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TESOL Greece Start-of-the-Year Big SIG Day 2023

24 September, 2023 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

TESOL Greece Start-of-the-Year & Big SIG Day Event 2023

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Programme Overview

Venue: New York College, Kallithea

From the HSAP terminal in Tavros and Kallithea (4 min. walk)

Plenary Presentation

As an Academic Lecturer, Katherine Reilly has spoken at multiple ELT conferences, both in the international as well as the domestic market. She has also collaborated with publishers in the development of teaching materials. Her passion is inspiring critical thinking through active learning strategies and stimulating young learners’ potential in writing and speaking.

Katherine Reilly

”Adaptation of Teaching Materials to Cater and Foster Inclusion and Differentiation”

10:00 – 10:50

Summary: Relying solely on the curriculum resources handed to us, is in no way a sufficient approach to meeting the demands of a linguistically diverse audience. Prospective educators and experienced ones alike, must also bear in mind the cultural diversity as well as the special educational needs of students. The implications of failing to do so will be examined through educational scenarios, evaluating strategies to properly accommodate, enhance and facilitate said materials to the ELT learning environment.

SIG Presentations

Adult Learners SIG

Theodore Lalos is an EFL Teacher (TKT Modules 1-3, KAL, CLIL), he holds a CELTA, a Diploma in Teacher Training (Level 6), a Diploma in TESOL (Level 7). He is an Oral Examiner and a Person-centred Counsellor

Theodore Lalos

“The Road Less Travelled”

11:00 – 11:45

Room K2.1

Summary:  In this session, participants will be exposed to the world of visceral convictions and transversal skills. They will be provided with a genuine instance of vulnerability and will be given the chance to roam on the road that is less travelled and explore practically how active listening, unconditional positive regard and congruence along with certain other skills can release the learning potentialities of their emotionally traumatised learners.

Drama & Literature SIG

Eleni Dougekou

The Magic of Drama to Enhance Literature Teaching

14:10 – 14:55

Room K2.1

Summary: Using Drama techniques in Literature classes has become a widespread practice in English Language Teaching. In this Interactive workshop we will practise a number of Drama techniques used successfully in my teaching such as Reflective Storytelling, Whoosh and Cause and Effect frames. The teachers should leave with insights into how to combine Literature and Drama so as to make Second Language Acquisition more effective, exciting and meaningful.

Eleni Dougekou has a BA in English Language and Literature and and an MA in English Literature. She is a multi-awarded school owner and founder of the English Drama Method. She has been teaching English for more than 20 years. She is a Drama teacher and a teacher trainer.

Learning Technologies SIG

Anna Tsigkouli graduated from the English Department of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens and has earned her M.A. in ICT in Education from the Department of Early Childhood Education of the same university with distinction. She is a CELTA holder and she has completed two training programs on Special Education at the universities of West Attica and Athens. She has 10 years of experience as an EFL teacher in private and state schools in Greece, as well as summer centres in the UK and Malta.

Anna Tsigkouli

“Levelling Up Language Learning: Exploiting Non-Educational Games for Engaging English Classrooms”

14:10 – 14:55

Room K2.5

Summary: In this presentation, we will explore the dynamic realm of gamification in English language education. We will focus on innovative strategies that empower teachers to harness the hidden potential of non-educational digital games. We will also uncover how these captivating platforms can be skillfully integrated into the classroom, disguising educational objectives as exciting quests and challenges, while optimising language acquisition and student engagement.

Specific Learning Differences SIG

Dr Maria agorastou

“Atypical Language and Literacy Development: Toward an Integrative Framework”

12:45 – 13:30

Room K2.2

Summary: In the field of language and development two broad perspectives that have played, and continueto play, central roles in the study of human learning and performance are:

  • Cognitive perspective
  • Sociocultural perspective

And, although our focus is on language and literacy, it is important to recognize that approaches to the study of language and literacy rest squarely within a broader set of issues related to human learning and performance. Understanding the underpinnings and importance of an integrative framework will assist educators to cater to a diverse range of LD’s and literacy Development.

Dr. Agorastou is an Assistant Professor in the Clinical Psychology department at Hellenic American University and specialises in systemic change and inclusion and resilience of students with emotional and neurodevelopmental disabilities.

Teacher Development and Research SIG

Susan is the Director of Online Education at Deree, where she teaches in both the MA in TESOL and MA in Learning Design and Technology Programs.


“A Roadmap to Action Research.”

12:45 – 13:30

Room K2.5

Summary: Discover the power of action research in this workshop. Together, we will examine the process of action research, explore its benefits, and brainstorm focus points for potential projects. Action research projects can help us develop professionally, both individually and through collaboration with like-minded peers to create a community of inquiry. Most of all, action research projects can benefit our learners as we gather evidence of what really works and what can be enhanced. Join us!

Young Learners SIG


“Using Drama Activities to Help Young Learners, Coming Back to School to Adjust More Easily.”

11:00 – 11:45

Room K2.2

Summary: Young learners, coming back to school (especially the ones who come for the first time) often find it hard to adjust, build rapport with their teachers and peers, learn to collaborate with each other etc. By the end of this session participants will be better able to understand how they can use drama techniques and activities to help young learners learn how to interact and cooperate with each other, build confidence and use their vivid imaginations.

Mrs. Papantoniou is an English teacher, passionate about her job. She loves working both with children/teenagers and adults. She has been working in the British Council in Athens/Greece for the past 6 years.She is a holder of CELTA and Tylec diplomas.


24 September, 2023
9:00 am - 3:00 pm


New York College, Kallithea Campus
286 Thessalonikis St. Kallithea
Athens, 177 78 Greece
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