The Department offers Bachelor's and Master's degree programs in teaching Slovak language and literature in combination with other subjects. Our study programs include lectures, seminars and language development classes in Slovak linguistics, literature and didactics of the Slovak language and literature. Some of the subjects are provided in cooperation with the Department of Primary Education. Our department is an academic educational-research center, we publish and take part of international scientific conferences. The Department systematically builds its long-term cooperation with several Slovak and foreign institutions. This cooperation is carried out in the form of joint projects, as well as students and staff exchange. In the area of research the Department focuses mainly on: Slovak literature abroad; Interpretation of literary text; Urban and regional Slovak literature; Contrastive grammar; Linguistic image of the world in Slovak and Hungarian.
Head of Department:
Dr. habil. Sándor János Tóth, PhD.
prof. PhDr. Juraj Vaňko, CSc.
PaedDr. Jaroslav Vlnka, PhD.
tel.: 00421 (35) 3260 608
New monograph of J. Vaňko
Professor Juraj Vaňko as the researcher of the project APVV18-0473 Classification model of the error rate of machine translation: a step towards a more objective evaluation of translation quality published the monograph Machine translation as a confrontation of languages. Why does the machine sometimes make mistakes and sometimes not? The monograph was published electronically by the UKF Faculty of Science in Nitra, where the project was carried out, and is available online at https://doi.org/10.17846/FPVaI-2023-37 The focus of this publication is the contrastive linguistic analysis of identification, existential, possessive and sentence structures expressing properties in English, German and Slovak from the perspective of their machine translation. The goal of such focused research is to clarify the common and different properties of the semantic-syntactic structure of the mentioned sentence structures, and to find out to what extent errors in their machine translation correlate with the similarity or difference of their syntactic-semantic construction.
The outlined procedure for analyzing errors occurring during machine translation also contributes to a deeper understanding of contrasting phenomena in the language system of the compared languages, which can also be useful for school practice, i.e. for studying foreign languages. This targeted analysis is all the more relevant because there are only a few comparative Slovak-English or English-Slovak and similarly Slovak-German / German-Slovak studies. Not to mention the comparative grammars of these languages. The indicated contrastive-linguistic analysis of the mentioned four sentence structures in English, German and Slovak from the perspective of their machine translation represents only a section of the broad issue of confrontational research of sentence types, which the author intends to devote himself to even after the completion of the aforementioned APVV project.
Spatial, material, and technical provision of the study programme Slovak language and literature teacher training in combination
a. List and characteristics of the classrooms of the study programme and their technical equipment.
Education in the study programme Slovak language and literature teacher training in combination takes place in following classrooms of Faculty of Education J. Selye University:
T103 (capacity: 45 people)
T105 (capacity: 30 people)
T107 (capacity: 30 people)
T201 (capacity: 45 people)
T213 (capacity: 25 people)
T301 (capacity: 40 people)
T306 (capacity: 25 people)
T402 (capacity: 34 people)
T501 (capacity: 42 people)
T504 (capacity: 25 people)
T506 (capacity: 25 people)
Each classroom is equipped with presentation techniques. The classroom T107 serves as specialized classroom for student of study programme. The equipment includes: posters on Slovak literature, wall maps, library of the Department, workbooks and textbooks for teaching Slovak language and literature in primary and secondary schools.
b. Characteristics of the study programme information management (access to study literature according to Course information sheets, access to information databases and other information sources, information technologies, etc.).
The university library provides physical access to the literature for the study programme, at least to the extent of the compulsory literature listed in the course information sheets. The library uses the DAWINCI library information system, which is a modern library information system that integrates the latest elements from server applications, database systems, document management and, in conjunction with library knowledge and experience, transforms them into a comprehensive multimedia library system. Since 2006, the University Library JSU has also used this library information system to manage the library collection, manage loans and admin system of publication activities. The system provides users with access to individual library collections through the OPAC Online catalogue via the website. The University Library of JSU just like other university libraries, is involved in the central register of the admin system of publication activities for the needs of the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports of the Slovak Republic. Access of students and teachers to the necessary databases is also solved by remote access via CVTI SR. This approach provides access to foreign scientific journals available in the online databases of individual publishers. The university library organizes workshops that support orientation in publication databases and work with literary sources.
c. Characteristics and extent of distance education applied in the study programme with the assignment to courses. Accesses, manuals of e-learning portals. Procedures for the transition from contact teaching to distance learning.
For the needs of distance education or education by a combined method, the university has 4 BigBlueButton video conference servers in operation. An alternative tool for distance learning is the MS Teams platform, as part of the Office 365 A1 for faculty package, which is available to all teachers and students. In 2015, an e-learning system based on the open-source LMS Moodle was created and put into operation at JSU. Moodle continues to offer the possibility of publishing study and additional materials for individual courses, the possibility of assigning homework and electronic testing of knowledge in the authorised zone. In addition to the possibility of cable connection, which is available in the halls of residence, UL and other selected places, students in all JSU buildings have access to the Internet via WiFi connectivity. The person's authentication (login name and password) is required to connect to the network. In 2016, a centralized print system was introduced, which is also available to students.
d. Institution partners in providing educational activities for the study programme and the characteristics of their participation.
Main institution partners in providing educational activities for the study programme are practising schools and kindergartens which contribute the pedagogical praxis for students of study programme as trainee teachers.
The Faculty of Education is in collaboration with more than 30 practising schools and kindergartens in Slovakia. There are practising schools not only in Komárno, but in Dunajská Streda, Veľký Meder, Galanta, Nové Zámky, Rožňava, Kráľovský Chlmec, Bratislava, Šahy, Štúrovo, Veľké Kapušany, Kolárovo and Rimavská Sobota as well.
In the course of pedagogical praxis students observe and analyse the process of education, learn how to apply theoretical knowledge, and acquire essential skills for the pedagogical profession.
e. Characteristics of the possibilities for social, sports, cultural, spiritual and social activities.
The conditions of providing scholarships from the state budget as well as from JSU's own resources are regulated by the JSU Scholarship Rules and Regulations. During their studies, JSU also provides its students with a stimulating environment. JSU effectively manages and operates JSU Halls of Residence (Dormitories), where it provides comfortable accommodation to university students with suitable conditions for quality housing with adequate hygienic standards and safety. In the area of the Halls of Residence there is a multifunctional sports ground enabling students to meaningfully spend their free time and play sports. JSU also provides students with catering services in the building of the JSU Conference Centre. In the university’s Sports Centre, students have the opportunity to play sports and carry out other leisure activities.
The university also aims to provide opportunities for cultural, social and spiritual activities. Young talents will find their place in the Cantus Iuventus choir. Students also have the opportunity to visit a chapel established in the Čajka Hall of Residence.
f. Possibilities and conditions for participation of the study programme students in mobilities and internships (indicating contact details), application instructions, rules for recognition of this education.
J. Selye University offers its students foreign student mobility opportunities within the mobility programmes Erasmus+, Makovecz and CEEPUS.
The Unit for International Relations of Rector´s Office in cooperation with the faculties of JSU regularly organizes information Erasmus+ days and workshops and offers the possibility of personal or online consultations. Promotional materials, leaflets and brochures are distributed to JSU students. At the same time, the Unit for International Relations of Rector´s Office regularly publishes information on its activities on the website and shares information to students, teachers and employees of JSU through the information tools of the university.
Other mobility programs