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TESOL Greece 41st Annual International Convention

7 March, 2020 @ 9:00 am - 8 March, 2020 @ 8:00 pm

The 41st Annual International Convention
“Teaching High: Embracing Versatility”
Deree – Τhe American College of Greece,
6 Gravias st, Agia Paraskevi, Athens
7th - 8th March, 2020

Plenary Speakers

Katherine Bilsborough
Eowyn Crisfield
Christina Gkonou
Silvana Richardson
Silvana Richardson

Plenary Presentations

Katherine Bilsborough

Exploring our ELT footprint

Katherine Bilsborough has worked in ELT for more than 30 years, first as a teacher, then as a teacher trainer, materials writer and author. She has published more than 30 course books and written online courses for most ages and levels. She writes regularly for National Geographic Learning, Oxford University Press, Macmillan, The British Council and BBC English. She writes blog posts and bi-monthly lesson plans for British Council Teaching English, and a monthly blog post for NGL’s ‘In focus’ blog. Katherine is on the committee of IATEFL’s MaWSIG (Materials Writers Special Interest Group). She speaks regularly at conferences and teaching events and when she isn’t working, she can be found in her vegetable garden. Katherine’s most recent project is as a co-founder of ‘ELT Footprint’, a blog and Facebook page for ELT professionals who are actively looking for ways to limit the damage our profession does to the environment.

In this plenary, Katherine will take a look at how we as conference delegates, teachers, schools and a profession can act to reduce our footprint and help fight against climate breakdown.

Eowyn Crisfield

Translanguaging in foreign language classrooms: do we really need to?

In this talk we will explore current understandings of both research on second language acquisition, and research on translanguaging through the lens of foreign language teaching. We will look at what we know, what we don’t know, and how we as teachers can plan strategically for the best language learning experiences for our students.


Eowyn Crisfield is an applied linguist, author and educator who specialises in languages in education. She has worked as an EAL/ESL, curriculum coordinator, language department coordinator, academic development officer, and as a lecturer in ITE English teacher training programs.  She works with schools to improve provisions for language learners, from second language learners, to home/minority languages and modern foreign languages. Her current research interests include language-integrated teaching, translanguaging, and linguistic landscaping in schools. She is also an associate lecturer at Oxford Brookes University, teaching modules in the MA TESOL and PGCert Teaching Multilingual Learners.

Christina Gkonou

Teaching high: Wellbeing in the making

Dr Christina Gkonou is Associate Professor of TESOL and MA TESOL Programme Leader in the Department of Language and Linguistics at the University of Essex, UK. She is also Deputy Director of Education in the same Department. Her research interests are in the area of teacher education and development, and the psychological aspects surrounding the foreign language learning and teaching experience.

The world of education is increasingly concerned with issues surrounding the emotional wellbeing of students and teachers. However, there is still much that we do not know about how the specific challenges faced by English language teachers affect their wellbeing and how teachers can be supported in practice. This talk will provide an understanding of teacher wellbeing and reflect on how teacher education could best address the topic of wellbeing for both pre-service and in-service teachers. Raising awareness of wellbeing does not only help to prevent stress among teachers, but also to enable teachers of diverse backgrounds and levels of experience to teach high, be versatile and help other members of the school community to flourish and thrive too.

Silvana Richardson

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Silvana Richardson is Head of Teacher Development at Bell Educational Services, Academic Director of Bell Teacher Campus, Cambridge, and Quality Programme Manager at the Bell Foundation. She has worked in English Language Teaching for over 30 years as teacher and academic manager, and has trained EFL, MFL, ESOL, EAL, CLIL and subject teachers and trainers in the state and private sectors both in the UK and abroad. She was Director of the Bell Delta Online and has written online materials for teachers. Silvana is a speaker in international conferences and a Quality Assurance inspector. Her latest white paper, Effective professional development: Principles and best practice was published by CUP in 2018.

Call For Participation

Dear colleagues,

We are pleased to announce the title, venue and date of the 41st Annual International TESOL Greece Convention, Teaching High; Embracing Versatility, which will be held at  Deree Τhe American College of Greece, 6 Gravias st, 153 42 Athens, on 7th – 8th March, 2020.

The Convention aims to offer a weekend of professional development through presentations and workshops on all aspects of ELT. We are happy to announce our four invited international plenary speakers: Katherine Bilsborough, Eowyn Crisfield, Christina Gkonou and Silvana Richardson.

We would like to invite you to join us in this new era for TESOL Greece, and explore the ways in which ELT professionals not only aim, but also Teach High and bring the best out of their learners by Embracing Versatility.

You are invited to participate actively in the Convention by giving a presentation or workshop. We encourage submissions which deal more with the practical aspect of teaching and which discuss the role of language in developing mature, thinking and independent individuals who learn to connect and communicate with the world around them and who share and support each other and see life as an interactive workshop. 

Important information: 
Please note that a professional presentation should not be used to advance a book, publisher, author, course or examination. TESOL Greece members are particularly sensitive to the distinction between commercial and professional presentations.

Types of Presentation:

  • Workshop  (45 minutes) Practice-Oriented presentations, which show rather than tell. The presenter helps participants solve a problem or develop a specific technique through a series of structured hands-on activities.
  • Talk (45 minutes) 
    A formal instructive talk given by (a) subject specialist(s).

Responsibilities of presenters:

  • Once your proposal has been accepted, please refrain from changing the content and concept of your session.
  • You will need to provide handouts for the anticipated number of attendees.
  • No presenter can refuse attendance to any TESOL member.

How to submit:
Please fill in the online application form below by November 10th,  2019. We would like to inform you that handwritten or typed summary information faxed or mailed to the TESOL Greece office cannot be accepted . For your convenience, you can fill in and submit the online form. 

Feel free to print out this announcement and post it in your office or staff room. 

On behalf of TESOL Greece, we thank you for your interest. We are looking forward to seeing you at the Convention.

Best wishes,

The TESOL Greece Board of Directors, 2019 – 2020


7 March, 2020 @ 9:00 am
8 March, 2020 @ 8:00 pm


TESOL Greece


Deree – The Amrican College of Greece
6 Gravias St
Athens - Agia Paraskevi, 153 42
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