EEC Team

Rubina Gasparyan

Diploma, Yerevan State Linguistic University after V. Brusov
MA TEFL, American University of Armenia Lecturer
EEC Director

rgaspari@aua.am

Rubina Gasparyan graduated from the Yerevan State Teacher Training Institute of Russian and Foreign Languages (named after V. Brusov), Department of English and a Second/Foreign Language. She completed her graduate studies towards an MA TEFL at the Monterey Institute of International Studies and received her MA in TEFL in 2001 from AUA. She has been working at AUA since 1992. Her major interest is language assessment. She participated in a number of research and assessment projects and was a team member and report writer of the Armenian Baseline ELT Study Project (2001-2005) under the auspices of the British Council and the Ministry of Education and Science of Armenia. In 2007, by the request of the Centre of Testing and Assessment, she directed the work of the committee which was entrusted with the task of developing the Guidelines for the Nationwide School Leaving and University Entrance Unified Tests of English. She has presented papers on issues related to language testing and assessment at professional conferences such as AELTA, TESOL Arabia, ALTE. She is also co-author of reports, manuals, and articles in the area of language assessment.

Hasmik Vrshikyan

Diploma, Linguistic University after Monte Melkonyan
MA TEFL, American University of Armenia
EEC Coordinator and EFL Instructor

hvrshikyan@aua.am

Hasmik Vrshikyan graduated from the Linguistic University after Monte Melkonyan, Department of Foreign Languages and Translation in 2004. She received her MA in TEFL in 2010 from AUA. After graduating Monte Melkonyan University with honors she was offered to lecture Stylistics of the English language and Teaching Methodology at the university (2005-2009). Currently she is working at AUA as EEC Coordinator and English Instructor. Her major interest is CALL (Computer Assisted Language Learning) and she is widely using technology in her teaching practice. She thinks that technology is the best way to advancement in every sphere of human activity.  

Hasmik Vrshikyan has also a great interest in conferences and workshops. In 2009, she actively participated in International Language Assessment Conference in Armenia, in CALL workshop in 2010 (as an assistant to professor I. Madyarov) and in a number of other conferences on Language Teaching.)  In 2017, she also participated in a conference held by TESOL Arabia in Dubai.

Anna Bayburdyan

Diploma, Yerevan State Linguistic University after V. Brusov
MA TEFL, American University of Armenia
EEC DP Coordinator and EFL Instructor

abayburdyan@aua.am

Anna Bayburdyan graduated from YSLU Department of Foreign Languages in 2008. She received her MA in TEFL, AUA, in 2011; and a Graduate Certificate in Translation, AUA, in 2016. Since 2011 she has been working at AUA as an EEC PD coordinator and EFL instructor. She also works in Gevorgyan Theology Seminary as an English Lecturer and in AUA Extension as a TOEFL iBT and General English Instructor. Her major interest is teaching English communicatively, and she is widely applying different types of interactive activities and games in the teaching process thus making the learning process more enjoyable. Anna Bayburdyan has participated and presented papers in a number of conferences (EFL Testing and Assessment, Armenia, 2011; TESOL Qatar 8th International Conference, 2012; TESOL Arabia 2015, 2016, 2017; ALLT 2018, Dubai). The topics of the presentations addressed grammar games, game-based vocabulary enhancement, activities promoting speaking.

Anna Avetisyan

Diploma, Yerevan State University, Faculty of Romance and Germanic Philology
MA TEFL, American University of Armenia
EEC Program operations coordinator and EFL Instructor

anna.avetisyan@aua.am

Anna Avetisyan graduated from Yerevan State University, Faculty of Romance and Germanic Philology Department of Translation studies in 2014. She completed her graduate studies and received her MA in TEFL in 2017 from AUA. She has been working at AUA as an EEC and Sprout program operations coordinator since 2017. Besides, she is also an EFL instructor at EEC. Her major interests are teaching English through interactive and innovative methods. In her teaching she applies communicative methods and tries to make the lessons enjoyable through innovative and engaging activities. In 2017, she participated in a research conference held by TESOL Arabia in Dubai, where she presented her book “English around Kitchen”. In 2017 her Book was published at LAP LAMBERT Academic Publishing house in Germany. 

 

 

Meline Harutyunyan

Diploma, Yerevan State University, Faculty of Romance and Germanic Philology
EEC Administrative assistant  

Meline Harutyunyan graduated from Yerevan State University, Faculty of Romance and Germanic Philology Department of Linguistics and Cross-Cultural Communication in 2016. She volunteered in Ayb High School for 3 months. In 2017 she started working at AUA as a receptionist. Currently, she is working at the office of Extension as an EEC administrative assistant.

Meline lives a healthy lifestyle. Her major hobby is dancing.

Her moto is – “Live today and enjoy every single moment of your life”.

Tatevik Yeghiazaryan

Diploma, Yerevan State University, Faculty of Romance and Germanic Philology
PhD in Foreign Literature
EEC Coordinator and EFL Instructor 
Stepanavan chapter

tatevik.yeghiazaryan@aua.am 

Tatevik Yeghiazaryan graduated from Yerevan State University, Faculty of Romance and Germanic Philology, Department of Translation studies in 2005. In 2007 received her Master’s Degree in Foreign Literature. In 2013 received her PhD in Foreign Literature. In 2016 received CELTA Certificate. Tatevik Yeghiazaryan is an ESL teacher and also conducts TOTs for ESL teachers.

Since 2018 she is a Regional Coordinator at AUA EEC.

 

 

Armine Petrosyan

MA, American University of Armenia
EEC Coordinator and EFL Instructor 
Stepanavan chapter

armine.petrosyan@aua.am

Armine Petrosyan received her MA degree in Teaching English as a Foreign Language in 2018 from AUA College of Humanities and Social Sciences. While studying, she worked for CRAL (Center for Research in Applied Linguistics) as a Teaching Assistant. She also helped with the organization of, and presented her research at, the Seventh Student Research Conference in AUA. She has attended a number of English teaching methodological seminars and workshops organized by the British Council in Armenia. 

 

Emma Levonyan

MA, American University of Armenia
BA, Yerevan State Linguistic University
EEC Coordinator and EFL Instructor 
Echmiadzin chapter

elevonyan@aua.am

Emma Levonyan is an extremely motivated linguist and EFL teacher with a proficiency in linguistics and teaching English as a foreign language. She got her bachelor’s degree from the YSLU named after V. Brusov, Department of English and Foreign Languages. She completed her graduate study (Master’s degree) at the American university of Armenia and received her MA in TEFL in 2015. She has been working at EEC (Experimental English Classes) since 2016. From 2017 she started to teach English in Gevorgyan theological seminary in Echmiadzin. Her major interests are teaching, education and research. She has been part of many international conferences and events since 2015. She has presented papers on the topics of language and teaching in TESOL Arabia international conference.

 

Naira Stepanyan

Diploma, Yerevan State University
MA TEFL, American University of Armenia
EFL Instructor

nstepanyan@aua.am

Naira Stepanyan received her bachelor degree from the faculty of Romance and Germanic Philology from YSU in 2007 and her MA in TEFL in 2009 from AUA. Her capstone research was on effectiveness of online activities on Armenian EFL learners’ achievement. 

In 2011 her Master’s Thesis was published as a book at LAP LAMBERT Academic Publishing house in Germany.

Due to the high academic performance, in the second year of studies at AUA, Naira was offered a teaching position in EEC held for children, and in English for General Purposes (EGP) program for adults.

As a student, Naira was actively involved in the social life of the university, and, as a result, in 2008, she was elected president of the Student Council. In 2009 she was a member of the organizing committee of the International Language Assessment Conference held by AUA.  In 2011, she was chosen as a committee member for the National Round of the English Olympiad and later of the DEP Conference for English Teaching Professionals in Armenia. In 2013 she was offered a teaching position at Gevorkian Theological Seminary.

Naira has presented in a number of professional conferences (TESOL Arabia, 2015, 2016, 2017) on grammar (Grammar Kingdom: King-To-Be and Queen-Verb), online videos as keys to autonomous learning, and reading successfully via different modes.

Lena Simonynan

Diploma, Yerevan State University of Armenia
MA TEFL, American University of Armenia
EFL Instructor

lsimonyan@aua.am 

Lena Simonyan got her BA in Linguistics from Yerevan State University Romans and Germanic Faculty and her MA in TEFL from the American University of Armenia Department of English Programs. Still studying at AUA she got Federal Assistance Award from US Department of State for attending the 13th Annual Conference-CTELT 2009, Teacher Development in Language Assessment in Dubai Men’s College, Dubai, UAE.

Being a very enthusiastic and creative person in nature, Lena Simonyan got a certificate of appreciation for assistance in the organization of an International Conference in Armenia (ILACA 2009).

In 2011, her thesis “Construction and Validation of a task- based test in the Armenian Context” was published by Lap LAMBERT Academic Publishing House in Germany. After graduating AUA, she was offered a teaching position in the Experimental English Class (EEC) in AUA.  Each time entering the classroom, Lena Simonyan brings with her joy and kindness to the classroom environment. This makes her students feel welcomed, cared, and loved.

Adelina Khachaturyan

Diploma, Linguistic University after Monte Melkonyan
MA TEFL, American University of Armenia
EFL Instructor

akhachaturyan@aua.am                                                                                                                     

Adelina Khachaturyan graduated from the Department of Foreign Languages and Translation, LU after M Melkonyan in 2006. She earned her MA in TEFL, AUA, in 2011 and in 2015 a degree of Certificate in Translation, AUA. She is working as an Instructor of English in EEC and Gevorgian Theological Seminary and coordinates  the English Program in Gevorgian Theological Seminary. She takes great interest in teaching English through technology and it explains why her Master’s Thesis topic was “The Impact of Instructor’s Screen Captured Audio-Recorded Corrective Feedback on Students’ Writing Performance.

Adelina Khachaturyan took part in TESOL International Conferences and presented in TESOL Arabia in 2017 on the topic “Connecting Teachers and Students through Edmodo.” She has also conducted various workshops for teachers from different schools of Armenia trying to give back to the community. She enjoys working with different age groups philosophy of teaching and setting good relationship with her students based on mutual respect and trust. She conducts herself with professionalism and consistency and shares her enthusiasm and passion for learning with her students each day.

Anahit Arakelyan

Diploma, Yerevan State Linguistic University after V. Brusov 
MA TEFL, American University of Armenia 
EFL Instructor

anarakelyan@gmail.com

Anahit Arakelyan graduated from YSLU after V. Brusov. She received her MA in TEFL in 2014 from AUA. Currently she is an EFL Instructor. She worked at the European college and the European school from 2013 to 2017, and since January 2018 she has been working at Usum school. She has been teaching in EEC since 2011. She has conducted several workshops for teachers on how to integrate technology in EFL classes. She has participated in Academic conferences in Armenia and in Dubai. She is interested in ESP teaching. She likes music and travelling.

Her motto is – “The only person you should try to be better than is the person you were yesterday.”

Margarit Gevorgyan

MA, Gyumri State Pedagogical University 
MA TEFL, American University of Armenia 
EFL Instructor

margarit.gevorgyan@aua.am

Margarit Gevorgyan graduated from GSPU Department of Foreign Languages in 2011. She received her MA in the English Language and Literature in 2013 from GSPU. During her studies in the MA program she worked in the Writing Center at the same university, as a coordinator and writing consultant.

In 2018, she received her MA in TEFL from AUA, College of Humanities and Social Sciences. In her second year of studies at AUA, Margarit was offered a teaching position in the Experimental English Classes (EEC). Meanwhile, she worked as a Teacher Assistant (TA) in the MA TEFL Program at AUA. She was also actively involved in the organization of the Sixth and Seventh Student Research Conferences at AUA in 2017 and 2018.

Margarit participated in a number of conferences on English Language Teaching. In 2017 and 2016 she attended Annual Professional Development Workshops organized by the British Council in Armenia. Her major interests are teaching and language teacher education. She thinks that teachers should not only tell or explain new things, but first and foremost they should inspire and motivate their students and instill love of learning in them.

 

Mane Mehrabyan

Diploma, State Teachers Training Institute of Vanadzor
EEC Coordinator and EFL Instructor 
Vanadzor chapter

Mane Mehrabyan is an EFL teacher in Vanadzor, Armenia. After receiving her education in the STTI, Vanadzor, she was qualified as a specialist of English, teacher of English and German languages. Teaching is her calling. She implements different projects, facilitates workshops, instructs TOEFL classes for students and teachers. She volunteers to conduct English clubs for advanced learners. Mane is a teacher trainer. She is the co-author of the manual How to Organize a Camp. Mane is also one of the fifty writers across the globe that wrote the e-book A Pocketful of Dreams and got it published on Amazon. Additionally, her article India and Armenia: the connection got published in India. She confidently states that intrinsic motivation makes her a lifelong learner. Above all, she believes that teaching is not about teaching, but it’s all about learning. Her life motto is “Live, Learn and Create”.

Mariam Khachatryan

Diploma, Yerevan State Linguistic University after V. Brusov
MA TEFL American University of Armenia
EFL Instructor                                          

mkhachatryan@aua.am

Mariam Khachatryan graduated from YSLU after V. Brusov in 2012. She received her MA in TEFL in 2014 from AUA. Currently she is an EFL Instructor. She is teaching in 3 different programs of the Center for Research in Applied Linguistics of AUA: EEC, Sprout- Preschool English Program, Gevorkian Theological Seminary. She has conducted research on methodologies of teaching young learners, and on academic dishonesty, in particular the unethical purchase of academic papers in public universities of Armenia.

Mariam has participated in Academic Conferences and Scholarship Programs in Yerevan, Jerusalem, Munich, Athens, and other places.  She has published 2 articles in international academic journals within the framework of the conferences. She is interested in CBI (Content Based Instruction), namely, in  teaching English through music, songs, art and environmental science. She loves hiking and going to pilgrimages.

Tatevik Zargaryan

Diploma, Gyumri State Pedagogical Institute after M. Nalbandyan
MA TEFL, American University of Armenia
EFL Instructor

tatevik.zargaryan@aua.am

Tatevik Zargaryan earned her BA in the field of the English language in GSPI with an honor’s diploma in 2008. She continued her education in AUA and was awarded an MA in TEFL in 2011. Since 2010 she has been working as an instructor at EEC, CHSS, AUA.  Starting autumn 2012, she has also worked at the Armenian State Pedagogical University after Kh. Abovyan as a lecturer.

She has actively participated in a number of international conferences on Language Teaching. In 2012 she presented her Master’s Thesis in EDULEARN12, the 4th annual International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies, Spain. Her thesis “The Impact of Voki on EFL Learners’ Speaking Performance” was published in Germany, LAP Lambert Academic Publishing. Currently she is doing her PHD in methodology.

 

Arpine Harutyunyan

Diploma, Yerevan State Linguistic University after V. Brusov 
MA TEFL, American University of Armenia 
EFL Instructor

arpine.harutyunyan@aua.am

Arpine Harutyunyan graduated from YSLU department of Intercultural Communication in 2008. She received her MA in TEFL, AUA, in 2017. After graduating from AUA, she was offered to join the EEC team, where she has been teaching since then. In 2012-2014 she taught English to secondary students of Arzruni school in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Arpine has also been teaching in YSLU since 2010.

Her majour interest is Content-Based Instruction, which she applies widely to design courses in Tourism, thus enhancing students’ language proficiency and knowledge of the content on tourism one at a time. Her Master’s Thesis was called Guiding Tours in English, a content-based course currently taught at Tourism program, YSLU.

Arpine Harutyunyan is also taking part in the development of a master’s program in teaching in Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) area, organized by GIZ Armenia, and is seeking for ways to enhance education and teaching methods in educational institutions of Armenia.

 

Venera Melkonyan

 
MA TEFL, American University of Armenia 
EFL Instructor

venera.melkonyan@aua.am

Venera Melkonyan received her undergraduate degree from ‘‘Interlingua’’ Linguistic University in the field of Translation in 2014. In the same year, she was accepted  to the American University of Armenia and received her graduate degree Master of Arts  in Teaching English as a Foreign Language in 2016.

In the second year of graduate studies, she was offered a teaching position at the EEC Afterschool English Program at AUA. Since then she has been teaching several courses in the EEC, including Teaching Geography through English, Teaching Armenian Culture and Geography through English, co-taught STEM course with Professor Irshat Madyarov. She also taught Generaլ English course at AUA Extension Yeghegnadzor program.

Venera has participated in a number of teacher development conferences and workshops. In 2015 and 2016 she was a co-organizer of the Fourth and Fifth Student Research Conferences at AUA. In March 2016, she presented her Capstone project ‘‘Teaching English through Geography’’ in Dubai, at the TESOL Arabia Conference.  She is also an active member of Armenian English Language Teacher’s Association (AELTA)  and in the winter of 2017 she co- presented the course ‘‘Touching the roots: Armenian Culture and Geography in the English Language Classroom’’ at the AELTA 14th Annual Convention 4 Cs (Communication, Culture, Creativity and Critical Thinking).

Venera believes that teaching is my missions. She loves teaching and helping the students to discover the need and importance of learning English. Motivating and being motivated is a key to success both for instructor and for her students and she always tries to create an atmosphere in the classroom which will inspire the students to study with great pleasure.