modern
- The Golden Age of Children's Literature
- Fantasy for juvenile readers
- Comics and graphic novels, manga
- Contemporary novels for teenagers
Version Beginning Summer 2013
The exam is oral and takes approximately 10 minutes (plus 15 minutes for preparation). The exam consists of three inter-related parts:
- Introducing the contemporary academic understanding of the topic with references to the relevant literary and/or cultural and/or historical context;
- Analysing a sample text, focusing on relevant features and issues;
- Showing reading experience within the field.
A sample text and specific questions are stated in a given worksheet.
- British Literature: Angry Young Men
- British Literature: British drama
- British Literature: Male writers since the 1960s
- British Literature: Female writers since the 1960s
- British Literature: Poetical movements
- British Literature: Scottish, Welsh, and Irish literature
- British Literature: New ethnic literatures
- American Literature: Postmodern literature
- American Literature: American poetry
- American Literature: Ethnic literatures
- American Literature: Regionalism I (Eastern and Southern states)
- American Literature: Regionalism II (Western states)
- American Literature: New (global) literatures
- Children's Literature: Nursery rhymes and modern poetry for children
- Children's Literature: Folk tales, traditional and modern
- Children's Literature: The Golden Age of children's literature
- Children's Literature: Fantasy fiction for juvenile readers
- Children's Literature: Comics and graphic novels, manga
- Children's Literature: Contemporary novels for teenagers
The student choses one literary topic (area) of all possible ones which she/he have encountered during Master studies. The student will present the topic (area) orally, trying to express her/his individual perspective to the topic, with the support of three to five secondary academic sources.
In required time at least four weeks before the state exam, students are asked to submit for approval a preparation sheet. It includes: the topic of the presentation, an abstract of the preparation, and annotated bibliography of secondary sources.
For details, see the file on details on the Master's State Exams.