Maria Davou – TEASIG Joint Coordinator
I was born and raised in Athens, Greece. I am a school owner, teacher, teacher trainer, researcher, author, and storyteller. I have a BA in Philosophy, Cambridge DELTA, an MA in TESOL, St Michael’s College, Vermont, and have studied for a PhD in Applied Linguistics at Lancaster University, UK, completing my Doctorate degree in Athens. I also held an ESRC research award. I have more than thirty years of experience in teaching, teacher training, and syllabus design in Greece, the UK, and the US. As a language school owner in Athens, I’ve been promoting alternative and experiential models of teaching. I am an international trainer and academic consultant for publishing companies, private schools, and Ministries of Education around the world. I also teach as an adjunct professor for the Hellenic American University (HAEC), where I teach TESOL Management, and for the MA in Creative Writing at the University of West Macedonia. I am the co-founder of QUALIFY, teaching Trinity CertTESOL and DipTESOL. Finally, I am the founder of the publishing house Glossobooks. My research interests are SLA, Critical Pedagogy, Classroom-based Assessment, and Inquiry-based learning. I’ve been an active member of IATEFL, with talks, articles, and webinars for TEASIG in particular.
I am from the English Midlands, but have lived in German-speaking Switzerland for more years than I care to admit! My introduction to English language teaching was via oral testing, something which fascinated me from the start and continues to do so.
Both my Master’s degree in TESOL at the University of Manchester and my EdD at the University of Bristol gave me deeper insights into this area, my doctoral dissertation focusing on interaction during the question phase of academic oral presentations. My work experience included leading the English team at the School of Life Sciences and Facility Management at the Zurich University of Life Sciences, where I was involved in both teaching and testing. My professional interests have included various projects, teacher development, and attending as many workshops and talks on testing as possible! I headed the English Teacher’s Association of Switzerland’s Testing, Examinations and Assessment SIG for a number of years.
I have been a TEASIG member for almost two decades and have attended several IATEFL conferences, always coming away with a wealth of ideas. I am delighted to be part of the Committee as Editor of TEA Today, and to have the opportunity to help further the wider goals of the TEASIG.
Anna Soltyska – TEASIG Webinar Coordinator
I was born in Warsaw (Poland) and am currently based in Germany where I lecture English for General and Specific Academic Purposes at the Ruhr-University in Bochum. I have been active in the language teaching and testing industry for over 20 years and worked in various contexts (secondary and higher education, in-company and private one-to-one settings). My research interests include task-based learning, teaching and assessment, assessment-related malpractice, teaching foreign languages in plurilingual classrooms, validating assessment of writing skills, and integrating mediation activities in language learning and testing.
I joined TEASIG shortly before the IATEFL conference in Glasgow in 2017 where I was the winner of the Trinity College London Language Examination Scholarship. Since April 2020 I am glad to actively support the TEASIG Committee in my role as the Webinar Coordinator.
I am Assessment Research Manager with the Assessment Research Group at the British Council. I was born in Uganda, brought up in the UK and now spend my time between the UK and Malaysia. I have had the privilege of working in education for more than 20 years; English language teacher, teacher trainer, trainer trainer, materials developer, project manager and consultant. My job now involves project management and research but my heart is still in the classroom. I have an MA in Applied Linguistics and am currently doing a PhD with CRELLA University of Bedfordhsire. My professional interests lie in affect in teaching and learning, language assessment literacy and the impact of testing and assessment.
My connection with IATEFL has always been through the British Council or IELTS whether as a presenter or an exhibitor. I’m very happy to be part of the IATEFL TEASIG as it brings together my passions for teaching, training, learning and assessment and importantly, links me to a global ELT community which I look forward to engaging with. I look forward to seeing you at our next event!
I was born in Warsaw, Poland and I currently divide my time between Poland and Greece, where my husband is from.
I started teaching EFL when I was 21, in my third year of the English teacher training college, and most of my students were twice my age at that time. I felt a bit intimidated, but I quickly discovered classroom is my place to be. Time passed and I gained experience teaching learners of various ages and proficiency levels, including running international exams preparation courses. I completed my MA degree in TEFL and was promoted to academic manager at the language centre where I worked. In 2011 I started working full time for the TOEFL® brand. The last few years I’m responsible for teacher training and outreach to ELT organizations in the EMEA region.
Attending and presenting at the IATEFL conference was my professional dream ever since I first heard about it at college. My first conference was in 2016, in Birmingham and it was a fantastic experience. Becoming a TEASIG member was also a natural choice for me. I’m looking forward to speaking to you about how you can benefit from becoming a TEASIG member and contribute to what we do if you would like to.
I hold a BA in Educational Psychology, a Diploma in Translation and British Studies, a Diploma in Marketing & Communications, a Diploma in Digital and Social Media Marketing, an MSc in School Psychology, and quite recently I started my MA in Philosophy and the Arts. I have been a keen blogger, a radio producer, a site chief editor, a teacher trainer, an author, and a translator for more than 25 years. I have travelled extensively, delivering seminars and workshops all over Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East. My connection with IATEFL started in 2012, mainly as a speaker and presenter of many workshops and seminars.
From 2007 up to 2022, I was the Media & Communications Manager of Express Publishing, a Senior Teacher Trainer, and the Chief Editor of the Teacher’s Corner site of Express Publishing. I was also the creator, producer, and former co-presenter of the educational podcast Teacher’s Coffee. In June 2022, I started my own company, EduMarketing Agency, which is involved in Communication, Content creation, and Marketing of Education-related companies, schools, and organizations. I am also a Content Production Instructor for one of the most well-known Digital Marketing Diploma certification courses in Greece, an English Teacher at Glossomatheia Language Schools, the producer and presenter of the Deeper Learning Schools podcast “Pod the Vibe” and a freelance speaker and trainer.
My decision to become a member and later, a committee member of TEASIG is something I am enthusiastic about, as I am a great supporter of alternative assessment methods which have a more positive psychological impact on the students of today. I hope that through my personal involvement, I will be able to do more research, promote the SIG’s values, and of course, have the chance to meet more like-minded people.
Reshmi Murali – TEASIG Editor and Webinar Co-moderator
I am a teacher at the British Council in India. I teach their online English courses for adults with students from around the world and dabble in content and materials development for in-house products, social media, and blogs. Before that, I worked in Publishing with Thomson Reuters.
I became a member of IATEFL and TEASIG in 2021. TEASIG is a huge community of teachers, researchers, and testers from a variety of teaching contexts, and I find that the ideas, knowledge, and guidance that are provided are invaluable to teachers who have a keen interest in this area like me. I am really looking forward to contributing to the SIG’s activities and connecting with the wider community.
Panagiota Vampoula – TEASIG Co-editor
EFL, ESL Teacher, Examiner, Teacher Trainer/Tutor & Mentor
I was born and raised in Athens, Greece, and started teaching English in my hometown in 1992. I hold a Master of Arts in Applied Linguistics and TESOL, Diploma for Overseas Teachers of English University of Cambridge ( DOTE RSA ), Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages University of Cambridge ( CELTA ) , Train The Trainer (Certificate of Completion, Cambridge English Teaching, Cambridge Assessment English ). I have also completed the e-learning courses Special Education Needs: Interdisciplinary Integration Approaches and Teaching a Foreign Language to Learners with Dyslexia ( University of Athens, Greece). I am an English Teacher at Glossomatheia Language Schools and Mentor, mentoring English Language & Literature graduate students in their teaching practice ( Hellenic University of Athens, Greece, English Language &Literature Department ) and Trinity Cert Tesol, Course Tutor ( QUALIFY, Greece ). I am also a certified Speaking Examiner and a Senior Online Speaking & Writing Examiner since 2020. I became an IATEFL and TEASIG member in 2023 and my current research interests are Artificial Intelligence and Testing.
Being selected as a TEASIG committee member brings me great enthusiasm as it allows me to participate actively in TEASIG’s activities, connect with a wider community of educators, exchange ideas, and collaborate on projects that advance our collective understanding and practice in the field.
With acknowledgment and huge thanks to former Committee Members who helped build and sustain TEASIG:
Saeede Ide Haghi
Mehvar Ergun Turkkan