|Nicos, C. Sifakis|
Nicos C. Sifakis is an Associate Professor in the School of Humanities of the Hellenic Open University (HOU) and the Director of the Postgraduate Programme “Master's in education (M.Ed.) in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)”. He holds a Ph.D. in Language and Linguistics from the University of Essex, UK. He has taught at HOU since 1998 and is the academic coordinator of the Modules “Language learning skills and materials”, “Teacher education in ELT” and “Teaching English for specific purposes”. He has been involved in the production of distance education materials as an author and as a critical reader. He is the Founder and Editor-in-chief of the journal Research Papers in Language Teaching and Learning (http://rpltl.eap.gr/)of the School of Humanities of HOU. His research interests include intercultural communication and pedagogy, English as an international lingua franca, and language teaching methodology, and has published papers in various international refereed journals (among others, TESOL Quarterly, ELT Journal, ESP Journal, International Journal of Applied Linguistics, Language and Education, System). In 2012, his book The English Language and Globalisation: Aspects of Present-Day Reality in Greece, Europe, and the Rest of the World was published by Herodotos.
Stefania Kordia is a Ph.D. Candidate of the Hellenic Open University (HOU) focusing on the transformative potential of teacher education with a primary emphasis on English as a Lingua Franca (ELF). She holds a B.A. in English Language and Literature from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and a M.Ed. in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages from HOU (first class honours). She also holds a Certificate in Translation (Humanities and Social Sciences) and a Certificate in Language and Linguistics. She has been teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) for more than ten years. She has presented papers in various international conferences in Greece and abroad, including the 6th and the 7th International Conferences of English as a Lingua Franca and the 21st Conference of the International Association for World Englishes, and a number of articles and book chapters she has edited or co-edited are currently in print or have already been published. Her research interests include syllabus and curriculum design, teaching materials development, language teaching methodology, English as a global lingua franca and teacher education and professional development.