Maria Metodieva's e-portfolio Teacher-in-Chief & Head of English Language Department, 2ELS "Thomas Jefferson"


Work Experience:

1999 - present Second English Language School 'Thomas Jesserson", Sofia

What are my responsibilities?

Planning and organizing methodological meetings and workshops in teaching foreign languages, school language competitions, end-of-term and end-of-year final student assessment, etc. in high school education


1983 - 1989 Sofia University, Bulgaria: Master's Degree - English philology; Russian Philology

1996 - Strathclyde University, Glasgow: Cultural Studies

2011- E-Teacher Professional Development Workshop, University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC)


Department for Teacher Trainers and Training - Sofia University:

1998 - Second Qualification Degree; Thesis: Developing basic Cultural Studies skills for comparing and contrasting

2003 - First Qualification Degree; Thesis: Developing skills for distinguishing identities in literary texts

Training abroad:

1993 - The Bell School of Languages, Cambridge

1996 - University of Strathclyde, Glasgow

2003 - Oxford House College, London

2010 - Utrecht Summer Course, Designing Activities for the 2.0 Language Classroom, Utrecht University

2011 - English as a Foreign Language Assessment (online course, University of Maryland, Baltimore County, English Language Center)

Social Skills and Competences:


Cultural Studies Syllabus Design (1995 – 1997)

Help Desk – promoting the teaching of cultural dimension (2005 – 2006)

Participation in projects of the Ministry of Education:

Ministry of Education – Developing a system for evaluation of the communicative competences in English language teaching (2010)

Ministry of Education – Developing syllabus in English as a foreign language (2012)


Co-editor – 11th grade English Language Textbook:Katsarova, V. and Natalia Klisourska (2001), English Through Literature for the 11th Grade, Prosveta, Sofia

Co-author: Branching Out. A Cultural Studies Syllabus, British Council, (1997), Tilia

Byram, M. and Adam Nicholas, Paul Stevens (eds.) (2001), Developing Intercultural Competence in Practice. Clevedon, Multicultural Matter Ltd.

E4Y for 8th class – Companion 1,2,3,4 for intensive classes, (2009), Prosveta

E4Y for 9th class – Companion 1,2 for intensive classes, (2010), Prosveta

E4Y for 10th class – Companion 1,2 for intensive classes, (2011), Prosveta

Presentation skills:

IATEFL Conferences: Varna, StaraZagora, Rousse,Sofia and Plovdiv (1996 – 2003)

ELTECS – Hungary, 1997

NELLE – Germany, 1998

English Language Portfolio, National Conference, Sofia University, 2010

E-Teacher Professional Development Workshop, University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC), 2011

7th National Conference of E-Education, 2011 (Interactive teaching in the foreign language classroom)

4th ESTIDIA Conference | Sofia, 29-30 September 2017 Dialogues without Borders: Strategies of Interpersonal and Inter-group Communication

Organizational Skills & Competences

Coordinator of Comenius multilateral projects:

Sport is Life (2007- 2009)

The project “Sport is life” aimed at creating a network of European Schools in different parts of Europe - Bulgaria, France and Spain that worked on two main topics, sports and some problems connected with sport activities such as healthy diet, smoking, drinking and sexuality in order to make students grow through sport and make them realize their potential to be part of their community. During the two years the participating schools compared their experiences, presented their typical regional sports and worked on the importance of sport activities and keeping fit for their personal growth.

Building Digital Bridges between Nations (2010 – 2012)

The main aims of our partnership “Bridges of Digital Content Between Nations” were to prove that digital content is able to make people come together, to make students able to express and comment on any selected issue using digital content, and to study and evaluate ICT skills in such a way that the students are productive. Through this project, students developed specific ICT skills, and ability to transfer and apply this knowledge in selected issues. Project partners were working on themes on selected topics of common interest such as teenage culture, national holidays, cultural differences, drug abuse, racism, say no to smoking, tolerance, charity, students and teachers together, justice, topics that have been established by all project partners. Multicultural and social materials concerning the topic of study were published widely on handouts, brochures, interactive CDs, calendars, bulletin boards, and also on project web site, school website, social networking.

Banner of the project.

Our team in Maribor, Slovenia

Students and teachers together in Slovenia.

Final farewell party of teachers from participating countries: Turkey, Bulgaria, Romania, Slovenia and Poland.

Coordinator of Erasmus + KD2 multilateral project:

Culture, Nature and People – meeting points between Lithuania, the Czech Republic and Bulgaria, CLAP (2014 – 2016)

This project involved students and teachers from three European countries: Lithuania, the Czech Republic and Bulgaria. It focused on enhancing students’ learning skills and teachers’ professional skills, which in the long run would help them become lifelong learners. Taking into consideration the realities of the present day, the aim of the project was four-fold: first, to promote unconventional methods and non-traditional places of teaching and learning of different subjects; second, to raise students’motivation by capturing their attention and developing their self-confidence and readiness for effective learning results, collaboration and communication; third, to develop creative, responsible and open-minded personalities who are open to other cultures, are able to adopt innovative life and possess leadership qualities; and fourth, to develop knowledge and understanding among the young people and their teachers of the usefulness of Web 2.0 tools, Content Language Integrated Learning (CLIL) materials, as well as foreign language communication skills and native language competence.

Here are links to some of our products:





Stone churches:

Guided tour Sofia:

Our logo

It has been fun cooking together!

2ELS Teachers' Team

The coordinators of the participating schools.

Happy teachers at Srebarna Lake.

Students having some rest.

Our 'water lilies'

On the river bank of the Danube.

CLAP has been chosen as one of the best practices and will be presented at the annual international conference in Bonn, Germany in May 2017.

New Globe Theatre Club

Responsibilities of the Leader: organizing and staging performances with students

Chaos Before X-mas (2007)

Irish Fairy tales (2009)

Cinderella (2010)

Midsummer Night's Dream - rehearsal (2011)

Midsummer Night's Dream - rehearsal (2011)

Beauty is the Beast (2014)

Reach me me:


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