4th Student Research Conference – June 12, 2015

The Student Research Conference at the American University of Armenia is a unique student-led conference that showcases research and scholarship activity of current and recent students in linguistics and applied linguistics. The mission of the Student Research Conference is to acknowledge the instrumental role of research in early academic and professional development as well as to celebrate and foster scholarly research conducted by students.


Invited Speaker

This year, thanks to to the TOEFL® International Speaker Grant provided by the Educational Testing Service (ETS), the invited speaker for the conference is Dr. Christine Coombe.

Christine Coombe has a Ph.D in Foreign/Second Language Education from The Ohio State University. She is currently on the English faculty of Dubai Men’s College. She is the former Testing and Measurements Supervisor at UAE University and Assessment Coordinator of Zayed University. Coombe has authored and edited a number of books and articles on language assessment, teacher effectiveness, task-based learning, research methods, and life skills education.Christine Coombe has lived and worked in the Arabian Gulf for the past 21 years. In this capacity, she has served as the President and past president of TESOL Arabia and as the founder and co-chair of the TESOL Arabia Testing Special Interest Group who organize the Current Trends in English Language Testing (CTELT) Conference. Christine is also the founder and chair of the TESOL Arabia Leadership & Management SIG.





Manoogian Hall


Manoogian Hall
10:05-11:05 Plenary: Ten Characteristics of Highly Effective EFL Teachers Dr. Christine Coombe (Dubai Men’s College, United Arab Emirates) Manoogian Hall


11:15-11:45 Linguistics The Language of Political Speeches Lusine Galstyan (American University of Armenia) PAB 113W
Teaching & Assessment English as a Foreign Language Teaching Methods in Primary Schools of Armenia Klariss Kabakian (American University of Armenia) PAB 114W
Translation “Fahrenheit 451” Translation Equivalence at Word Level Hasmik Danoyan (Yerevan State University) PAB 133W
WORKSHOP Building a Global Citizenship Team through English Shoghig Keoshkerian (American University of Armenia) PAB 215E
12:00-12:30 Linguistics Discourse Markers in Spoken English Narine Vlasyan (Chelyabinsk State University, Russia) PAB 113W
Teaching & Assessment Teaching English on Skype Anna Ayrapetyan (Russian-Armenian State University) PAB 114W
Teaching & Assessment Test Development Project Venera Melkonyan, Lorik Keshish Hartoun, Amalya Darbinyan (American University of Armenia) PAB 133W
WORKSHOP Teaching English through Songs, Games, and Crafts Elen Grigoryan (American University of Armenia) PAB 215E
12:45-13:15 Linguistics Men and Women Communication Hasmik Nersesyan (Russian-Armenian State University) PAB 113W
Teaching & Assessment Developing 21st Century Skills through EFL Varduhi Movsisyan (American University of Armenia) PAB 114W
Translation Phraseological Units with Body Parts in English and Armenian Nazeli Abrahamyan (Yerevan Brusov State University of Languages and Social Sciences) PAB 133W
WORKSHOP Teaching Speaking through Current World Events Tamar-Arax Bardakjian (American University of Armenia) PAB 215E


AUA Cafeteria & Artbridge Café


14:15-15:15 WORKSHOP Personal and Professional Strategic Planning for English Language Educators Dr. Christine Coombe (Dubai Men’s College, United Arab Emirates) Manoogian Hall
15:30-16:00 Linguistics Gender Differences in Mobile Talk Nelli Aharonyan (Public Administration Academy of the Republic of Armenia) PAB 113W
Teaching & Assessment The Characteristics of Effective English Teachers as Perceived by Undergraduate Students Majoring in English Zhenya Yesayan, Tatevik Vardanyan, Shushan Mikoyan, Lili Harutyunyan (American University of Armenia) PAB 114W
Linguistics Defective Names of Plural and Singular in Italian Silva Galstyan (Yerevan Brusov State University of Languages and Social Sciences) PAB 133W
WORKSHOP Digital Storytelling for 21st Century Skills Marine Abrahamyan (American University of Armenia) PAB 207E
16:15-16:45 Teaching & Assessment Reflective Teaching in EFL Settings Narine Galoyan (American University of Armenia) PAB 113W
Teaching & Assessment Digital Storytelling: Improving Armenian Learners’ Speaking Skills. Hasmik Harutyunyan (American University of Armenia) PAB 114W
Teaching & Assessment Dealing with Student Behavior Anna Alaverdyan, Lili Movsisyan, Svetlana Tatinyan, Lyusi Arakelyan (American University of Armenia) PAB 133W
WORKSHOP Test Bank: Creating Parallel Tests Dianna Torosyan,Syuzanna Khachatryan, Gwendoline Vughose (American University of Armenia) PAB 215E



PAB 133W
17:15-17:45 Linguistics Error Analysis of L2 Academic Writing Emma Levonyan (American University of Armenia) PAB 113W
Teaching & Assessment English Private Tutoring Among Armenian Secondary School Children Emily Hovhannisyan (American University of Armenia) PAB 114W
Teaching & Assessment Effective lessons? Let’s ask the students! Arusyak Chakhoyan (American University of Armenia) PAB 133W
Translation The Author’s Ideology as the Key to the Idea of the Fiction Amalia Meliksetyan (American University of Armenia) PAB 215E
17:50– 18:00


Manoogian Hall


Poster Topics

  • Understanding the Meaning Underlying AUA MA TEFL Faculty Decisions (Artashes Stepanyan, American University of Armenia)
  • The Integration Process of Syrian-Armenian Refugee Students in Armenian Schools (Anna Babajanyan, Setrag Hovsepian, and Khosrovadukht Mamyan, American University of Armenia)
  • Armenian ESL Teachers as Researchers in the Regions of Armenia (Syuzanna Sahakyan and Svetlana Ghukasyan, American University of Armenia)
  • Understanding Academic Performance of AUA Students: Relationship between Scores and GPA (Lorik Keshish Hartoun, Yana Nagoga, Varsenik Ohanyan, and Amalya Darbinyan, American University of Armenia)
  • The Use of Textbooks on English Learners’ Motivation (Venera Melkonyan, Amalia Meliksetyan, Lusine Galstyan, and Mher Davtyan, American University of Armenia)
  • Approaches to Teaching Vocabulary in Armenian and International Textbooks (Meline Ghonyan, Lilit Mantashyan, Ani Nersesyan, Ani Gasparyan, American University of Armenia)
  • Designing Curriculum for the AUA Preschool English Program (Kristine Ghazaryan, American University of Armenia)
  • Developing a Course Evaluation to Foster Effective Learning (Arpineh Yeressian-Negarchi, Anahit Harutyunyan, and Elen Grigoryan, American University of Armenia)

International Participants

Conference participants should familiarize themselves with visa requirements well in advance of the conference. The conference organizers encourage you to apply for your visa as early as possible. Complete information on how to apply for a VISA to enter Armenia can be found on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website.

Conference organizers will assist participants coming from outside of Armenia in locating optimal accommodation and other logistical requests.


Financial Information

The Student Research Conference is free of charge for all presenters and participants. Conference participants should plan to cover lunch, travel and accommodation expenses.


Equipment and Supplies

  • Each room is equipped with a laptop, projector. Additional equipment must be requested beforehand.
  • Please bring your own photocopies.  A photocopier is not available at the venue

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  • Conference attendance is free.
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