PLEASE NOTE: The Centre for English Teacher Training (CETT) has been disbanded and most of its responsibilities have been taken over by The Department of English Language Pedagogy (DELP)

 Please visit the DELP website for up-to-date information about programmes, staff etc.

This website is retained for reasons of historical interest, and to provide information for students who belong to the outgoing BEd Programme (AFN codes) and the Second Degree Programme (AEL Codes)

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Budapest XIV
Ajtósi Dürer sor 19,

(++36 1) 460 4400, 343 0148 (campus switchboard + extensions to various offices).

(++36 1) 460 4424 (direct line to department secretary's office).

Fax: (++36 1) 460 4403 (direct line), 4060 (internal fax extension).

Administrative Staff:

Acting Director: Uwe Pohl, Associate Professor, ext. 4253, e-mail:

Deputy Director: Király Zsolt, Senior Lecturer, ext. 4259, e-mail:

Departmental Secretary: Dr.Dereráné Varga Éva, ext. 4270, e-mail:

Self-Access Centre Librarian: Balogh Éva, ext. 4237, e-mail:

Technician: Selmeczi Tamás, ext. 4468 & 4281, e-mail:

The Department and its Activities - a Brief History

Origins: Pre-service Training and the CETT B.Ed. Programme

The Centre for English Teacher Training (CETT-ELTE) was established in 1990 in response to the increased demand for qualified English teachers which followed radical changes in national education policy in the late 1980's. CETT-ELTE developed a single-major three-year "fast-track" pre-service teacher education programme leading to the B.Ed. in English Language Teaching, complemented by special departmental projects in mentoring, self-access and language testing. In 2002, following changes to the law regulating teacher education, the three-year programme was converted into a four-year programme which was almost identical in content, but was taken as part of a double major. The final cohort of students entered the programme in the autumn of 2004; by the time the last graduates emerged in 2009, CETT had produced just over 1,000 trained teachers. 

The B.Ed. Programme includes four main areas: Philology (English Literature & Linguistics), General Pedagogy & Psychology, Language Improvement and ELT Methodology. The first two areas are taught by other departments of SEAS and by the Pedagogy and Psychology departments, where B.Ed. students take the same courses as M.A. students. Language and ELT Methodology courses are organised and taught by CETT. The degree is officially described as a "nyelvtanári diploma (fõiskolai szintû)", but graduates are qualified to teach in secondary as well as primary schools. (For clarification, click HERE)

A full description of the CETT ELTE B.Ed. programme, together with its early history, basic philosophy, problems and aspirations, can be found in Medgyes, P. and Malderez, A. (Eds.) (1996) Changing Perspectives in Teacher Education. London: Heinemann.

New Directions: Outreach, In-service Training and the Second Degree Programme

Although originally founded as a pre-service training institution, CETT-ELTE was always involved in various forms of in-service training. Initially this generally meant offering professional consultation or workshops for the staff of other institutions, or running one-semester, specialist courses in areas such as mentoring or language testing. In the Autumn of 2003, CETT-ELTE introduced a Second Degree Programme for qualified teachers of other subjects (and/or other languages) who wish to teach English, or to teach other subjects through the medium of English. The programme was discontinued by the university after three intakes; when the final intake graduates in 2009 approximately 80 teachers will have participated in the programme.

CETT-ELTE achieved an international reputation in the field of Language Teacher Education. As well as running the undergraduate B.Ed. Programme, the graduate Second Degree Programme and various other in-service courses, CETT-ELTE staff contributed copiously to the professional literature, presented at numerous conferences in-country and abroad, and conducted research into various aspects of pre-service and in-service teacher development. CETT collaborated closely with The British Council and developed various in-service training programmes, commissioned by the Hungarian Ministry of Culture and Education.

Structural Changes, Programme Revisions and Redundancies, The End (?) of CETT:

Hungary's decision to adhere to the principles of the Bologna agreement, to replace the monolithic 5-year MA degree with a split "3+2" system, and to abolish first-degree (B.Ed) teacher-training, signalled the end of the CETT ELTE B.Ed programme. The last intake of students was admitted in the autumn of 2004; most of them can be expected to complete their studies four years later. Meanwhile, a new faculty of Psychology and Pedagogy appeared within the university, taking over virtually all of the teacher-training responsibilities that had belonged to the Faculty of Arts. In the Spring of 2005 the Faculty of Arts, threatened by bankruptcy, announced that nine out of the twenty CETT tutors would be made redundant at the end of the academic year. This decision, and the unprincipled way in which it was taken and implemented, caused shock, not to say anger, both within CETT and in the national and international ELT communities (see HERE for further details). CETT-ELTE therefore started the 2005-2006 academic year with a virtually halved staff and considerable uncertainty about the future. In the spring of 2006 it was decided that CETT should be disbanded and that a new "Department of English Language Pedagogy" should be created, staffed partly by the remaining CETT tutors and partly by tutors who wished to transfer from other departments. This new department commenced operations in the autumn of 2006.  

This site is maintained by Christopher Ryan, CETT-ELTE. Comments and suggestions are welcome.


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