Countdown to IH BCN ELT Conference 2019 – Speakers in Focus #3

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As part of our countdown to the International House Conference in Barcelona, which takes place on 8/9 February, this is the third of five posts which focus on the speakers on the LTSIG strand.  The IATEFL Business English SIG and IATEFL Leadership and Management SIG will also be there.

Next up is Christina Nicole Giannikas

Session Title: Designing Digital Experiences for Positive Primary Language Learning

Primary language education has been enriched by digital technologies in a variety of ways. Children are now given more learning opportunities and are offered an enormous wealth of resources and information. This is a positive development, nonetheless, language teachers need to make students aware of the magnitude of their exposure to new technologies, become accustomed to a new language classroom norm, and help their young learners become ‘future ready’.

This workshop aims to provide practitioners with forward-looking knowledge, skills and competences they need in order to create a positive environment, raise children’s awareness of the use of technology, and prepare them for the age of the digital revolution. More specifically, during the workshop we will focus on raising young learners’ awareness on cyber safety and cyber hygiene, explore classroom management techniques when integrating new technologies in the young learners’ classroom, and discuss a range of practical examples of how to strengthen children’s critical thinking and media literacy. The workshop will show principled and age-appropriate teaching approaches which can prompt young learners to become effective and competent users of technology in the language classroom.

Please bring your own devices.

Here, Christina introduces her session:

Christina is the IATEFL LTSIG’s Development Administrator. She is also a linguist, a researcher, a teacher trainer, an online tutor, an ELT Consultant, author and editor. She currently works for the Department of Education of the University of Cyprus, the Language Centre at Cyprus University of Technology and is a Pre-service teacher trainer for the Ministry of Education and Culture of Cyprus. She holds a Ph.D in the field of Applied Linguistics and has been involved in a number of research projects with a focus on Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL) in early language learning contexts, digital storytelling and literacy, student-centred teaching approaches, language teaching policies, teacher education and professional development and Elearning/Distance Learning in Higher Education.



Books / material published:

Edited Volumes:

Giannikas, C.N., McLaughlin, L., Fanning, G. & Deutsch Muller, N. (Eds.) (2015). Children Learning English: from research to practice.  Reading, UK: Garnet Publishing Ltd.

Edited Volumes Under Preparation:

Giannikas, C.N., Kakouli-Constantinou, E. & Papadima, S. (Eds.) (Publication date: May 2019). Professional Development in CALL: a selection of papers. (Open Access).

Giannikas, C.N. & Mavridi, S. (Eds.) (Publication date: April 2019). Digital Innovations in Language Learning. Faversham, UK: IATEFL.

Published Papers in Peer-Reviewed Journals:

Giannikas, C.N. (2011). L1 in English Language Learning: A Research Study in a Greek Regional Context. International Journal of Applied Linguistics Vol. 21 no. 3, pp. 319-339.

Giannikas, C.N. (2013). The Benefits in Management and Organisation: a case study in the young language learners’ classroom. CEPS Journal. Vol. 3 no. 3, pp. 87-104.

Giannikas, C.N. (2013). Focus on the Primary Language Teacher: a study within a Greek regional context. British Council ELTA Journal, Vol. 1 no. 1, pp 79-87.

Giannikas, C.N. (2014). The Optimum Conditions of Foreign Languages in Primary Education. Language Learning Journal, Vol. 19 no. 2.

Tsagari, D. & Giannikas, C.N. (2018). Re-evaluating the use of the L1 in the Second Language Classroom: students vs. teachers. Applied Linguistics Review. doi:10.1515/applirev-2017-0104

Tsagari, D. & Giannikas, C.N. (in press). Early Language Learning in Private Language Schools in the Republic of Cyprus: teaching methods in modern times. Mediterranean Language Review.

Book Chapters:

Papadima, S.; Kakouli-Constantinou, E. & Giannikas, C.N. (2014). Teachers’ Attitudes towards the Use of Technology in EFL within Public Secondary Schools of Cyprus. Cited in: Dodigovic, M. (ed.) Attitudes to Technology in EFL/ESL Pedagogy. Dubai, United Arab Emirates: TESOL Arabia. Peer-reviewed

Giannikas, C.N. (2015). Let’s Pretend we are in England: the needs of the young language learner. Cited in: Giannikas, C.N.; McLaughlin, L., Fanning, G. & Deutsch Muller, N. (eds.), Children Learning English: from research to practice. Reading, UK: Garnet Publishing Ltd. Peer-reviewed

Papadima-Sophocleous, S., Kakouli-Constantinou, E., Giannikas, C.N. (2015). ICT in EFL: the case of Cypriot secondary education. Cited in: Giannikas, C.N.; McLaughlin, L., Fanning, G. & Deutsch Muller, N. (eds.), Children Learning English: from research to practice.  Reading, UK: Garnet Publishing Ltd. Peer-reviewed

Tsagari, D. & Giannikas, C.N. (2017). To L1 or not to L1 that is the question: a research study in the young learners’ foreign language classroom. Cited in Bayyurt, Y. & Sifakis, N. (eds.) English language education policies and practices in the Mediterranean countries and beyond. Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang GmbH. Peer-reviewed

Giannikas, C.N. (in print). Enhancing Literacy and Collaborative Skills through Blogging: research on the teenage learner. In Giannikas, C.N., Kakouli-Constantinou, E. & Papadima, S. (Eds.) (Publication date: May 2019). Professional Development in CALL: a selection of papers. (Open Access). Peer-reviewed

Giannikas, C.N. (in print). Curriculum Development in HE technology-enhanced contexts. In Giannikas, C.N. & Mavridi, S. (Eds.) (Publication date: July 2019). Digital Innovations in Language Learning. Faversham, UK: IATEFL. Peer-reviewed


Papadima-Sophocleous, S.; Giannikas, C.N. & Kakouli-Constantinou, E. (2014).  ICT in EFL: The global effect of new technologies in the language classroom. EuroCALL conference. Peer-reviewed

Tσαγγαρή, Ν. & Γιαννίκα, Χ.Ν. (2014). H Διδακτική Ξένων Γλωσσών σε Παιδιά Δημοτικού στην Ιδιωτική Εκπαίδευση: νέοι καιροί, νέες προκλήσεις; 13ο Παγκύπριο Συνέδριο Παιδαγωγικής Εταιρείας Κύπρου [Tsagari, D. & Giannikas, C.N. (2014). Teaching Foreign Languages to Primary School Children in the Private Sector: current times, new challenges? The 13th Cyprus Pedagogical Association Conference]

Giannikas, C.N. (2017). The Use of Interactive Whiteboards: enhancing the nature of young language learners. EuroCALL Conference. Peer-reviewed

Giannikas, C.N. (2017). French vs. German: the complexity behind foreign language choices in troubled times. EDULEARN 17: the 19th International Conference on Education and new Learning Technologies. Peer-reviewed

Giannikas, C.N. (2017). Assessing Young Learners through Games: what every teacher needs to know. Glasgow IATEFL Conference Selections. Peer-reviewed

Giannikas, C.N. (in press). Welcome to the Blogosphere: improving teenage learner’s literacy and collaborative skills. CyTEA Conference Proceedings.

Newsletter and Magazine Articles:

Giannikas, C.N. (2013). Action Research in the Language Classroom: the Greek educator’s answer to the Financial Crisis. IATEFL TDSIG Issue 68, pp. 22-25.

Giannikas, C.N. (2013). Task-based Learning: the building blocks for the young language learner. Humanising Language Teaching Vol. 15, Issue 3.

Giannikas, C.N. (2013). Parental Influence in Early Language Learning: how teachers can make it work. British Council ELTA Newsletter (Lifelong Learning). giannikas.pdf

Giannikas, C.N. (2013). Early Language Learning. IATEFL Voices, issue 236.

Giannikas, C.N. (2013). Let’s play a game: encouraging children to enjoy their language learning. IATEFL C&TS.

Giannikas, C.N. (2015). Classroom Management and Organisation: there’s more to it than we think. IATEL C&TS Newsletter.

Petrou, E. & Giannikas, C.N. (2016). Online Tools: Invaluable Resources for Developing Upper Secondary Learners’ Writing Skills. TEYLT Worldwide, Issue 1.

Giannikas, C.N. & McLaughlin, L. (2016). Games in the Spotlight: teaching English to the Young Learner. IH Journal of Education and Development, Issue 40. Peer-reviewed

Giannikas, C.N. (2017). Poetry Please! English Teaching Professional Magazine, Issue 110. Peer-reviewed

Giannikas, C.N. (2017). Assessing Young Learners through Games and Enjoying it! TESOL Greece Magazine, No. 136.


The official programme for this event, showing all the speakers, is shown below. This can also be found on the official IH Barcelona site. You can enrol here and there are 10% discounts for IATEFL members and 15% discount for LTSIG members. To get this discount please use the discount code sent out to members in an email on 11 January.

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