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DEPARTMENTS OF THE FACULTY

DEPARTMENT OF BASIC STUDIES AND TEACHING METHODOLOGY

 

The Departments faculty teach foundation courses in psychology and pedagogy, as well as related subjects in methodology and social sciences. Faculty members also carry out research in these disciplines.

 

Head of the Department:

Róbert Rigó, PhD

Professor

rigo.robert@pk.uni-neumann.hu

 

 

DEPARTMENT OF FOREIGN LANGUAGES AND FURTHER EDUCATION

 

 

The Department of Foreign Languages and Further Education offers courses in foreign languages for students from all of the Faculties of John von Neumann University. “Foreign Language for Special Purposes” is a two-semester course whose objective is to teach students the basic vocabulary of their profession and to enable them to communicate basic educational concepts in the target language. In the first semester, students read about and discuss general topics related to professional language use, while second-semester students are trained to tackle unique problems, both orally and in writing.

The Department has also launched “language exam preparatory courses” for students from all Faculties. These courses are especially recommended to those students who have not yet obtained the language-exam certificate required for receiving their degree. They can choose between courses preparing them for the oral and written sections

of the exam in English, German, or French.

At the Teacher Training Faculty, the Department also accommodates specialised courses within the “Foreign Language Content Area”, both in English and in German. Students who elect to take the English or German content area will learn over four semesters how children aged 6-12 acquire foreign languages, and what methods should be applied in their teaching. Training in this content area is completed by practice teaching, which can be accomplished in lower primary school, or in grades 5 and 6. During the language classes taught in the primary school, students can put their theoretical knowledge to the test, and can gain first-hand experience in primary-school language education. Training in this content area closes with a comprehensive exam that involves an assessment of the students linguistic level, a synthesis of their theoretical and practical experience, and the presentation of a small-scale classroom research project. The degree to be obtained in this content area is equivalent to a complex advanced‑level language exam (Level C1).

Furthermore, the Department of Foreign Languages and Further Education organises accredited “further training courses” for graduate teachers. These trainings include four-semester programmes on preparing for a certification exam, two-semester post­graduate specialised programmes, and other courses focusing on special pedagogical issues. Graduate teachers also have the possibility to add another content area to their degree through correspondence courses.

Among our programmes that help teachers prepare for their certification exams, trainings held in Language and Speech Development, Developmental Pedagogy, Differentiating Pedagogy, and Drama Pedagogy are the most popular. Our trainings in Ethnography and Ethnology, Puppet Pedagogy, and Museum Pedagogy have been launched recently, and teachers can also take a certification exam in these subjects.

Our 30–60-class post-graduate specialised courses focus on current trends and issues within the fields of pedagogy and primary-school education. Our trainings also cover additional domains, such as non-formal learning, conflict management, personality development through art, promotion of successful teaching and learning, leisure-time organisation, and others.

Our trainings are practice-oriented and are based on in-school experience. They provide teachers with an opportunity for professional replenishment and reinvigoration on the basis of modern theoretical knowledge, and through the analysis of best practices that help with day-to-day work. Our trainings are held at the weekends (Friday afternoon and/or Saturday morning), so they are easily accessible for teachers in active employment as well.

 

Head of the Department:

Éva Ujlakyné Szűcs, PhD

Professor

ujlakyne.eva@pk.uni-neumann.hu

 

 

DEPARTMENT OF ARTS AND MOTHER TONGUE EDUCATION

 

The three professional teams of the Department conduct academic research and artistic production in the following fields: mother-tongue instruction, visual arts, and music. The art courses offered in English are especially attractive.

 

Head of the Department:

Attila Smuta, DLA

Professor

smuta.attila@pk.uni-neumann.hu

 

 

PHYSICAL EDUCATION AND SPORTS CENTER

 

The provision of sporting opportunities for university students is of paramount importance: on the one hand, students must attend physical education courses prescribed by the curriculum, and on the other, trainings, sports days, and national championships are organised in order to meet their additional recreational demands.

 

Head of the Department:

Zoltán Szatmári, PhD

Professor

szatmari.zoltan@pk.uni-neumann.hu