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Professor Marjana Vaneva

English Language and Linguistics

University American College Skopje



Marjana Vaneva is an Associate Professor of English Language and Linguistics at the School of Foreign Languages, University American College Skopje. She received her BA in English Language and Literature – teaching concentration in 1999, her MA in Linguistics in 2005 and her PhD in Linguistics in 2009, all degrees are from the same university – Philological Faculty “Blaze Koneski”, University Ss. “Cyril and Methodius” in Skopje.  

Marjana has been working as an English language teacher since 1999, teaching students of different levels and ages, preparing them, mainly, for the international Cambridge ESOL exams. Her university career started in 2009, when she was appointed Assistant Professor of English Linguistics at the University American College Skopje, followed by the appointment of Associate Professor in 2010 at the same institution. So far, she has been teaching various university courses to both undergraduates and postgraduates. The courses she generally teaches are the following: Introduction to Linguistics, Contrastive Analysis, Syntax, Cognitive Linguistics, Semantics, Modern English Language, Business English, Preparation for Translation and Interpreting, Educational Management, and English Language Teaching Methods. 

In 2011 she became an Acting Dean of the School of Foreign Languages, in 2012 was elected a Dean of the School, and in 2016 started her second Dean’s mandate. Alongside this, since 2011 she has been coordinating the School’s MA programme, and has been acting as a mentor to many BA, specialist and MA theses at the University’s School of Foreign Languages. 

She is a member of several international organisations, and besides presenting in her own country, she has also presented her authored and coauthored work at international conferences in universities in the UK (Oxford, Sheffield, Cambridge), Austria (Innsbruck), Poland (Wroclaw, Plock, Pila), Bulgaria (Sofia), has been awarded a teaching grant at the University of Graz, Austria, has been a visiting professor at King’s College London, and has delivered a workshop at Fitzwilliam College, University of Cambridge. 

Her main areas of research interest include cognitive linguistics, applied linguistics, semantics and contrastive analysis. Mostly, her publications are in the area of cognitive and applied linguistics, studying the cognitive processes (of metaphor) in zero derivation, analyzing the semantic transfer and the change of lexical categories by native (British) and non-native (Macedonian) speakers of English, as well as investigating the structure and function of English negative responses given by these speakers, seen through the prism of (im)politeness. 

Prof. Vaneva is a regular reviewer and editor of linguistics papers for several English language conferences and journals.