Maria Mendes Santos visited YSU within the framework of the program of training of lecturers at the invitation of the Head of the Chair of Romance Philology, Associate Professor Hasmik Baghdasaryan. Lectures on “New Perspectives of Foreign Languages Didactics” and “Modern Technologies in Teaching a Foreign Language” are devoted to the methodology of teaching Spanish.
The guest also donated a number of professional books to the Chair of Romance Philology.
“The lecturers’ training program will be of a continuous nature. We plan to periodically invite foreign specialists to deliver lectures on the latest teaching methods, technologies and industry innovations,” - says Hasmik Baghdasaryan and adds that the lecturers attend such events and thematic discussions with enthusiasm.
Head of the Chair underlined that non-university lecturers as well as school teachers also attend the lectures: “There are few schools in Armenia where Spanish is taught as a foreign language, so teachers’ participation in these meetings is very important.”
Lecturer of the Faculty of Linguistics at the University of Alicante has a rich experience in Spanish teaching methodology. Since 2005 she has been working at leading universities in a number of countries around the world including USA, Japan, Iran, Estonia, Romania, Ukraine and so on.
Let's add that she is a co-author of Hasmik Baghdasaryan’s textbooks “The Lexicology of Spanish Language” and “Spanish for Academic Purposes”.
“For the first time I visited Armenia in 2009. I have many friends here; the ties with Armenian partners are strong. Over the years I have seen many positive changes in the work of various infrastructures. I am delighted to visit Armenia and I am filled with pride when I meet my Armenian students at different institutions, delighted with their linguistic skills,” - says Maria Mendes Santos.