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 is in a written form and takes 60 minutes. This written exam consists of four parts focusing on linguistics, literature, didactics and language proficiency. All questions are multiple-choice. The linguistic test probes the applicant’s aptitude to analyse a given text with regard to its phonetic, phonological, morphological, lexicological and syntactic properties. The test verifies the candidate’s ability to contextualize and apply his or her theoretical knowledge to an authentic sample of text. The usage of essential terminology of the linguistic disciplines in question is presupposed. The literary part examines 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. The didactic part of the test seeks to establish the candidate’s familiarity with the fundamental areas of TEFL, and his or her ability to understand TEFL in the larger context of general didacts as outlined by the recommended literature. The candidate should also be familiar with the basic terminology and should understand how the didactic concepts relate to the core subject. The proficiency part tests the candidate’s practical command of English language at the level of at least C1 (according to CEFR).

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.

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

ROACH, P.(1983). English Phonetics and Phonology. Cambridge University Press.


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

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

HEAD, D. (2002). Modern British Fiction, 1950-2000. Cambridge University Press.

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

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

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


HARMER, J. (2001). The Practice of English Language Teachig. Harlow: Longman, Pearson Education.

SCRIVENER, J. (2005). Learning Teaching. Macmillan: 2005.