US Fulbright Scholar Lyla Boyajian Will Teach at ASUE
Lyla Boyajian, a scholarship holder of the program, an education expert, will teach English at the Armenian State University of Economics for the next nine months within the frames of the Fulbright exchange program of the US Government.
Today, Lusine Danielyan, Director of External Relations Department, Anzhelika Musayelyan, Head of International Relations Division, Lusine Harutyunyan, Head of the Chair of Languages, hosted the foreign guest.
Welcoming Lyla Boyajian's visit to Armenia and ASUE, Lusine Danielyan emphasized that being a graduate of the American Government programs, she attaches great importance to the programs aimed at promoting the internationalization of the University, enabling to get acquainted with the experience of the world's leading universities and apply it in Armenia.
"The University of Economics strongly supports the approaches of internationalization, which give an opportunity to improve the quality of higher education as a result of exchange and international programs"; Lusine Danielyan noted. According to her, one of the various approaches to internationalization is the Fulbright program, within the frames of which two lecturers of the program were hosted at ASUE in the previous years.
Highlighting the necessity of teaching foreign languages and sharing language skills, Lusine Harutyunyan, Head of ASUE Chair of Languages, emphasized that it was a great honor for our University to be a stakeholder of this program of the US Embassy. "Every semester, about 200 students at our University will have the opportunity to communicate with a native speaker, both to develop language skills and to get acquainted with American culture and education experience. We thank the US Embassy in Armenia for effective cooperation with the University in this field, we are glad that you have chosen the University of Economics"; Lusine Harutyunyan emphasized.
Expressing gratitude, Lyla Boyajian mentioned that she always loved making connections with people from other places and studying languages. She has chosen to apply to teach in Armenia in particular because she has a personal connection to the country. She has Armenian heritage, but she did not grow up in an Armenian community.
“As a Birthright Volunteer, I often felt that my experiences were an introduction to Armenia. At the end of my time as a volunteer, I knew that I wanted to go back, and I hope to continue learning about Armenia and improving my Armenian language skills as an ETA”; the guest noted.
The invited lecturer was accompanied by Hasmik Mikayelyan, Cultural and Educational Program Specialist at the US Embassy. She welcomed the cooperation with ASUE, which has already become a tradition, wishing effective process in this new initiative. "Our interaction with ASUE Chair of Languages is not new. The programs implemented in the past have always succeeded, and this Chair, on behalf of the Head of the Chair Lusine Harutyunyan, has a great contribution to it. I am convinced that we’ll have a fruitful cooperation".
It should be noted that Lyla Boyajian will teach English to the 1st and 2nd year students of ASUE almost all Faculties during the whole academic year. In parallel with the teaching, the experienced specialist will meet with the members of ASUE “English Speakers” club twice a month, developing their language and communication skills, sharing knowledge about the American value system, traditions, educational priorities.
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