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:

Mirna Erk, Assistant Professor, Ph.D.

Name and suranme

Mirna Erk, Ph.D.


Assistant Professor





Research interests

Second language acquisition, socio-cognitive approach to SLA, the age factor, language input and interaction.


Mirna Erk completed her studies in English and German language and literature in Osijek (Faculty of Pedagogy, Josip Juraj Strossmayer University of Osijek) in 1995. She received her doctoral degree at the University of Zagreb, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, in 2013. Currently she works as an assistant professor at the Faculty of Education in Osijek (previously the Teacher Training College in Osijek, i.e., the Faculty of Teacher Education in Osijek).  Prior to 2020, Mirna Erk worked as a lecturer (teaching-oriented track) and her professional work included writing area expert papers, training of foreign language teachers through teacher workshops, continuous professional development, and organizing summer schools and lectures by local and foreign experts on ELT (as a component of her work for the Croatian Association of English Teachers – Osijek branch). In October 2020, she switched to tenure-oriented track and now leads courses in Theories of Language Learning and Acquisition, Early English Language Learning, English Language Teaching and Teaching Practicum, and English for Specific Purposes. Fifteen graduate theses have been prepared under her mentorship. Dr. Erk has participated in four projects, including two international research projects. She presented at nearly thirty international conferences, three times as an invited speaker. She publishes research, review and area expert papers on topics related to the age factor in foreign language acquisition, and conditions that lead to high(er) levels of language proficiency for Croatian EFL learners, with an emphasis on external factors related to foreign language development.

List of publications (CROSBI link):

CROSBI Mirna Erk

Darija Kuharić, Assistant Professor, Ph.D.
Ivana Moritz, Assistant Professor, Ph.D.
Zvjezdana Penava Brekalo, Assistant Professor, Ph.D.
Ksenija Benčina, Senior English Language Instructor, Ph.D.
Sara Ćavar, Assistant
Ivan Včev, Assistant
Željka Starčević, expert associate

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.