Magazine article European English Messenger

In Memoriam: Ecaterina Popa (1942-2013)

Magazine article European English Messenger

In Memoriam: Ecaterina Popa (1942-2013)

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Ecaterina Popa, a respected professor and former chairperson of the English Department, Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj, died on July 22, 2013. She was well-known for her dedication to students and her passion for a broad range of English language studies, particularly English syntax, applied linguistics, teaching English as a foreign language and discourse and gender studies.

Professor Popa received her Ph.D. from the University of Bucharest and came to the English Department of Babes-Bolyai University in the mid '70s. She coordinated and was a partner in foreign language programmes under the auspices of the Socrates Agency and the British Council, Romania, and was Chair of the ELT Board in the Romanian Ministry of Education between 1993 and 2005. She served almost two terms (2008-2012) as Chair of the Romanian Association of English and American Studies (RSEAS), affiliated to ESSE. Among her most important publications are Aspects of Teaching English as a Foreign Language, 1995, and English Language Syntax, 2000. To these can be added numerous articles published in Romanian journals of linguistics and language teaching, such as Studia Universitatis "Babes-Bolyai", Series Philologia and Predarea si invatarea limbilor straine in Romdnia in perspectiva europeana ('Teaching and learning foreign languages in Romania--a European perspective'), as well as articles in the field of European English Studies, such as her co-authored essay included in Contributions towards the History of a Discipline (EHES, Basel 2000). …

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