Odjel za nastavničke studije u Gospiću


Katica Balenović   

was born in Gospić in 1965, where she graduated from primary and secondary school. In 1988, she graduated from Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Zadar with the degree in the English language and literature and Sociology. From 1988 to 2003 she worked as a secondary school English teacher in Gospić and Zagreb. Since the academic year 2002-2003, she has been employed at the Teacher Education Studies in Gospić. She defended her master thesis entitled Motivation of Adult Learners of English in the Context of Globalisation in 2009. Her PhD thesis entitled Marker of definiteness/indefiniteness in the interlanguage of primary school EFL learners was defended in 2012 when she acquired a PhD in linguistics (English Studies). In 2015 she received the academic title of an assistant professor. At the Department of Teacher Education Studies in Gospić and at the Department of Teacher and Preschool Teacher Education, University of Zadar, she is the holder of the following courses: English language, English for Academic Purposes, First/Second Language Acquisition, Integrated Language Skills in the English Language, Children's Literature in English, Academic Discourse in English. She has participated in organizing several local and international scientific conferences and has designed courses in English for Academic Purposes as well as in First/Second Language Acquisition in the new study programme at the University of Zadar. She has held lectures at local and international conferences and has published over twenty scientific and professional papers in the field of applied linguistics and sociolinguistics, regarding marker of definiteness/indefiniteness, collocational relations among words, English/Croatian language contacts. At Teacher Education Studies, she performed duties of the Vice Dean for Education, the Head of the Department and now she is  ECTS/Erasmus Coordinator at the Department. She is a member of Croatian Association of Applied Linguistics and a member of the Croatian Association of Teachers of English.


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