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szakzáróvizsga tételek

angol szakirány


  1. Old and Middle English literature. Introduce the background and the various literary genres current in the period (597–1066–1450). The heroic epic, the romance, lyric poetry. Talk in more detail about Chaucer's Canterbury Tales, analysing two particular tales.
  2. English drama from medieval times to the Renaissance. Introduce the main developments in, and the major dramatic genres of, the period (theatrical traditions, performances, audiences; tragedy, comedy, tragi-comedy, the chronicle play, the romance). Discuss, in detail, one comedy and one tragedy either by Marlowe or Shakespeare.
  3. English poetry from Wyatt to Milton. Introduce the main developments in the history of the genre in the period (the birth of new poetical forms in England, the reception of the Continental Renaissance, etc.). Discuss, in detail, three representative works of the genre written in the period.
  4. The long eighteenth century. Provide an overview of the era, highlighting the major developments in its literature (Restoration drama; the rise of the novel; diverse trends in eighteenth century poetry). Discuss, in detail, one longer work (drama, novel) or two major poems from the period.
  5. Romanticism. Provide an overview of the era, highlighting the major developments in its literature (the emergence of Romanticism: the historical context, the intellectual and poetic inheritance; the first generation of Romantic poets; the second generation of Romantic poets). Discuss, in detail, two representative works from the period.
  6. The Victorian age. Provide an overview of the era, highlighting the major developments in its literature (the Romantic tradition; Victorian realism; transition towards modernism). Discuss, in detail, one novel, or two major poems from the period.
  7. The English novel from the 1890s to the 1960s. Introduce the main developments in the history of the genre in the period (modernism, realism, allegory and satire, utopia and dystopia, etc.). Discuss, in detail, one representative novel.
  8. English drama from the 1890s to the 1960s. Introduce the main developments in the history of the genre in the period (the comedy of ideas, turn-of-the century experimentation, modernism, the theatre of the absurd, the “Angries” and the kitchen-sink drama, etc.). Discuss, in detail, one representative drama.
  9. English poetry from the 1890s to the 1960s. Introduce the main developments in the history of the genre in the period (early and “classical” modernism, the “engaged” poetry of the 1930s and 1940s, New Romanticism, the Movement, etc.). Discuss, in detail, two representative poems.
  10. Contemporary English literature. Highlight some characteristic developments in the literature of the recent past. Introduce the work, in some detail, of a major writer or poet (Salman Rushdie, John Fowles, Angela Carter, Tom Stoppard, Seamus Heaney).
  11. American poetry and drama. Discuss one of the following topics in detail: American poetry from the period of Colonization to the age of Enlightenment; The poetry of Edgar Allan Poe, Walt Whitman and Emily Dickinson; High modernism and radical modernism (Ezra Pound, Robert Frost, T. S. Eliot, Wallace Stevens, William Carlos Williams), the Harlem Renaissance (Langston Hughes); Postmodern poetry (the Black Mountain Poets, the Beats, the Confessionals, the San Francisco Renaissance, the New York School, the Language Poets); Modern American drama (Eugene O'Neill, Tennessee Williams, Arthur Miller, Edward Albee).
  12. American prose and fiction. Discuss one of the following topics, in detail: American prose from the period of Colonization to the age of Enlightenment; Aspects of 19th century prose (Edgar Allan Poe, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Herman Melville, Mark Twain, Henry James); American Transcendentalism (Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, Margaret Fuller); 19th century women writers and the slave narrative; Modernist fiction (F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, William Faulkner); Twentieth century women writers (Kate Chopin, Edith Wharton, Villa Cather, Toni Morrison), Postmodern fiction (Thomas Pynchon, John Barth, Robert Coover, Kurt Vonnegut).


  1. Outlines of Roman Britain. Anglo-Saxon England c. 450 to 1066.
  2. The Norman Conquest and the early feudal system 1066–1199.
  3. Magna Carta and the early parliaments 1208–1295.
  4. The Hundred Years' War: causes, history and consequences. The Great Plague, The Peasants' Rising and Wycliffe.
  5. Tudor England: Henry VII, Henry VIII, Elizabeth I.
  6. Cromwell's revolution, restoration, and the Williamite settlement (Glorious Revolution) 1642–1690.
  7. Georgian Britain: the industrial, social and political revolution of the 18th century.
  8. The rise and decline of Victorian Britain. Party politics, Empire and social upheaval. Crises in Ireland.
  9. The road to the First World War. The Great War and its consequences for the British political, social and economic scene.
  10. Britain during the Inter-war years; Appeasement; and the Second World War. The Beveridge Report (1920–1945).
  11. The post-war Labour government and its achievements; the Suez Crisis, 1956. The post-war consensus in Britain until 1979.
  12. Margaret Thatcher's economic and social revolution (1979–1990) and its legacy to the present day.

kultúra, országismeret

  1. Cultural Studies (main concepts, features, origins and traditions)
  2. Experiencing everyday culture (definitions, elements, features, levels of cultures, cultural awareness, cross-cultural awareness, culture bumps)
  3. The role of culture in communication (components of communicative competence; importance of pragmatics and non-verbal features in cross-cultural communication)
  4. Comparing cultures (dimensions of national cultures: relating to self and others, to context and situations, to time, to communication)
  5. Exploring cultures (ways of exploring cultures; emergence of cultural stereotypes; core values and perceptions of an English speaking culture)
  6. Culture learning (important features of enculturation; the process and stages of acculturation; role and forms of learner ethnography)
  7. Language and culture (using language for describing reality, linguistic relativity, the role of context)
  8. Language and Identity (speech and discourse communities; language use as an act of identification; code switching)
  9. Discourse and culture (reader and writer responsibility, contrastive rhetoric, text features, types of text structure)
  10. Translation and culture (cultural mediation, transfer, text (re)production, standards of textuality, equivalence vs. appropriateness)
  11. Intercultural competence (limitations of communicative competence models; the intercultural speaker construct; aspects of intercultural communicative competence; skills for intercultural communication)
  12. National cultures as reflected in films, literature and the media (Here students can choose one of the three areas to show some more in-depth familiarity with aspects of a particular contemporary English speaking society, which they are expected to have acquired through lectures, optional seminars and/or a thesis)



  1. The areas of linguistics. Definition and components of grammar. Other areas of linguistics. Distinction between phonetics/phonology, semantics/pragmatics, descriptive/prescriptive grammar.
  2. Language variation. Codes and situations. Language and dialect, standard and non-standard, speech and writing. Style.
  3. Language acquisition and learning. Native language vs. second language. The stages of child language acquisition.
  4. Language change. Historical linguistics. Sound change, grammatical change, lexical change. Language families, their branches. Proofs for the relatedness of languages.
  5. phonology

  6. Speech sounds, phonemes, allophones, distributions, phonetic similarity, alternations, neturalization.
  7. The connection between spelling and pronunciation, regular and irregular spelling, the indication of tense and lax vowels in spelling.
  8. Segmental rules: r-dropping or r-insertion, breaking, broadenig, yod-dropping, tense/lax alternations (vowel shift). Structure dependence, strong- and weak-boundary affixes.
  9. Stress rules, word stress, compound stress, sentence stress, stress clash, stress shift; intonation.
  10. syntax

  11. Syntactic aspects of words: word categories; distribution; categorial features; thematic and functional categories; subcategorisation; the lexicon.
  12. Structure: hierarchical structure (constituents); phrases; grammatical functions; tests for structure; the X-bar framework (heads, complements, specifiers); adjunction.
  13. The verb phrase: subcategories of verbs (unaccusative, causative, ergative, transitive, intransitive, prepositional, clausal complement, phrasal and multiple complement verbs); the role of light verbs; aspect and the role of auxiliary verbs.
  14. Clause structure: tense and inflections (finite and non-finite), the subject, the complementiser system (and its role in sentence force); wh-movement and inversion; non-finite clauses (ECM, raising and control structures).

alkalmazott nyelvészet

  1. Second language acquisition theories
  2. Linguistic analyses in SLA research.
  3. Communicative competence and performance
  4. Discourse analysis: cohesion and coherence
  5. Discourse analysis: text types
  6. Pragmatics
  7. Sociolinguistics
  8. Psycholinguistics
  9. Individual differences in SLA (age, aptitude, affective states, personality)
  10. Motivation and motivating in the foreign language classroom
  11. Learning styles and strategies
  12. The assessment of foreign language skills

amerikanisztika szakirány

amerikai kultúra

  1. The ideological origins of the U.S. Constitution
  2. The Legislative
  3. The Executive
  4. The Judiciary
  5. The First Amendment Rights
  6. The Due Process of Law
  7. The History of the Political Parties
  8. The Presidential and Congressional Elections
  9. The Interest Groups
  10. The Federal System
  11. The Living Constitution
  12. Critical Issues in Present-Day American Society

amerikai nyelv és nyelvészet

  1. This history of American English
  2. The study of American dialects
  3. Dialects of American English
  4. American slang
  5. British-American differences
  6. Theories of British-American differences
  7. Issues in human cognition
  8. Categorization
  9. Mental frames
  10. Metonymy
  11. Metaphor
  12. Culture and cognition

amerikai irodalom

  1. The Literature of Colonization and Puritanism: histories, poetry, the captivity narrative
  2. The American Enlightenment: the Revolution and the Early Republic (Franklin, Paine, Jefferson)
  3. 19th century women writers and the slave narrative
  4. Discuss American Transcendentalism in general, and choose one author for detailed discussion.( Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, Margaret Fuller)
  5. Compare the poetry of Walt Whitman and Emily Dickinson.
  6. General aspects of XIXth century prose: Nathaniel Hawthorne, Herman Melville, Edgar Allan Poe, Mark Twain, Henry James; choose one for detailed discussion
  7. Twentieth century women writers: the first and second generation (Chopin, Jewett, Freeman, Gilman, Wharton, Cather; Plath, Bishop, Rich, Morrison, Walker, Silko, Oates, Lorde, Angelou ) Choose one author from each generation for detailed discussion
  8. Modernist poetry: high modernism and radical modernism (Pound, Frost, Eliot, Stevens, Williams, Stein, H.D., Loy)
  9. Modernist fiction (Stein, Barnes, Fitzgerald, Hemingway, Faulkner, Wright)
  10. Describe general aspects of the Harlem Renaissance and choose one author for detailed discussion. (Alain Locke, DuBois, Hurston, Hughes, Wright, Larsen)
  11. Modern American drama (O'Neill, Williams, Miller, Albee), choose one for detailed discussion
  12. General aspects of postmodern poetry and fiction (the Black Mountain Poets, the Beats, the San Francisco Renaissance, the New York School, the Language Poets, Pynchon, Barth, Coover, Barthelme, Gass, Hawkes, Vonnegut; Suckenick, Federman, Reed, Abish)

amerikai történelem

  1. Nagy-Britannia amerikai gyarmatai a 17. és 18. században (The American colonies of Great Britain in the 17th and 18th centuries)
  2. Az amerikai függetlenségi háború (The American War of Independence)
  3. Az Egyesült Államok területi növekedése, kialakulása (The territorial growth of the U.S.)
  4. Rabszolgatartás és az amerikai társadalom (Slavery and American society)
  5. Az amerikai polgárháború és a rekonstrukció (The Civil War and Reconstruction)
  6. Amerika mint a bevándorlók nemzete (‘A Nation of Immigrants’)
  7. Az Egyesült Államok az I. világháborúban (The U.S. in World War I)
  8. F. D. Roosevelt elnök és a „New Deal” gazdaság-és társadalompolitikája (President F.D. Roosevelt and the New Deal)
  9. Az Egyesült Államok az II. világháborúban (The U.S. in World War II)
  10. Az Egyesült Államok és a hidegháború (The U.S. in the Cold War)
  11. A nők szerepe, a női egyenjogúság alakulása az amerikai történelemben (The role of women and the rise of gender equality in American history)
  12. Amerikai–magyar kapcsolatok a történelemben (U.S.–Hungarian relations in history)

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