DepartmentForeign Languages and Cultures
Head of Department
Prof. Diana Yankova, PhD
Office 201, Building 2
Phone: 02/ 8110 351; ext. 22212
Office 201, Building 2
Phone: 02/8110 371; ext. 22011
The Department of Foreign Languages and Cultures was established by decision of the Academic Council of NBU in March 2018 after the merging of the Department of English Studies and the Department of Romance and Germanic Studies.
The department focuses its scholarly research on the theoretical and applied aspects of general and comparative linguistics, translation theory and practice, foreign language teaching methodology, information and communication technologies in foreign language teaching and learning, as well as the literature and culture of the English, German, French, Spanish and Italian speaking countries.
The Department designs materials for English, German, French, Spanish and Italian language teaching and learning, and provides the education in these languages to BA, MA and PhD students at NBU, as well as to external users. It aims at raising the quality of Foreign Language Teaching by introducing modern methods of language teaching.
The Journal of the Department of Foreign Languages and Cultures is an open access online academic journal featuring publications by lecturers and PhD and MA students at the department. Collections of articles dedicated to the achievements of renowned lecturers at the department, by scholars from Bulgaria and abroad, are also published annually.
The department organizes monthly seminars for graduate and PhD students, while the ongoing Language, Literature and Culture Seminar on theoretical and applied aspects meets students with teachers and guest-lecturers from the country and abroad. Monthly seminars for MA and PhD students are also held, as is the annual Winter School on Foreign Language Teaching. 2017 saw the first Summer translation school.
Students of the Teacher Training programme are provided with the opportunity to develop their skills and competencies in an actual working environment, as the Department of Foreign Languages and Cultures has agreements with leading schools in Sofia where they can do their training and practice teaching. For students in the Translation and Interpretation programme, there is a conference room with state-of-the-art equipment in Building 2 (Room 401) of the university.
The department collaborates with a number of international cultural institutions such as the British Council, the Italian Cultural Institute, the Goethe Institute, the Austrian Agency for International Cooperation in Education and Research, the Austrian Library, and the Spanish Cultural Institute. It also has agreements for student and staff mobility under the Erasmus+ programme with universities in the UK, Poland, Spain, Turkey, Belgium, Romania, Slovenia, Italy, Greece and Germany.
Lecturers at the department are members of prestigious national and international organizations, such as the Bulgarian Society for the Study of English, the Central-European Association for Canadian Studies, the Bulgarian German Teachers’ Association, the Bulgarian Spanish Teachers’ Association, the National Committee at the Ministry of Education and Science for the development of school-leaving examinations in Spanish, French, German and Italian, the International German Teachers’ Union (IDV), the Association of Interpreters and Translators in Bulgaria, and the International Spanish Teachers’ Association.