Team member

 Galya Mateva


 Surname                                   Mateva

 First name                                 Galya

 Address for correspondence       E-mail

 Nationality                                Bulgarian       

Affiliation with educational networks


OPTIMA - The Bulgarian Association for Quality Language Services (Founder President)
EAQUALS - The European Association for Quality Language Services (Country Manager for Bulgaria and inspector)
the ECML network - as a result of participation in ECML projects and events

Work information

Occupation or position currently held 

1) Associate Professor (for Business English and EAP)
2) President of OPTIMA

Name of employer 

1) Sofia Technical University
2) OPTIMA Bulgaria

Country of employment

Education and training  
Relevant qualifications or training
Degree in English Philology; PhD in Linguistics;
Certified CELTA and DELTA trainer and course director;
Teacher training, management training and quality assurance courses, through the British Council/ELTeCS, EAQUALS, ECML, OPTIMA
Languages of communication

Mother tongue

Other languages of communication
English, German, Russian

Contribution to the project

Galya Mateva is an experienced FL teacher and teacher trainer. Her prefessional expertise includes:
- project co-ordination of the ELTeCS regional project on joint regional inspections;
- participation as expert in the ECML Project 2.7.1 on “Quality Assurance and Self-assessment for Schools and Teachers” (2000-2003) and contribution to the CDROM on "Quality Management in Language Education";
- Member of the Co-ordinating team of the ECML project "QualiTraining - A Training Guide for Quality Assurance", local organiser of the ECML regional workshop (December 2005) and co-author of the "QualiTraining Guide" (2004-2007);
- conducting and co-ordinating teacher training and management training programmes within OPTIMA Bulgaria;
- CELTA and DELTA training and academic co-ordination;
- quality inspections for EAQUALS and OPTIMA, as well as within the region (e.g. through the “joint inspections project”);
- materials writing and publishing of ELT and ESP articles in professional journals.
Galya's envisaged role in the project team will consist in
- dissemination activities, (co-) organising and (co-)facilitation of workshops,
- networking to identify potential target audiences of multipliers for cascading events;
- co-operating with the other team members on carrying out needs analysis in preparation for WSs and adaptation of QualiTraining workshop materials for implementation in various educational contexts;
- with the other team members, carrying out small-scale feasibility studies and action research, to explore the specificity of introducing "QualiTraining" concepts and materials in various educational contexts, and - as appropriate - to contribute to the publishing of research outcomes in specialised journals for dissemination to a wider public.


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