UNWE Lecturer Held Webinar with IATEFL – International Association of Teachers of English as a Foriegn Language

Thursday, 15 April 2021 16:45

International Association of the Teachers of English as a Foriegn Language (IATEFL) holds a series of webinars in the field of foreign language teaching in universities across the world. Sen. Lect. Dr. Kalina Ishpekova-Bratanova, Scientific Secretary of the Foreign Languages and Applied Lingusitics Department at our university held a webinar on Тhe Critical Genre Approach to the Academic Teaching of Political Discourse, in which she presented the education activity in English language at the UNWE.

In her webinar Dr. Bratanova argued that material selection in a globalizing world is a serious challenge in teaching English for Specific Purposes (ESP) to the students taking an academic degree in the field of political studies. The teaching materials should presumably meet three criteria – of authenticity, topicality and multimodality. This requires that two genres from media discourse ahould be included in the curriculum – that of the editorial and of the election campaign speech.

During the webinar, case studies were presented based on Kalina Bratanova’s new coursebook Advanced English for International Relations and European Studies issued by the Publishing Complex at UNWE and designed for the students majoring in International Relations, European Studies and Political Science.

“It is an honour for me to be able to speak before so many people. Amid the global pandemic, I am happy to see colleagues from so many countries around the world. Thank you for your participation“, said Kalina Ishpekova-Bratanova at the beginning of her presentation. Before the international audience she outlined that she has been teaching for more than 25 years at the biggest economic university in Bulgaria that has a history of more than 100 years.

For the webinar, in which serious interest was shown, Kalina Ishpekova-Bratanova received an official certificate of IATEFL, which, in her words, is a well-deserved recognition of our university.

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