Course Catalogue

Subjects Taught in English and Course Descriptions

 

 

Course unit code

Subject

ECTS credits

Semester

Course descriptions

BERAS01

Early Childhood Pedagogy

6 credits

practical course mark

2 lessons/week

Dr. László Varga

Fall & Spring

The aim of the course is to introduce students that the first years of life are important, because what happens in early childhood can matter for a lifetime. Science shows us what children must have, and what they need to be protected from, in order to promote their healthy development. Stable, responsive, nurturing relationships and rich learning experiences in the earliest years provide lifelong benefits for learning, behaviour and both physical and mental health. Interpretation and understanding the first years of human life, early childhood and childhood have undergone paradigmatic changes in the last few years.

BERAS02

Educational Sciences in Cross-cultural Setting

6 credits

practical course mark

10 lessons/term

Dr. Arianna Kitzinger

Fall & Spring The aim of the course is to help students develop their intercultural and cross-cultural competence so as to enable them to work with fellow teachers from different countries. Through various simulations, role play exercises and panel discussions, students will actually find out the drawbacks and advantages of international level cross-cultural cooperation. It is also the aim of the course to highlight the pedagogical theories, issues and problems related to cross-culturalism.

BERAS03

Performing Arts in Teacher Training  6 credits

practical course mark

10 lessons/term

Ibolya Koloszár

 Fall & Spring

The aim of this seminar is to help students develop their performing skills through various acting techniques and drama-based exercises and by performing a whole play. Students of these seminars will acquire the necessary skills in practice to be able to use school plays for the purpose of personal enrichment of their students.

BERAS04

Theory and Practice of  Innovation in Pedagogy

6 credits

practical course mark

10 lessons/term

Dr. Réka Kissné Zsámboki

Fall & Spring

This course examines the theory and practice of innovation in various specialty of pedagogy. Participants will be learn about how, why, and at what rate new ideas and technology spread through cultures and get acquainted with the success criteria of the innovation. Students will be facilitated and inspired to create mind maps and work out project ideas.

BERAS05

History of Childhood

6 credits

practical course mark

2 lessons/week

Dr. László Varga

Fall & Spring

 

 

A look into the history of childhood shows that childhood is constructed differently in different times and places. The purpose of this course is to provide students with a base of knowledge regarding the changing historical experiences and meanings of childhood, in both the western and non-western world.  In this course we will explore the highly variable ways childhood has been constructed both across cultures and throughout history. We will research the culture children create and transmit for themselves, including their folklore, art, writing, activism, and responses to the world. We will also investigate cultural products created for children.

BERAS06

Kindergarten Pedagogy

6 credits

practical course mark

2 lessons/ week

Dr. Réka Kissné Zsámboki

Fall

Main topics of the course: Early childhood education in Hungary and across Europe. Personality, knowledge, skills and competencies of kindergarten teachers. Planning strategies and the method and practice of project based learning in the practice of early childhood education. Working with families: formal and non-formal ways of discussing parents. Responsibility, tolerance and care. Different ways of thinking and learning in early childhood. 

BERAS07

Comparative Kindergarten Pedagogy

6 credits

practical course mark

2 lessons/ week

Dr. Réka Kissné Zsámboki

Spring

 

Topics of the course: Social, cultural, cognitive, emotional etc. aspects of differences in children’s communities in the kindergarten. Talented children, children with special educational needs and care. Multicultural aspects of early childhood education. Principles and practise of inclusion in education.

BERAS08

Theory and Practice of Bi- and Multilingualism

6 credits

practical course mark

1 lesson/ week

Dr. Arianna Kitzinger

Fall & Spring

Students will acquire the theory of bi- and multilingualism which will be used in practice later. First they will get familiar with the basic sociolinguistic terms and phenomena like the types of bilingualism, code-switching and code-mixing, the dominance of the English language, the role of EFL, ESL, EAL etc. Then, they will deal with the different language policies and language rights in Europe and how they are manifested in the practice of early childhood language development. Each term ends with a mark, except for the last one after which students will take an examination. The subject is also a part of the English comprehensive exam at the end of the kindergarten trainees’ BA studies.

BERAS09

English Communication

6 credits

practical course mark

2 lessons/ week

Ibolya Koloszár

Fall & Spring

The course aims to prepare students to widen their professional phraseology in communication so that they could use it in different areas and in different situations. They should be able to cope with communication challenges in and outside the kindergarten on intermediate and advanced language level. The themes are made up of the topics of everyday communication and the technical terminology for pre-school teachers. Each term ends with a mark, except for the last one after which students will take an examination. The subject is also a part of the English comprehensive exam at the end of the kindergarten trainees’ BA studies.

BERAS10

English Literature

6 credits

practical course mark

2 lessons/ week

Dr. Arianna Kitzinger

Spring

The course outlines the major trends and the most outstanding representatives of English and American literature together with familiarising students with the culture of English-speaking countries. Students should understand and analyse, in a communicative way, the given literary works. The course will introduce the beginning of the English and American literature, their past and present, and will provide students with extracts from English and American literature. It is a one-term subject which ends with a mark. The subject is also a part of the English comprehensive exam at the end of the kindergarten trainees’ BA studies.

BERAS11

Methodology of English in the Kindergarten

6 credits

practical course mark

1 lesson/ week

Dr. Arianna Kitzinger

Fall & Spring

 

 

 

The course is based on the differentiation of foreign language teaching and foreign language acquisition. Therefore, students should get acquainted with modern theoretical and practical tendencies in pre-school education where foreign languages are developed. The different areas of early foreign language acquisition will be discussed in details with a special stress on English songs, rhymes and tales in the kindergarten. Students should also get acquainted with international technical literature and be able to apply it. Mastering technical vocabulary is a must. Each term ends with a mark. The subject is also a part of the English comprehensive exam at the end of the kindergarten trainees’ BA studies.

BERAS12

Use of English

6 credits

practical course mark

2 lessons/ week

Ibolya Koloszár

Fall & Spring

The correct use of the language is in focus. Grammar points, speaking, listening – in cohesion. Attention is directed to accuracy by recognizing prepositions, expressions, phrases, idioms different from the native language.

BERAS13

British Civilization and Intercultural Studies 

6 credits

practical course mark

2 lesson/ week

Ibolya Koloszár

Spring

Topics like UK-physical features, England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, London, the media, the parliament, ethnic minorities, customs and habits, rules and rights, the education system and other up-to-date topics are concerned in a highly interactive way. A new approach of getting to know other people/other cultures. The course is built on students’ own experiences in the first place. Through self-knowledge we can get to understanding other nations. The course is a very communicative and interactive introduction into intercultural studies.

BERAS14

Institutional Practices

6 credits

practical course mark

3 lessons/ week

Dr. Réka Kissné Zsámboki

Fall & Spring

 

The course aims to prepare students for their profession by applying theory in practice, by humane pedagogical attitude and by developing skills necessary for conscious pedagogical work. Students should lead an observation diary throughout the terms and should take an active part in the life of the institution (primary or secondary grammar school/kindergarten/nursery etc.).

BERAS15

English Language Improvement Seminar

6 credits

practical course mark

2 lesson/ week

Ibolya Koloszár

Fall & Spring

The main aim of the Language Improvement seminars is to improve the students’ personal command of spoken and written English and their communicative competence while paying special attention to the language content, namely grammar and vocabulary, as well.

BERAS16

Children’s Literature

6 credits

practical course mark

2 lesson/ week

Dr. Arianna Kitzinger

Spring

The main aim of the course is to familiarize students with folk tales and children stories in English through drama practice.

BERAS17

Pedagogical Aspects of Play

6 credits

practical course mark

2 lessons/ week

Dr. Éva Hartl

Fall & Spring

The main aim of the course is to develop creativity, skills and competencies that necessary for facilitating children’s play and creating toys. Required skills: creativity, good ideas, capabilities for play, special manual, visual and artistic skills (eg. origami, sewing, paper folding, creations by sticking etc.)

BERAS18

Sport

3 credits

practical course mark

2 lessons/week

Dr. István Ágoston Simon

Fall & Spring

 

 

The subjects focus on the theoretical and practical basis of sports. The aim of this course is to train students who are able to use and teach the theoretical and practical value of sports (eg. objectives, exercises, and fields of application of sports, basic and combined movements of sports etc.) Students will acquire the teaching methods of various elements and get ideas of required skills. Sport pedagogy is also taught during the course.

BERAS19

Art

3 credits

practical course mark

2 lessons/week

Dr. Tibor Gáspárdy

Fall & Spring

 

 

The aim of this course is to discuss the importance of art in young children's learning and development. Art engages children's senses in open-ended play and develops cognitive, social, emotional and sensori-motor skills. Art is a cooperative learning experience that provides pleasure, challenge, and a sense of mastery. Instruction in the arts is one of the best ways in which to involve the different modes of learning; through art, children learn complex thinking skills and master developmental tasks.

BERAS20

Introduction to Hungarian as a foreign language

6 credits

practical course mark

2 lessons/week

Ibolya Koloszár

Fall & Spring

 

A beginning course in which the speaking, listening, writing and reading skills are introduced and practiced, with the goal of attaining “Survival Hungarian” . Students are familiarized with basic grammatical structure, vocabulary, and verbs in the present, past and future tenses. Discussion of major cultural differences between Hungary and the students’ home country, folkloric songs and varied activities and meetings will  provide cultural insight,  information and enrichment.

 

BERAS22

Institutional Practices II

6 credits

practical course mark

3 lessons/ week

Dr. Réka Kissné Zsámboki

 Fall & Spring

The course aims to prepare students for their profession by applying theory in practice, by humane pedagogical attitude and by developing skills necessary for conscious pedagogical work. Students should lead an observation diary throughout the terms and should take an active part in the life of the institution (primary or secondary grammar school/kindergarten/nursery etc.).