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Kalpana Vijayavarathan
Assistant Professor in English and English Language Teaching, Ph.D.
Faculty of Education
Telephone +298 299423
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  • About
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Teaching
  • Course instructor for M.Sc. Leadership and Management 2021-2025 at the Faculty of Social Sciences.
  • Course instructor for Postgraduate Diploma in Faroese as an Additional Language 2021-2022
  • Teaching of English as a Foreign Language
  • University Teaching and Learning (Setursnámsfrøði)
Research interests
  • Teacher Cognition
  • English Language Teaching (ELT) and Teaching of English as a Foreign Language (TEFL)
  • Second Language Acquisition
  • Foreign Language Acquisition
  • Assessment and Feedback
  • Classroom Management
  • Culturally Responsive Pedagogy
  • Self-efficacy and Motivation
Description of teaching

Course instructor for M.Sc. Leadership and Management 2021-2025 at the Faculty of Social Sciences.

Course instructor for Postgraduate Diploma in Faroese as an Additional Language 2021-2022

Course Leader for "University Learning & Teaching" (Setursnámsfrøði) Co-designed and conducting the pedagogy course for colleagues –  Nov 2019-20.

Taught the gymnasium teachers at the General Pedagogy Course “Classroom Management” and “Assessment & Feedback”. Sept 24 & 25, 2019.

Designed and taught the elective course, "Teaching of English as a Foreign Language" in NÁD: 2011-2012, 2013-2014 & 2017-2018.  

Designed and conducted a course for teachers “Teaching of Spoken English in English as a Foreign Language Teaching”. Nám, Jan 9 & 10, 2018.

Designed and conducted a course for ‘Lærugreinadagur í enskum’ for teachers on “Teaching materials : teacher, learner and materials.” Nám, Jan 19, 2017.

Designed and taught an ELT course for Higher Secondary Teachers (gymnasium) through ‘Nám’. February 2014.

Designed and taught courses in English for the banking staff, nurses and medical secretaries. 2000.

Taught the Cambridge English Courses FCE, CAE & CPE 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.

Projects

Ongoing Projects

1. Project Manager for “Creating Connections in the Arctic Educational Science Community – ConnectED”. DKK 500,000 awarded by the Danish Agency for Science and Higher Education (DAFSHE) 2021-2023.

2. Project partner for Arctic Conference on Educational Sciences (ACCESS). Funding NOK 400,000 by UArctic Project Call for Networking Activities on Arctic Research and Education. 2021-2023.

3. “Distance Teaching and Learning in the Arctic Communities – DistARCTIC 2020-22”

4. “Challenges faced by teachers in the compulsory Faroese schools due to COVID19 impact on their professional environment 2020-21

5. “Role and Significance of Leadership in Supporting Teachers in Faroese Compulsory Schools During the Covid-19 Crisis”

Purpose of the study

The study aims to:

  • Identify the challenges Faroese school leadership faces in coping with the sudden, unplanned change.
  • Evaluate school leadership action in empowering teachers through transformational leadership.
  • Elicit and understand the challenges posed to teachers in this crisis situation.
  • Evaluate how well equipped Faroese schools have been to cope with this alternative approach to teaching and also the future implications for education.

The study has been kindly funded by The Research Council of The Faroe Islands.

 6. Member of the UArctic network for Teacher Education for Social Justice and Diversity.

Writing a book chapter on the Theme “Language & Identity” and corresponding author for another theme, “ Supporting teachers for diversity & inclusion in the classroom” with a colleague from Iceland. The book is titled: Education, Equity and Inclusion: Teaching and Learning for a Sustainable North to be published in 2021.

Attended the UArctic workshop in Joensuu, Finland for planning the book, Education, Equity and Inclusion: Teaching and Learning for a Sustainable North. Nov 18 & 19, 2019.

Finished projects

Project Manager for “The Gymnasium Reform Project” in Føroya Handilsskúli. 2009-12.

Member of the working group for integration of foreigners appointed by the Ministry of the Interior in 2010, which published the Integration Report in 2011

Member of the Committee that designed a new curriculum for English Language Teaching (ELT) from grade 4 in the compulsory school to the ‘A’ level in the Higher Secondary schools - appointed by the Ministry of Education. 2008.

Overview

Peer reviewed:

Vijayavarathan, K. (2021). School Leadership Challenges in Faroese Compulsory Schools During the COVID-19 Crisis. Faroese Scientific Journal, [S.l.], pp. 5-35. Doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.18602/fsj.v0i0.126

Vijayavarathan, K. (in press). Policy equity contexts in inclusive education for immigrant children in The Faroe Islands in Beaton, M.C., Hirshberg, D. and Turunen, T. (in press) Education, Equity and Inclusion: Teaching and Learning for a Sustainable North. Springer, Netherlands.

Vijayavarathan, K and Óskarsdóttir, E. (in press). Analysis of policies supporting teachers to tackle linguistic and cultural diversity and facilitate inclusion from the perspectives of Iceland and The Faroe Islands in Beaton, M.C., Hirshberg, D. and Turunen, T. (in press) Education, Equity and Inclusion: Teaching and Learning for a Sustainable North. Springer, Netherlands.

Vijayavarathan, R. (2021). Equity in Education for the Circumpolar North. The Morning Watch: Educational and Social Analysis, Spring 2021, 47(1), 104. https://journals.library.mun.ca/ojs/index.php/mwatch/article/view/2263/1797

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.

Other publications:

Vijayavarathan, K. (2021). Professional Inclusion of a Native Foreigner: a quasi-personal uphill journey, Fjølnir, pp. 70. https://www.mfs.fo/professinal-inclusion-of-a-native-foreigner

Vijayavarathan, K. (2018). 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. Doctoral dissertation. Doi: 10.7146/aul.287.201. https://ebooks.au.dk/aul/catalog/book/287 

 Vijayavarathan, K. (2020). Whisper of Butterfly Wings. Sprotin.

Education

PhD in Educational Sciences, University of Aarhus, Denmark. 2017

PG Certificate in Higher Pedagogy (PgCertHELT) – Robert Gordon University, Scotland. 2006

M.Sc. Business Management – Robert Gordon University, Scotland. 2000-03

M.Phil. in English (Research Degree) – The University of Madras, India. 1986-87

M.A. in English – Stella Maris College affiliated to the University of Madras, India. (Rank holder, awarded Jubilee gold medal for performance in the M.A exam in the state of Tamil Nadu.) 1984-86

Diploma in Mass Communication and Journalism – University of Madurai, India. 1986

B.A. in English Literature– Stella Maris College affiliated to the University of Madras. (Rank holder in the state of Tamil Nadu, India.) 1981-84

Positions
  • Assistant Professor of English and English Language Teaching at the Department of Education (NÁD) since August 2013.
  • Member of the editorial committee for Faroese Scientific Journal (Fróðskaparrit) from May 2019.
  • Member of the board of written examiners for English in Higher Secondary Schools appointed by Ministry of Education (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 Exam Centre Manager from 2014-2016.
  • Cambridge examiner for Spoken English appointed by The University of The Faroe Islands in conjunction with the University of Cambridge from 1993-2014
  • Appointed by the Ministry of Education as mentor for gymnasium colleagues taking practical pedagogy, 2011.
  • Lecturer in English at The Faroe Islands Business School (Føroya Handilsskúli) from 1993-2011.
  • Taught the Cambridge English Courses FCE, CAE & CPE at The University of The Faroe Islands from 1994-1997.
  • Taught English at the Torshavnar Evening School from 1993-1996.
Talks
  • Participated in the online Arctic Science Summit Week with the overarching theme, “The Arctic: Regional Changes, Global Impacts”, and presented a poster titled, “Equipping Pre-service teachers for Equity and Social Justice Through Culturally Responsive Pedagogy” in 2021.
  • Made a presentation online “Anonymity of immigrants in the educational environment and its consequences – The Faroe Islands” and participated in the round table at the UArctic Congress in 2021.
  • Made two online presentations on two themes: “Supporting teachers for Diversity and Inclusion in the Classroom Including Consideration of Language and Identity Issues” and “Engendering Community Solutions to Structural & Geographical Challenges in Education in the Circumpolar North” at the UArctic online conference in 2020.
  • Made a presentation for peers who had completed the university pedagogy course at a workshop on the “Critical role of feedback in theses supervision” in 2021.
  • Conducted a full-day seminar in the Faculty of Health Sciences on “The role of feedback in academic and clinical supervision” in 2021
  • “Feedback in Theses Supervision” in the Faculty of History & Social Sciences in The University of the Faroe Islands. Feb 2020.
  • “Significance of Culturally Relevant Pedagogy in Teaching Faroese to Immigrants”. Presentation and participation in the round table discussion in the West Nordic Thematic Conference.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3tO1CC71ck4.  Jan 29, 2020.
  • “Student self-efficacy, Educational Motivation & Assessment”, Glasir (The Torshavn College). March 6. 2019.
  • “Do you speak my language?”. Round table discussion. FERA conference in Finland. Videolink: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TXodgnnJ1jA. Nov 20 & 21, 2019.
  • “Motivation & Individual Learning in Music Education” at the Torshavn School of Music. Oct 2019.
  • "The reciprocal challenges facing immigrant children and their parents in the Faroese school system" at the Parent-teachers’ meeting at the Fuglafjarðar Municipality. Feb 20, 2019.
  • “Teaching’ speaking or ‘doing’ speaking: Link between theory & praxis in grade 8 EFL” at 15th Nordic Teacher Education Conference in Finland. May 8, 2018.
  • “Teacher cognition and teaching speaking in EFL: Case studies from The Faroe Islands” at the Symposium on second foreign languages in Lund. December 12 & 13, 2016.
  • “An Investigation of Teacher Cognition about Teaching Speaking and its Impact on Praxis: Case studies from The Faroe Islands” at the Nordisk lærerutdanning i et internasjonalt perspektiv in Trondheim. May 10-13, 2016.
  • "How do the Faroes receive Immigrants?", at SSP “Kveikingadagurin” in Torshavn. Nov 6, 2015.
  • “Teacher trainees’ attitude to speaking English in their EFL classrooms” at  Nordic Teacher Education Conference in Finland.” September 3, 2014.
  • "The integration journey - a personal path", at the Conference of Immigrant Education, at the invitation of the Finnish Board and Education. March 2014.
  • “The Foreign Language Journey: A Personal Path to Integration.”, at the NVL workshop on Adult Education. Oct 2013. 
Administrative responsibilities
  • Project Manager for “Creating Connections in the Arctic Educational Science Community – ConnectED”. 2021-2023.
  • Project partner for Arctic Conference on Educational Sciences (ACCESS). 2021-2023.
  • Course Leader for University Learning and Teaching (Setursnámsfrøði), 2019-20; 2020-21; 2021-22
  • Member of the organising committee for the 16th Nordic Teacher Education Conference, 2019-20.
  • Member of the abstract committee for The Nordic Teacher Education Conference, 2019-20.

Translate and proof read diverse academic and non-academic documents from Faroese to English for the university, public administration & private organisations.

Translated the book on the Faroese painter “Steffan Danielsen” by Kinna Poulsen from Faroese to English, 2009.

Have published one poem in each of the following collections: “Jewels of the Imagination”, The International Library of Poetry, 1991; “Deo Volente”, Poetry Today, 1998; “Christian Muses”, Eden Press, 1999.