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.