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1st Mediterranean Symposium in ELT

1 July, 2022 @ 7:00 pm - 3 July, 2022 @ 3:00 pm

Attendance to the 1st Symposium is free for TESOL Greece, ELT Council Malta, ETAI, HUPE, TESOL France, TESOL Italy and TESOL Spain Members.

A Message from the TESOL Greece Chair

Dear colleagues and friends,

On behalf of the TESOL Greece board, it is my great pleasure to announce the 1st Mediterranean Symposium in ELT which will take place in Chania, Crete on July 1-3, 2022. The symposium is organised by TESOL Greece with the participation of teacher associations of the region: ELT Council Malta, ETAI, HUPE, TESOL France TESOL Italy and TESOL Spain.

This event marks the return of TESOL Greece to face-to-face events since the beginning of the COVID pandemic. We have made every effort to make it a special one by welcoming distinguished speakers who represent the participating teacher associations with presentations covering a wide range of topics: Annie Altamirano (TESOL Spain), Petra Blajić (HUPE), Yvonne Chappell (TESOL France), Letizia Cinganotto (TESOL Italy), Dr. Michael Dekel (ETAI), Dr. Luke Prodromou (TESOL Greece), Sophia Mavridi (TESOL Greece) and Daniel Xerri (ELT Council Malta).

The talks will take place in the mornings, on Saturday the 2nd and Sunday the 3rd of July at the Akali hotel and the symposium will comprise a rich social programme which aims to give to attendees a taste of the Cretan culture. Activities start on Friday evening with the ‘Meet the Speakers Dinner’ with Cretan dancing and then on to Saturday evening with a stargazing and the mythology of constellations activity, a beach party and more. There will also be a chance to explore the old city of Chania or go for a swim to one of the beaches within walking distance of the old city.
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Attendance is free for TESOL Greece members as well as for members of participating associations in an effort to bring teachers from various associations closer, through professional development and cultural exchange. The TESOL Greece Board and myself look forward to welcoming TESOL Greece members and members of the participating teacher associations in Chania in July, and we hope that this symposium can be the beginning of a beautiful friendship. Georgios Chatzis, Chair, TESOL Greece, 2022-2023

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Event Programme


In Alphabetical Order

Annie Altamirano

Unlocking Formative Assessment and Feedback

Annie Altamirano (MA ELT & Applied Linguistics, University of London) Teacher trainer and materials writer. She has published extensively with all major international publishers and has given teacher-training workshops in Europe, Asia and Latin America. She is a mentor with the Cambridge Teacher Support Service Team and the Vice-President of TESOL-SPAIN.

Annie Altamirano talks to Suzanne Antonaros about her presentation at the Mediterranean Symposium in ELT in Chania, 1-3 July, 2022

Presentation Summary

When we ask our students to assess each other’s work or their own and provide feedback, we often see comments such as ‘It’s nice’. So, how can we make peer and self-assessment and feedback formative and enriching experiences?

This session will focus on formative peer and self-assessment, how to effectively introduce both in the lesson, and ideas to implement them in the lesson.

Petra Blajić

Drama in the Secondary Classroom

I am an English and Italian language teacher. I have been working in the field of teaching English for the past 15 years working with teenagers and adults. In my free time I volunteer in the Croatian association of teachers of English. For the past four years I have been the vice president of the association.

Petra Blajić talks to Gianna Gkioni about her presentation at the Mediterranean Symposium in ELT in Chania, 1-3 July, 2022

Presentation Summary

This workshop will give you an insight into using drama and drama activities in an EFL classroom. You will get a chance to try out activities such as Poker face or 10 Second Objects which help students get motivated and moving, and activities like Mirroring or Follow Your Nose which help students build on their vocabulary. We’ll work on the basics of how to put up a school play (where to start, what to focus on first).

Yvonne Chappell

Emotions in the Classroom

Yvonne Chappell  works at various teaching institutions in Strasbourg teaching children, young adults and professionals. She took a course on  “Emotions and the learning process” in Leeds UK.

Yvonne Chapell talks to Valia Gkotsi about her presentation at the Mediterranean Symposium in ELT in Chania, 1-3 July, 2022

Presentation Summary

How do emotions affect language learning? In this talk we will look at some of the  academic  research that has been  done  in this area, how to create an atmosphere conducive  to language learning and refer to English language learning materials  with an emotional content.

Letizia Cinganotto

The Futures of ELT and CLIL: Lessons Learnt from the Pandemic

Letizia Cinganotto is a Senior Researcher at INDIRE (National Institute for Documentation, Innovation and Educational Research),  Italy. She holds a PhD in synchronic, diachronic and applied Linguistics. She is a member of different working groups and scientific committees on CLIL and language learning and teaching both at national and international level. She has presented papers at national and international conferences and published articles and chapters in peer-reviewed journals and five volumes on CLIL. She is a member of the consultancy team of the “Pluriliteracies Teaching for Deeper Learning” project promoted by the European Centre of Modern Languages in Graz.

Letizia Cinganotto talks to Aleksandra Zaparucha about her presentation at the Mediterranean Symposium in ELT in Chania, 1-3 July, 2022

Presentation Summary

Starting from recent reports and research published at international level (European Commission, Council of Europe, OECD, UNESCO), the presentation will highlight some examples of possible future scenarios for ELT and CLIL in the post-pandemic era. Input and suggestions for teaching and learning English and CLIL in face-to-face, remote, hybrid or “hyflex” mode, enhanced by the use of learning technologies, will be highlighted. The key role of professional associations such as TESOL within this scenario will also be mentioned during the presentation.

Dr. Michael Dekel

Critical Online-Media Fluency: ELT and English Teacher Training

A writer and lecturer, I wrestle with language and its (mis)understandings in creative writing and teaching. I currently teach at David Yellin Academic College of Education, Jerusalem and Afeka College of Engineering, Tel Aviv, and am a board member of the English Teachers Association in Israel.

Dr. Michael Dekel talks to Susan Stetson – Tiligadas about his presentation at the Mediterranean Symposium in ELT in Chania, 1-3 July, 2022

Presentation Summary

From viral rumors to active disinformation campaigns as part of war, global digital citizenship increasingly requires increased critical media literacy. English is often used in international social media campaigns and online sites aimed for global consumption. I will discuss teaching critical media literacy skills in ELT contexts, sharing my experiences teaching future English teachers and other education students.

Sophia Mavridi

Moving Forward with Digital Project-Based Learning in TESOL

Sophia Mavridi is a lecturer in digital technologies and English Language​ ​Teaching at De Montfort University (Leicester,​ UK). Additionally, she teaches and supervises dissertations for the MA programme at NILE (Norwich Institute for Language Education). Her research focuses on the intersection of digital pedagogy and teacher education as well as online, blended, and hybrid language teaching. Recent volumes of hers include English for 21st Century Skills (Express Publishing); Language Teaching Experiences during COVID-19 (British Council); and Digital Innovations and Research in Language Learning  (IATEFL).

Sophia Mavridi talks to Jake Delatolas – Saveris about her presentation at the Mediterranean Symposium in ELT in Chania, 1-3 July, 2022

Presentation Summary

Digital project-based learning is so much more than just using technology to complete projects. In this session we will explore a systematic approach to project-based learning that combines second language acquisition and technology integration, making it ideal for the 21st-century language classroom. We will also discuss example projects to illustrate each stage of the process including consolidation, reflection and assessment.

Dr. Luke Prodromou

After COVID: From the Classroom to the Glassroom and Back.

Luke Prodromou Bristol University; he also has an MA in Shakespeare Studies (Birmingham University) a Diploma in Teaching English (Leeds University) and a Ph.D (Nottingham University).  He is the author of numerous coursebooks; he has worked for the British Council and the University of Thessaloniki (Shakespeare). Luke’s  Phd: English as a Lingua Franca: a corpus-based approach,  was published by Continuum (2010). 

Dr Luke Prodromou talks to Lilika Couri about his presentation at the Mediterranean Symposium in ELT in Chania, 1-3 July, 2022

Presentation Summary

This talk looks back, with humour and reflection,  to what we have learned after two years of teaching in the extraordinary circumstances of the pandemic. We have learnt a lot about online and offline teaching, with masks and without masks, in virtual space and in real space. Where do we go from here?

Daniel Xerri

How Small Wins Can Impact Your Professional Life

Daniel Xerri is a Senior Lecturer in Applied Linguistics and TESOL at the University of Malta. He has co-edited several books on a range of ELT topics, including English for 21st Century Skills and ELT Research in Action. www.danielxerri.com

Daniel Xerri talks to George Kokolas about his presentation at the Mediterranean Symposium in ELT in Chania, 1-3 July, 2022

Presentation Summary

Success in a teacher’s professional life need not only equate to the attainment of big goals. In this talk we shall examine how by shifting our perspective and readjusting our expectations we can value the power of small wins. These enable us to embark on a professional journey that can incrementally transform what we do and give meaning to it.

Welcome to Chania

The old city of Chania

Take a stroll around the picturesque streets of the old city of Chania, discover the old agora or sit at the old Venetian harbour  and enjoy the sunset with a glass of raki.

Photo credits: Vicky Sarantidou


There is a range of activities to choose from:

  • Saturday dinner a selection of dishes from authentic Cretan cuisine. (Free for TG and participating TAs members)
  • Introduction to Cretan folk dancing with Eleni Kampadaki
  • Guided tour of the old city of Chania with Vicky Sarantidou
  • Stargazing and the mythology of constellations by the Crete Friends Astronomy Club
  • Symposium beach party

Beaches nearby

Nea Chora beach is only a 10-minute walk from the venue. Just follow Koustogerakou St. all the way to the beachfront.

There is also a bus service that will take you to the beaches located on the west side of the city.

Get on bus number 21 🚌 (Kalamaki) which will take you to Golden and Agii Apostoli (St Apostles) beaches.

Talks - Venue

The talks will take place in Akali hotel 10:00 – 14:40 on Saturday 2 July and Sunday 3 July, 2022.


Symposium Sponsors

Platinum Sponsor


Panhellenic Association of Language School Owners – Teachers 

98-100 Akadimias St., 10678 Athens

How to succeed in ESB & EUROPALSO Exams. Every Student Benefits.

How to succeed in ESB & Europalso Exams. Every Student benefits. The presentation provides useful information on the content, the format and the key features of the ESB and the Europalso examinations. It is a walkthrough guide that covers the number/type of questions in all sections (Listening, Reading, Use of English, Writing, Speaking) for all levels of the exams.

Georgoulea Kaiti-Popi, Europalso Examinations Officer

Gold Sponsors


For more than 30 years, Burlington Books has been committed to creating quality materials for students learning English in Greece and to providing schools and teachers with support and first-class service. With offices in Athens. Thessaloniki, Patra and Crete we are uniquely placed to identify the needs of teachers and school owners across the country and to make sure that our books and digital materials truly address the practical realities of ELT classrooms today.

Papastratou 12 & Asklipiou, 185 45 Piraeus
Tel.: 0030-210-9767888
Fax: 0030-210-9767889,
Email: greece@burlingtonbooks.com

ECCE Honors, our brand new coursebook for the ECCE exam, follows the success of Revised ECPE Honors to provide clear, user-friendly exam preparation material that teachers can trust for great results. It is accompanied by free interactive webbooks for use in the classroom and to support online and autonomous learning.

Anne Leventeris, Seminar Department Manager, Burlington Books

Nikos Kavroulakis

As an institution that prepares future teachers, the college is committed to the following core values, which it has emblazoned on its banner:

  • Educating for tolerance and against violence;
  • Aspiring to excellence;
  • Educating for sustainability;
  • Educating for multiculturalism in Israeli society;
  • Social involvement;
  • Leading teachers’ professional development;
  • Including people with various needs in society.

By applying these values, we take steps toward shaping the face of society in Israel in the coming years.

The ELT Council is a regulatory body within the Ministry for Education and Employment in Malta. Its mission is to nurture the ELT profession and foster the country’s reputation as an international language learning centre in all aspects of English language stays. It does this by establishing standards in teachers’ qualifications, as well as by maintaining and operating quality assurance systems for language schools that provide for periodic rigorous audits. The ELT Council maintains statutory links between the private language teaching sector and the tourism industry and other public and private institutions so as to constitute an improved platform for sustainable growth.


EXPRESS PUBLISHING is an independent publishing house dedicated to producing quality ELT materials. Founded in 1988, the company has enjoyed steady, rapid growth and currently has a list of over 3,300 titles, with sales in over 100 countries worldwide. Through constant innovation and implementation of new technologies and approaches, Express Publishing aims to raise the intellectual standards, to educate, inspire and excite learners of the English language. Uniquely among leading publishers, we view ELT not as one department of a larger concern, but as the single focus of our operations.

3-5 Mac Millan St., 11144 Athens
Tel : +30210 2120800
Fax +30210 2015444 
Email: elt@expresspublishing.gr  
Web: www.expresspublishing.co.uk

#English: Assisting flexibility, maximising learning!

A newly created, exciting course for A-C classes with engaging, fun content, designed to motivate students, promote inclusivity and meet the new, emerging educational needs of 2022. Through an effective combination of print and digital resources, #English allows for flexible teaching (In-class, Blended or Flipped learning), enhances student autonomy and boosts the development of real-life skills.

Katerina Mantadaki, MSc – Teacher Trainer, Senior Educational Consultant, Express Publishing

Macmillan Education strives to provide the highest quality books, tools and content for students around the world and to build strong partnerships with educators across our curriculum and language learning divisions.

We introduce new methodologies, develop digital resources and provide sound teaching practice and pedagogy that inspire learners to achieve more.

 Macmillan Education is a global publisher with a regional focus. We have a local presence in over 120 countries and work closely with students, teachers, institutions and educational authorities to advance learning.

Ο Σύλλογος Καθηγητών Ιδιοκτητών Κέντρων Ξένων Γλωσσών Χανίων, είναι ένας μη κερδοσκοπικός οργανισμός και αντιπροσωπεύει 75 σχολεία του Νομού μας.


Ιδρύθηκε το 1975 και το 1981 έγινε μέλος της Πανελλήνιας Ομοσπονδίας Ιδιοκτητών Κέντρων Ξένων Γλωσσών (Panhellenic Federation of Language School Owners – PALSO) η οποία αποτελείται από πρωτοβάθμιες επαγγελματικές οργανώσεις-σωματεία που σήμερα ανέρχονται σε 40, και εδρεύει στην Αθήνα. Τα 7.000 κέντρα ξένων γλωσσών-μέλη εξασφαλίζουν την κατάρτιση 1.000.000 μαθητών περίπου διδάσκοντας τις περισσότερο γνωστές Ευρωπαϊκές γλώσσες (Αγγλική, Γαλλική, Γερμανική, Ιταλική, Ισπανική κ.α.).

Silver Sponsors


Suzanne Antonaros and Lilika Couri are professional teacher educators with extensive experience in teaching and EFL school management both in Greece and abroad. They are especially known for their practical seminars/webinars which are specifically designed for the foreign language professional in Greece. They are both founding members of TESOL Greece and have served on the Board as chairs and members.


“Transcending Online and In-person FL Teaching”

ETC online and in-person Courses focus on supporting language professionals, in Greece and abroad, in re-discovering their teaching methods, developing their confidence and fostering creativity. Suzanne and Lilika will discuss ETC’s Summer 2022 program.

Suzanne AntonarosLilika Couri,
Teacher Educators, EFL School Management Consultants, EDUCATIONAL & TRAINING CONCEPTS.

GRIVAS Publications has been actively involved in the field of ELT since 1986. The founder of the company, Constantinos Grivas, has been involved in writing English language books since 1970 and has collaborated with some of the most respected authorities in the field. Thus, our long experience, high level of quality as well as our understanding of the demands of students and teachers alike, have established Grivas Publications as a leader in ELT teaching.

Hamilton House is an English Language Teaching publishing company committed to developing materials that play a critical role in raising the quality of English Language Learning around the world.

Our books are currently being used in many leading private language schools as well as government schools around the world.

The INTERNATIONAL PUBLISHERS EXHIBITIONS are the largest and most attended events in the field of FLT in Greece. They are organised twice a year in Athens & Thessaloniki and once a year in Albania & Cyprus. Entrance to the exhibition is free of charge for all Foreign Language Teaching Professionals. Since 2012, through its subsidiary DES – Dietschi Educational Services, they offer top quality hands-on workshops by worldwide recognised trainers. A turning point was in 2017 when DES collaborated with The Study Rooms offering exceptional training opportunities throughout the year.
Chariton 5, 17564 Paleo Faliro
Tel. +30 211 715 7375
Email: contact@ip-exhibitions.eu
Web: www.ip-exhibitions.eu


MM Publications is one of the world’s leading providers of high quality ELT and E-Learning Materials, specialising in the provision of books, digital materials and services to support the educational institutions and teachers of English worldwide. MM books are specially designed for learners of English as a foreign or second language (EFL/ESL) and cover all levels from early Beginners to Advanced. All our materials are designed in accordance with the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. At MM Publications we produce more than just educational material. We design ideal educational experiences, and we are there to coach our partners every step of the way!

Quality in Language Services

 is a non-profit network of certified quality Foreign Language Centres which aims at developing a modern educational environment for their students. It draws on the dynamic co-operation of successful schools which share the vision of creating schools of a European character. With common values and standards, they strive to improve and evolve continuously.

17 Katehaki Str. ,11525, Athens, Tel: +30 2106929463

E-mail: qls@qls.gr

Website: www.qls.gr Facebook : QLS | Quality in Language Services Linkedin: QLS-Quality in Language Services

QLS participation is kindly sponsored by EAQUALS

Ο Σύλλογος Φίλων Αστρονομίας Κρήτης είναι ένας μη-κερδοσκοπικός πολιτιστικός και επιστημονικός σύλλογος, ένας φορέας γνώσης και πολιτισμού που δραστηριοποιείται στην ευρύτερη περιοχή της Κρήτης. Οι μέχρι τώρα δράσεις μας σκοπό έχουν την παροχή μιας εναλλακτικής πολιτιστικής πρότασης, στον κόσμο της Κρήτης και την προσέγγιση της εξειδικευμένης, αλλά συναρπαστικής επιστήμης της αστρονομίας με το ευρύ κοινό. Ιδρύθηκε το 2007 από ερασιτέχνες αστρονόμους, έχει ως προτεραιότητα του την εκλαΐκευση και την διάδοση της επιστήμης της Αστρονομίας. Έχει πάνω από 100 μέλη σε ολόκληρη την Κρήτη και σε όλο τον κόσμο με έδρα τα Χανιά.


1 July, 2022 @ 7:00 pm
3 July, 2022 @ 3:00 pm


Akali Hotel, Chania
Par. 5i Kissamou 55
Chania, Crete 731 31 Greece


TESOL Greece
TESOL France
ELT Council Malta