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Celebrating Birthday party of Firangiz Nassirova within English Language and Literature Department

English Conversation Club


The English Department is offering a conversation club each week! See the poster for more details.

For registration, contact coordinator of the Conversation Club Nurana Farhadova (English Language and Literature Department № 308 Old)

e-mail : nfarhadova@khazar.org

Phone: (+99412) 421 79 16 (ext.) 230





Celebrating Halloween


Minara Farzaliyeva Celebrated Halloween in “British Studies” class with the students from SHSS. They discussed  the origin Halloween which goes back to Celtic tribes who are ancestors of modern British people.










Our teacher has co-authored a book


The teacher of the English language and Literature Department İrina Orujova in coauthorship with Tamilla Amirova and Esmiralda Rahimli have prepared and published the book “Translation: Texts and Exercises” (tərcümə: Mətn və çalışmalar). The book is a teaching manual for the students of the School of Humanities, first of all, for the students majoring in Translation and English Language and Literature. It represents the original English texts of Intermediate level to Upper-Intermediate and Advanced for reading and translation followed by a set of vocabulary exercises and translation exercises from native languages – Azerbaijani and Russian on the variety of up-to-date topics. The topical content of the book is arranged in seven chapters with each chapter representing a separate topic: History, Social Issues, Legal Issues, Economics, Science, Technologies, Oil and Gas. The level of difficulty of the original texts varies from Intermediate in the first chapters to Advanced in the last chapters. The book can be used in classes of Translation practice, for Specialized Translation, ESP and for the individual training by those who wish to improve their English language skills of General and specialized English. We congratulate dear Irina khanim on her new success and wish her to prosper in her academic career.  




















Two New Booklets Published by English Language and Literature Department

The Booklets for the students of school of Engineering and Applied Sciences have been published by English Language and Literature Department teachers A.Milana, H.Konul, A.Adela and A.Myriam.

The Booklets are supplementary reading materials for subjects English Foundations 1 and English Foundations 2.

It is a bridge for Engineering faculty students from fundamentals to ESP. It will help the students to comprehend and obtain further materials on physics, chemistry, calculus and mainly engineering. 



Master Defence Successes

On September 21, there were held Master thesis defences by the the English language and Literature Department. The following students defended their Master theses. Rajab Rajabov’s thesis was Translation of phraseological units in the novel “ Jenny Gerhardt” by T. Dreiser. Yegane Aghaeva’s thesis was Perspectives on Valency  in Azerbaijani and English languages. A comparative approach to strategies for passivization and causation. Arzu Aziziova’s thesis was Socio-literary analysis of Clyde Griffiths as a protagonist image in Theodore Dreiser’s novel “An American Tragedy”. Ulkar Guliyeva’s thesis was The Great Gatsby” by F. Scott Fitzgerald: Stylistic devices and their interpretation into the Azerbaijani language. Gunel Rustamova’s thesis was The problem of war and peace in Ernest Miller Hemingway’s literary works. Valida Karimovas thesis was Metaphor in political discourse. The head of the Committee was Baylar Hajiyev, the members of the committee were Eldar Shahgaldiyev, Irada Samadova, Dilbar Zeynalova, Reyhan Madatova, Gulnar Abasova, Jamala Mammadova. M.A. students answered the committee members’ questions during the defence. Upon the whole, thesis defence passed successfully. 



Meeting with Minor Teachers


 English language and Literature Department  holds meeting with its Minor Course Teachers.

On the 7th of September Department of English Language and Literature held meeting with the minor Course Teachers. The meeting was chaired by Milana Abbasova.She introduced Gulnar Abasova (new appointed vice-chair, handled out the Teachers’ Guide (for English Foundation 2) spoke about the devision of classes, discussed some issues with the teachers




Meeting with English teachers

All-staff meeting were held in the Department of English Language and Literature. Jeyhun Karimov, Minor Programs Coordinator, made a presentation on the changes concerning the courses for the next semester. After Gulnur Miriyeva’s presentation over Active Reading Strategies, general issues have been discussed; teachers exchanged their opinions and proposals. Milana Abbasova , newly appointed Minor Programs Coordinator, delivered a speech. As department staff we wish good luck to Mrs Abbasova.




English language and Literature Department holds meeting with its Major Course Teachers

On the 16th of January Department of English Language and Literature held meeting with major Courses Teachers. The meeting was chaired by Jamala Mammadova, Major Programs Coordinator at the English Language and Literature Department.                                                                              

The courses intended to be taught for the coming semester. Teachers discussed the experiences from the previous semester using the proper sources, the division of students and about publishing teachers’ articles in academic journals.  


The Presetation of Certificates to the Participants of

English Language Methodology Workshop

On December 12 there was held the ceremony of presentation of certificates at Khazar University with the guests invited from the  US Embassy. The teachers of the Department of English Language and Literature also participated alongside with the guests in the ceremony. The ceremony was opened by the trainer of the seminar “English Language Methodology Workshop” Mary Kay Seales. The participants of the ceremony spoke highly about Mary Kay Seales, and the experience and best practices that they had learned during the seminar. The ceremony went on with the speeches of  Kelly Cullum, from the department of Cultural Affairs and Zulfiya Shirinova, English Language program coordinator of the US Embassy.  They gave a lot of information about the programs of the US Embassy available for the teachers. At the end the participants were awarded with the certificates.

Mid-term Exams started

Fall 2014, midterm Minor exams started on November 3rd and will finish on November 18th.

Fall 2014, midterm Major exams started on November 3rd and will finished on November 20th.


To the Attention of the Graduate Students 

       The Department of the English Language and Literatute is conducting the workshop "Introduction to Research-based Writing" on Wednesdays and Fridays from 3:10 pm to 4:30 pm. The workshop will be conduceted beginning from Friday, October 10 by Mary Kay, an expert invited from the University of Washington, Seatle, the USA.

        This workshop for first-year Masters level students is designed to introduce students to the process of writing research-based, thesis-based academic papers for the purpose of preparing them for writing their Masters theses.  The workshop will take students from the steps of choosing and narrowing a topic to completing a draft of a research paper in the humanities.  Students will be asked to write in and out of class, and to conduct research on their topics as instructed.  The skills of how to use sources correctly will be covered extensively so as to help students avoid the problem of plagiarism in their work.  If students work on completing all the assigned work in these workshops, they will leave with a set of skills and writing tools that they can use for writing any future academic papers including their required theses.

Workshop Topics

  •  Introductions & Ice-breakers
  • Overview of the course & Introduction to the Process of Writing Academic Research-based papers
  • Choosing and narrowing a topic
  • Using the internet to conduct academic research
  • Reading and note-taking skills for academic work
  • Paraphrasing & quoting from sources (MLA & APA styles)
  • Writing the rhetorical précis
  • Writing a critical response paper
  • Creating a thesis statement
  • Creating an outline
  • Writing about data
  • Researching and writing the body paragraphs
  • Writing introductions & conclusions
  • Writing the reference or works cited list

The focus of this workshop will be on process, though students will be asked to turn in work assigned in each class on time.  Students will receive written or verbal feedback from the instructor on each assignment. 

The interested students are required to contact the faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences and the Division of Graduate Studies and Reseach. 

 “Writing is thinking. To write well is to think clearly.’

                     David McCullough, American author, narrator, historian, and lecturer.

Khazar stands out among universities of Azerbaijan

On September 30, 2014 from 10 am to 5 pm Second National Forum on Translation took place at the hotel Hilton Baku. More than 80-90 participants from the government institutions and ministries participated in the forum, among which 4 universities- Qafqaz University, University of Foreign Languages, Baku Slavic University, Khazar University were selected to present the techniques they apply on their translation courses. Khazar University was represented by Jamala Mammadova- Major Programs Coordinator, Firangiz Nassirova- Senior teacher, Pervin Karimova- full time teacher at the English language and Literature Department and 7 students from the faculty of Translation. The presentation of the Khazar University was highly organized and successful in academic terms.The students participated in heated discussions eagerly. 

Consequently, it was decided that the representatives of the universities should meet for the translation based academic exchange once or twice a month. To this end, the working group of these representatives will be chosen in the coming months.


Congratulations to our Vice-Chair

July 4th

We all congratulate Khalida Gasimova on her formal appointment as Vice-Chair of the department! Khalida Gasimova functioned in this role until a year ago before travelling to the United States of America as a Fullbright Scholar. We welcome her back and wish her all the best as Vice-Chair.

MA Defence Successes

July 3rd

On Thursday 22nd May Aziza Zulfuqarova and Manzar Mammad, MA students in the English Language and Literature Department, successfully defended their MA theses. Their supervisor was Eldar Shahgaldiyev. The defense committee consisted of Daniel Paul (chair), Dilbar Zeynalova, Reyhan Madatova, Jamala Mammadova and Jeyhun Karimov .

Aziza Zulfugarova's thesis was entitled 'English transitive and intransitive verbs and peculiarities of their usage', while Manzar Mammad's was 'Comparative analysis of the semantic features of idioms. Phraseological phrases, proverbs, and sayings in Azerbaijani and English languages and some ways of their translation'. The committee gave both candidates the opportunity to present on their findings, before examining them orally on the content of their theses. Finally, they approved both theses, and confirmed that both candidates have acquired the grades necessary to be awarded the MA degree. Congratulations to them both!



June, 25, 2014

On June 25, the English Language and Literature Department organized a major programs teachers’ meeting. Chair of the English Language and Literature Department -Daniel Paul, Major Program Coordinator-Jamala Mammadova and major teachers- Kamala Asgarova, Naila Gasimova, Gulnaz Hajiyeva Jale Huseynova, Parvin Karimova,  Khalida Gasimova, Irina Orucova, and others participated in the meeting. The agenda of the meeting included the following topics: 1. Final exam results for the second semester of the 2013-2014 academic year. Major Program Coordinator-Jamala Mammadova gave a report on it.  2) Workload for the II semester of the coming 2014-2015 academic year together with the list of teachers who are planned to deliver  those subjects. Major Program Coordinator-Jamala Mammadova made a report on it.

Several valuable discussions and proposals have been discussed in the meeting. In the end, Jamala Mammadova thanked all major program teachers for the colloboration and participation.

27 May, 2014


Do you know….

1.    You would be surprised to know that ‘Pronunciation’ is the most mispronounced word.

3.    Do you know about a 5 letter word in English dictionary, which is pronounced in the same way even when the last four letters are removed from it? Oh, you guessed it right, it is ‘queue’.

4.    Do you know a funny fact about the word 'listen'? It contains the same letters as the word 'silent'!



May 26, 2014 

Useful exam tips:

1. Exams are not designed to make your life difficult

2. Try not to get nervous before the exam.

3. Don’t read too much on the exam day. It can confuse your brain.

4. Try to avoid noise before the exam. It will only make you tired.

5. Believe in yourself and your knowledge.

6. Feel responsibility.

7. During the exam follow the rules and be aware of your rights.

8. And DON”T FORGET that our lives are full of exams… GOOD LUCK!

May 23,2014

5 ways to motivate yourself to study a boring subject and/or complete a project

1. Make every thought serve you and move you forward.

2. Visualize yourself taking action.

3. Small actions add up.

4. Get some comrades and spend time with them

5. Remind yourself that this won’t go on forever

May 22, 2014



On Thursday 22nd May, Nigar Movsumova, an MA student at the English Language and Literature Department defended her MA thesis and  the topic was “An image of a ‘tragic hero’ in the books of Arthur Miller and Ernest Hemingway.” The defense committee consisted of Daniel Paul, Eldar Shahgaldiyev, Dilbar Zeynalova, Reyhan Madatova, Jamala Mammadova and Jeyhun Karimov .


The candidate made a presentation about her research and her findings, which ranged broadly across Greek tragedy, English tragic literature of the Elizabethan period, and modern American literature. The committee then questioned her closely about her work, and she answered the questions to their satisfaction. The committee has approved her thesis, and the candidate has acquired the grades necessary to be awarded the MA degree.


May 21, 2014


Administrative staff of the English Language and Literature Department visits the British Council


On the 19th of May, 2014, Daniel Paul-Chair of the English Language and Literature Department at Khazar University and Jamala Mammadova-Major Program Coordinator at the English Language and Literature Department at Khazar University had a meeting with Madame Elizabeth White- Director of the British Council, and Gulshan Huseynova -Programmes Manager at British Council. The main focus of the meeting composed enriching the English language teaching and improving the English language qualification of the staff.

Several offers have been discussed to be of a great value for English Teaching and Learning.

May 20,2014

 The teacher of English Language and Literature department , our honor Khalida Gasimova   has returned from the USA. For the whole academic year she completed Full Bright Faculty  Development program as a visiting scholar in Michigan state University ,Department of Linguistics and Languages MA TESOL program. She attended  regular seminars there and came back to Azerbaijan full of brilliant ideas. We know our department will benefit from her original thoughts. We also hope that she will share her creativity and experience with us. We are so glad to see her again with us! 

 May 16,2014


4 reasons why learning English is so important

1. English may not be the most spoken language in the world, but it is the official language in a large number of countries. It is estimated that the number of people in the world that use in English to communicate on a regular basis is 2 billion!

2. English is the dominant business language and it has become almost a necessity for people to speak English if they are to enter a global workforce, research from all over the world shows that cross-border business communication is most often conducted in English. Its importance in the global market place therefore cannot be understated, learning English really can change your life.

3. Many of the world’s top films, books and music are published and produced in English. Therefore by learning English you will have access to a great wealth of entertainment and will be able to have a greater cultural understanding.

4. Most of the content produced on the internet (50%) is in English. So knowing English will allow you access to an incredible amount of information which may not be otherwise available!


May 14, 2014


The word "GoodBye" came and derived from the word "GodBye" in Old English which used to meant that "God be with you."


May 13, 2014

So you’ve come all the way and tomorrow is maybe finally the moment of truth, the day of the exam. At this stage you have studied almost all that you can study to be 100% ready for the big day. You have been planning, revising and studying and so there is little more you can do, right?

However hard you studied in the run up to exams, the most important work is yet to be done. Regardless of how much you have studied, it is possible that your exam performance may not reflect your hard work studying for hours on end. That is why we want to give you a few tips to maximise your performance on the day of the exam.

15 Tips for Succeeding on the Day of the Exam:

Exam Tip #1

Wake up early so that you do not need to rush through having breakfast and getting ready.

Exam Tip #2

Check the venue and time of the exam to make sure that you have not confused the day/time/venue.

Exam Tip #3

Have a balanced breakfast and eat nothing risky. Bananas are always a good option.

Exam Tip #4

Before leaving home, check that you have everything that you will need – ID, stationery, map to the exam venue, etc.

Exam Tip #5

Head to the exam with plenty of time. A lot of unexpected events can happen on your way there and you do not want to be late!

Exam Tip #6

If there are people around who are panicking, avoid them. They are not doing you any favour!

Exam Tip #7

Go to the toilet before the exam starts. Exams can be quite long and there is no time to waste.

Exam Tip #8

Remember to write your name on the exam paper. You would not believe how many people have forgotten to do it!

Exam Tip #9

Read all the questions carefully before starting and quickly plan how much time to allocate to each.

Exam Tip #10

Start answering the questions that you feel most confident about. There is no need to answer the questions in order.

Exam Tip #11

If your brain freezes, just start writing anything and you will soon start remembering more details.

Exam Tip #12

Don’t spend more time than you planned on a particular section/question or you might run out of time to answer other questions and gain those extra marks! Also,  leave any questions that you are unsure about for the end.

Exam Tip #13

Don’t be afraid to ask the examiner if you are not clear on a question.

Exam Tip #14

Use every minute of the exam and if you have time left, review your answers before handing back the paper.

Exam Tip #15

Stay calm, you have done your homework and have nothing to fear!



May 12, 2014

Kinesthetic (tactile) Learners

            If the physical style is more like you, it's likely that you use your body and sense of touch to learn about the world around you. It's likely you like sports and exercise, and other physical activities such as gardening or woodworking. You like to think out issues, ideas and problems while you exercise. You would rather go for a run or walk if something is bothering you, rather than sitting at home.

            You are more sensitive to the physical world around you. You notice and appreciate textures, for example in clothes or furniture. You like 'getting your hands dirty,' or making models, or working out jigsaws.

            You typically use larger hand gestures and other body language to communicate. You probably don't mind getting up and dancing either, at least when the time is right. You either love the physical action of theme park rides, or they upset your inner body sense too much and so you avoid them altogether.  When you are learning a new skill or topic, you would prefer to 'jump in' and play with the physical parts as soon as possible. You would prefer to pull an engine apart and put it back together, rather than reading or looking at diagrams about how it works.

Kinesthetic learners are those who learn through experiencing/doing things. Look over these traits to see if they sound familiar to you. You may be a kinesthetic learner if you are someone who: Is good at sports. Can't sit still for long. Is not great at spelling. Does not have great handwriting. Likes science lab. Studies with loud music on. Likes adventure books, movies. Likes role playing. Takes breaks when studying. Builds models. Is involved in martial arts, dance. Is fidgety during lectures.  Kinesthetic Learners Can Benefit from: Studying in short blocks. Taking lab classes. Role playing. Taking field trips, visiting museums. Studying with others. Using memory games. Using flash cards to memorize.



Learner Styles

Students learn in many ways, like seeing, hearing, and experiencing things first hand.  For most students, one of these methods stands out. There are at least, three types of learners: visual, auditory and tactile.

 Visual-learning students will sometimes struggle during essay exams, because they can't recall test material that was "heard" in a lecture.

However, if the visual learner uses a visual aid when studying, like a colorful outline of test materials, he or she may retain more information. For this type of learner, visual tools improve the ability to recall information more completely.

A simple explanation of learning styles is this: some students remember best materials they've seen, some remember things they've heard, while others remember things they've experienced.

Visual learners are those who learn through seeing things. A visual learner: Is good at spelling but forgets names, needs quiet study time, has to think awhile before understanding lecture, is good at spelling, likes colors & fashion, dreams in color, understands or likes charts and they are  good with sign language.

May 1, 2014

The Department congratulates the following teachers on their recent promotions:


Jeyhun Kerimov           Minor Programs Coordinator and Lead Test Coordinator

Yegana Balamedova        Full-Time Teacher

Gulnur Miriyeva                Full-Time Teacher

Pervin Kerimova                Full-Time Teacher

Samira Tajeddinava          Test Coordinator


We wish them all good luck in their new appointments.



April 30, 2014


Survival Tips for New Teachers

Effective teaching depends on preparation. Here are seven things to do at the beginning of the semester to help yourself have a rewarding and enjoyable teaching experience.

1. Content: Find out what the department expects you to teach and what materials you are expected to use. Review the syllabus or textbook to get a roadmap of the semester as a whole.

2. Method: Find out what teaching approach you are expected to use. Are you expected to stick closely to the textbook, or to bring in outside materials? Is your teaching practice expected to be more learner centered or more teacher centered? Are you expected to teach grammar overtly, or just explain it as it comes up in various contexts?

3. Students: Find out what level your students will be. If they are “second year” or “intermediate,” ask what that means. What have they studied previously? What materials have they used? This will let you know what to expect from them.

4. Plan: Outline a plan for the semester, even if the department has given you a plan. Know when and how you will introduce new material and when and how you will review. What will you do when you get behind? It always happens.

5. Relationships: Learn the names of your students as soon as you can. Use their names when talking with them and when giving language examples in class. Attending to your students as individuals will help you assess their progress more effectively. Also, if students believe that you care about them, they will care about you.

6. Expectations: Ask how much and what kind of homework is usually given to students at the level you are teaching. Find out what expectations the department has for frequency and type of testing. Let your students know what the expectations are in these areas.

7. Guidance: Ask another experienced instructor to serve as your mentor. A mentor can review your plan for the semester before classes start to be sure you’re on the right track, and can meet with you on a regular basis throughout the semester to answer questions and give you support when you need it. Having a mentor is especially important toward the end of the first semester


Azerbaijan's Educational System
Some Facts...

Azerbaijan's educational system includes approximately 1,300 kindergartens, 4,600 primary and secondary schools, 180 technical lyceums, 90 colleges, and 27 institutions of higher education (including 8 universities and 5 academies).

There are approximately 130,000 children enrolled in kindergarten, 1.5 million in primary and secondary school, about 100,000 college and technical lyceum students and 110,000 university students.

About 300,000 professors, teachers, and lecturers are involved in education -12,000 of them at universities. About 1,000 university educators have earned our highest degree, Doctor of Science (equivalent to a post-graduate degree in Western countries), and more than 6,000 of them have earned their Candidate's Degree (Doctorate Degree).

According to the constitution, secondary education is compulsory and is guaranteed by the state. The state also ensures free higher education on the university level for talented young people. Since gaining independence, the decision has been made to model the educational system along the lines of the American educational system and offer degrees on three levels-Bachelor's, Master's and Ph.D.

Universities currently train students in 270 fields, though the potential exists to offer education in about 360 fields. The majority of Azerbaijani university professors and teachers have graduated from recognized universities in Russia, Ukraine and the Baltic Republics.

Educational diplomas from Azerbaijan are recognized in more than 50 countries. Because of its unique geographic location between Europe and Asia, Azerbaijan has joined two of UNESCO's six committees on Education: the European Committee which includes 41 countries, and the Asian Committee which includes 37 countries.




April 28, 2014 

Did you know that...

According to Illinois state law, it is illegal to speak English. The officially recognized language is "American."

Widow is the only female form in the English language that is shorter than its corresponding male term (widower).

Victor Hugo's Les Miserable contains one of the longest sentences in the French language 823 words without a period.

There is only ONE word in the English language with THREE CONSECUTIVE SETS OF DOUBLE LETTERS.... Bookkeeper

There is a word in the English language with only one vowel, which occurs five times: "indivisibility."

There is a seven letter word in the English language that contains ten words without rearranging any of its letters, "therein": the, there, he, in, rein, her, here, ere, therein, herein.

There are two words in the English language that have all five vowels in order: "abstemious" and "facetious."


April 23, 2014

 Some Students of Engineering and Applied Sciences and Education had retake exams on English for Professional Communication and Academic English. The exam was held successfully






Aytan Mirzayeva




Arkinaz Gahramanova




Aydan Shahveliyeva


Engineering and Applied Sciences


Talat İsmayilov


Engineering and Applied Sciences


Laman Omarova




Sabina Mamedbeyova




Adil Ramazanov




Aytan Aliyeva




Bahar Nasirova




Farida  Rustamova


Engineering and Applied Sciences


Orxan Fatullazade


Engineering and Applied Sciences


Afsana Mammadli




Narmin Qasimli























April 22, 2014




Earth Day is an annual event, celebrated on April 22, on which events are held worldwide to demonstrate support for environmental protection. It was first celebrated in 1970, and is now coordinated globally by the Earth Day Network,and celebrated in more than 192 countries each year. In 1969 at a UNESCO Conference in San Francisco, peace activist John McConnell proposed a day to honor the Earth and the concept of peace, to first be celebrated on March 21, 1970, the first day of spring in the northern hemisphere. A month later a separate Earth Day was founded by United States Senator Gaylord Nelson as an environmental  teach-in first held on April 22, 1970. Nelson was later awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom Award in recognition of his work. While this April 22 Earth Day was focused on the United States, an organization launched by Denis Hayes , who was the original national coordinator in 1970, took it international in 1990 and organized events in 141 nations. Numerous communities celebrate Earth Week- an entire week of activities.



April 21, 2014


Interesting Facts About English


in no particular order...

  1. The most common letter in English is "e".

  2. The most common vowel in English is "e", followed by "a".

  3. The most common consonant in English is "r", followed by "t".

  4. Every syllable in English must have a vowel (sound). Not all syllables have consonants.

  5. Only two English words in current use end in "-gry". They are "angry" and "hungry".

  6. The word "bookkeeper" (along with its associate "bookkeeping") is the only unhyphenated English word with three consecutive double letters. Other such words, like "sweet-toothed", require a hyphen to be readily readable.


April 16, 2014


Strategies for Learning Grammar

Language teachers and language learners are often frustrated by the disconnection between knowing the rules of grammar and being able to apply those rules automatically in listening, speaking, reading, and writing. This disconnect reflects a separation between declarative knowledge and procedural knowledge.

  • Declarative knowledge is knowledge about something. Declarative knowledge enables a student to describe a rule of grammar.
  •  Procedural knowledge is knowledge of how to do something. Procedural knowledge enables a student to apply a rule of grammar.

 Procedural knowledge does not transform automatically into declarative knowledge; many native speakers can use their language clearly and correctly without being able to explain the rules of its grammar. Likewise, declarative knowledge does not translate automatically into procedural knowledge; students may be able to state a grammar rule, but consistently fail to apply the rule when speaking or writing.

To deal with the declarative-procedural knowledge controversy, teachers and students can implement several strategies.

1. Relate knowledge needs to learning goals.

 Students who plan to use the language exclusively to read journal articles need to focus more on the declarative knowledge of grammar and discourse structures that will help them understand those texts. Students who plan to live in a country need to focus more on the procedural knowledge

2. Apply higher level thinking skills.

Consider that development of declarative knowledge can accelerate development of procedural knowledge. Teaching students how the language works and giving them opportunities to compare it with other languages they know allows them to concentrate on critical thinking and analytical skills. These processes can support the development of the innate understanding that characterizes procedural knowledge.


3. Limit expectations for drills.

  • Mechanical drills in which students substitute pronouns for nouns or alternate the person, number, or tense of verbs can help students memorize irregular forms and challenging structures. However, students do not develop the ability to use grammar correctly in oral and written interactions by doing mechanical drills, because these drills separate form from meaning and use. The content is set in advance.
  • Communicative drills encourage students to connect form, meaning, and use because multiple correct responses are possible. In communicative drills, students provide their own content. For example, to practice questions and answers in the past tense in English, teacher and students can ask and answer questions about activities the previous evening. These kind of drills are  communicative because none of the contents is set in advance:

Teacher: Did you go to the library last night?
Student 1: No, I didn’t. I went to the movies. (to Student 2): Did you read chapter 3?
Student 2: Yes, I read chapter 3, but I didn’t understand it. (to Student 3): Did you understand chapter 3?
Student 3: I didn’t read chapter 3. I went to the movies with Student 1.


April 15, 2014

Language facts


Did you know that...

  • There are between 6000 and 7000 languages in the world - spoken by 7 billion people divided into 189 independent states.

  • Most of the world’s languages are spoken in Asia and Africa.

  • At least half of the world’s population are bilingual or plurilingual, i.e. they speak two or more languages.

  • In their daily lives Europeans increasingly come across foreign languages. There is a need to generate a greater interest in languages among European citizens.

  • Many languages have 50,000 words or more, but individual speakers normally know and use only a fraction of the total vocabulary: in everyday conversation people use the same few hundred words.

  • Languages are constantly in contact with each other and affect each other in many ways: English borrowed words and expressions from many other languages in the past, European languages are now borrowing many words from English.

  • In its first year a baby utters a wide range of vocal sounds; at around one year the first understandable words are uttered; at around three years complex sentences are formed; at five years a child possesses several thousand words.

  • The mother tongue is usually the language one knows best and uses most. But there can be “perfect bilinguals” who speak two languages equally well. Normally, however, bilinguals display no perfect balance between their two languages

  • Bilingualism brings with it many benefits: it makes the learning of additional languages easier, enhances the thinking process and fosters contacts with other people and their cultures.

  • Russia (148 million inhabitants) has by far the highest number of languages spoken on its territory: from 130 to 200 depending on the criteria.


April 14, 2014

Challenging 5 new words for students of English!

Language is alive and forever changing. Approximately 25,000 new words are introduced into English on an annual basis, and, in an attempt to keep you with a finger on the linguistic pulse, so to speak, and in the spirit of doing something a little different, here's a list of five favourite 'new' words to the language. Enjoy!

1. A Nonversation a conversation that seems meaningless or ridiculous.

2. An E-Quaintance a person who you only 'know' through online networking.

3. To Gaslight (verb) to drive someone crazy by making them doubt their memory or perceptions.

4. Drizzmal (adjective) a description of rainy weather that causes melancholy.

5. A Cyberchondriac one who imagines that he is ill, having just read about the symptoms on the Internet!


April 11, 2014

Today at 13:40-15:00 Master students of School of Humanities and Social Sciences had an exam on Second Language Acquisition taught by Jamala Mammadova.The exam was held successfully.

April 8, 2014

EXAM: “ Introduction to TEFL”

  Major course students of School of Education had an exam on “Introduction to TEFL”. The result of the exam was considered satisfactory.

 Facts about Education around the World:

  • As of 2012, 31 million primary-school pupils worldwide dropped out of school. An additional 32 million repeated a grade.
  • While girls are less likely to begin school, boys are more likely to repeat grades or drop out altogether.
  • According to UNESCO, 61 million primary school-age children were not enrolled in school in 2010. Of these children, 47 percent were never expected to enter school, 26 percent attended school but left, and the remaining 27 percent are expected to attend school in the future.
  • Children living in a rural environment are two times more likely to be out of school than urban children. Additionally, children from the wealthiest 20 percent of the population are four times more likely to be in school than the poorest 20 percent.
  • In developing, low-income countries, every additional year of education can increase a person’s future income by an average of 10 percent.
  • Children who are born to educated mothers are less likely to be stunted or malnourished. Each additional year of maternal education also reduces the child mortality rate by 2 percent.
  • 53 percent of the world’s out-of-school children are girls and two-thirds of the illiterate people in the world are women.
  • Education empowers women to make healthy decisions about their lives. For example, women in Mali with a secondary level education or higher have an average of 3 children, while those with no education have an average of 7.
  • The youth literacy rates in South America and Europe are among the highest with 90-100 percent literacy. The African continent, however, has areas with less than 50 percent literacy among children ages 18 and under.


07 April, 2014

Head of the English Language and Literature Department – Daniel Paul together with department teachers- Gulnaz Hajiyeva, Ceyhun Kerimov, Vusala Nuriyeva, Gulnur Miriyeva, Gunel Gasimova, Aytan Gasimova, and Yegana Balamedova participated in "the Education leadership and policy in Azerbaijan and the UK: building capacity for school improvement" training which took place at Khazar University Marble Hall on 25-28 March. Apart from this, some active PhD students of the English Language and Literature Department- Milana Abbasova, Sevinj Qafarova, Gulnar Abbasova, Eldar Zeynalov and others joined the workshop.

All teachers actively participated in the conference.





On June 22-23 Azerbaijan English Teachers’ Association ( AzETA) held its 10 th International Conference at Khazar University.
A two-day conference offered a convivial environment for interactive discussions with speakers, experts and members from the AzETA community, as well as, from other countries.

The Conference brought together English teachers - AzETA members and non-members from different regions of Azerbaijan, as well as, from different parts of the world to share views and news, experiences, to develop further personally and professionally.

Plenary speakers of the Conference were Prof. Dr. Birsen Tutunish, Dr. Erdem Soylemez, Turkey, George Pickering, UK .
The aim of the conference was  to provide a forum in which to explore current trends in ELT and to discuss a number of subsidiary issues.  

From Khazar University Vice –Chair of the English Language and Literature Department Khalida Gasimova  and Testing-Coordinator Gulnaz Hajiyeva attended this conference.






EXAM: “ Introduction to TESL”

       Major course students of School of Humanities and Social Sciences had an exam on “Introduction to TESL”. The result of the exam was considered satisfactory.




Youngest college professor-world record set by Alia Sabur

 SEOUL, South Korea--Alia Sabur, who was appointed as a full-time faculty Professor at Konkuk University in Seoul, South Korea as research liaison with Stony Brook University set the world record for the youngest College professor.

 The child prodigy from Northport enrolled at Stony Brook University at age 10 and played clarinet with the Rockland Symphony Orchestra at 11.
 Sabur was 19 when she became a professor at Konkuk University, in Seoul.
 The previous record was held by a student of physicist Isaac Newton, Colin Maclaurin, who set the mark in 1717.
   Despite her numerous accomplishments -- she started reading at age 2 -- Sabur said she never had earned world record before. "I think one is pretty good," Sabur said.







       Today we had an exam on Academic Writing. The exam was held successfully.




Learning and Skills Group conference 2013

     The Learning and Skills Group conference will take place on Tuesday 18th June at London Olympia 2 and will explore some of the main themes from the Learning Technologies event in January.





       As you know 18 June is “Human rights day” in Azerbaijan Republic. 18 June 2007 President of the Azerbaijan Republic Ilham Aliyev signed a decree on the annual celebration of the human rights day. Prerequisite for this was the approval of "State program on protection of human rights" on 18 June 1998, by the national leader of Azerbaijan Heydar Aliyev. Since then the support of human rights has become one of the main priorities of state policy.




 Method of Translating and Interpreting exam


On June 14th English language and Literature department together with School of Humanities and Social Sciences conducted exam on Methods of Translating and Interpreting. The regulations and rules were followed highly by the students. Overall, exam results were considered satisfactory.

After the exam, students were introduced Khazar Courier newspaper-student newspaper of Khazar University. Students enjoyed the articles and were asked to write for the newspaper.


June 12, 2013

World Day Against Child Labour

The International Labour Organization launched the World Day Against Child Labour in 2002 to focus attention on the global extent of child labour and the action and efforts needed to eliminate it. Each year on 12 June, the World Day brings together governments, employers and workers organizations, civil society, as well as millions of people from around the world to highlight the plight of child labourers and what can be done to help them.

Around the world, large numbers of children are engaged in paid or unpaid domestic work in the home of a third party or employer. These children can be particularly vulnerable to exploitation. Their work is often hidden from the public eye, they may be isolated, and they may be working far away from their family home. Stories of the abuse of children in domestic work are all too common.

10  Interesting facts!

Did you know?

v  Did you know 11% of people are left handed

v  Did you know August has the highest percentage of births

v  Did you know the average person falls asleep in 7 minutes

v  Did you know an ostrich's eye is bigger than it's brain

v  Did you know most lipsticks contain fish scales

v  Did you know no two corn flakes look the same

v  Did you know lemons contain more sugar than strawberries

v  Did you know 85% of plant life is found in the ocean

v  Did you know the Hawaiian alphabet has 12 letters

v  Did you know a lobsters blood is colorless but when exposed to oxygen it turns blue







Awards Ceremony: Fly Your Ideas with Airbus

UNESCO has given its patronage to Airbus global competition which challenges students worldwide to develop innovative ideas for a more sustainable aviation industry for the future. The winners will be announced at an exclusive ceremony at UNESCO’s headquarters in Paris on 14 June 2013.

Airbus has selected the five finalist student teams competing in the third edition of the Fly Your Ideas challenge. The teams making the final are from Australia, Brazil, India, Italy and Malaysia. The students will present their ideas to a jury of Airbus and industry experts at Airbus’ headquarters in Toulouse on 12 June 2013. The winning team will receive a prize of €30,000 and the runners up €15,000.
Fly Your Ideas is a biennial international student competition held by Airbus, the world's leading aircraft manufacturer. The first competition was launched in October 2008 challenging teams of students from around the world to develop innovative ideas to shape the future of aviation.

This year, Airbus has placed the focus on innovation, and asked students to propose an idea addressing six themes: Energy, Efficiency, Affordable Growth, Traffic Growth, Passenger Experience, and Community Friendliness. The themes have been identified by Airbus as key 21st century challenges for a greener aviation industry.

In addition to the main challenge, there is a competition for the best Fly Your Ideas video which the public can vote for online. For further details on the competition and to vote for the best video please visit the official website.



Type of Event

Prize-giving ceremony


14.06.2013 16:00 local time


14.06.2013 18:00 local time

Focal point

Sigamoney, Rovani


Airbus - UNESCO






UNESCO Headquarters


7, place de Fontenoy


Room IV

Language of Event

English, French

Link 1

Official website

Link 2

More on UNESCO website








Today we had  exams   on “Psychological Tests and Measurements” and Syntax and Morphology ”.The exams were held successfully.






Happy Birthday Dear Firangiz Nassirova!

On June 10th, 2013 at English language and Literature Department we celebrated anniversary of our experienced, talented, professional teacher- Firangiz Nassirova’s birthday.

All the staff members wished many happy returns to Firangiz xanum and all the best ahead. There was a wonderful birthday cake decorated with candles for the sake of our colleague.

The participants were; Calvin Tissen, Kamala Askerova, Lidiya Qamidova, Khalida Qasimova, Parvana Isgandarova, Jamala Mammadova, Jale Huseynova, Gulnaz Haciyeva, and others.

We wish you Happy Birthday Firangiz Xanum!





JUNE  5, 2013

Final Exams

Today June 5th, 2013, English Language and Literature Department together with the School of Humanities and Social Sciences conducted final exams on courses “Interactive Methods of Teaching”,and “English for Current Events”.

 The results of the exams were considered satisfactory.




The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee

The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee is marked with a spectacular central weekend every year, a series of regional tours throughout the United Kingdom by Her Majesty and Commonwealth visits undertaken by other members of the Royal family in support of The Queen.

On Tuesday 5 June, the Diamond Jubilee weekend culminated with a day of celebrations in central London, including a service at St Paul’s Cathedral followed by two receptions, a lunch at Westminster Hall, a Carriage Procession to Buckingham Palace and finally a Balcony appearance, Flypast, and Feu de Joie.






Today June 4th, 2013,  there took place another special televised seminar hosted by Hamlet Isakhanli, Chair of the Board of Directors and Trustees at Khazar University.

           The seminar was about the invention of writing, alphabet and books. Everyone who was there enjoyed the seminar. It was really interesting and informative. From English language and literature department, Jamala Mammadova, Jale Huseynova, and Gulnaz Hajiyeva were participants at the seminar. The seminar will be broadcasted on Public Television in June.

           Also, today we had an exam on Development of American English. The exam was held successfully.




 Final Exams

Today June 3rd, 2013, English Language and Literature Department together with the School of Humanities and Social Sciences conducted final exams on Major courses. These were courses Translation Practice-2, Translation Practice-4, Modern English Literature and Interpreting.

Coordinators of the courses were English Language and Literature Department Chair, Calvin Tiessen and English Language and Literature Department Major Program Coordinator, Jamala Mammadova. The results of the exams were considered satisfactory.




   On May 30, 2013 the department of English Language and Literature conducted exams on various classes, such as English Foundations for 3 groups, Academic English for 6 groups, ESL pre-advanced for 2 groups, ESL advanced for 3 groups and ESP for 4 groups. The moderators on exams did not face any problems concerning student affairs or test administration. The instructors of the department stayed after the exams to check the exam papers. The results on average are satisfactory. 

             PhD students Gulnaz Hajiyeva, Jeyhun Karimov, Khanim Ahmadova, Narmina Fataliyeva participated in the meeting in Linguistics Institute in order to confirm their dissertation topics. As a result of the meeting some amendments and improvements were made by Eldar Shahgaldiyev, chair of the division of Graduate Studies and Research.



HAPPY BİRTHDAY TO LİDİYA GAMİDOVA!                  29 May 2013    

The staff of English Language and Literature Department  celebrated  Lidiya Gamidova’s birthday. Lidiya Gamidova is one of the prominent  and gorgeous members of the department. She has been teaching for  more than  30 years. She is always open to help to young  instructors. Department chair Calvin Tiessen congratulated her with a bunch of roses . Other members Kamala Askerova , Khalida Gasimova, Parvin Karimova,  Jala Huseynova, Jamala Mammadova, Minara Farzaliyeva, Samira Tajaddinova, Khanim Ahmadova and Gulnaz Hajiyeva  congratulated her and expressed their best wishes to Lidiya Gamidova.




 School of Humanities ESL advanced group “A” and “B” had their last lesson. Instructor- Jamala Mammadova  wished them good luck and success in their future life and students’ questions concerning about final exam were answered by their instructor.

 “English for Professional Communication”  groups in School of Humanities and Social Sciences , School of Education, School of Engineering had their final exams. Exams were held successfully.

School of Humanities and Social Sciences  “ Grammar  pre-advanced” and “ Grammar – advanced” groups had their final exams.



Today's News of English Language and Literature Department 27.05.2013

Today, ESP student presentations and speaking exam from Academic Language skills by teacher Khalida Gasimova was held successfully. The Students’ presentations were about classroom aids and materials, motivation, age characteristics of students, computer, managing classrooms, and discipline problems Speaking was based on crime and punishment. The exam passed successfully.
Second course students of School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Group A and Group B had their final exams from ESL advanced course taught by teacher Jamala Mammadova.   The exam topics constituted The Constitution of the US, The Truths and Lies about Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict, Similarities and Differences between American and British English, Affluenza, Insomnia, Education in the world, Sedentary Life and Unusual Experiences. The exam passed successfully.
The students of School of Humanities and social Sciences English for Professional Communication Group B had their final Speaking exam by teacher Gulnaz Haciyeva. Speaking topics were about Leisure activities, describing feelings, daily routines, dates and special occasions, physical appearance, holidays, ambitions and dreams.
The same group has the last presentation of the semester. Student Sabina Mammadova made a presentation about her group mates and their English class. Given that situation, students expressed their opinions and gratitude to their teacher Gulnaz Hajiyeva by a very wonderful bunch of roses.
School of Education, English for Professional Communication, Group D had their final speaking exam today by teacher Khayala Panahova. The exam went successfully.
School of Engineering, Group A had their final speaking exam by teacher Gulnur Miriyeva. The topics were about Media, Pollution, Family, and Computers. The Chair of the English Language and Literature Department Calvin Tiessen and instructor Barbara Stroo were guest listeners at the exam. The results were successful.




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May 14.  The English Language and Literature Department is welcoming submissions for the May edition of the Khazar Courier, our student newspaper.  Please contact our Major Programs Coordinator, Mrs. Jamala Mammadova for more information.  Submissions may be made to any of the senior staff in the department.

From May 7-May 30, the English Language and Literature Department will be providing Academic English Training for Khazar Unviersity Administrative and Teaching Staff.  The Chair of the Department, Calvin Tiessen will be leading these sessions.  Attendance is open to all interested staff.

Today, April 17, the English Language and Literature Department held two MA Thesis Defenses for Gunnel Mirzayeva and Farida Shirinova, students of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences.  The topic of Gunel Mirzayeva’s thesis was, “The characteristic features of the Medieval period of English Literature and its influence on the post-Medieval period”.  Farida Shirinova’s  thesis topic was, “Socio-literary analysis of “desire for property” in the “The Man of Property” by J. Galsworthy. The Defense Committee for both of these defenses  consisted of Eldar Shahgaldiyev, Baylar Khajiyev, Calvin Tiessen, Firangiz Nasirova, and Jamala Mammadova.  Both defenses were successfully passed.  Both students received high marks. 

Bu gün, aprelin 17-si İngilis dili və Ədəbiyyatı Departamentində Humanitar və Sosial Elmlər Fakültəsinin tələbələri Gühel Mirzəyeva və Fəridə Şirinovanın magistr dessertasiyalarının müdafiəsi baş tutdu. Magistr tələbəsi Günel Mirzəyevanın dessertasiya mövzusu  “Orta əsrlər ingilis ədəbiyyatının sonrakı əsrlər ingilis ədəbiyyatına təsiri” və Fəridə Şirinovanın dessertasiya mövzusu “Galsvorsinin nin  “Mülkiyyət adamı”  əsərində mülkiyyət hərisliyinin sosial ədəbi analizi” idi. Elmi Komissiya Eldar Şahgəldiyev, Bəylər Hacıyev, Firəngiz Nəssirova, Kalvin Tissen, Cəmalə Məmmədova iştirak edirdilər. Dessertasiya müdafiəsi uğurlu keçdi. Hər iki tələbə yüksək qiymət əldə etdilər.