FIPLV International Award

FIPLV International Award Recipients

2017

Dr Zhivka Stoyanova Ilieva

Zhivka Ilieva has been working in the sphere of ELT and teacher training for nearly 20 years. She is an associate professor of Methodology of English Language Teaching at Dobrich College, Shumen University. She presents at conferences dedicated to language teaching and teacher education in Bulgaria and across Europe. She gives seminars and workshops for student teachers and in- service teachers connected to storytelling and using picture books, communicative skills development, lexical approach with young learners. In 2014 she had a closed course at SEETA. As part of her investigation, she works with young learners at kindergarten and primary school at various institutions in Dobrich.

She has been a member of BETA since 2000. Since IATEFL EAST Plovdiv 2001 she has been a regular participant of BETA conferences. She has presented her ideas at LATEUM 2001, 2011, 2013; TESOL France 2007 and 2009, IATEFL 2014 and 2017, TESOL Macedonia Thrace Northern Greece 2012, 2016, 2017, ELTA Serbia 2014, NBR 2016 and many others. She was BETA official representative at some of them.

Zhivka has been part of BETA Organizing committee since 2010. In the period 2010-2014, she was BETA Membership Secretary and 2014-2018 – BETA President. As president, some of her responsibilities are: BETA web site, coordinating the organization of the annual conferences, communication with the US Embassy in Sofia, British Council Bulgaria, publishers and sponsors. In 2015 she was responsible for the RELO grant for travel expenses of Bulgarian teachers to attend BETA 2015. She was responsible for the US Embassy travel grant for Bulgarian teachers to attend BETA 2016 and for the plenary speakers Dian Larsen-Freeman and Elka Todeva for The 1st FIPLV East European Regional Congress and The 26th BETA-IATEFL Annual International Conference 2017.

Zhivka Ilieva is a member of the Union of Bulgarian Scientists, BETA, BSBS, IATEFL, IATEFL Young Learners SIG, TESOL, AILA.

Professor Liudmila Verbitskaya

Liudmila Alekseyevna Verbitskaya is one of the first contemporary scholars to provide description to modern pronunciation norms of Russian language. She had an outstanding academic career in Saint Petersburg State University from assistant to Full Professor in the Phonetics Department. Author of more than 300 research papers and textbooks on Russian language, phonetics, phonology and methodology of teaching Russian language. Her research on the problems of contemporary pronunciation became the basis of a new direction in the study of language – “The Norms of Pronunciation and how Phonetics interfere”.

For 14 years Liudmila Verbitskaya served as rector of Saint Petersburg University and initiated the opening of two new faculties there. She has been a member of the presidium of the College of Rectors of St Petersburg of the North-West Region of Russia. In 1999 she founded the Russian Society of Teachers of Russian Language and Literature, in 2003 she was elected President of the International Association of Teachers of Russian Language and Literature, and in 2013 she became President of the Russian Academy of Education. As President of MAPRYAL, she stood at the origins of innovative projects in the field of Russian language study: the world festival of Russian language; a series of seminars for language instructors held worldwide – “MAPRYAL  – to the Russian world”; projects – “Russian language in the field of manpower training for international infrastructure projects”, “Duty, responsibility, time: a modern worldview as seen by contemporary Russian writers”, as well as sociolinguistic research in the field of lingo-didactic testing.

2016

Dr Ray T Clifford (ACTFL, USA)

FIPLV is pleased to recognize the many accomplishments of Dr. Ray T. Clifford in the field of language teaching, learning, and assessment by awarding him the FIPLV International Award. Dr. Clifford’s contributions to the field include transforming language teaching to focus on a proficiency approach, aligning curriculum, assessment and instruction to focus on learner outcomes, developing language tests using innovative validation methods, and contributing to language policy and effective procedures for increasing the language capacity both in the U.S. and internationally. He has served the international language field with his research, publications, and professional presentations. He has been a powerful voice for positive change and in promoting international understanding and the development of global competence.

His devoted colleagues call him the Godfather of the proficiency movement in the U.S., the consensus builder, who was needed to bring the language field together on this very important issue—defining and articulating the goal of language programs that would truly reform language teaching and learning in the U.S. and would bring us into the global arena as a player in developing linguistic and cultural competence. The language field is indebted to Dr. Ray T. Clifford for his numerous contributions and steadfast commitment to making a difference in how languages are taught, learned, and assessed.

Melba Libia Cárdenas (ASOCOPI, Colombia)

Melba Libia Cárdenas is one of the most outstanding scholars in Colombia and Latin America. Her career spans from teaching experience in all levels of Colombian Educational system (from elementary school to graduate programs) to being a lecturer in many national and international events; a consultant; a book writer; a researcher; editor; co-organizer of many national and international academic events; president of ASOCOPI, among many other. She has also been in administrative positions; the most recent being the Academic vice-dean at the School of Humanities at Universidad Nacional, the largest university in the country.

Her achievements and contributions to the field are countless. She has taught hundreds of teachers and has instilled in them the passion, the love, the humanity, and the commitment for the profession. As a researcher she has conducted several studies that inform our practices from a glocal perspective; she has also contributed to strengthen qualitative research to make it more and more valid and trustworthy. As a scholar she created the PROFILE Journal, the highest ranked peer reviewed journal in Colombia, which has opened opportunities for teachers around the world to publish their work. She also took under her wing the edition of HOW Journal, the journal of our association, and turned it into the second peer reviewed journal that publishes teachers research, innovation and pedagogical experiences. (PROFILE and HOW are the only Colombian Journals that publish exclusively in English). As an activist she has always fought for teachers rights; she has inspired generations to value the profession and stand for what they think is right. During the years she was in the board of directors of ASOCOPI she worked very hard to promote the participation of school and university teachers in the annual conference not only as attendees but as presenters.

Leena Hämäläinen (SUKOL, Finland)

Ms Leena Hämäläinen has had a long and successful career in language teaching in a vocational college. Throughout her career, Ms Hämäläinen has taken an interest in pedagogical development of foreign language teaching. We would particularly like to emphasize her active role in developing vocational teaching during recent decades.

From the beginning of her professional life, she has played an active role in various language teachers’ associations organising and participating in seminars and training sessions in Finland and abroad (teaching in numerous pre- and in-service training courses for language teachers organized by e.g. National Board of Education, Faculty of Education at Tampere University, language teachers’ associations (1987–2015); running workshops in FIPLV/NBR conferences and seminars (2000–2010) and participated in various international projects funded by ECML, European union and NordPlus.) She has always been willing and ready to share her expertise and findings with SUKOL and language teachers. From 2005-2007 she also served as Treasurer General and member of the Executive Committee of FIPLV.

Through Ms Hämäläinen’s wide networks within the language teachers’ organizations her expertise serves the teaching of all languages.

Eglė Šleinotienė (LKPA, Language Teachers’ Association of Lithuania)

Eglė Šleinotienė was one of the initiators and a long-term President of the Lithuanian Language Teachers’ Association, who has duly won acclaim both on the national and international levels. Since the year of its foundation in 2006, the Lithuanian Language Teachers’ Association has played an active role in implementing the high social mission of teachers and educators in Europe and worldwide.

At present, as FIPLV Nordic Baltic Region secretary, Eglė devotes all her energy to fostering mutually beneficial cooperation among teachers’ from various education traditions and cultures, with a view to enabling language education practitioners and policy makers meet the needs of the modern society.

Eglė’s passion and creativity are evident in whatever tasks she undertakes, be it delivering a regular workshop or representing  the Lithuanian teachers at international events at the highest level.

Eglė’s in-depth knowledge, experience and incredible commitment to her profession and LKPA mission motivate others and promote the teachers’ involvement in campaigns and decision making processes far beyond the classroom. Her colleagues know Eglė as a critical thinker who can challenge the status quo and find a better way to meet the needs of the teachers’ community.

ABraPA – Associação Brasileira de Professores de Alemão (Brazil, proposed by IDV)

Der ABraPA-Vorstand

ABraPA wurde am 03. Juli 1988 im Rahmen des 2. Nationalen Treffens der brasilianischen Deutschlehrer/innen gegründet und fungiert seitdem als Dachverband für die sieben Regionalverbände, die brasilienweit die Deutschlehrenden in ihrer jeweiligen Region unterstützen. Im Jahre 1989 wurde ABraPA in den IDV aufgenommen.

Eine der Hauptaufgaben von ABraPA ist die Organisation des alle 3 Jahre stattfindenden Brasilianischen Deutschlehrerkongresses. Die durchschnittliche Teilnehmerzahl beläuft sich auf 500 Teilnehmer/innen pro Kongress. Der 9. Kongress fand im Juli 2015 in Ivoti/Rio Grande do Sul statt. 2017 wurde zudem die 1. Deutschlehrertagung Südbrasilien veranstaltet. Derzeit beschäftigt sich der ABraPA-Vorstand mit den Vorbereitungen auf den X. Brasilianischen Deutschlehrerkongress, der im Juli 2018 in Rio de Janeiro stattfinden wird.

Jedes Jahr organisiert ABraPA ein Arbeitstreffen mit den Vorsitzenden der sieben brasilianischen Regionalverbände. Da wird die Situation in den verschiedenen Regionen Brasiliens diskutiert und es werden Maßnahmen ergriffen, die bei auftauchenden Problemen und Schwierigkeiten eingesetzt werden können. Brasilien ist ein Land mit kontinentalen Dimensionen und vielen kulturellen Unterschieden, die die in sich sehr unterschiedlichen Arbeitsbedingungen der Deutschlehrer/innen beeinflussen. In dieser Hinsicht spielt ABraPA eine sehr wichtige Rolle als Dachverband, indem er die Verbandsarbeit tatkräftig unterstützt und nicht selten bei wichtigen Veranstaltungen die Regionalverbände mit seiner Anwesenheit vor Ort fördert.

ABraPA spielt zunehmend eine wichtige Rolle in der Sprachenpolitik Brasiliens. Als ständiger Gast bei den Netzwerk-Deutsch-Treffen der deutschsprachigen Mittlerorganisationen verschafft sich ABraPA Gehör bei wichtigen Entscheidungen, die die brasilianischen Deutschlehrenden betreffen. Sein Engagement für die deutsche Sprache bei brasilianischen Bildungsbehörden sei auch hier zu erwähnen. Beispielhaft ist eine von ABraPA im ganzen Land initiierte Unterschriftenaktion für die Einführung des Deutschen in ENEM, einer nationalen Vergleichsprüfung, die zum Hochschulzugang berechtigt.

ABraPA sieht sich zudem als wichtiger Partner der süd- und mittelamerikanischen Deutschlehrerverbände und nimmt regelmäßig an Veranstaltungen teil, die im Großraum Süd- und Mittelamerika stattfinden. Als größter Verband in der Region zeichnet sich ABraPA durch seine aktive Mitwirkung aus.

ABraPa genießt bei den Deutschlehrerverbänden weltweit und beim IDV ein hohes Ansehen. Seine konstante Teilnahme an allen vom IDV initiierten Wettbewerben, Veranstaltungen und Arbeitstreffen verdient höchste Anerkennung.

Anlässlich seiner ersten Vorstandssitzung in Südamerika nahm der IDV im Oktober 2016 an einer gemeinsamen Sitzung ABraPA-IDV teil, bei der die brasilianischen Regionalverbände und der IDV ihre Aktivitäten vorstellten, so dass der IDV nochmals von den großen Arbeiten Kenntnis nahm, die vor Ort von ABraPA und seinen Mitgliedsverbänden geleistet werden. Diese Leistung bewog den IDV dazu, ABraPA zum FIPLV International Award 2016 zu nominieren.

Professor Halina Maria Widła (PTN, Modern Languages Association of Poland – Polskie Towarzystwo Neofilologiczne)


Konferencja “Innowacyjność w uczeniu się i nauczaniu języków obcych”. Miejsce: aula im. M. i G. Dietrichów.

Konferencja “Innowacyjność w uczeniu się i nauczaniu języków obcych”. Miejsce: aula im. M. i G. Dietrichów.

Halina Widła, a full professor at the Institute of Romance Languages and Translation Studies at the University of Silesia, Sosnowiec, Poland, has been actively involved in promoting and developing theoretical and practical knowledge of modern languages and cultures. She has given numerous conference presentations and invited talks/plenaries (65) in Poland and abroad (in Belgium, France, Germany, Romania, Sweden); she is the author (and a co-author) of high-quality articles dealing with different aspects of language learning and teaching which have been published in recognized academic journals. She has also been an initiator and an organiser of a number of conferences focussing on the theory and practice of language teaching in Poland, in particular the teaching of Romance languages. As her recent interests include the use of IT technology in language education, she has been actively involved in developing and implementing computer-based materials in distance learning as well as developing the Distance Learning Platform at the University of Silesia (as a part of a European Project). Prof. Widła has been an organiser of workshops for teachers of Romance languages in the Silesia region; the workshops focussed primarily on the use of new technologies in language teaching and learning. In addition, she serves as an examiner on a committee certifying e-teachers for the purpose of university education.

As far as the practice of language teaching is concerned, prof. Widła has been active in supporting language learning contests, namely French Language Contests and the Spanish Language Contests. She served as a member of the Committees in the years 2011-2016 (also as a representative of the Modern Languages Association of Poland); she was responsible for and supervised the on-line part of the contests.

On the whole, her initiatives in the area of promoting Romance languages and culture have contributed to the increase of interest in French, and, as a result, led to the increase in the number of hours of French taught in schools.

Prof. Widła’s involvement in the promotion of Romance languages and culture included such events as meetings with prospective employers of the graduates of philology (since 2013), events organised in cooperation with the French Embassy in Poland, collaboration with schools in the area, guest lectures, workshops for teachers preparing students for language contests (2002-2016), etc.

Prof. Widła was a member of the Presidium of the Modern Languages Association of Poland (2001-2016). She served as vice-President in the years 2004-2007 and was President for two consecutive terms (2007-2013). In 2016 she was awarded a medal in appreciation for her work and involvement. In 2009 she was elected Secretary General of FIPLV for Western/Central European Region.

Prof. Halina Widła is active in many other areas – she is a member of several professional organizations, serves on editorial/advisory boards of academic journals, and, above all, is an academic teacher. In this capacity she teaches numerous courses, including M.A. and Ph.D. seminars in the area of IT, among others. She has supervised 5 Ph.D. theses, served as a reviewer in 14 Ph.D. assessment committees, and took part in other procedures connected with the conferment of academic degrees. Her involvement has been recognized and appreciated by the authorities at the university and the ministerial levels.

Dr Zarina Markova (BETA-IATEFL, Bulgaria) 

Zarina Markova has been part of BETA-IATEFL Committee since 2008: five years as a co-opted member (2008-2010; 2014-2017) and four years as an elected member (2010-2014). As an elected committee member, Zarina was in charge of the international relations, and she put effort into strengthening the links with partner associations. She represented BETA at six conferences of partner associations, two of which were the annual IATEFL conferences in the United Kingdom. Her IATEFL talks were selected for SIG Days twice (in the Young Learners and Teenagers’ SIG Day in 2013, and in the Research SIG Day in 2015). She was BETA’s Official Representative in the SEETA Community (2008-2014), where she moderated open forums, conducted (together with Nina Tsvetkova) a SEETA event on intercultural education and young learners (February 2009), and was in charge of the network etiquette and the community article bank. Together with Desmond Thomas, she was an academic adviser to the SEETA Small-scale Teacher-led Research project (2014-2016); as such, she conducted several webinars on data collection and analysis, and online sources of research findings, and guided the participating teachers during both the collaborative and the individual stages of the project. Zarina was part of the BETA Conference Organizing Committee in the period between 2009 and 2016, and the Conference Secretary at the conferences in 2009 and 2014. Since April 2014, she has been coediting (with Sylvia Velikova) BETA-IATEFL E-Newsletter, the bimonthly magazine of BETA, and the annual BETA Conference Selections. Zarina is a member of the C Group – a group of EFL professionals whose aim is to promote creativity in English language teaching and learning.

2015

1 AFMLTA Joseph Lo Bianco

2 LATEUM Ekaterina Mikhailovskaya

3 STIL Hafdis Ingvarsdóttir

4 SUKOL Annukka Kosonen

2014

1 IDV InDaF – Indo-German Teachers Association

2 APLV Christian Puren

3 BETA Sylvia Velikova

4 EVOL Ene Peterson

5 SUKOL Kirsti Santaholma

2013

1 LALT Elena Berdnikova

2 STIL Audur Torfadóttir

3 SUKOL Anna-Kaisa Mustaparta

2011

1 ANILS Gianfranco Porcelli

2 SUKOL Tiina Primietta

2010

1 SUKOL Sinikka Marila

2 VLLT Christien van Gool

2009

1 LALT Valija Vahere

2 SUKOL Anu Parikka

2008

1 LATEUM Natalia Gvishiani

2 SUKOL Marja Martikainen

3 NZALT Gail Spence

2007

1 LALT Olga Ozolina

2 HALT György Szépe

3 SUKOL Kyllikki Vilkuna

2006

1 LMS (Norway) Rita Gjørven

2 VLLT Alex Riemersma

3 LALT Diana Rumpite

4 AFMLTA Angela Scarino

5 SUKOL Leena Vaurio

2005

1 LATEUM Olga Alexandrova

2 AFMLTA Marjory Ellsmore

3 NZALT Mairi Ferguson

4 SUKOL Raili Hilden

5 LALT Anita Vanaga

2004

1 SUKOL Anja-Liisa Alanko

2 AFMLTA Marg Gearon

3 NZALT Mary Gray

4 RALMLT Irina Khaleeva

5 MAPRYAL Vitaly Kostomarov

6 LALT Laimdota Trinkuna

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