Lilia Savova, English Department, delivered a plenary lecture on “Variation in Educational Design: Using Universal Principles of Design” at the BETA (Bulgarian English Teachers Association) annual conference held in Sofia, Bulgaria, on June 6–7, 2015.
BETA is an affiliate of IATEFL (International Association of the Teachers of English as a Foreign Language), one of the world’s two largest professional organizations. It attracts participants from Bulgaria and from many European and other foreign countries.
Savova’s plenary session showed how to make the most with the least and how less could be more. It illustrated how principles of universal design enhance making optimal decisions in EFL curriculum and materials design. It also explained how educational decisions could be improved at all levels of planning: lesson, unit, course, program. It demonstrated ways of increasing the usability of design as it affects teaching and learning and offered practical tips and examples from the EFL classroom.