English branch of the philology department
Mailing address: Ferenc Rakoczi II Transcarpathian Hungarian College of Higher Education, Philology Department, English Language and Literature Branch of the Philology Department, 90202 Berehove, Kossuth square, 6, Transcarpathia, Ukraine.
Phone: +380 3141 429 76, +380 3141 429 76, extension 124 (from abroad) or 031-41-429-76, extension 124 (from Transcarpathia’s other districts).
Fax: (031-41) -234-62.
The English Branch of the Philology Department is situated in Room Dabas on the first floor of the main building. The latter’s address is Kossuth square, 6.
The History and Activity of the English Branch of the Philology Department
The Transcarpathian Hungarian Teacher-Training Institute opened its doors to the Transcarpathian youth in 1996. At the time students could apply for paired specialities. The Institute’s departments, however, were formed later. In 1998 the Department of Linguistics was established and included all the five languages that were taught at the Institute at the time: English, Ukrainian, Hungarian, German, and French. In 2003 the Institute was named after Ferenc Rakoczi II, then in 2006 the former Department of Linguistics was subdivided into three branches (English, Hungarian, Ukrainian) and has been functioning as the Philology Department ever since. The English branch conducts both English and German language training. English language teaching has been going on since the foundation of the establishment. Each academic specialization has a specialized group that is responsible for English language teaching both at full-time and correspondence departments. The specialized group aims at providing high level English language teacher-training, as well as laying the foundation of mastering English as a foreign language for all the other specializations. Our branch is a graduate chair for English majors.
The overwhelming majority of our lecturers work full-time, many assistant lecturers are former graduates of our Institute and are now completing their postgraduate studies both at Ukrainian (Fodor K., Hnatik K., Szilágyi L.) and Hungarian universities. Lechner Ilona, our German language lecturer has defended her PhD dissertation this year at the Faculty of Humanities of ELTE university in Hungary. Dr Granville Pillar, the department’s lecturer and a native speaker of English, started teaching as a visiting professor in 2015, then he became a full-time employee in 2018. Furthermore, two American volunteers, Eric and Stacey Hoeksema, hold weekly English language and country studies classes for the first-year English majors within the framework of the American club.
Furthermore, our staff participate in ERASMUS+ academic staff mobility programmes and deliver lectures at universities abroad (ELTE, Budapest, Hungary). Lecturers of our department represent our College at national and international conferences, in Kyiv, Lviv, Uzhhorod, in Hungary’s numerous cities (Budapest, Miskolc, Zalaegerszeg), in Romania (Cluj-Napoca), Austria (Vienna), Croatia (Zagreb), Serbia (Subotica), Belgium (Brussels), Slovákia (Komárno) and even reached the USA (New York). Their publications can be found both in national and international journals. Moreover, monographs and coursebooks are published as well.
Two methodological groups work at the department: the English language and literature groups. Their research interests include:
- methods of teaching foreign languages and cultures in a multilingual environment
- English language teacher-training in a minority environment
- history of literature and literary work analysis
- the possibilities of using literary texts in teaching foreign languages
- the topical issues of translation studies and the practice of translation
Our branch maintains international educational and scientific cooperation with the English Applied Linguistics Department of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences of the University of Pécs, the Department of Multicultural Education and Translation of the Faculty of History and International Relations of Uzhhorod National University, the Transcarpathian Regional Pedagogical Training College, as well as other institutions in Ukraine and Hungary. The teaching staff of the English branch regularly participate in the jury at regional and national English language competitions, as well as in the work of the Junior Academy of Sciences. Moreover, we have a close working relationship with the Transcarpathian Hungarian Pedagogical Association.
Our lecturers take an active part in tutoring the Transcarpathian talented youth, thus developing our bright and dedicated students’ knowledge year after year at Zrínyi Ilona Transcarpathian Hungarian Vocational College, where talented Transcarpathian youth are offered tutorship and support in their scientific researches.
Table 1 lists those English majors who were students of Zrínyi Ilona Transcarpathian Hungarian Vocational College in recent years. Two of the nine students work at our department, one of them is a member of the Hungarian Branch, and one more is studying for the Master’s degree at the department.
|2000-2002||Fodor Katalin||tutor: Dr Szabó Tibor, consultant: Huszti Ilona|
|2001-2003||Hires Emőke||tutor: Dr Kótyuk István, consultant: Fábián Márta|
|Kovács Szilvia||tutor: Dr Brenzovics Marianna,
consultant: Lizák Katalin
|2006-2009||Nagy-Kolozsvári Enikő||tutor: Dr Kótyuk István, consultant: Fábián Márta|
|2008-2010||Birta László||tutor: Dr Huszti Ilona|
|2013-2015||Sütő-Máté Réka||tutor: Dr Huszti Ilona|
|2016-2017||Kovács-Bakos Alexandra Kitti||tutor: Dr Huszti Ilona|
|2016-2017||Sipos Zsuzsanna||tutor: Dr Bárány Béla|
|2017-2020||Kacsur Annamária||tutor: Dr Huszti Ilona|
Table 1. Our English majors who participated in Zrínyi Ilona Transcarpathian Hungarian Vocational College’s tutoring programme (source: the database of the English Language and Literature Branch of the Philology Department)
In 2009 Nagy Enikő, an English major took part in the XXIX National scientific student conference in Hungary and took first place. The National scientific student council awarded her a gold medal “Pro Scientia”. Her research advisor Dr Kótyuk István and the consultant Fábián Márta were given a diploma of the National scientific student conference of Hungary.
The three major international scientific conferences that we organized were held on:
8-10 November 2002. It was the first international scientific conference at the College and was entitled “Foreign language teaching in the minority environment”. One of the outstanding lectures during the plenary session was delivered by Dr Nikolov Marianne, DSc, doctor of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. The written version of the conference lectures was published in 2004 (Huszti, 2004).
10-11 April 2014. The international scientific conference was entitled “Modern trends in foreign language teaching and applied linguistics in the twenty-first century: Meeting the challenges” and was held in two sections: language pedagogy and applied linguistics. Among the plenary session speakers we had the honour to listen to professor Medgyes Péter (ELTE, Budapest), professor Nikolov Marianne (PTE, Pécs), Dr Kontra Edit (ELTE, Budapest), Jerrold Frank (USA Embassy in Kyiv) and Dr Orosz Ildikó, the president of the Ferenc Rakoczi II Transcarpathian Hungarian College of Higher Education at the time. The lectures also appeared in print (Huszti and Lechner, eds., 2018).
27-28 March 2018. The Philology Department of Ferenc Rakoczi II Transcarpathian Hungarian College of Higher Education in cooperation with the Department of Multicultural Education and Translation of the Faculty of History and International Relations of Uzhhorod National University organized an international scientific conference for the first time. The Rakoczi College in Berehove was the host institution for the two-day event, in which 122 lecturers, researchers, PhD and Master training students from 16 countries (starting with Canada, the USA, Germany, Poland, Hungary, Syria and Jordan to Japan and Indonesia) took part. The plenary session speakers included Medgyes Péter, a world-famous language pedagogue, Emeritus Professor of Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest, Dr Lebovics Viktória, lecturer at the Institute of Slavonic and Baltic Philology of Eötvös Lóránd University and Dr habil. Vancsó Ildikó, lecturer at the Faculty of Central European Studies of Constantine the Philosopher University in Nitra.
Six sections and a round-table discussion were functioning in parallel on the following main themes: “Multicultural education and teaching foreign languages”, “Language policy and language planning”, “Linguistic landscape: theory and practice”, “Applied and educational linguistics, English language skills in the XXI century”, “Theory and practice of translation: tendencies and perspectives”, “The historical and political dimensions of international relations”. The variety of themes ensured interesting or new fields for each participant. The speakers involved Virag Paula and Horvat Irina Liuba (Romania), Dr Wołek, Artur and Dr Wawrzonek Michal (Poland), Koga Masayuki (Japan), Dr Illés Éva, Dr Kontra H. Edit (Hungary), Dr Vancsó Ildikó (Slovakia), Myshko Svitlana, Todorova Natalia, Taskovics Okszana, Lyashina Alla from Uzhhorod National University, as well as speakers from other Ukrainian universities.
The programme was complex and versatile, the lectures were delivered in a variety of ways that was demonstrated by the last skype-based section. The lectures on multiculturalism and language teaching were delivered by Szabó Noémi, Csillik Éva, Nemes Zsolt, Nshiwi Darin, Failasofah Failasofah, Aziez Feisal, Alkhrisheh Hazim, Afshar Naeimeh, and Peleskei Viktória.
The abridged lectures as well as abstracts to them were published in a conference volume (Nagy-Kolozsvári and Kovács eds., 2018).