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Kalpana Vijayavarathan
Ph.D., Assistant Professor in English
Faculty of Education
Telephone +298 299423
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  • About
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  • Research
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  • CV
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Research interests
  • English as a Foreign Language (EFL) Teaching.

  • Classroom Management in ELT.

  • The role of culture and its impact on classroom teaching in EFL.

Finished projects
  • PhD project in conjuction with The University of Århus. Title: “Teacher cognition of grade 8 teachers on teaching speaking in English as a foreign language in The Faroe Islands and its impact on teachers’ pedagogical praxis: seven case studies.”
Overview
  • Vijayavarathan, K. (2016). An investigation of teacher cognition of Faroese grade 8 EFL teachers about teaching speaking and its impact on their praxis. Roots, 2 (2), 8-12.

  • Vijayavarathan, K. (2017). Teacher cognition of grade 8 teachers on teaching speaking in English as a foreign language in The Faroe Islands and its impact on teachers' pedagogical praxis: seven case studies. PhD thesis. The University of Aarhus and The University of The Faroe Islands.

Education
  • PhD in English Language Teaching. Double degree from The University of Aarhus and The University of The Faroe Islands (2014-2017)
    Dissertation title: "Teacher cognition of grade 8 teachers on teaching speaking in English as a foreign language in The Faroe Islands and its impact on teachers' pedagogical praxis: seven case studies."

  • M.Sc. Management. The Robert Gordon University (2000-03).
    Dissertation title: “A Change Management Model that could be adopted by the Faroe Islands Business School (FBS) to enable successful implementation of the changes planned by senior management.”

  • PG certificate in Higher Pedagogy-The Robert Gordon University (2006)

  • M.Phil in English -The University of Madras (1986-87)

    Dissertation title- “The Ebony Muse: Poets of the Harlem Renaissance.”

  • M.A. in English-Stella Maris College affiliated to the University of Madras (1984-86)

  • Certificate in Mass Communication and Journalism- University of Madurai (1986)

  • B.A. in English-Stella Maris College affiliated to the University of Madras (1981-84)

Positions
  • Currently, Asst. Professor of English Language Teaching in the Department of Education (NÁD) since Aug 2013.

  • Member of the editorial committee for Fróðskaparrit journal from May 2019.

  • Member of the board of written examiners for English in Higher Secondary Schools appointed by MMR from 2008-2015.

  • Member of the English Examination Board for question paper setting for Higher Secondary Education appointed by the Ministry of Education (MMR) from 1997-2013.

  • Cambridge Centre Manager from 2014-2016.

  • Cambridge examiner for Spoken English from 1993-2014 appointed by Fróðskaparsetur Føroya in conjunction with the University of Cambridge.

  • Designed and taught the ELT elective course in NÁD: 2011-2012, 2013-2014 & 2017-2018.

  • Lecturer in English at The Faroe Islands Business School (Føroya Handilsskúli) from 1993-2011.

  • Taught the Cambridge English Courses at the University from 1994-97.

  • Assistant Professor in English in Women’s Christian College, affiliated to the University of Madras, in the period 1986-89.

Talks
  • Motivation & Individual Learning in Music Education. The Torshavn School of Music, Oct 2019.

  • ‘Teaching’ speaking or ‘doing’ speaking: Link between theory & praxis in grade 8 EFL. the 15th Nordic teacher Education conference in Vaasa, Finland, May 2008

  • At undirvísa í munnligum enskum fremmandamáli. Course for teachers. Nám, Jan 9 & 10, 2018.

  • The Foreign Language Journey. A Personal Path to Integration. Presented under the auspices of NVL in October 2013 in Tórshavn, The Faroe Islands and  presented modified in March 2014 in Helsinki, Finland.

Administrative responsibilities
  • University Learning & Teaching 2019-20.