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TESOL Greece Start-of-the-Year Big SIG DAY 2021 Event “The Prize and the Price of ‘Distance'”

26 September, 2021 @ 10:00 am - 5:30 pm


TESOL Greece Start-of-the-Year Big SIG DAY 2021 Event "The Prize and the Price of 'Distance'"

Plenary Speakers

Thomai Alexiou
Evangelia Karagianni

Event Programme


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Plenary Presentations

Thomaï Alexiou is an Associate Professor at the Department of Theoretical and Applied Linguistics, School of English, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece. Her expertise is in early foreign language learning, SLA pedagogy and material development. She has also authored textbooks for children learning English as a foreign language.

Thomai Alexiou

“Digging Deeper: Investigating the Emotional Impact of ‘Distance’ on Ss”

The Covid-19 pandemic and its subsequent curfews and lockdowns resulted in drastic changes in education and in the way in which classes were conducted in tertiary education all over the world. Has this abrupt transition to distance and remote learning had any emotional impact on university students? In the presentation I will share interesting results regarding this important issue.

Evangelia Karagianni

“From the Teachers’ Heart to Distance Teaching and Beyond.”

Teachers’ emotions affect their cognition and shape their decisions in their daily practice. But what happens when a pandemic turns all they know upside down? How does the way teachers feel affect the way they teach? Can lack of digital skills undermine their professional confidence? This presentation aspires to address these questions and discuss the role of collaboration (the prize) in professional change and development.

Evangelia Karagianni holds a PhD in Teacher Development and an MEd in TEFL. She has taught English in state Primary Schools for more than 25 years and she is currently serving as an ELT Coordinator in East Attica. She also teaches the module of Educational Technology at the Hellenic Open University. She is an IKY and a Fulbright scholar.

SIG Presentations

Adult Learners SIG

Oksana Hera is a business English and intercultural communication trainer from Lviv, Ukraine. She holds an MA (Hons) in Linguistics, Cert IBET, a Business Cultural Trainer’s Certificate, and a CELTA. Her interests lie in enhancing in-company training and learners’ motivation and helping professionals to improve their communication in teams.

Oksana Hera

“Adult Language Learning and the Power of Video Content”

Summary: Films had been among language learners’ favourites long before the pandemic started. In this presentation, participants will be invited to reflect on their experience of using videos in training. Then I will share practical solutions incorporating films that encourage adult learners to build on their vocabulary and listening skills, among others, based on the ‘Movies by Levels’ project.

Drama & Literature SIG

Georgia Aliferi

“Dismantling the Mantle of the Expert: Teaching English Through Drama”

Summary: A practical workshop based on Dorothy Heathcote’s dramatic-inquiry approach of the Mantle of the Expert. The workshop aspires to provide with both a scheme of work and a general theoretical framework that English teachers can use in their classrooms with any adjustments needed according to level or age variations.

Georgia Aliferi has been teaching English for the past 12 years. She sees herself mostly as a performer and not as a traditional teacher. She holds a BA in English Language and Literature and an MA in Drama and Theatre Education. Drama offers a holistic approach to teaching by allowing students to learn through a fun and meaningful way.

Learning Technologies SIG

Ioulianos Dimitrokalis’ undergraduate degree is in English literature and his postgraduate in ICT in education. Both of them were provided by EKPA (National Univeristy of Athens). He has been an English teacher for 8 years and a teacher trainer since 2020 through his Youtube channel which he created during Covid-19 pandemic to introduce ICT to his colleagues.

Ioulianos Dimitrokalis

“Digital Storytelling in ELT: Developing Students’ Productive Skills”

Summary: People are fond of stories, in particular, they love telling stories wherever they are. What happens when it comes to ELT? Our students are totally focused on us when we describe an incident from our personal life. Taking advantage of it and the fact that they are digital ”natives”, we can help them develop their productive skills and form a class community through digital storytelling. DS is the narration of a personal story through music and images/video.

Specific Learning Differences SIG

Ilias Vasileiou

“How Do I Help This Kid?”

Summary: How can we detect symptoms of several Disorders and gather useful information about our students? How can we collaborate with other Professionals from the field of Special Education? Most of all, how can we help students with Special Educational Needs in the teaching of a English as a Foreign Language and design effective Interventions?

Dr Ilias Vasileiou is an Adjunct Professor of Special Education at Nicosia University and the Neapolis Pafos University in Cyprus and Post-Doctoral Researcher of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. He is writer and creator of Programs for Intervention in Writing, for students with and without Specific Learning Difficulties.

Teacher Development and Research SIG

Melpómeni Ilkos is a member of the Deree English and Modern Languages Department. Prior to coming to Greece, she started her teaching career in New York teaching college level ESL. She holds a BA in English Literature, and a MS in Education/TESOL, from City University of New York. Her field of interest is Applied Linguistics.

Melpomeni Ilkos

“Teacher Development Through Reflective Practice”

Summary: How may reflection practices benefit all teachers? Through self or group reflection, teachers refine their philosophies of teaching and teachers. They may compare past experience with newer approaches and practices and form their own opinions.
I will refer to the literature on reflective practices and reflect on my own practices and experiences.

Young Learners SIG

Gianna Gkioni

“Teaching English Through Drama in Times of Crisis”

Summary: This workshop is going to offer a toolbox of theatrical strategies and drama techniques to a teacher of English who wishes to teach literary material online. The theatrical tools can create a fun environment and add playfulness and interaction to the online English classroom. They can also help students understand character, relationships, plot and the themes of a work of literature in an entertaining way.

Gianna Gkioni has dual training. She is a teacher of English, graduate of National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. She is also a Drama instructor, with a Bachelor in Theatre from Goldsmiths College, University of London and a master’s at Theatre Directing from Royal Holloway, University of London.

SIG Meetings / Elections

Special Interest Groups (SIGs) are an integral part of the TESOL Greece vibrant community of ELT professionals. Their purpose and function is to afford TESOL Greece members specific opportunities to share information or research in specialized fields. Our six SIGs have been established and supported by certain TESOL Greece members who wish to hone their skills within a particular area or specialization of TEFL.

On the Big SIG Day we traditionally hold the SIG meetings to discuss and share with the specific SIG members their concerns and special interests, as well as expectations of their SIG.
Additionally, we hold elections for the posts of SIG Coordinators who are responsible for the smooth running of their SIG in close collaboration with the TESOL Greece Board of Directors. In short, the duties of the SIG Coordinator are the following:

  • Head a SIG in collaboration with the TESOL Greece Board of Directors.

  • Attract colleagues interested in the specific SIG.

  • Suggest planning of SIG events in collaboration with the TESOL Greece Board of Directors.

  • Run the Annual SIG Meeting at the respective Event.

  • Suggest innovations to Board through the TG Board SIG Liaison Officer.

  • Be present (and coordinate your SIG) at SIG events!!

    SIG Coordinator Nominations

    We open the floor for nominations for the posts of SIG Coordinators (1 year). You can nominate another TESOL Greece member for the post OR you can nominate yourself. Nominees must have experience and particular interest in the relevant SIG and be a TESOL Greece member in good standing. To submit your nomination please click. HERE Deadline for submissions 20 September, 2021.


26 September, 2021
10:00 am - 5:30 pm


TESOL Greece


TESOL Greece