Avra Karaphilis is an American College of Greece graduate (Pierce College) and holds a B.A. in English Language & Literature from the University of Athens and a Master of Education in Educational Psychology from the University of Bristol [UK].
As of 2001 she has been teaching English for Special and for Academic Purposes (ESP / EAP) at the Department of Product and Systems Design Engineering, of the University of the Aegean, where she was elected as a Faculty Member for Special Courses (E.E.P.) in 2006. Along with this, she has been working as an oral examiner for the Cambridge language certificates (FCE, CAE, CPE) since 2000, as well as for the equivalent certificates of the State Exam (KPG) since 2005. During the years 1993-1998 she ran her own School of Foreign Languages in Athens, where she was also the Director of Studies. During the same period and until 2000 she also offered ESP courses (i.e. professional English) to company executives and employees (e.g. Carrefour Hellas etc.)
She has rich teaching experience, both at exam certificate levels (B1 & 2, C1 & 2) and in professional English and terminology in a range of fields, as well as experience in organizing and designing foreign language courses. Additionally, she has been a member of evaluation committees for students’ theses at the National Centre for Public Administration & Local Government. During her studies she worked voluntarily for the Athens College Forensics Club preparing students for English language international competitions.
Προσωπικά & Επιστημονικά Ενδιαφέροντα:
- Psycholinguistics, Language Acquisition Mechanisms, Language Development & Literacy
- Testing, Knowledge Assessment & Evaluation
- 1992 MEd in Educational Psychology, Bristol University, UK.
- 1990 B.A. in English Language & Literature, UoA.
Articles in English teachers’ newsletters and journals:
- Karafili, A. (2004, March). Encouraging professionalism and ELT teacher development. ELT News, 181, 26-27.
- Karafili, A. (2000, June). Experiences that make children effective language users. ELT News, 136, 16-17.
- Karafili, A. (2000, April-June). Eysenck’s theory of I-E as personality dimensions and its possible applications to teaching. TESOL Greece, 66, 16-17.