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I am a Senior Lecturer in Education and the Course Leader for the PGCE in Further Education and Skills Sector. I teach on the BA in Education Studies and in the EdD.

I gained my PhD in Education and Professional Practice from King’s College London. I did my Master’s in Education and BA in Greek Language and Literacy at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.

I have taught in and led a variety of courses related to Education studies over the last seven years, aiming at providing equal opportunities and outstanding experience to all of my students regardless of their educational background.

My research interests reside in teacher education, teacher cognition, additional language pedagogy and teaching, learning and assessment in the post-compulsory education and training sector. I am passionate about supporting preservice and in-service teachers with the development of the professional knowledge base needed to provide outstanding learning experiences to all learners regardless of their linguistic, cultural and social backgrounds.

In my PhD thesis, I investigated the pedagogical principles and practices that mainstream teachers working in Greek junior secondary schools employ to teach the curriculum subject Greek to children from diverse linguistic and cultural backgrounds. I adopted a case study approach and qualitative data collection methods to shed light on teachers' actual teaching practices and the reasoning behind these practices. I also analysed the national curriculum to reveal the political assumptions regarding how mainstream teachers are expected to teach their subject area in multicultural and multilingual classrooms. This investigation led me to suggest principles needed to underline the national curriculum and teacher education programmes to prepare teachers for the classroom reality.

In the last five years, I have led and collaborated on a range of action research projects, which supported the teacher education staff and students with the development of their pedagogical knowledge and skills. In the last academic year, I was involved in a project following the Japanese method of 'Lesson Study' and focused on creative teaching practices. Other projects were related to supporting ESOL students with the development of their language skills and effectively adopting flipped learning approaches in adult classrooms.

Courses taught

Education - BA (Hons)

Professional Doctorate in Education with specific focus on social justice and inclusion - EdD

Education - PhD & MRes

Education (Top Up) - BA (Hons)

Education (Work-based) - BA (Hons)

PGCE Further Education and Skills Sector

Postgraduate Research Supervision
Mrs Sarah Louise Hodgson-JonesDoctoral Research ProjectDProf
Miss Betty Boachie BenjaminHow can mainstream FE colleges provide inclusive and sustainable transition support for children with SEND?DProf
Mrs Elaine McgoldrickDoctoral Research ProjectDProf
PhD in Education and Professional Studies

King's College London

MA in Education

Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

BA in Greek language and literacy

Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

Senior Curriculum Manager Teacher Education
New City College

● Overseeing the learning, progress and conduct of students on designated courses

● Supporting the development, implementation and monitoring of quality standards and Specifications on courses

● Being responsible for the day-to-day organisation of Teacher Education courses

● Monitoring syllabi, schemes of work and learning outcomes for teacher education programme

● Ensuring effective student assessment and accreditation arrangements, including exams and internal verification and student feedback/reporting for teacher education courses

● Teaching on Foundation Degree in Supporting Teaching and Learning, PGCE in PCET and MA in Advanced Educational Practice

● Being involved in all processes and College procedures related to the selection, interviewing, admissions, enrolment, induction and tracking of students

● Liaising with partner organisations and external agencies

● Writing reports on the work of the programmes for a variety of audiences

● Managing individual staff performance through support, management and observation in accordance with college policy

● Designing the PGCE in PCET, BA (hons) in Education and Professional Practice and MA in Advanced Educational Practice that have been successfully validated by Bath Spa University.

● Acting as a member of the NCC Ethics committee

● Overlooking the quality of teaching, learning and assessment of the Teacher Education department

HE Curriculum Leader and Lecturer in Teacher Education
New City College, Havering Colleges

● Teaching in Cache Level 2 and 3 in Supporting Teaching and Learning, Foundation Degree in Supporting Teaching and Learning, MA (hons) in Education, PGCE and Cert Ed. in Post-Compulsory Education

● Supporting teacher trainees with placements

● Designing active learning teaching activities

● Monitoring attendance and performance

● Designing paper and on-line teaching materials

● Assessing students’ performance (formative and summative assessment)

● Supporting students as a personal tutor

● Observing and mentoring teacher trainees

● Organising and chairing team meetings

● Preparing quality folders for External Examiners

● Ensuring effective student assessment process

● Recruiting and selecting students for all the courses

● Attending Open Days and Employer Events

● Applying institutional policies and being aware of the support services

● Contributing to the MA in Education re-validation with Open University

● Supporting DCD to write the annual monitoring reports for OU and UEL

HE Course Leader and Lecturer in Education
University Centre Peterborough

● Completing the module guide and adapting the curriculum and assessments as required.

● Session planning and setting clear learning objectives

● Designing teaching materials and finding the appropriate resources

● Delivering interactive sessions

● Monitoring enrolments and attendance

● Assessing students’ performance (formative and summative assessment)

● Supporting students as a personal tutor

● Delivering workshops in academic writing

● Organising networking events

● Supervising UG dissertations

● Being a member in Ethical Panel

● Attending Open Days and Clearing

● Liaising with colleagues at ARU and partner colleges and with relevant HE Manager/s to enable effective module delivery

● Completing quality and monitoring documents

● Attending and participating in committees and meetings at ARU and UCP e.g. Faculty Meetings and DAPs

● Being part of exams boards confirming the students’ grades and providing feedback for the quality of the course

● Being part of standardisation and internal verification meetings with ARU

Lecturer in Modern Greek Language
King's College London

● Course planning and designing teaching materials

● Designing exam papers for different programmes of study (Assessed module, London Business School MBA programme and European Medical Agency)

● Participating in initial assessment of students and providing formative feedback

● Designing the syllabus and week-by-week schemes of work for different programmes of study (assessed modules, European Medical Agency, evening programme)

● Developing the curriculum for the assessed module and external programmes

● Designing online interactive activities in King’s online platform

Lecturer in Modern and Classic Greek
City Lit College

Designing and delivering sessions to adult students (beginner to advance level) to improve and develop their Greek language skills, their grammar, vocabulary and syntax

Greek Language Teacher
Hellenic School of High Barnet, London

Responsible for designing and teaching Modern Greek for academic purposes, Greek culture and history in Year 5 (2011-2012), Year 6 (2012-2014) and AS1 (2014-2015). I also had full charge of the class and I was responsible for monitoring pupils with regard to their attendance and punctuality

Graduate Teaching Assistant
Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki, Greece

Responsible for mentoring undergraduate students attending the courses of ‘Teacher Education’ and ‘Intercultural Education’ taught by the Emeritus Professor Zoe Papanaoum

FunderYear wonProjectRole
British Council 2023STEM-POWERCo-Investigator
British Educational Research Association
British Association for Applied Linguistics
National Association for Language Development in the Curriculum
Kingston University
External examiner

PGCE in Primary and Secondary Education

September 2021
Northampton University
External examiner

FdA in Teaching and Learning

September 2021

Filter publications

An investigation of the teaching of Greek as an additional language in the mainstream classroom : case studies of four junior secondary classrooms in two mainstream schools
Karagianni, C. (2016). An investigation of the teaching of Greek as an additional language in the mainstream classroom : case studies of four junior secondary classrooms in two mainstream schools. PhD Thesis King's College London School of Social Science and Public Policy

Greek Language Teacher Education for Teaching Greek as an Additional Language in Greek Secondary Schools
Karagianni, C. (2012). Greek Language Teacher Education for Teaching Greek as an Additional Language in Greek Secondary Schools. 14th Annual International Conference on Education. Athens, Greece 21 - 24 May 2012 Atiner's Conference Paper Series.