An interview with "Learn Armenian Online" project's teacher Loucine Galstyan
QUESTION: How did you choose teaching Armenian as your profession? What role does your job play in your life?
ANSWER: Contemporary Armenian Language, which has 2 branches, Eastern and Western, is my specialty. After graduating from Yerevan State University, which is Armenia’s Mother Institution of higher education, I did my doctoral research (it is a comparative study of Eastern Armenian and Western Armenian) and started to teach at Yerevan State University. I have been teaching Armenian before that too while doing my research: I was a private tutor.
Teaching is a satisfying job. It takes most of my time and almost always is in my head: no matter what I am doing, I constantly build some new ideas for my lessons. Sometimes I immediately put them down, sometimes I don't, and when the latter happens, I may forget about my brainchild: they are so many.
QUESTION: How long have you been teaching Armenian already?
ANSWER: I’ve been teaching for 22 years already.
QUESTION: When did you start teaching Armenian to non-native speakers?
ANSWER: I started doing that in 2014. I have been giving tutorials to volunteers in Armenia towards basic Armenian conversation. The results have been most satisfying.
QUESTION: Why did you decide to join “Learn Armenian Online” project?
ANSWER: I always look for new horizons, and I thought it would be engaging to use a new form of teaching to enrich my professional life, to successfully implement a new strategy and explore all the new ways and resources that online teaching provides you.
QUESTION: What’s the specificity of teaching Armenian online?
ANSWER: There are many of them. The most important to me is the knowledge of online teaching tools.
QUESTION: What’s your advice to those who wish to learn Armenian? What should they start from and pay attention to the most?
ANSWER: Dare to learn Armenian and dear to do it with us. Just contact us at http://www.learnarmenianonline.com/contact.html or https://www.facebook.com/learnarmenianonline,
and we will flow together. You have a free short lesson to decide on taking further lessons, so what are you thinking about? As lesson plans are individual, based on your needs, we will decide with you where to start and to what pay attention the most. Happy journey!