Department of English

NEW Methodology MA State Exam Questions

PF UJEP – Department of English
MA State Exam in Didactics – ver.2017

The exam will include:
1. Discussion of a theoretical issue in ELT methodology (see the list below).
2. Practical task to be designed impromptu.
A student will be given teaching materials (a text for reading or listening, a picture/pictures, song lyrics, etc.) and will have to suggest a set of activities that achieve a certain objective. For example: Consider the following picture and suggest some activities using it as a stimulus for oral work at A1 level.
3. Discussion of entries (dossier section) from the European Portfolio for Student Teachers of Languages (EPOSTL), linking the entries to particular ‚can-do‘ descriptors.

Theoretical issues for discussion:
1. The latest trends in EFL teaching - Post-method era and basic principles of language learning and teaching.
2. Common European Framework of References for Languages - Curriculum for foreign language teaching in the Czech Republic.
3. The course book - Criteria for course book selection, evaluating course books and materials for classroom use, analyses of the textbooks adopted for teaching in the Czech Republic.
4. Motivation in language learning - Characteristics, types and sources and the components of motivational teaching practice.
5. Portfolio as an instrument of assessment - ELP: its functions and content and types of portfolios.
6. Cross-curricular content in EFL - Project work: characteristics and stages.
7. Teaching listening - Processes involved in listening comprehension, information sources in comprehension and characteristics of the spoken text.
8. Teaching listening - Taxonomy of listening skills, difficulties encountered in listening, pre/while/post-listening stages and their rationale.
9. Oral communication skills in language teaching - Teaching language as communication and views on micro- and macroskills of oral communication.
10. Maximising speaking opportunities and facilitating autonomous language use - Pictures as stimuli for speaking.
11. Teaching reading in EFL classes - Oral and silent reading - advantages and disadvantages, pre/while/after-reading stages and their rationale.
12. Approaches to reading - Intensive and extensive reading, skimming and scanning.

13. Teaching writing - Difference between written and spoken language, writing micro-skills, types of classroom writing performance.
14. Assessing productive language skills - Formative function of testing, evaluating various types of speaking performance, feedback on written performance and the importance of drafting.
15. Assessing receptive language skills - Techniques of checking the comprehension of oral and written discourse.
16. Approaches and basic principles of grammar teaching - A Cognitive + Communicative approach to grammar, principles and criteria for assessing grammar activities.
17. Teaching lexis - Ways of presenting new vocabulary (explanation and illustration of meaning) and types of activities.
18. Goals, principles, and techniques of using music and poetry in the EFL classroom.
19. Technologies in EFL teaching - classroom techniques in using multimedia, principles of creating e-learning materials and the importance of feedback.
20. Authentic materials in EFL classes - selection criteria, adjustment and use.

Konzultační hodiny Mark A. Brandon, M. A.

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