Previous Issues Vol. 3 - Issue 1 - Feb 2012 Table of Contents Authors’ biographical information (pp. 314-316)
Vassiliki BAGLANTZI has been a state high school teacher of English since 2000. She holds a B.A in English Studies from the University of Athens and an M.Ed in TESOL form the Hellenic Open University. She has conducted research in the area of diagnostic assessment and her field of interest is assessment practices in the state school context.
Melpomeni BARABOUTI has been an EFL teacher in State Primary Education since 1993 and deputy head teacher at the school she has been appointed since September 2011. She holds a Master’s Degree in TEFL from the Hellenic Open University. She is particularly interested in the improvement of the quality of education in the Greek State School. She participates as an examiner of oral speech in the State Language Examinations (KPG), as well as in the student mentoring program run by the University of Athens. She was the coordinator of a Comenius program of European school partnerships (2004.2007). Since 2010 she has been the co.designer of the material used for the teaching of English to the young learners of B class in the PEAP project undertaken by the Faculty of English Studies of the University of Athens.
Irene BOMPOLOU holds a B.A. in English Language and Literature from the University of Athens and a M.Ed. in Teaching English as a Foreign Language from the Hellenic Open University. She works as a teacher of English in secondary education. She has been an active P.E.K.A.D.E. Board Member for six years. She has also been an oral examiner and a script rater for the K.P.G. examinations since 2003. Her research interests concern the methodology of teaching languages and include assessment, ICT and English Language Teaching, task.based language learning and CLIL.
Ekaterini CHALKIA was born in Arta, Greece. She is married and she has got two sons. She studied English Language and Philology at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and graduated in 1991. Since then she has been teaching English in the 7th Primary School of Arta. She has also worked as an English teacher in IEK (Institute of Vocational Training), KEK (Vocational Training Centre) and the State Nursing School of Arta. She holds an MA in Postgraduate Specialisation of Teachers of the English Language from HOU.
Angeliki DAPHNI holds a degree in English Language from the University of Athens and a Med in TESOL from the Hellenic Open University. She has worked as an EFL teacher in IEK, private language centres and schools as well as in state schools of all levels in cycladic islands, north Euboea and Athens. She has been teaching in Dionysus senior high school since 2006.
Eleni DASKALOGIANNAKI graduated from the Faculty of English Studies at the University of Athens. She holds an MA in Teaching English as a Foreign Language from the Hellenic Open University in Patras. Her research interests concern the effectiveness of weblogs in the English writing classroom. She has been teaching English for about eight years in Secondary Education in Greece.
Xenia DELIEZA holds a B.A. from the Faculty of English Studies, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, and an M.A. degree in Media Technology for TEFL from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, U.K. Since 1999 she has been an EFL teacher in secondary education in Greece. She has taught both in the private and the public sector and since 2003 she has been a state EFL teacher in secondary education in Greece. For four years she was seconded at the Faculty of English Studies to be part of the RCEL team, which carries out research and prepares the English exams for the KPG, of which she is still a member. Presently, she is also doing her PhD on interlocutor discourse in KPG oral exams.
Georgia EFTHYMIOU holds an MA in TESOL from the Hellenic Open University of Patras. She has been teaching English for about 15 years. For the last 11 years she is working as an EFL teacher in a Greek state primary school. She is also an examiner for the oral part of the National Certificate of Languages (KPG) exams since 2005. She is interested in the methodology of teaching and testing young learners and in Comenius programmes, in many of which she has participated herself.
Jenny LIONTOU is a PhD student at the Faculty of English Studies, University of Athens. She holds a B.A. in English Language & Literature and an M.A. in Lexicography: Theory and Applications, both from the same faculty. She also holds an M.Sc. in Information Technology in Education from Reading University, UK. She has worked as an expert Item Consultant for AvantAssessment, USA, a research assistant at the Research Centre for English Language Teaching, Learning and Assessment (RCEL) and as an oral examiner and script rater for various examination boards. She has made presentations in national and international conferences and has published papers in the aforementioned fields. Her current research interests include theoretical and practical issues of EFL reading comprehension.
Efimia KARAYIANNI holds a B.A in English Literature from the University of Athens and an M.ed in TESOL from the Hellenic Open University (HOU) in Patras. She has been teaching English for about 15 years and she is currently teaching English in the 4th State Gymnasium of Arta, Epirus. Her research interests concern assessment of the English language in the state schools as well as Educationa Technology and its implementation in the EFL classroom.
Sophia KOUZOULI is a teacher of English at the 1st Primary School of Pyrgos. She holds a B.A. in English Language and Literature and an M.Ed. in Teaching English as a Foreign Language from the H.O.U., Patra. She has been teaching English for more than 20 years. Her fields of interest include language teaching methodology, learning theories, educational assessment and diversity in the classroom. She has recently joined the “English for Young Learners” project conducted by the RCEL research team of the Faculty of English Studies at the University of Athens as an evaluator of the teaching materials developed for the English language teaching programme to first and second grade pupils.
Elena MELETIADOU is currently a PhD candidate in Applied Linguistics at the Department of English Studies, University of Cyprus. She holds a MEd in TESOL from the Hellenic Open University and an M.A. in Theoretical and Applied Linguistics from the University of Cyprus. She has been teaching EFL, ESL, GFL (Greek as a foreign language) and FFL (French as a foreign language) for almost twenty years in a variety of contexts in France, Cyprus and Greece. Her research interests include classroom.based language assessment, alternative assessment, collaborative language learning and teacher training.
Eleftheria NTELIOU works as an EAP/ESP Instructor in the University of Thessaly. She holds a B.A. in English Language and Literature from Aristotle University, Thessaloniki and a Master’s Degree in Applied Linguistics from the University of Reading, UK. Her current PhD research focuses on Language Testing and Assessment, with a special emphasis on the interaction between task design and performance in the KPG oral exams. She has been an oral examiner and examiner trainer in the KPG exam system since 2005. Her research interests also include methods of assessing the teaching and learning of academic English as well as material design.
Sophia PAPAEFTHYMIOU.LYTRA is Professor of Applied Linguistics and Chairperson in the Faculty of English Studies, University of Athens. She is also Head of the M.Ed. in TESOL programme at the Hellenic Open University. Her publications include five books and numerous articles in journals and edited volumes dealing with issues in learning and teaching English as a foreign language and teacher education and training. Her current research interests include classroom discourse analysis and learning, learning and communicating strategies, linguistic and cultural awareness and learning, self-access, autonomous and distance learning, the role of L1, assessment and certification, teacher education and training, adult foreign language education.
Vanda PAPAFILIPPOU studied English Language and Literature in the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece. In 2008 she completed her MA Educational Studies in the University of Warwick, UK where she specialised in special educational needs and assessment. Currently, she is about to finish her ESRC.funded PhD in the Graduate School of Education, University of Bristol, UK. Her narrative.inquiry.based PhD explores how the ‘Greek candidate’ is constituted as a subject by society, ideology and discourses around and promoted by English language tests, as these operate in Greece. Her research interests include sociology of education, sociology of assessment, philosophy of education, test validity and epistemology. She has also worked as a TESOL teacher in Greece and as a teaching assistant in the Graduate School of Education, University of Bristol.
Spiros PAPAGEORGIOU is a Research Scientist at Educational Testing Service in Princeton, New Jersey, USA. He has also worked as a Language Assessment Specialist at the University of Michigan. His research interests include mapping language test scores to the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) levels and listening assessment, and he has published a number of journal articles and book chapters on these topics. Spiros has also been an active member of the language testing community, serving as member.at.large of the Executive Boards of the International Language Testing Association (ILTA) and the Midwest Association of Language Testers (MwALT) in the USA. He was the recipient of the Robert Lado Memorial Award in 2007 and the Jacqueline Ross TOEFL Dissertation Award in 2009.
Sauli TAKALA is Professor (emeritus) at the Centre for Applied Language Studies, University of Jyvaskyla, Finland. He obtained his PhD focusing on vocabulary learning in EFL in 1984 at the University of Illinois at Urbana.Champaign. He took an active part for over 40 years in the national research and development work on language education in Finland and participated in Nordic cooperation in this area. He coordinated the IEA International Study of Writing in the 1980s and helped to plan and coordinate the EU DIALANG project in the late 1990s. He has had a long association with the Council of Europe modern language project and is currently consultant for its European Centre for Modern Languages. He is a founding member of EALTA and served as its second president.
Dina TSAGARI is a Lecturer in Applied Linguistics/TEFL in the Department of English Studies, University of Cyprus. Prior to that she was a tutor at the M.Ed. in TESOL programme at the Hellenic Open University. Her research interests and publications relate to language testing and assessment, language teaching and learning, teacher education, adult and distance learning, language course and materials design. She has participated in a number of research projects in Greece, Cyprus and Hong Kong and is a coordinator of the EALTA.CBLA SIG group.
Stavroula VLANTI holds a BA in English Language and Literature from the University of Athens and a Master’s Degree in Education for Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages from the Hellenic Open University. She has worked as an English language teacher in primary and secondary education. For the last nine years, she has been teaching in the 9th Junior High School of Aigaleo.