University of Pardubice, Czech Republic
Jitka Hlouskova is the Head of the Language Centre of the University of Pardubice, Czech Republic.
Her professional focus includes teaching English for Specific and Academic Purposes (ESP and EAP) in higher education. Her current research interest lies in learner autonomy and innovative approaches to education in general. Apart from languages, linguistics and literature, she is also interested in personal development. She has a background in coaching, which helps her function more effectively not only in her managerial roles, but also as an educator.
The investigation she has done into the application of principles and tools of coaching to teaching proves that this approach contributes to increased autonomy, personal transformation and internalization of the lifelong learning concept among the students. Her international and intercultural experience involves short-term stays at universities abroad, speaking and chairing sessions at conferences, or collaboration in project management activities.