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TESOL Greece – Athens College Pitta Cutting Event 2020

9 February, 2020 @ 9:30 am

“Drama and literature in the Classroom"

Event Programme

This year's pitta is kindly sponsored by
Burlington Books

Plenary Speaker:

Zafi Mandali

Zafi Mandali

“Blending Literature, Drama and Storytelling within a Creative Educational Setting”

Summary: The aim of the presentation is to illustrate how a piece of literature, in our case a Shakespearean play, can be introduced in a present day educational setting implementing drama and storytelling techniques all along. In our simulated lesson, the skeleton of the literary piece will be outlined with the help of participants enacting key points of the plot with the guidance and direction of the presenter. Blending literature, drama and storytelling for an educational outcome involves a combination of methods, presentation approaches, materials and skills which enrich the learning process and fosters team spirit and group solidarity. The method lends itself to adaptation in accordance to our learning objectives and involves extensions for reading, writing, speaking and presentation activities. In the suggested procedure, language and improvisation skills are triggered through various inherent stimuli and so is critical and analytical thought. Drama, a flexible form of art and educational tool, is harnessed to enhance students’ imaginative ability towards an exploration of their emotional world in relation to the literature piece at hand.

Zafi Mandali has been the director of the Department of English, Ellinogermaniki Agogi for two decades, has given a number or presentations and has contributed to the Tesol Newsletter for a number of years. She has authored “English Grammar Exerciser”(books 1 and 2), “Absolute Must in Composition writing” (books one and two) and “FCE training”, E. A. Publications. She holds a BA in English Language and Literature, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and an M.A. in Applied Linguistics, University of Essex and her soft point is storytelling in education.


Suzanne Antonaros

“What Language Teachers Can Learn from Method Acting”

Summary: A discussion of parallels between language lesson design and execution and how actors prepare. The term “drama” is derived from ”I do”, and, in an effective language lesson, the “I do” becomes “we do”. Through demonstrations we will explore the importance of physicality in the lesson shape; and verbs, in the lesson design.

Suzanne Antonaros

Suzanne Antonaros of Educational and Training Concepts works as a teacher educator and EFL author, is committed to effective language teaching, and is an active TESOL Greece member.

Yanna Deliyanni

Yanna Deliyanni was born in Athens. She studied Cinematography at Eugenia Hatzikou’s School of Film and Television Studies and she obtained the National Diploma in Directing. She is the Founder of CiNEMATHESIS and aspires to put cinema at the core of Education. She organizes and gives life to educational programmes and activities for children of all ages based on Cinema and Theatre in Education. Along with Cinematography, she studied Arts & Sciences at Deree College, Artistic Photography at Orama School, Educational Drama at Xenia Kalogeropoulou Laboratory and she has also attended Training Courses for Educators focusing on ‘Cinema in Education’ at BFI-Into Film in London. She has also worked for several years in the film industry, in theatre productions for children and youth and as an assistant director in the Athens 2004 Olympic Ceremonies.

Yanna Deliyanni

“Let’s Play Cinema”

Summary: Cinema as a medium of art and expression brings together languages, ideas, civilizations, eras. Can Cinema help children experience and communicate with their self and their environment? Can it help them develop their own perspective of the world? Since today’s children, being recipients of several stimuli and familiar with the visual medium through their exposure to digital images of any kind, It is up to us to equip them properly so that they can feel, evolve, become resourceful and acquire creative thinking and perception. Through playing "with movies", we motivate them to start recognizing their emotions, the things that affect them daily and at the same time to get involved in the art of filmmaking. Focusing on discussion, cooperation and games, we aim to provide children with a skill to express themselves.

Irene Zachariou

Irene Zachariou is a visionary teacher/artist and activist. She is the winner of the Gold Award for Innovation in Teaching at the Education Leaders Awards 2019 for her holistic method “Course of Action!” which employs drama pedagogy to teach the whole child. She is currently doing an M.Ed in Drama in Education at the University of Dublin.

Irene Zachariou

Moving from teacher to teacher/artist

Summary: The 20th century model of education reflecting the theory of rationalism, has led to what Freire, the father of critical pedagogy, calls “banking education”.  This concept refers to education as an act of depositing rather than communicating in which the teacher is the depositor and students the depositories. Embodied cognition on the other end of the spectrum, is a new approach that celebrates active learning and whole child development. A medium that facilitates embodied learning and promotes holism is drama. In this talk, we will explore the theme of embodied cognition.

Faye Kafetzopoulou & Ariana Raptis

“Digital Narratives for Young Creatives”

Summary: Retelling has always been a popular reading comprehension strategy for young learners as it can serve multiple purposes. Commonly used as an assessment tool, it is undeniably a social interaction process too, as it provides learners with natural opportunities to communicate while at the same time offering them the cultural schema which EFL and ESL learners might not otherwise have. But can retelling help students develop the necessary 21st century skills? Is it still contemporary in the digital era?In this workshop, you will be introduced to the theory behind digital stoREtelling and get the chance to create your own e-story.


Ariana Raptis holds an MA in Digital Media, Culture and Education from the Institute of Education, University College London (UCL),  a BA in English Language and Literature from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, and a Diploma in Educational Animation. She has been teaching English at Athens College Elementary School since 2018 and served on the TESOL Greece board as an alternate member in 2018-2019.

Faye Kafetzopoulou holds an MA in Media and Communications from the University of London, Goldsmiths College, and a BA in English and Greek Language and Literature from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. She has also successfully completed postgraduate courses on Leading InquiryBased Development run by the University of Cambridge and on Differentiating Instruction, focusing on Strategies for Teaching English Language Learners, run by the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She has over 20 years of teaching experience in Greece and the UK and since 2008 she has been teaching English at Athens College Elementary School, where she is currently Head of the English Department.



Lisa Coutsoudaki holds a Double Honors Bachelor of Arts in History of Art and French as well as diplomas in Pedagogical Studies, in Museum Studies and Theater Studies. She has been working as an Early Year’s (English) classroom teacher at J.M. Carras Kindergarten, at the Hellenic American Educational Foundation – Athens College, for the past 6 years. Lisa specializes in story-telling and drama play, and uses books, films, rhymes, fairy tales, and songs as a storytelling device and presents them through dramatization. She is currently attending two workshops at the National Theatre of Greece in acting and improvisation and on Performance Art.


Lisa Coutsoudaki

“The Power of Story Telling and Drama in Early Childhood Education”

Summary: A hands on introductory workshop about story-telling and drama play. Through activities such as role playing, story dramatization & creative movement, this workshop aims to present how books, films, rhymes, fairy tales, songs presented through dramatization encourage students to participate in activities that inspire them to interact and engage in dialogues.

A Classic Fairy Tale will serve as our story telling device and show how it can provide opportunities for language development and expression, as well as enhance emotional and personal development, critical thinking, creativity, problem-solving, communication and collaboration.


Valia Gkotsi

“Bringing Literature to Life!”

Summary: Literature may sometimes appear distant and teachers always try to find ways to make it more approachable or relevant to their students. Drama can give you tools to explore literary pathways and flesh out the core ideas of texts. This practical workshop will offer techniques that can be tailored to the needs of your students.

Valia Gkotsi

Valia Gkotsi studied English Language and Literature (BA) in the National & Kapodistrian Univeristy of Athens (UoA), Greece, and holds an MA in Drama and Theatre Education from the University of Warwick, UK, as well as a Certificate in Creative Thinking from UoA, Greece. Since 2005 Valia has worked with different groups in Greece, Portugal, England, and Brazil as a teacher of English and Theatre. She has served as the Vice Chair in the board of TENet and the Chair in the board of TESOL Greece and has also delivered seminars on Drama & Theatre in Education. For the last decade, she has been teaching English in the IB DP and MYP and has worked as an English B examiner for the IBO.


9 February, 2020
9:30 am


TESOL Greece


Athens College
15 Stefanou Delta St. Psychiko
Athens, 154 52
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