MA TEFL, American University of Armenia
Venera Melkonyan received her undergraduate degree from ‘‘Interlingua’’ Linguistic University in the field of Translation in 2014. In the same year, she was accepted to the American University of Armenia and received her graduate degree Master of Arts in Teaching English as a Foreign Language in 2016.
In the second year of graduate studies, she was offered a teaching position at the EEC Afterschool English Program at AUA. Since then she has been teaching several courses in the EEC, including Teaching Geography through English, Teaching Armenian Culture and Geography through English, co-taught STEM course with Professor Irshat Madyarov. She also taught Generaլ English course at AUA Extension Yeghegnadzor program.
Venera has participated in a number of teacher development conferences and workshops. In 2015 and 2016 she was a co-organizer of the Fourth and Fifth Student Research Conferences at AUA. In March 2016, she presented her Capstone project ‘‘Teaching English through Geography’’ in Dubai, at the TESOL Arabia Conference. She is also an active member of Armenian English Language Teacher’s Association (AELTA) and in the winter of 2017 she co- presented the course ‘‘Touching the roots: Armenian Culture and Geography in the English Language Classroom’’ at the AELTA 14th Annual Convention 4 Cs (Communication, Culture, Creativity and Critical Thinking).
Venera believes that teaching is my missions. She loves teaching and helping the students to discover the need and importance of learning English. Motivating and being motivated is a key to success both for instructor and for her students and she always tries to create an atmosphere in the classroom which will inspire the students to study with great pleasure.