Committee

President
Zhivka Ilieva

I am an associate professor at Dobrich College, Shumen University. I teach English, Methodology, Children’s literature in English and I am also a teacher trainer. I have a PhD in Methodology of English Language Teaching. My thesis is dedicated to Oral Communicative Skills Development through Stories in the Primary Classroom. 2008-2012 I was a deputy director of the college responsible for the teaching process and students’ affairs, the quality of education, and for the organization of the student teachers’ teaching practice at school. As part of my research I have classes at primary schools and at kindergartens.
I gave lectures on communicative skills development at KATHO – Katholieke Hogeschool Zuid-West-Vlaanderen, Belgium as part of the Erasmus teaching mobility programme. I run workshops for primary school teachers. I take part in conferences dedicated to language teaching and teacher training in Bulgaria and abroad.
Scientific interests: language acquisition, teaching English to young learners, teacher training, communicative skills development, teaching English through stories and children’s books, intercultural language teaching, ESP (IT and Farming). Member of: BETA and IATEFL, USB (Union of Scientists of Bulgaria), BSES (Bulgarian Society for English Studies). 2010-2014 I was membership secretary of BETA Organizing Committee

Membership Secretary
Albena Stefanova

Being the child of an outstanding and very popular English language teacher and lecturer gave me the chance to feel the magic of speaking and teaching foreign languages at a very early age. So, I decided to tread in my mother’s steps when I was five. I finished the National Russian Language High School and did my Master’s degree in English Philology at Sofia University. I have been teaching for over 20 years now. I started as a teacher of young children in nurseries. Then I went on with schoolchildren and adults in language schools and, finally, I became a lecturer in different institutions for higher education like Sofia University, the Police Academy at the Ministry of Interior, Higher Islamic Institute and New Bulgarian University. I am a senior lecturer at the University of National and World Economy where I teach English to students of economics and political studies. My major interests are in ESP and translation. To be a member of the vibrant and united BETA community is a unique opportunity for personal and professional development.

Treasurer
Irina Ivanova

I work as an ELT methodologist and teacher trainer at the Department of English Studies in Shumen University. I give lectures and seminars on Methods in teaching English to BA and MA students of English studies, Applied linguistics, and Primary school education, and supervise the school-based teaching practice of trainee and re-trainee teachers of English.
I am also involved in in-service teacher training, development and certification at the Department of Information, Qualification and Lifelong learning in Varna.
I have participated in some national and international projects in the field of language teaching. Currently I am involved in a multilateral Grundtvid learning partnership project on using coaching skills in adult education. As part of Erasmus university staff exchange I have visited the universities of Norwich, Loughborough and Gent. My academic interests are in the field of linguistics and language teaching and learning. I have an MA in Russian studies, an MA in Linguistics and Translation and a PhD in applied linguistics.

International Relations
Gergana Georgieva

I am a full-time lecturer at the Department of International Law and International Relations at the Law and History Faculty of the South-West University “Neofit Rilski”, Blagoevgrad. I teach ESP – in particular European Union terminology – to students majoring in European Studies and International Relations. My scientific interests are in the field of Eurolinguistics, Political Linguistics and Legal English. The area of my research is Multilingualism and European Integration. Besides, I have experience in teaching general English to children and adults. I feel privileged to be a part of BETA’s team and in charge of the International Partnership.

Coopted Committee Member
Tanya Bikova

Tanya Bikova is a teacher of English at the High School of  Mathematics and Natural Sciences, Blagoevgrad. Since April 2014 she has been a coopted BETA-IATEFL committee member and conducts the interviews for the BETA-IATEFL ENewsletter.

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Editor of Publications
Zarina Markova

I work full time at the South-West University in Blagoevgrad. I teach courses in Foreign Language Teaching Methodology, Language Acquisition and Foreign Language Teaching and general English, and am also responsible for organising our student-teachers’ observation and teaching practice and for conducting state teacher certifications. Apart from my full-time job, I periodically do teacher training for the British Council, both online and face to face. I was a BETA Committee member for six years and I am now enjoying being one of the BETA E-Newsletter editors.

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Editor of Publications
Sylvia Velikova

I am a senior lecturer and teacher educator at the University of Veliko Turnovo (Faculty of Modern Languages), where I teach ELT Methodology and coordinate the school-based TP. I also run in-service teacher training workshops and have worked with language teachers and teacher educators in Bulgaria and different countries across Europe. I have taught English and Bulgarian as a FL in a variety of contexts. Former President of BETA (from 2010 to April 2014), currently I am Editor of BETA Publications. As a teacher educator, I have worked on national and international projects and have been involved in ECML (Council of Europe) and British Council Bulgaria projects related to language teaching and teacher education. My main research interests are in applied linguistics and psycholinguistics (first and second language listening), teacher education and development, and teaching ESP/EAP.