Head of Department:

Ivana Marinić, Assistant Professor, Ph.D.

Name and surname

Ivana Marinić, Ph.D.


Assistant professor





Research interests

figurative language and thought; acquisition of English as a foreign language


Taught English in a primary school for ten years. Took interest in drama techniques in education, education of adults and children with behaviour issues, and education of children with special educational needs. Mentored trainee teachers and apprentice teachers of English. Published three drama plays for children in the current Croatian language textbook „Snaga riječi“ by Školska knjiga.

Teaches English speaking practice and English language of early and pre-school education at the Faculty of Education in Osijek. Took part in the project of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences in Osijek „The analysis of interference in translation of grammatical structures from English to Croatian in literature, media and marketing“. A member of the organising committee of the 8th international conference Children and Languages Today.

A member of the Croatian Association of Applied Linguistics and the Croatian Association of Teachers of English.

One of the authors of the English textbook Footsteps 1 by Školska knjiga.

List of publications (CROSBI link):

CROSBI Ivana Marinić

Members of Department:

Željka Flegar, Associate Professor, Ph.D.

Name and surname

Željka Flegar, Ph.D.


Associate professor



Research interests

English Language, Children's Literature, Children's Media Culture, Drama (Improvisational Theater)


Željka (Nemet) Flegar, PhD, Associate Professor at the Faculty of Education, University of Osijek, teaches courses and does research in children’s literature, media and drama in English. Her research deals with the intricacies and deviations of English language and literary discourse, more recently in the context of the historical development of children’s culture, adaptation, as well as with her theory on the “childlike language” of children’s literature. She has published papers in Croatia and abroad and is the author of the interdisciplinary book Theatrical Improvisation, Language and Communication (2016).

List of publications (CROSBI link):

CROSBI Željka Flegar

Mirna Erk, Assistant Professor, Ph.D.
Ivana Moritz, Assistant Professor, Ph.D.
Zvjezdana Penava Brekalo, Assistant Professor, Ph.D.
Ksenija Benčina, Senior English Language Instructor
Ivan Včev, Assistant

About the Department

The Department of English and German studies was established on October 1, 2019. The scientific and research interests of the members of the Department are in the field of language, literature, media culture, early learning and teaching of English and German. The teaching area of the Department's teachers includes linguistic, literary and methodical courses in English and German at all study programs of the Faculty of Education. The members of the Department participate in updating the existing and designing new courses in the mentioned fields, and have authored numerous papers in international journals, as well as participated in a number of scientific and professional conferences, and have been involved in several projects. It is necessary to point out numerous activities of the members of the Department in the field of popularization of science at the Science Festival.
The members of the Department of English and German Studies actively participate in the organization of the International Scientific Conference Child and Language Today, which is held every two years and is attended by scholars from the country and abroad, and results in domestic and foreign publications.

The Department has seven members.

The first HUPE Osijek branch meeting of the 2022-2023 school year

The first HUPE Osijek branch meeting of the 2022-2023 school year was held on December 3, 2022 at the Faculty of Education in Osijek. It is our pleasure to host such events, especially so when our own department members are among the speakers. This meeting’s speakers included our English language senior lector Ksenija Benčina (alongside School of Medicine colleague, Lorna Dubac Nemet).

Fulbright scholar at the Faculty of Education in Osijek

The English Language Studies Department at the University of Osijek is joined this year by Grace Penta from the University of Chicago. Grace is a Fulbright award recipient, selected by the Croatian Ministry and Science and Education and the United States government and placed in Osijek for nine months. She actively supports teaching at the university level, more precisely in English language classes in the 2022-2023 academic year, and has already joined the work of the American Corners office in Osijek. As a native speaker, she will gladly accept invitations from schools and other departments of the university for short visits as an ambassador of American culture and an English language resource. We are very pleased that Grace is with us this year. She can be contacted at gpenta@foozos.hr

Prof. JOANNA ROKITA-JAŚKOW, researcher from Poland, at the Faculty of Education in Osijek

Beginning in September of 2022, Osijek’s Faculty of Education hosted Prof. Joanna Rokita-Jaśkow of the Krakow Institute of English Studies as a guest researcher. As an expert in the field of applied linguistics, Prof. Joanna Rokita-Jaśkow’s work focuses primarily on topics related to the development of bilingualism, multilingualism, and foreign language acquisition. Prof. Rokita-Jaśkow’s prior connection to the Department of English and German Studies at the University of Osijek through Assistant Prof. Mirna Erk was highly influential in her choice of destination when awarded a research scholarship for excellence by her home university. During her two-month stay, Prof. Rokita-Jaśkow found time to both research and participate in the international Competent Systems in Early and Preschool Education conference, organized by the Faculty of Education, as well as in International Mobility Day at the University of Tuzla in Bosnia and Herzegovina.