In 2018, from October 5-7, Acting Head of YSU IB English Language and Literature Department, PhD, Associate Professor K. Harutyunyan, Ph.D., Assistant N. Gasparyan, Ph.D., Assistant A. Karapetyan, lecturers E. Temrazyan and A. Simonyan attended workshop within “Teacher Development with British Council Armenia” program.
Among the participants were English Language Teaching (ELT) specialists working in Armenia as well as professionals from neighboring countries, including the Islamic Republic of Iran and the Republic of Georgia.
A well-known British specialist, Penny Ur, who is a renowned teacher, educator, writer and speaker and is well-known for her works in the field of teaching methodology, delivered talks and training sessions for English Language Teaching (ELT) specialists working in Armenia.
Penny Ur took graduate and post-graduate degrees at Oxford and Cambridge Universities, and moved to Israel in 1967. She has thirty-five years’ experience as an English teacher in elementary, middle and high schools. Her primary interest is practical aspects of effective English language teaching, on which she has presented lectures and workshops at TESOL, IATEFL and other English teachers’ conferences worldwide. Her books include Grammar practice activities (2nd Edition) (2009), Vocabulary activities (2012) that is widely used in Armenia.
The workshop was held in a very active and warm atmosphere. Within three days, Penny Ur introduced the peculiarities of English teaching methodology, the relationship between scientific research and language teaching, the peculiarities of working with students having different abilities and opportunities, as well as her secret teaching methods.