Bulgarian teacher profile - Kiril TanevMy name is Kiril Tanev and I am from the capital of Bulgaria - Sofia, but have been living in Veliko Tarnovo for over 20 years.
I have always been involved in teaching. My university education was in Bulgarian Philology and i have been teaching ever since. I started off teaching English to Bulgarian students in the 1990s but as more and more foreign students came to Bulgaria and the popularity of Bulgaria increased there was more people wanting to learn our language. It is a real pleasure for me to teach Bulgarian - which is such a rich and beautiful language.
I have taught people from all over the world to speak Bulgarian and like to see that people enjoy the experience of learning. It is important to learn not only the language but also the culture and the people - that way you will learn Bulgarian much quicker and easier.
Bulgarian teacher profile - Iliyana DimitrovaMy name is Iliyana Dimitrova and I live in the beautiful old capital of Bulgaria - Veliko Tarnovo. In 2008 and 2010 Veliko Tarnovo was voted 'The Most Beautiful City in Bulgaria' and in 2011 the city won the prize of 'The Most Cultural City in Bulgaria'.
I have a Bachelors and Masters degree in Slavonic studies from St. Cyril and St. Methodius University of Veliko Turnovo (2004). Since March 2011 I am studying for a PHD in the Department of Modern Bulgarian Language in the same university. My dissertation centres around the science of teaching Bulgarian as a second language. At the moment I teach Bulgarian to foreign students and 'Bulgarian punctuation and grammar' to Bulgarian students.
My academical interests are the theory and practice of teaching Bulgarian as a second language, Second Language Acquisition, Cognitiv Linguistics, Psycholinguistics, Intercultural Education, Linguistic Culturology.
Publications:1. Intercultural Communication in Teaching Bulgarian as a Second Language
2. Anyone But Me (Lingo-cultural Analysis of the Concept of ‘Success’ in Bulgarian)
3. The Bulgarian Worldview in Teaching Bulgarian as a Second Language
Video - Veliko Tarnovo