Entrance Exams – M.A.

Entrance Exam Requirements

The entrance examination for admission to the M.A. degree programme at the Department of English Language and Literature consists of two rounds – written and oral.

1st round: A written exam in which the applicant can score a maximum of 20 points. The written exam consists of two parts, a linguistic test and a literature overview test:
The linguistic test verifies the applicant’s familiarity with linguistic disciplines, chiefly those exploring the system of the English language. The test probes the applicant’s aptitude to analyze a given text with regard to its phonetic, phonological, morphological, lexicological and syntactic properties. The test therefore presupposes familiarity with the essential terminology of these disciplines and verifies the candidate’s ability to contextualize and apply his or her theoretical knowledge to an unfamiliar, authentic sample of text. The test also includes theoretical syntax exercises (sentence fragments, negations, functional sentence perspective, etc.). The literary part verifies the applicant’s familiarity with the development of English and American literatures from their beginnings to the present (especially major developmental tendencies, representatives, works and historical contexts). All questions are multiple-choice.

2nd round: An oral exam which can earn the applicant a maximum of 10 points. The candidate is interviewed by an examination committee which seeks to establish:
a) motivation of the applicants towards entering the teacher-training programme, and their expectations vis-à-vis this study programme (a maximum of 3 points)
b) the applicants’ expertise in English and their experience with English language teaching (a maximum of 3 points)
The assessment reflects the correctness of the applicant’s English and the overall level of his or her speaking performance (a maximum of 4 points).


Recommended texts:


DUŠKOVÁ, L. et al. (2003 [1988]): Mluvnice současné angličtiny na pozadí češtiny. Praha: Academia.

DUŠKOVÁ, L.: (2002) Syntax současné angličtiny. Sbírka textů a příkladů k syntaktickému rozboru. Praha, UK v Praze – nakladatelství Karolinum.

DUŠKOVÁ et al. (2001) Morfologie současné angličtiny. Sbírka cvičení, příkladů a textů k morfologickému rozboru. Praha, UK v Praze – nakladatelství Karolinum.

GREENBAUM, S., QUIRK, R. (1990): A Student´s Grammar of the English Language. London: Longman.

PEPRNÍK, J. (2001): English Lexicology. Olomouc: UP.

QUIRK, R. et al. (1985) A Comprehensive Grammar of the English Language. WF Appendix, Longman

ROACH, P.(1983): English Phonetics and Phonology. Cambridge: CUP.

YULE, G. (1996): The Study of Language. Cambridge: CUP.


BRADBURY, M., Ruland, R. (1991): From Puritanism to Postmodernism. Penguin Books.

BRADBURY, M. (1994): The Modern British Novel. Penguin Books.

FORSYTH, V.L. (2008): Lectures in English Literature to 1750. UK v Praze, Pedagogická fakulta.

HEAD, D. (2002): Modern British Fiction, 1950-2000. CambridgeUniversity Press.

PROCHÁZKA, M. et al. (2011): Lectures on American Literature. UK v Praze, Karolinum.

ROGERS, P. (1994): The Oxford Illustrated History of English Literature. OxfordUniversity Press.

SANDERS, A. (2004): The Short Oxford History of English Literature. Oxford University Press.