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The Start-Of-The-Year Event & Big SIG Day 2019

22 September, 2019 @ 9:30 am - 3:30 pm

“Informing The Novice; Supporting The Experienced“.

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Ready to share your ideas and expertise? The Start-Of-The-Year Event & Big SIG Day is coming on September 22nd, aiming at “Informing The Novice; Supporting The Experienced“.

Plenary Speaker

Alexander Makarios

Interactive Plenary Panel

Georgios Chatzis

Panagiota Frytzala

Trisevgeni Liontou 

Venue: Metropolitan College

From the HSAP terminal in Pireas, Buses: 17, 20, x96, Stop Pl. Terpsitheas (a 3min. walk to Metro)
Bus 843, Olympiaki Stop (4 min. walk)

Event Programme

Plenary Presentation

Summary: The topic of the talk chimes perfectly well with the theme of the Start-of-the-Year event. In this talk, we will be looking at the importance of teaching experience and its arbitrary nature; we will discover different ways in which novice, experienced teachers, and school owners can continue developing to keep themselves – as well as their students and their staff – motivated; finally, we will be dealing with overcoming specific problems that get in the way of our pursuit of becoming better teachers.

Alexander Makarios

“The Unbearable Lightness Of Being…Experienced”

10:05 – 11:00

Plenary Room 7th Floor

Alexander Makarios is an EFL teacher, a Cambridge CELTA and Delta tutor. He has been teaching English for 16 years and has been training teachers at CELT Athens for 8 years.

Interactive Plenary Panel

Moderated by Dr Penny Masoura

15:45 - 16:45

Panagiota Frytzala

Panagiota Frytzala is a Teacher Trainer and ESP/EAP Tutor at New York College.

“The Importance of Professional Development for Novice and Experienced Teachers.”

Summary: The first aim of this presentation is to put forth the reasons why professional development is a necessity not only for novice teachers but also for the more experienced ones among us. It also aims at presenting some ways of seeking professional development that would be most suitable for a teacher depending on his/her level of experience.

“Corpus-based Learning in the EFL Classroom: Turning Students into Language Detectives.”

Summary: Over the last decade, using corpora in language classrooms has proven to be an effective tool in teaching vocabulary, grammar and language use to learners of English as a second/foreign language. However, many EFL teachers find integrating corpus-based activities in their classrooms a challenging teaching practice, while others still avoid using corpora because they think that designing corpus-based activities is a challenging task. In this presentation, we will go through a range of easy to implement corpus-based activities suitable for different language levels of FL learners. Activities will aim at developing students’ lexicogrammatical competence while boosting them into acting as “language detectives” discovering facts about the language they are learning by themselves.

Trisevgeni Liontou

Trisevgeni Liontou is Assistant Professor of Applied Linguistics in the Department of Language and Linguistics of the Faculty of English Language and Literature at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens.

Alexander Makarios

Alexander Makarios is an EFL teacher, a Cambridge CELTA and Delta tutor. He has been teaching English for 16 years and has been training teachers at CELT Athens for 8 years.

The Unbearable Lightness of Being…Experienced


 – What is experience?

– Defining a novice teacher

– Defining an experienced teacher

– From novice to experienced: the steps to be taken

– What next?

“The Power of One”

Summary: Some would argue that the words Education and Revolution don’t collide in the same sentence. There are those however, who have started a R-Evolution in their own teaching context and if you haven’t noticed, it has been going on for many years.

Georgios Chatzis

Georgios Chatzis: RSA dip, DTEFL dip, MA ELT, University of Essex has been teaching English since 1997. DOS Karayanni – Chatzi Schools of English in Corinth. Former TESOL Greece Chair.

SIG Presentations

Adult Learners SIG

11:15 – 12:00

Room 501, 5th Floor

John Kanakis. BA (History/Politics)in Australia. RSA Dip Cambridge (Distinction in the Practical component). Extensive experience teaching Adults and young learners.

John Kanakis

“Teaching ESP – A Beginner’s Guide.”

Summary: Teaching ESP to adults is different to teaching young learners. You will teach them how to do a professional presentation for a conference in Dubai or write an important email to a client in Germany; they are all skills that they need NOW and you are the person for the job.

Drama & Literature SIG

14:45 – 15:30

Room 502, 5th Floor

Sara Soulou

Elena Liacos

Sara Soulou, BA University of Athens in English language and Literature and TEFL practicum in teaching in TEFL, teacher at Ellinogermaniki Agogi


Elena Liacos, McGill University (Montreal, Quebec Canada). Bachelor of Education, teacher of English, Ellinogermaniki Agogi

“Walking the Story Path and Unfolding the Plot

Summary: Teaching students the technique of walking the story path of any literary piece to unfold the plot through the retelling skills they will acquire. Story gloves, cubes and paths give a fresh approach to literature and boost students’ communication, language and problem solving skills.

Learning Technologies SIG

13:00 – 13:45

Room 501, 5th Floor

Aggeliki Panousi

“Teaching a Video-Based Lesson”

Summary: The current presentation will focus on the teaching of a video-based lesson. It will be shown how a video is selected and exploited in class. The main objectives are to familiarize EFL teachers with the use of a video and show how this lesson can help students in various ways.

Aggeliki Panousi has been an EFL teacher since 2007. She works at Themistoklis private school which is located in Piraeus,Greece.

Specific Learning Differences SIG

14:45 – 15:30

Room 501, 5th Floor

Katerina Davari holds two Bachelor degrees in English and French language and literature. She is a postgraduate student in Special Education.

Katerina Davari

“Incorporating Social Skills into the EFL Curriculum for Students with Learning and Behavioural Difficulties”

Summary: Research studies demonstrate that social and emotional learning (SEL) programs pave the way for better academic learning. This workshop focuses on how EFL teachers can incorporate a social skills curriculum into the EFL curriculum in order to foster students’ social skills such as empathy,self-control, social awareness, conflict resolution and decision-making.

Teacher Development and Research SIG

13:00 – 13:45

Room 502, 5th Floor

George Tsioumanis

“Reflective practice for experienced and inexperienced teachers.”

Summary: What is reflection and what is reflective practice? In this workshop we will explore the skills and techniques that will help us develop as teachers. Teachers’ Journals,free drawing reflective narratives and other activities will help us understand what goes right and what goes wrong in our lessons.

George Tsioumanis MA in ELT, Assistant DOS, ELC Anifadis, Chalkida, Greece.

Young Learners SIG

11:15 – 12:00

Plenary Room, 7th Floor

Nancy Tasiopoulou

Dimitris Primalis

Nancy Tasiopoulou, M.A. in Education, teacher of English at Doukas Primary School, Athens, Greece

Dimitris Primalis, M.A. in Education, teacher of English at Doukas Primary School, Athens, Greece

“Children Dream of Their Rights! Raising Awareness Through Project Work”

Summary: Finding it hard to engage your learners? A project on human rights can engage learners; stimulate free language production; motivate learners to listen and read outside the coursebook; give them a sense of ownership and opportunities to express their views. A workshop on the “what”, “how”, “why” of such a project.

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22 September, 2019
9:30 am - 3:30 pm


Metropolitan College Piraeus Campus
Kolokotroni 110
Piraeus, 185 35 Greece
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