BA (Hons) in English Language and English Language Teaching (University of Greenwich)

This programme combines practical training in English language teaching with the academic study of language and communication. It is intended to open up career opportunities in the teaching of English language in the private sector, both in Greece and overseas for which there is an ever-greater demand. In order to qualify for a teaching post in the state sector in the UK, it is necessary to take a Postgraduate Certificate of Education (PGCE), after graduation. Credit is given on the PGCE programme to graduates of the BA (Hons) in English Language & English LanguageTeaching. At level one, students take three broadly-based 'core' courses, and two further courses chosen from a wide variety of other disciplines within the School. At level two, students follow a more specialised programme of study with three core courses and two further optional courses chosen from a wide variety of other disciplines within the School. At level three, students take three 'core' courses, and a further course chosen from a wide variety of other disciplines within the School.




Year 1

  • Introduction to English Language Teaching
  • Foundations of Linguistics
  • Language, Communication and Society
  • Option Chosen from Subjects in Another Discipline

Year 2

  • Methodology and Practice of Language Teaching
  • Applied Linguistics
  • Meaning in Language
  • Option Chosen from Subjects in Another Discipline

Year 3

  • Dissertation
  • Language Teaching, Design and Practice
  • Key Issues in Second Language Acquisition
  • Principles & Strategies of Translation

Programme Director: Alessandro Benati, PhD

Dr. Alessandro Benati: Alessandro attended the University of Florence where he received a Dott. In Lettere degree in History and Philosophy. He, then attended the University of Greenwich where he received an MSc in Educational Management and a Ph.D. in Second Language Acquisition. Alessandro Benati is Director of Research and Enterprise in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Greenwich, UK. He is an academic scholar in the area of second language acquisition theories and second language teaching. His research focuses on how L2 language learners process incoming linguistic information at input level. Alessandro has published over twelve books in the area of second language acquisition and language instruction, four textbooks, twenty journal articles and many book chapters. He is a visiting professor in many overseas institutions and has given invited and plenary conference talks in Australia, USA, China, Greece, Italy, Japan, Turkey and in many universities in the UK. He is regular reviewer of established international journals such as Language Teaching Research, Language Learning, Second Language Research and Language Teaching. He is in the editorial board of a series of Academic Journals and Editor of Applied Linguistics Book Series in the UK and in Europe. Alessandro is well-liked by the students for his great enthusiasm and talent in teaching.


Local Programme Manager: Alexandra Kaoni, PhD

Dr. Alexandra Kaoni: Alexandra holds a BA and an MPhil in English Language and Linguistics from the University of Glasgow, UK. Her MPhil Dissertation examined the gender differences in oral language. She also completed an MBA from the University of Louisville, USA. She has recently received the PhD in Lifelong Learning from the University of Leicester, UK. Her experience includes teaching in international schools in Glasgow, UK and Strasbourg, France. She has been working at New York College since 1995 initially as a teacher of English and Academic Writing, and subsequently in the management of the college. Today, in addition to her other administrative duties, she manages the English Language Department and she coaches students in academic writing, presentations, and study skills. Alexandra is much appreciated by her students for her approachability and eagerness to support students to make the best out of their studies.


Local Tutors

Dr. Evanthia Diakoumakou: Evanthia, after completed her Bachelor in Greek Literature at the National University of Athens, she continued her studies in the U.S.A. and she received an MA in Linguistics by the Wayne State University in Detroit and a PhD in Linguistics by the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan. Following her brilliant studies, Evanthia taught both at the University of Michigan and Oakland University in the U.S.A. She has published in peer-reviewed journals in the Phonetics, which is her area of specialization. At New York College she has been teaching Second Language Acquisition and Research Methods, and she is head supervisor in research dissertation and theses. Evanthia is highly evaluated by her students for her superb support and guidance.

Dr. Maria Kamilaki: Maria holds a PhD in Sociolinguistics, University of Athens, 2009 (with a unanimous ‘Excellent” designation); MSc in Applied Linguistics and English Language Teaching, University of Edinburgh (with distinction); and an MSc in Cultural Management, Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences (with distinction). Maria has been the recipient of a number of scholarships, including the prestigious Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) scholarship in the U.K. and the “A.S. Onassis” Public Benefit Foundation Scholarship. Before joining New York College, she taught Greek as a second/foreign language at the Modern Greek Language Teaching Centre of the University of Athens. She has published in peer-reviewed journals and conference proceedings, and worked as an editor, translator and script writer. At New York College she teaches Semantics, Pragmatics and Second Language Acquisition Theories. She is currently coorganising the International Conference on “Making Research in SLA Usable for Instruction and Instructors” in cooperation with the University of Greenwich Research Centre “Carole”. Her academic interests lie in the fields of sociolinguistics (language variation, standardization, ideology and attitudes), pragmatics, discourse analysis, language learning and teaching.

Dr. Sylvia Karastathi: Sylvia has completed her studies in two of the most well-known Universities in the world: PhD in English from the University of Cambridge, U.K; and MA in Modern Literature and Culture awarded with Distinction, from the University of York, U.K Sylvia’s research interests include Digital Humanities esp. resources and teaching tools, while she has gained experience in theIntermedia Research Group, Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities, of the University of Cambridge. She has also taught in the U.K and Greece language learners and undergraduate students and she has supervised MA and MPhil Dissertations. Her latest research work includes a research position in the University of Geneva, Switzerland. Sylvia’s teaching approach is inspiring. Her ability to connect with her students and her talent at teaching simple concepts, as well as more advanced topics, are both truly superior.

Dr. Patricia Kolaiti: Patricia’s studies are of a very high standard. She holds a PhD in Linguistics from the famous University College London and an MA in Stylistics from the University of Birmingham, UK. She has taught in the UK and Greece and she has delivered numerous seminars in Arts and Literature. She has published a number of articles in journals and has presented in international conferences. In addition to teaching at New York College, Patricia is currently working as a research fellow at the University of Oxford in the UK. Patricia’s unique approach to teaching and learning has made her classes exciting and rewarding. Her passion for teaching and individual attention as well as her in-depth theoretical knowledge enable her to make even the most complex ideas in linguistics comprehensible and interesting.

Christine McGuire (HCPC): Christine has received a Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology and a Master of Science in Counseling Psychology, from the University of LaVerne, California, USA. She is currently a PsyD candidate at the University of Leicester. Christine has extensive experience in both therapeutic counselling, as well as within higher education, in which she has been actively involved for over ten years. She is a registered practitioner of the Health Professions Council (HPC), UK, and an international affiliate member of the American Psychological Association (APA). Christine has established several departments and programmes over the years, such as the NYC counselling department, the MA programme in Clinical-Counselling Psychology with La Salle University, USA, and the Edexcel programme which offers a Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling. In 2008 she became associate dean of the NYC Psychology department, where among her many responsibilities she set up a well structured internship programme for all psychology students at NYC, which has created a strong network with several well esteemed healthcare organizations all over Greece, offering unique opportunities to students for professional development. Christine has also presented numerous seminars and workshopsIn 2010 she founded “Counselling Now,” a private counselling centre that offers a number of counselling and psycho-educational services. “Counselling Now,” is partner in “Feel the Mentoring,” a mentoring programme that has been implemented in the EU funded project “Business Mentors.” Christine is registered counselor with the prestigious Health Professional Council of the UK. Her long and successful experience in teaching as well as her contagious optimism makes her one of the most popular teachers in New York College.

Dr. Alexandra Emmanuel: Alexandra, after completing her Bachelor in English Literature at the American College of Greece (Deree) in 2004, she continued her studies in the UK and received an MA (2005) and PhD (2010) in English Literature by the University of Leeds, specializing in the area of Literary Modernism. From 2007 until 2011 she worked as an Assistant Lecturer at the English Department of the University, teaching 20th century Literature modules. After the completion of her PhD, Alexandra worked as a sessional EAP (English for Academic Purposes) lecturer at the University of Reading (2012)and Manchester (2013). During her stay in Reading she also worked as a visiting research scholar at the School of Literature and Languages of the University. She has published in peer-reviewed journals in Modernist Literature, which is her area of specializationand has presented papers ininternational conferences in the UK and in Italy. At New York College she has been teaching English Literature and Composition courses. Alexandra’s wonderful rapport with her students make her classes truly beneficial and rewarding.

Dr. Ioannis Karras: Ioannis holds a BA in English and a BA in Linguistics from the University of Calgary, Canada; an M.Ed. in TEFL from the HOU, Greece, an MSc in Intercultural Communication from University of Warwick, the UK; and a PhD in Applied Linguistics, University of Athens, Greece. Ioannis has worked as lecturer at the Universities of Thessaly Patras and Piraeus, the Technological Education Institute of Patras as well as New York College. The courses he has taught range from EAP/ESP, TEFL, Applied Linguistics to Intercultural and Business Communication. He also had the opportunity to take up brief teaching assignments in Finland and Bulgaria within the context of Erasmus staff mobility. Finally, Ioannis has taught is primary and secondary education. He has also been involved in teacher training and has participated in many Comenius Programmes as a research fellow. He has published articles in the area of teaching methodology and applied linguistics and has delivered numerous talks at national and international conferences. Ioannis’ vast experience and intercultural background as well as his ability to connect well with students make him a valuable member of the New York College academic staff.

Panagiota Frytzala: Panagiota holds two undergraduate degrees, one from the Ionian University in Translation and one from the American College of Greece in Marketing and Management. She also holds an MA in TEFL/TESL from the University of Birmingham, UK. Panagiota started her career as an EFL instructor in a language school and since 2001 she has been working in New York College where she first taught ESL and Academic Writing classes and later became the Head of the English Department for a number of years. Currently, she is a Lecturer in the BA in TESOL in conjunction with the University of Greenwich at New York College as well as an MA dissertation supervisor. She has also worked in the Pre-sessional Program of the University of Liverpool, UK and she is an Oral Examiner for the University of Michigan English Language Examinations. Panagiota’s research interest is in Language Testing and Assessment and she has given relevant presentations in conferences. She’s also a member of TESOL Greece, the European Association for Language Testing and Assessment (EALTA) and the Association of Language Testers in Europe (ALTE). 

The BA Hons in English Language Teaching is a 3-year full-time course, taught exclusively in the English language. Each course takes place throughout three terms (October – December, January – March and April to May) with two exam periods in May and August. All courses are delivered during the weekday mornings to accommodate the needs of working students in the English language teaching sector. 

On completion of the programme the successful graduate will enjoy a wide variety of opportunities available in a range of areas, such as: Teaching and work in the Media, publishing and administration.