An interview with Christina Lagou

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Could you tell us a bit about yourself and your teaching background?

Christina Lagou holds an MA in Management of Language Learning from the University of Greenwich, UK and a BA in English and Greek Language Literature from the National Kapodistrian University of Athens. She has attended a teacher training course “Language Development and Teaching Skills” at the International House of London and various seminars and lectures on Teaching English as a Foreign Language. She started teaching English in 2009 and has taught one-on-one and at language institutes in Greece. She currently is an EFL teacher at Athens College Elementary School where she started working in 2013.

Tell us a bit about your session. What was your inspiration source?

Phrasal verbs are and will always be a difficult subject to be taught and learned causing confusion and frustration. While on the one hand students complain that they have a hard time trying to memorize the meaning of that long list of verbs followed by a preposition, on the other hand teachers are struggling to find ways to facilitate learning of phrasal verbs. From such reality, there is a need for another approach to teaching phrasal verbs. Hence, the aim of this presentation is to compare the effects of the Conceptual Approach in teaching phrasal verbs to the Traditional Instruction by presenting an experimental study which took place at an English Language School in Greece.

In terms of teaching experience what kind of audience do you think your presentation would appeal more to?

From my personal point of view the presentation would appeal teachers who teach from A2 to C2 (according to the Common European Framework) level students.

What should your audience expect from your session?

The audience will be introduced to the conceptual approach to the instruction of phrasal verbs which combines elements of Cognitive Linguistics and Sociocultural Theory promoting learner autonomy, critical thinking and creativity. The conceptual approach pays attention to the contribution of particles and to metaphorical extensions of phrasal verbs, while encourages learners to use their own imaginations to infer the meaning of novel phrasal verbs and reduce confusion over their seemingly inconsistent nature.

Have you been to a TESOL Greece Convention before or is this your first time?

I have only been to the TESOL Greece- HAEF event.

Interview by Natassa Papakonstantinou and Julia Alivertis, Roving Reporters for the 35th Annual International Convention.

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