Entrance Exams – B.A.

Entrance Exam Requirements

The entrance exam for the Department of English Language and Literature is in a written form.

It is assumed that a candidate’s knowledge of English will be at an upper-intermediate level (B2): i.e., above-average writing skills, a very good grasp of English grammar, a wide range of vocabulary, and the ability to orient oneself in an original English-language text.

The exam consists of a test on grammar, a test on vocabulary, a test of reading comprehension, and a linguistic test. A candidate has to display: a mastery of grammatical rules and their usage, range and accuracy when using vocabulary, proficiency in written expression in a logically-structured whole, and understanding of an English-language text (from the British or North American press, perhaps even from fiction). In the Grammar and Vocabulary Test (fill-in-the-blanks, transforming sentences, and/or similar activities) a candidate will show his/her ability to understand and modify the meaning of sentences on the basis of different grammatical and vocabulary structures. All questions are multiple-choice.

The Department of English Language and Literature has a preparatory course for those interested in studying here.  Further information about the course can be received from the department’s secretary.

Recommended texts:

MURPHY, R., English Grammar in Use, Cambridge University Press, 1998
(and other editions)

McCARTHY, M., O’DELL, F., English Vocabulary in Use, Cambridge University Press, 1994 (and other editions)

THOMPSON, A. J., MARTINET, A. V., A Practical English Grammar, OUP, 1987
(and other editions)

SWAN, M., WALTER, C., How English Works, OUP, 1997

CROWTHER, J. (ed.), Oxford Guide to British and American Culture, OUP

English textbooks for the Intermediate level and higher, e.g.: New English File Intermediate, Objective First, New Headway English, New Cutting Edge,  New Inside Out , New Opportunities, Matrix,  Cambridge English for Schools, New Hotline, English in Mind, True to Life, Natural English, Landmark, Avenues, New Cambridge English Course.

Important note:
Please note that English is not studied as a single-degree programme but as a joint-degree programme, i.e. in combination with these subjects:

  • Czech Language
  • Music
  • French
  • ICT
  • Mathematics
  • German
  • Pedagogy
  • Russian
  • Social Science