Kalpana Vijayavarathan - R
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Vijayavarathan - R, K., Óskarsdóttir, E., Beaton, M. C., Turunen, T., Kagan, O., Flotskaya, N. & Bulanova, S. (2022). Development of teacher self-efficacy for teaching in the circumpolar north: Lessons for teacher education. Journal of Teacher Education and Educators . 113p. 293-308.

Vijayavarathan, R. (2022). Teacher challenges in Faroese Compulsory Schools during the COVID-19 Pandemic and Support from School Leaders. Faroese Scientific Journal  

Vijayavarathan-K, R. (2022). The core-peripheral belief dynamic and its impact on teaching speaking in English as a foreign language (EFL) in grade 8 in the Faroe Islands. Faroese Scientific Journal

Vijayavarathan-R, K. (2023). Policy equity contexts in inclusive education for immigrant children in The Faroe Islands in Beaton, M.C., Hirshberg, D. and Turunen, T. Education, Equity and Inclusion: Teaching and Learning for a Sustainable North. Springer, Netherlands.

Vijayavarathan-R, K. and Óskarsdóttir, E. (2023). Analysis of policies supporting teachers to tackle linguistic and cultural diversity and facilitate inclusion from the perspectives of Iceland and The Faroe Islands in Beaton, M.C., Hirshberg, D. and Turunen, T. Education, Equity and Inclusion: Teaching and Learning for a Sustainable North. Springer, Netherlands.

Vijayavarathan-R, K. (2021). Equity in Education for the Circumpolar North. The Morning Watch: Educational and Social Analysis, Spring 2021, 47(1), 104. https://journals.library.mun.ca/ojs/index.php/mwatch/article/view/2263/1797

Vijayavarathan-R, K. (2021). Professional Inclusion of a Native Foreigner: a quasi-personal uphill journey, Fjolnir, pp. 70. https://www.mfs.fo/professinal-inclusion-of-a-native-foreigner.

Vijayavarathan-R, K. (2021). School Leadership Challenges in Faroese Compulsory Schools During the COVID-19 Crisis. Faroese Scientific Journal, [S.l.], pp. 5-35. Doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.18602/fsj.v0i0.126

Vijayavarathan-R, K. (2016). An investigation of teacher cognition of Faroese grade 8 EFL teachers about teaching speaking and its impact on their praxis. Roots, 2 (2), 8-12.

Research interests

Teacher Cognition

English Language Teaching (ELT) and Teaching of English as a Foreign Language (TEFL)

Second Language Acquisition and Foreign Language Acquisition

Assessment and Feedback

Classroom Management

Culturally Responsive Pedagogy

Teacher self-efficacy and Motivation

Inclusive education

Teachers and teaching

Equity & social justice in education


Course instructor for M.Sc. Leadership and Management 2021-2025 at the Faculty of Social Sciences.

Course instructor for Postgraduate Diploma in Faroese as an Additional Language 2021-2022.

Course Leader for "University Learning & Teaching" (Setursnámsfrøði) Co-designed and conducting the pedagogy course for colleagues –  Nov 2019-20.

Taught the gymnasium teachers at the General Pedagogy Course “Classroom Management” and “Assessment & Feedback”. Sept 24 & 25, 2019.

Designed and taught the elective course, "Teaching of English as a Foreign Language" in NÁD: 2011-2012, 2013-2014 & 2017-2018 to present. 

Designed and conducted a course for teachers “Teaching of Spoken English in English as a Foreign Language Teaching”. Nám, Jan 9 & 10, 2018.

Designed and conducted a course for ‘Lærugreinadagur í enskum’ for teachers on “Teaching materials: teacher, learner and materials.” Nám, Jan 19, 2017.

Designed and taught an ELT course for Higher Secondary Teachers (gymnasium) through ‘Nám’. February 2014.

Designed and taught courses in English for the banking staff, nurses and medical secretaries. 2000.

Taught the Cambridge English Courses FCE, CAE & CPE at the University from 1994-97.

Taught English at the Torshavnar Evening School from 1993-1996

Assistant Professor in English in Women’s Christian College, affiliated to the University of Madras, in the period 1986-89.

Creative Works

  1. Whisper of Butterfly Wings- Anthology of poems (2020)


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Teacher cognition of grade 8 teachers on teaching speaking in English as a foreign language in The Faroe Islands and its impact on teachers’ pedagogical praxis: seven case studies.

Award Date: 17 Nov 2017

External positions

Nordic Migrant Expert Forum - Nordic Council of Ministers

15 Mar 2022 → …

Member of working group on the Faroese government's growth strategy for education and labour appointed by the Prime Minister's office

12 Nov 202114 Jun 2021

Member of the working for foreign languages in the Faroese school system appointed by the Ministry of Education, Culture & Foreign Affairs

15 Jan 202128 Oct 2021

Member of the committee forNew curriculum for English Language Teaching (ELT) from grade 4 in the compulsory school to the ‘A’ level in the Higher Secondary schools, Ministry of Education and Culture



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