Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL)

Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL)


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TEFL courses at ACT

ACT offers intensive TEFL courses at an Introductory and Advanced level. The introductory program is open to beginners with little formal teacher training, proficiency certificate holders and university students or graduates of English, while the advanced level course is aimed at relatively experienced teachers. The programs offer participants a solid grounding in current approaches to teaching English as a foreign language, with an emphasis on practical applications in classroom settings. 

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Introductory TEFL Program

November 21-24, 2018: Wednesday to Saturday mornings
November 28 - December 1, 2018: Wednesday to Saturday mornings

Observations and practicum to be arranged outside these hours in consultation with the participants.

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Special rates apply for teachers of English who prepare candidates for the MSU exams either privately or in foreign language centers. A 20% fee reduction is offered to current ACT students and ACT/Anatolia staff & alumni.

Participants in the programs will have the opportunity to:

  • Observe English classes being taught at Anatolia High School and Anatolia Elementary School
  • Practice teaching at Anatolia College

Introductory TEFL Program Overview

Guided by an expert team of highly qualified TEFL instructors currently teaching at ACT, participants in the introductory program are taught to develop lesson plans, manage a classroom, design teaching materials for particular age groups, and teach grammar, listening/speaking, reading/writing and vocabulary.

Participants will be trained to:

  • Develop lesson plans
  • Manage a classroom
  • Design teaching materials for a particular age group
  • Teach grammar
  • Teach listening/speaking
  • Teach reading/writing
  • Teach vocabulary
  • Use media applications for teaching
  • Incorporate creative teaching methods

The Introductory Certificate Program runs for 30 hours, plus practicum, the hours of which will be decided in consultation with the participants’ needs. The Program's meeting times are morning hours, over two weeks.

Advanced TEFL Program Overview

The advanced program is aimed at teachers with some classroom experience who wish to enhance their teaching effectiveness, as well as those teachers who seek practical experience and new ideas for creative second language training. Participants in the advanced level course acquire a deeper understanding of both the theory and practice of teaching English as a foreign language. Building on the participants’ prior knowledge of the standard components of an introductory TEFL program, the advanced program addresses more specialized areas of the field such as educational technology, teaching through literature, the age factor in teaching, testing and evaluation and other field-related modules. In addition, the program includes a guided classroom teaching practicum complementing instruction with substantive hands-on experience in real classroom settings.

  • Understanding Teaching Methodologies
  • Teaching the Productive and Receptive Skills
  • Pedagogical Grammar 
  • Educational Technology
  • Teaching through Literature and Drama
  • Testing and Evaluation
  • Teaching Practicum

The Advanced Certificate Program runs for 50 hours. Meeting times are morning hours, over three weeks and a separate week for the Teaching Practicum in consultation with the participants.


Limited on-campus accommodation may be available for program participants from outside Thessaloniki. Alternatively, ACT may assist with reservations at a conveniently located local hotel or room. 

Teaching Staff

Dr. Emily Bakola, BA, MA, PhD English, Cultural Studies
Her teaching career began at Stony Brook University in New York, where she  also completed her Ph.D. in Comparative Literary and Cultural Studies with an emphasis on film theory and visual culture. While at Stony Brook, she taught a variety of courses ranging from Comparative Literature, Academic Writing, Film Theory as well as many interdisciplinary courses such as Image/Text/Culture. In 2008 she began teaching in the International Baccalaureate program at Anatolia College, while at the same time she collaborated with Aristotle University teaching courses in Visual Theory as well as a graduate seminar in Visual media. In 2014 she began teaching at ACT as an adjunct instructor. Her areas of expertise are Film Theory/History, Visual Culture, Postmodern Literature and Theater and Psychoanalysis.

Ms. Fiona Cornes, BA, MA English, Contemporary Theatre Practice
Fiona Cornes has spent the major part of her life living, and later working, in different countries around the world. After receiving her BA, she spent eight months travelling the African continent leading to her MA in Contemporary Theatre Practice with a research focus upon African Theatre. Before moving to Greece, she spent two years working in Ethiopia teaching Theatre Arts courses at Addis Ababa University and five years in Zimbabwe running drama workshops, facilitating community performance projects and working with streetchildren. In Thessaloniki she teaches undergraduate English and Theatre courses, English A: Literature and Theory of Knowledge at the Anatolia International Baccalaureate Diploma programme and coordinates International Baccalaureate and Greek Lykeion High School students’ applications for undergraduate study in the UK. She is also teaching literature courses at ACT. She has supervised a student drama group and co-facilitated a primary school theatre-in-education project concerned with cultural diversity and integration. She is also an English Literature examiner for the International Baccalaureate Organisation. Her areas of expertise are African theatre, theatre for development, international-mindedness, creativity in the classroom.

Mr. Stephan Georgopoulos BA, MA, TESL (Spain)
Stephan was born in Ohio, U.S.A. He completed his BA in Philosophy and Teaching at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and then moved abroad to acquire a Creative Writing Certificate and an MA in Literature and Philosophy from Sussex University, England. He completed his TEFL training in Seville, Spain where he remained teaching Language Courses to all age groups for one year. Stephan is currently working on his PhD in Philosophy at Aristotle University, and is also a TA (Teaching Assistant) for the CTY (Center of Talented Youth) at Anatolia. His main interests are Hermeneutics, Aesthetics and Education. For the TEFL program he focuses on Creative Teaching Methods.

Dr. Eleni Godi, BA, MA, MPhil, PhD English
In addition to teaching standard English composition classes, Eleni Godi has been teaching English and American literature to adolescent Greek and international students for the past 20 years. After receiving her BA in English at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, she did a Master’s degree in English at Boston University, USA, which was followed by an MPhil in English Studies at Pembroke College, Oxford, UK. While teaching at the American College of Thessaloniki, she completed her PhD at Aristotle University exploring the market forces that shape the fortunes of literature. At ACT, where she has been teaching since 1989, she has designed a number of core and elective English and literature classes, served as Interim Chair of the English department and is now the coordinator of all ACT English courses and English support services, as well as the coordinator of the ACT TEFL programs.

Ms. Nicola Kondoyiannis, BA, MA, TESL (USA)
Nicola Kondoyiannis is currently an English Instructor at the American College of Thessaloniki. Born and raised in London, England she completed her B.A studies in languages at the University of London, Goldsmiths College before going on to the U.S.A where she gained her Masters in Teaching English as a Foreign Language(distinction) from St Michaels College , Vermont. She first taught English to Foreign students in Language schools in and around London as well as being a teacher trainer for the RSA/Cambridge TEFL cert. For the past twelve years she has been running her own Foreign Language institute. She lives in Thessaloniki with her husband and two sons.

Dr. Yvonne Kosma, BA, MA, Ph.D. Cultural Sociology
Yvonne Kosma holds a Ph.D. in Sociology of Culture from the University of Athens. Her doctoral thesis is about representations of gender in popular Greek cinema of the 1960s. She teaches media, communication and literary theory at the American College of Thessaloniki (ACT), as well as sociology of culture and aesthetics at the University of Athens. She is co-author of the book Ag(r)ia Paidia: Oriothetiseis tis Paidikis Ilikias sto Logo [Savage/Saintly children: The discursive limits of childhood], Thessaloniki: Epikentro, which is is a critique of classical structuralist socialization theories through representations of childhood in literature. She also co-edited the book Theoria tou Logou: Dimiourgikes Efarmoges [Discourse Theory: Creative Applications]Athens: Dardanos-Gutenberg. She is a reviewer of Journal of Youth Studies and Gender and Education. Her research interests include cultural studies, sociology, film and literary theory, popular cultures and gender.

Ms. Georgia Nenopoulou, BA, MA, TESL (USA)
Mrs. Georgia Nenopoulou is an instructor of English at the American College of Thessaloniki. She teaches academic writing and is especially interested in content-based instruction of language learning. She has received her BA degree in English and French literature at Simmons College in Boston and an MATESL degree at Saint Michael’s College in Vermont. In addition to teaching ESL for 23 years, she has been involved in teacher training and materials development.

Ms. Elisavet Tsakiroglou, BA, MSc, Secondary PGCE (UK)
Elisavet Tsakiroglou completed her BA degree in English Literature with Spanish at the University of Hertfordshire and continued her studies with an MSc in TESOL and CALL at the University of Stirling. The following year, she attended a Secondary PGCE in English at the Institute of Education, University of London. During that course she had been teaching English Literature and Poetry to Year 7 to Year 12 pupils of Chafford School in Essex and Hampstead School in London. Additionally, she was an active member of the EMA Department of Hampstead School and provided in class support to bilingual and refugee pupils in mainstream classes, and taught English as an additional language in withdrawal groups. The same year, she was awarded with QTS (Qualified Teacher Status) by TTA (Teacher Training Agency). Prior to joining the faculty at ACT, Elisavet was the Director of the English Language Support Unit of City College (International Faculty of the University of Sheffield).


Upon completion of the course participants receive a Certificate of Completion issued by ACT which is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.

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