Foreign Languages Department

Foreign Languages Department of the Theatre Faculty JAMU managed the teaching of English, German, French, Spanish and Russian. English for complete and perpetual beginners is not taught at the TF; the prerequisite for participation in the lessons is an A1–A2 level. The other languages (G, F, S, R) are offered even for complete beginners. The concept of foreign language teaching is focused on the development and improvement of language proficiency and communication abilities, with an emphasis on professional terminology in the field of dramatic arts.

In the first year of the bachelor’s and master’s degree programmes, students choose one compulsory foreign language and complete the course during the first 4 semesters of studies. The students of the Theatre Management and Stage Technology Studio and the Theatre and Education for the Deaf Studio are an exception, as they have compulsory English lessons. In addition to the compulsory language, students can enrol in another foreign language from the range of faculty-wide elective courses.

Attendance is compulsory, minimum attendance is 70%. The winter semester is completed with a classified credit and the summer semester with an exam.

If a student applies for recognition of language proficiency on the basis of a language certificate, or if he or she believes that his or her proficiency in the foreign language exceeds the requirements of the course, the student has the right to request an “opt-out” exam. The application must be submitted at the beginning of the winter semester in the first year, during the period for “Changes in Course Enrolment”. More detailed information on the content of the exam, which covers the material from all four semesters of the course, will be given to the student by the relevant foreign language teacher.

Scheduling of compulsory foreign language teaching by the number of hours and disciplines:

2 x 90 minutes per week:

  • Audiovisual Media and Theatre (1st and 2nd year)
  • Theatre Dramaturgy (1st and 2nd year)
  • Theatre Directing (1st and 2nd year)
  • Theatre Management (1st and 2nd year)
  • Stage Management and Technology (1st and 2nd year)
  • Radio and TV Dramaturgy and Scriptwriting (1st and 2nd year)

1x 90 minutes per week:

  • Dramatic Acting (1st and 2nd year)
  • Theatre Management (3rd year)
  • Theatre and Education (1st and 2nd year)
  • Theatre and Education for the Deaf (1st and 2nd year)
  • Physical Theatre (1st and 2nd year)
  • Musical Acting (1st and 2nd year)
  • Set and Costume Design (1st and 2nd year)

Multilingual glossary of dramatic arts terminology

A multilingual glossary of dramatic arts terminology was created within the Increasing the Quality of Education at JAMU project, reg. No CZ.02.2.69/0.0/0.0/16_015/0002245. The output was 500 basic terms and phrases from the field of dramatic arts taught at the Theatre Faculty JAMU, matching the Czech expressions with English expressions (subject-area classification Acting, Theatre Production).

From a technical point of view, the aim of the project was to prepare the following:

(a) an electronic database in the form of a metadata structure to allow future testing of additional lexicographic functions such as the extension of the glossary to other languages and potential testing of the entry structure (subject-area classification, definitions, hypernyms, hyponyms, synonyms, antonyms, style, phraseology, etc.);

(b) a platform for the implantation of multimedia formats (hyperlinking with relevant professional resources on the Internet and with the JAMU Information System).

The published materials are available only for study and research purposes of the JAMU academic community.