Dr. Maria Mitskova, Assist. Prof.
University of Plovdiv Plovdiv, Bulgaria
Abstract. The article provides a historical point of view on foreign language teaching and learning in Bulgaria while analyzing certain opinions and conceptions of Bulgarian publishers, writers and teachers regarding this topic, discovered in the prefaces of several books published from 1830’s to 1870’s.
The question of foreign language education during the Bulgarian Revival period is connected not only to the need of intercultural communication within the framework of the multilingual Ottoman Empire as well in the European context, but it also contributes to the development of the Bulgarian linguistic thought during that era. At the same time, the foundational concepts of language intellectualization and internationalization being two of the major goals of the Bulgarian standard language construction process are strongly related to the basic ideas of standardization, cultivation and high prestige of the literary language still in a stage of shaping.
Keywords: foreign language education; Bulgarian Revival period; history of Bulgarian linguistic thoughts; Bulgarian 19th century
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