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Dr. Nikolay Markov Nikolov


Markoni’s Language Centre is one of my dreams come true and, I believe, one of my life missions. I have the honour to be working with an incredibly devoted team of true professionals and, I’d dare say, with the most wonderful students in our country.

Every day since 2005 my colleagues, our learners and I have been writing together the new pages of our favourite school Markoni’s history. And together we have managed to develop the school into a prestigious educational institution in our region.

The hundreds of internationally-recognized certificates from the lowest to the highest level (C2), according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages, awarded to our learners by the examination boards of Cambridge English and Pearson, the tens of students accepted at prestigious universities in Bulgaria and abroad, the hundreds of learners from our adult courses, who have achieved better career development thanks to the preparation at our school, our national and international school accreditation, our two ELTons (2012 and 2015) nominations for the UK British Council awards for innovation in teaching English as a foreign language, commonly referred to as the “Oscars” in TEFL by the British press, as well as our unmatchable school facilities in Bulgaria, are among the achievements and features which make Markoni’s a unique and desired place. At Markoni’s learners effectively acquire the foreign language of their choice, along with developing their creativity, personally progressing and enjoying themselves with the other fellow learners.

My academic qualifications, my professional managerial, teaching and research experience, my expertise of an accredited assessor and examiner for two international examination boards, as well as my participation as a presenter in a multitude of international FLT conferences in Bulgaria and abroad, make me even more confident that I could be useful to our learners not only in the classroom, but also in the process of applying for university education programmes at higher schools in Bulgaria and abroad.

I am grateful for the privilege to be doing a job I love so much.

Professional Training for Educators at Harvard University:

A Professional Education Programme of Harvard Graduate School of Education

Executive Training in “Marketing” at Yale University:

An Executive Education Programme of Yale School of Management

Executive Training in “Finance” at University of Cambridge:

An Executive Education Programme of Cambridge Judge Business School

Qualifications from SU “St. Kliment Ohridski” and NBU:

  • PhD in Modern Foreign Language Teaching Methodology
  • MA in English Philology
  • MA in Turkology
  • BA in Turkology and English Language and Literature

Teaching qualifications from University of Cambridge:

  • Cambridge CELTA
  • Cambridge TKT Module 1
  • Cambridge TKT Module 2
  • Cambridge TKT Module 3
  • Cambridge TKT Young Learners
  • Cambridge TKT CLIL

Executive Training in “Educational Leadership” at Columbia University:

A Professional Education Programme of Teachers College, Columbia University

Executive Training in “Customer Management” at Imperial College London:

An Executive Education Programme of Imperial Business School

Executive Training in “Leadership and People Management” at King’s College London:

An Executive Education Programme of King’s Business School

CPD Courses in “Business Management” at:

  • Stanford University
  • Cornell University
  • University of Oxford

Accredited oral assessor and examiner for the following internationally-recognised exams:

  • Cambridge English exams
  • Pearson English International Certificate (General and Young Learners)

Experience as a guest lecturer at New Bulgarian University, Sofia

Experience as a guest lecturer at the Ministry Of The Interior Academy, Sofia

Participant and speaker in a number of international ELT projects and conferences in Europe, Asia, Africa, North America, South America and Australia at top universities like Moscow State University, University of Oxford, Georgetown University, the Sorbonne, National University of Singapore, The American University in Cairo and other prestigious higher educational institutions in the following countries (in the order of presentations): Hungary, Poland, Greece, Spain, France, Italy, the United Kingdom, Russia, Ireland, The United Arab Emirates, The United States of America, Turkey, Singpore, Cyprus, China, Switzerland, South Korea, Serbia, India, Belgium, Brazil, Austria, Lithuania, New Zealand, Egypt

International Conference at American University in Cairo – Presentation Title: “T.I.M.E. evaluation – an effective ESL drama and language assessment tool”  (“First International Perspectives on Assessing World Languages Conference” (IPAWL 2019) at The American University in Cairo), Cairo, 30 – 31 January 2019

National Conference at Christ’s College in New Zealand – Presentation Title: “T.I.M.E. for powerful drama in the ESL classroom”  (The 16th National CLESOL Conference for Community Languages (CL) and English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)) at Christ’s College), Christchurch, 5 – 7 October 2018

International Conference at University of Vienna – Presentation Title: “Using T.I.M.E. in your speaking class”  (AILA-Europe Junior Researcher Meeting in Applied Linguistics at University of Vienna), Vienna, 6 – 8 September 2017

International Conference at University of Vienna – Presentation Title: “Using T.I.M.E. in your speaking class”  (AILA-Europe Junior Researcher Meeting in Applied Linguistics at University of Vienna), Vienna, 6 – 8 September 2017

International Conference at Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO-University) – Presentation Title: “Stanislavsky’s System in T.I.M.E.”  (3rd International Conference “The Magic of Innovation: New Dimensions in Linguistics and Foreign Language Teaching” at MGIMO-University), Moscow, 24 – 25 March 2017

International Congress in India, organised by FILLM, a UNESCO international association – Presentation Title: “T.I.M.E. Drama – The Exotic and the Familiar in Classroom Interaction”  (“The Familiar and the Exotic in Language and Literature: The Politics of Perception and Representation” XXVII FILLM Congress at India International Centre), New Delhi, 15 – 17 March 2017

International Symposium at National University of Singapore – Presentation Title: “T.I.M.E. for authentic drama in the classroom” (Centre for English Language Communication Symposium – 5th CELC Symposium, National University of Singapore), Singapore, 25 – 27 May 2016

International Research Symposium at the Sorbonne – Presentation Title: “T.I.M.E. for authentic ESL interaction” (Sorbonne Nouvelle University Linguistics Symposium – SNUGLS 2016 at Institut du Monde Anglophone, Sorbonne Nouvelle University – Paris 3), Paris, 13 May 2016

International Conference at Georgetown University in Washington – Presentation Title: “T.I.M.E. Evaluation – An Innovative ESL Drama and Language Assessment Tool” (GURT 2016 “Useful Assessment and Evaluation in Language Education” at Georgetown University), Washington DC,  11– 13 March 2016

International Research Symposium at University of Oxford – Presentation Title:“The Magic of T.I.M.E. Drama” (Oxford Education Research Symposium at Pembroke College, University of Oxford), Oxford, 7 – 9 December 2015

International Conference at Moscow State University  – Presentation Title: “T.I.M.E. for effective drama in the ESL classroom” (The 12th LATEUM International Conference “Research and Practice in Multidisciplinary Discourse” at Moscow State University), Moscow, 1 – 2 October 2015

EAQUALS International Conference in Spain – Presentation Title: “The way to go – acting students, directing teachers, reflective EFL classrooms” (EAQUALS International Conference), Malaga, 16 – 18 April 2015

EU Project “Leonardo da Vinci – EPG” at the International Centre for Pedagogical Studies (CIEP) in Paris – Presentation Title: “The EPG piloting at Markoni’s Language Centre” (Final Project Meeting – Leonardo da Vinci EPG /European Profiling Grid/), Paris, 21 – 22 October 2013

EU Project “Grundtvig – IPALE” in Poland – Presentation Title: “Motivated teachers – Motivated learners” (4th Project Meeting – Grundtvig IPALE /Innovative Practice in Adult Learning Education/), Warsaw, 12 – 14 May 2011

EU Project “Grundtvig – IPALE” in Hungary – Presentation Title: “Creativity and artistry – the key to promoting language schools successfully” (3rd Project Meeting – Grundtvig IPALE /Innovative Practice in Adult Learning Education/), Budapest, 28 – 30 October 2010

Nominated by The British Council in the UK for The ELTons 2012 – The “OSCARS” for innovations in ELT;

Category: Local Innovation, Product Title: “Markoni’s Fancy-Dress Balls”

Nominated by The British Council in the UK for The ELTons 2015 – The “OSCARS” for innovations in ELT;
Category: The Macmillan Education Award for New Talent in Writing, Product Title: “T.I.M.E. for teenagers” (a book set – a Teacher’s Book /methodology/ for ESL teachers ; a Teacher’s Evaluation Book based on the T.I.M.E. method evaluation criteria; a pack of 46 flash cards with the practice exercises instructions; a pack of 2 CDs with audio recordings and photocopiable materials and 2 DVDs with sample T.I.M.E.-based language and drama exercises, as well as a recording of a full sample T.I.M.E. play)

Individual Member of EAQUALS
(The International Association for Evaluation & Accreditation of Quality in Language Services)

Individual Member of IATEFL
(International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language)

“The Eyes Of Love”
(2007), Ariadna 93 (poetry and fiction edition in Bulgarian)

“Sacred World/Сакрален свят”
(2015), Ariadna 93 (poetry edition in Bulgarian and English)