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TG 44th Annual International Convention

11 March, 2023 - 12 March, 2023

The 44th Annual TESOL Greece Annual International Convention

"Reflective Practitioners, Empowered Learners"

11 - 12 March, 2023

A Message from the Chair of TESOL Greece
Georgios Chatzis

Dear TESOL Greece Members and Honoured Guests,

On behalf of the TESOL Greece Board, it will be my great pleasure to welcome you to the 44th TESOL Greece Annual International Convention “Reflective Practitioners – Empowered Learners!”, which will take place on March 11th and 12th , 2023.

After two years of holding the Convention online, we are very excited to meet again face-to-face. This year we welcome Dr. Nayr Correia Ibrahim, Dr. Jenny Liontou, Dr. Herbert Puchta and Russell Stannard as plenary speakers, as well as 50 presenters covering a wide range of interests.

The Convention marks the culmination of a year of TESOL Greece events, and it is an opportunity to connect with others and to learn. This year’s theme is about how we, as teachers, can empower students through reflection. Reflection is one of the cornerstones of our development as professionals and student empowerment embodies core values that TESOL Greece Members share. 

As TESOL Greece Chair, I would like to thank all the members of TESOL Greece for their continuing support, our sponsors for making this convention possible and the members of the TESOL Greece Board, SIG coordinators and staff, for their hard work throughout the year.

Best wishes to everyone and we are greatly looking forward to seeing you at the Convention.

For Eleni, who will be with us in spirit.

Georgios Chatzis

TESOL Greece Chair

Preliminary Programme

Annual General Assembly


  • Approval of all 2022 Business: *Chairperson’s Report, *General  Secretary’s Report, *Treasurer’s Report,   *Oversight Committee Report

   *Journal Editor’s Report  *Any Other Business

  • Approval of 2022 Financial Report.
  • Nominations and Elections of:
  • Three (3) Board of Directors members (3-year tenure)
  • Four (4) Alternate Board of Directors members (1-year tenure)                          
  • One (1)  Oversight Committee Alternate Member (2-year tenure)

All current members are eligible to vote and to run for election to the Board, provided they are present.

A Greek ID or passport and a valid TG ID are required in order to vote. Only members who are present may be nominated to be elected.


Members may nominate themselves or colleagues who are members. If you wish to nominate yourself, or someone else, please write the following on a piece of paper and submit it to the Executive Secretary at the Registration Desk prior to the AGA:

“I would like to nominate ________________________   for the TESOL Greece Board of Directors”.

 Signature (Full name): ____________________________________

Aims of the Convention

Our theme for the convention is “Reflective Practitioners, Empowered Learners,” and we have a tremendous amount to reflect on following the upheaval since March 2020. What do we keep going forward? How has our view of the profession changed or evolved? How can our learners benefit from these changes that can empower them to succeed in their language learning journey? 

In the convention, we’ll get insight into all of these questions, and four amazing plenary speakers will share their perspectives and expertise: Nayr Correia Ibrahim, Trisevgeni Liontou, Herbert Puchta, and Russell Stannard. 

As always, the focus of this important annual convention is to offer a weekend of high-quality professional development through presentations and workshops — both those related to the convention theme and those related to our ongoing needs as ELT professionals. 


New TESOL Greece Members

If you haven’t registered with TESOL Greece before, please pick up a registration card from a volunteer at the entrance, fill it in, and present it to the registration desk.

Please make sure you have your ID or Passport number in hand and ΑΦΜ (for Greek Citizens)

  • Students are required to present a valid Student Card.
  • Unemployed are required to present a valid ΟΑΕΔ Card

Current or Renewing Members

If you are a current or renewing member, please proceed straight to the registration desk.


All TESOL Greece members in good standing can attend the 44th Convention,
and any other TESOL Greece event, free of charge.

Attendance fee 

  • New members is 50 euros, 
  • Students 25 euros (with a valid student ID)
  • Unemployed 30 euros (with a valid ΟΑΕΔ ID)

Attendance fee for non members is 50 euros, which includes:
Membership for one year.
Subscription to the e-edition of the TESOL Greece Journal.  
Free attendance of all TESOL Greece events.  

Free attendance of the TESOL Greece Annual International Convention in Athens.

Free attendance of the TESOL Macedonia Thrace – Northern Greece Convention in Thessaloniki.
Reduced basic membership to IATEFL. (limited number, available on a first come – first served basis)

You can register and pay onsite or you can register online here.

New TESOL Greece members should produce their ID or Passport number
so that the registration desk can issue a receipt.
Greek citizens are also required to produce their ΑΦΜ.

The TESOL Greece Board

Grants - Scholarships

Dear members of TESOL Greece,

This year 15 Eleftherios Kormpas Membership Grants will be awarded to 15 attendees of the 44th TESOL Greece Annual International Convention “Reflective Practitioners, Empowered Learners” 

The Eleftherios Kormpas Membership Grant is to attend the TESOL Greece International Convention and to become a full member of the association for one calendar year. Any TESOL Greece Member who resides in Greecerenewal or new member – may apply for the Eleftherios Kormpas Membership Grant.

Membership grant specifics:

  • Up to five ΟΑΕΔ card holders (valid at the time of application) per year will be accepted and supported at the time of the convention with a €30 membership grant.

  • Up to five Student ID holders from public and private Tertiary Educational Entities (valid at the time of application) per year will be accepted and supported at the time of the convention with a €25 membership grant.

  • Up to five regular members per year will be accepted and supported at the time of the convention with a €50 membership grant.

Steps to apply for the grant: 

Interested individuals (members and non-members) must email tesolgreece@gmail.com to express their interest by February 20th, 2023. In the email subject line, please write: Eleftherios Kormpas Grant. 

Any applications received after the deadline will not be considered.

What to submit: 

  • Along with an email expressing interest, ΟΑΕΔ holders need to attach a scanned copy of their valid ΟΑΕΔ card. If the ΟΑΕΔ card is invalid or not attached, the application is invalid.

  • Along with an email expressing interest, Student ID holders need to attach a scanned copy of their valid Student ID. If the Student Card is invalid or not attached, the application is invalid.

  • Regular members should send an email expressing their interest.

The first five valid submissions for each of the three categories (ΟΑΕΔ card holders, Student ID holders, and regular members) will be awarded the Eleftherios Kormpas Membership Grant in that category.

The TESOL Greece Executive Secretary keeps track of the interested applicants by the date and time the e-mail was received. All successful and unsuccessful applicants will be notified about their application status prior to the convention. 

Deadline for applications is February 20th, 2023. Notifications will be on or around February 24th, 2023.

*Stipulations of the Grant

  1. This is not a cash Membership Grant, and cannot be refunded. 

  2. Accepted recipients need to contact the TESOL Greece Office as soon as they receive notification of being awarded the grant and claim their grant. They need to reply to the email from the Executive Secretary and to scan and send their ID or passport. 

  3. If the recipient of the Grant fails to attend the convention, they will not be given the Grant. The applicant may apply for the Grant the next year. 

  4. A person who has been awarded the Grant in the past cannot apply for this Grant again. 

This grant is awarded in loving memory of Eleftherios Kormpas, who passed away from lung cancer in 1987 at the age of 42. He came from a small village in Pelio, Agios Vlassios. His family, and especially his youngest son, Georgios, decided to dedicate this grant to his memory as his father was his inspiration for a better education and to become an English Teacher. 

Plenary Speakers

Dr. Nayr Correia Ibrahim

Dr. Jenny Liontou

Dr. Herbert Puchta

Russell Stannard

Plenary Presentations

Dr. Nayr Correia Ibrahim

Sunday 10:10-11:00


“The Power of Voice and Visual: Listening to the Linguistic Child”

Children are curious creative linguistic geniuses, yet it is often thought that children are too young and not cognitively mature enough to reflect on and talk about their experiences with language and language learning. This plenary will highlight the power of multimodal approaches (verbal, visual, artefactual) to encourage children and their teachers to reflect on and engage with English language learning and multilingualism in ELT classrooms. Giving children voice(s) foregrounds their personal language experiences as valid, important and relevant, validates their diverse identities, develops their metalinguistic skills and acknowledges their abilities to comment insightfully and spontaneously on their learning.


Dr. Nayr Ibrahim is Associate Professor of English Subject Pedagogy at Nord University, Norway. She holds a MA in TEFL and a PhD in trilingualism, triliteracy and identity. Nayr has participated in various EU projects on multilingualism, including reviewing the EU’s Key Competencies for Lifelong Learning (2018). Nayr is a member of the Research Group For Children’s Literature in ELT (CLELT) and peer reviewer for the CLELE Journal. Her publications include Teaching children how to learn, Delta Publishing, with Gail Ellis, and her research interests are in early language learning, bi/multilingualism, multiliteracies, language and identity, learning to learn, children’s literature and children’s rights.

Dr. Jenny Liontou

Saturday 16:00-17:00


“What EFL Teachers Need to Know About Language Assessment? New Challenges, New Opportunities…”

Dr. Jenny Liontou is Assistant Professor at the Department of English Language and Literature of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece. Specialising in the area of EFL Testing & Assessment, she has worked as a research assistant, item writer and expert item consultant for various national and international examination boards. She has made a number of presentations in national and international conferences and has published a series of papers in the aforementioned field. Her current research interests include theoretical and practical issues of EFL pedagogy, testing and assessing foreign language competence and corpus-based teaching and assessment practices.

With EFL teachers spending a considerable amount of valuable teaching time on assessing their students’ language competence, formative and summative forms of assessment constitute an important aspect of teachers’ daily practice in educational programmes worldwide. At the same time, it has been well proven both empirically and experientially that assessment and feedback are crucial factors in student learning. Professional competence in the field of language testing and assessment, commonly referred to as Language Assessment Literacy (LAL), is therefore an essential requisite for all language teachers. In this context, this presentation aims at discussing some of the assessment challenges faced by teachers in language education in an attempt to re-evaluate existing understanding and research in formative and summative forms of assessment and share various resources that can create new opportunities for EFL teachers to improve their LAL competency while promoting their students’ learning.

Dr. Herbert Puchta

The James E. Alatis Honorary Plenary

Saturday 10:10-11:00


“Social Emotional Learning with Primary Children: More than just Another Bandwagon?”

Today’s children are growing up in a world of social divide, aggression and a lot of insecurity. They get swamped by information – and then they find it’s up to them to try and differentiate the truth from the fake – and even to realise that there is fake news out there. They are constantly connected, even at a very young age, yet they can so easily feel isolated.
It is often said that the solutions to these problems lie in education – but how can educators cope where society seems to be wanting?
In this session we will be looking at the concept of SEL (social-emotional learning), discuss what it could contribute to the wellbeing of your young learners, and look at ways of applying key concepts from SEL to the primary ELT classroom with the aim of helping children build resilience, self-esteem and value-based behaviour as a basis for lifelong learning.

Where does this Multilingual Turn leave the traditional English-only lessons, and the four-skills coursebook and assessments? How fit for purpose is the largely monocultural focus, and the English-only methodology still used in many English language teaching organisations and classrooms? What new skills do teachers need to learn and apply to their practice to support the language learning of students from diverse cultural, educational and linguistic backgrounds, many of whom are competent users of more than one language? This talk will explore these questions, and leave you with many more!

Dr. Herbert Puchta is a full time writer and teacher trainer. He has been a plenary speaker at numerous international conferences, and has conducted workshops and given seminars in more than 50 countries. For almost three decades, he has carried out research into the practical application of findings from cognitive psychology to the field of ELT. Herbert is a past president of IATEFL. He has co-authored a number of bestselling course books for children, teens and adults, and written numerous articles and resource books. His latest coursebook is Marbles, co-written with Gavin Biggs, published by Helbling.

Russell Stannard

Sunday 15:30-16:30


“Blended Learning-Taking a Step Back to Move Forward”

Russell Stannard is a multi award-winning Educational Technologist and founder of www.teachertrainingvideos.com. He has more than 70,000 subscribers on his YouTube channel. He received awards from the British Council ELTONS, the Times Higher and the University of Westminster for his work in the use of ICT in education. He is especially known for his work in using technology to enhance feedback, teaching online and blended/flipped learning. He currently works as a consultant on at Kings College University London and Kwazulu-Natal University in South Africa. He is also an associate trainer at NILE. where he teaches on the MA programme and runs courses in blended/flipped learning

Over the past 3 years teachers have taken huge steps in integrating technology into their teaching and learning. The pressure of the Covid pandemic meant this was often rushed and uncoordinated. Russell will take a step back, look at what we understand about blended/flipped learning and provide a path forward. He will focus on the key tools that teachers need to understand. He will provide a set of guidelines that all teachers need to consider. This is not a theoretical talk; it will be based on real practice and real examples and is relevant to teachers in all contexts.

Professional Presentations

Please click on the presenters’ photos for more information about their presentation.


Saturday 11:15-12:00

Room 1

Room 2

Room 3

Room 4

Konstantinos Papamitrou

Room 5

Anna Tsigkouli

Saturday 12:15-13:00

Room 1

Room 2

Laura McWilliams

Room 4

Effie Kyrikakis

Room 5

Georgios Kormpas

Saturday 13:10-13:25

Zumba Lesson with Evelina Agathopoulou

Saturday 15:05-15:50

Room 2

Zafi Mandali

Room 3

Room 4

Tanya Livarda

Room 5

Dr Nur Yigitoglu Aptoula

Saturday 17:15-18:00

Room 1

Ioulianos Dimitrokalis

Room 2

Eliza Raduca

Room 3

Sophia Iliopoulou

Room 4

Maria - Araxi Sachpazian

Room 5

Ms Roula Mizeraki

Saturday 18:15-19:00

Room 1

Christos Sotiropoulos

Room 2

Room 4

Daniel Andrzejewski

Room 5

Katerina Mantadaki

Saturday 19:15-19:45

The Teacher as Poet: More Lessons in Humanity


Performers: Suzanne Antonaros, Lilika Couri, Claudia Ferradas, Jorge Kormpas, Alan Maley, Anna Papadaki, Cliff Parry, Luke Prodromou, Penelope Prodromou, Vassiliki Sarantidou, Russell Stannard, Ken Wilson.

Saturday 20:00

Convention Party


Sunday 11:15-12:00

Room 1

Natassa Manitsa

Room 2

Vasiliki Lismani

Room 3

Dimitra Stamatopoulou

Room 4

Room 5

Melpomeni Dodoura

Sunday 12:15-13:00

Room 1

Suzanne Antonaros

Room 2

Room 3

Aphrodite Gkiouri

Room 4

Tracy Huntingford

Room 5

Dr Dimitris Maroulis

Sunday 16:45-17:30

Room 1

Despina Mallidou

Room 2

Dimitra Karala

Room 3

Matthew Guiffré

Room 4

Room 5

Dr Lucilla Lopriore

Sunday 17:45-18:30

Room 2

Room 3

Room 4

Room 5

Lilika Couri

Sunday 18:45-19:30

Room 1

Michael Dirhalidis

Room 2

Cliff Parry

Room 3

Angeliki Panousi

Room 5

Dr Stella Giorgou Tzampazi

Sunday 19:45

Closing Remarks & Meet the New TESOL Greece Board (Exhibition Hall)

Sunday 20:00

A Glass of Wine and a Song with Eva Sakelari and George Delis (Exhibition Hall)

Saturday 14:00 - 14:55
Commercial Presentations

Click on the logos for the presentation summaries.

14:00 - 14:25

Room 1

Room 3

Room 5

14:30 - 14:55

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Room 5


Our Sponsors

Platinum Sponsor


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


EUROPALSO The Panhellenic Association of Language School Owners – Teachers (EUROPALSO), EST. 1956, is the largest organization representing language schools and boasting over 2.800 members and collaborating schools, 20.000 teachers and 300.000 students.
Our association, since it was formed, has been on the front line of ELT in Greece organising conferences, educational events, exhibitions and cutting-edge seminars. Our range of activities also include the publishing of a magazine aimed at teachers, parents and students as well as conducting accredited examinations such as the Europalso evaluation tests, ESB and the Cambridge English exams, in close collaboration with the Hellenic American Union, L’Institut Français de Grèce and Goethe Institut.

Gold Sponsor

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

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Silver Sponsor

Deree – The American College of Greece is the oldest American-accredited college in Europe and the largest private college in Greece. Deree has been providing quality education for over 140 years. The School of Graduate and Professional Education at Deree, offers graduate programs that demonstrate the critical link between learning and its application to the real world. The hallmark of each program is our commitment to the preparation of knowledgeable and effective practitioners who will manifest leadership, service, and meaningful engagement in their professions and society. 


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.


Our Host

Getting to the Venue

Arriving from Athens airport “Eleftherios Venizelos”

There is a metro station at the airport. 
Use Metro Line 3 “Athens, International Airport – Dimotiko Theatro” (Blue line)  
It leaves every 36 minutes.
The last one leaves at 23:34.
Your destination is Dimotiko Theatro station.

There are several different ticket types to choose from:
Single airport metro ticket (single journey): € 10

For further information, visit the following site:

Public Transport & Bus Services
There are also a number of public transport bus services to the venue: shorturl.at/dflS1
Metro & Public Transport Bus Service Ticket Prices
Integrated metro & bus tickets cost €1.20 (one euro twenty cents) and are valid for 90 min once validated* (see: https://www.oasa.gr/en/tickets/prices-of-products).
* Not including airport journeys
Taxis to the venue will cost around €7 (seven euros) from the Port of Piraeus
(1.5 km, around 4 min) and can be hailed from the street.
For those who like exercising, walking takes about 20 min from the Port of Piraeus. Click here for more information.

Arriving by Car

Please check the map below for directions.

New Information will be posted as soon as it becomes available.


11 March, 2023
12 March, 2023


TESOL Greece


Saint-Paul Delasalle, Piraeus
Chr.Trikoupi 36
Athens, Piraeus 18536 Greece
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