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Ilka Birova is one of our strategic partners in our project Learning Games. She is Professor at the Department of Russian language at Sofia University, St. Kliment Ohridski, Bulgaria where she also got her doctorate. For many years Ilka has been using games as a method in foreign language teaching and is an acknowledged expert in the field.

Below we are featuring some articles in English that have been published in academic magazines. In two of her articles, she discusses the use of games as a main strategy in language education and supports her theory with a teacher survey. In a third article she looks at topical ideas about the effectiveness and trends in the foreign language education of little children.


Game as a Main Strategy in Language Education

At a Glance

This article discusses the use of games as a strategy in the learning process of learners of all ages. The author describes the main features of a game as a learning method and its advantages in comparison with traditional methods. She proposes the notion that learning games sustain the student's motivation and interest and make education effective and pleasant. In the paper a short presentation of Suggestopedia is given, an efficient method created by Bulgarian scientist Dr G. Lozanov (1926-2012), which is based on games. In the article some terms used in language education are also discussed.

This article was published in the American Journal of Educational Research, Volume 1, number 1, 2013

Full article: http://pubs.sciepub.com/education/1/1/2/index.html


Game as a Method in Language Teaching: Findings of a Teacher Survey

At a Glance

This article focuses on the game as an important method in foreign language teaching. The author analyses results of her investigation conducted in 2015 with 125 teachers of second / foreign languages in Bulgarian schools. Bulgarian teachers of Russian constitute a predominant segment of the teachers investigated, but teachers from Great Britain, Russia, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Serbia have taken part as well. The results indicate a strong positive attitude to using games as a teaching method by all the teachers. But at the same time, there is insufficient use of game technologies in teaching practice and a deficit of playful exercises in foreign language textbooks. The author comments on some possible reasons for this and argues that the game method has to be actively used at all stages of second language teaching in combination with other teaching methods.

This article was published in British Journal of Education, Society & Behavioural Science on 28 June 2016

Full article: http://www.journalrepository.org/media/journals/AIR_31/2014/Aug/Birova2122014AIR10873_1.pdf


About Some Topical Ideas and Trends in Foreign Language Education of Children

At a Glance

This article presents some topical ideas about the effectiveness of foreign language education of little children and some trends in this sphere. The special attention is paid on bilingual education of children at preschool and elementary school age. The author underlines the strategic importance of early foreign language education connected with the contemporary principle of lifelong learning education.

This article was published om Sciencedomain International, Advances in Research, on 21st August 2014  

Full article: http://www.journalrepository.org/media/journals/AIR_31/2014/Aug/Birova2122014AIR10873_1.pdf