About me

Achilleas Kostoulas
Hello and welcome to my site!

I am a researcher and teacher educator working in the field of English language learning and teaching. My research focusses on different aspects of language education, often seen through the lens of Complex Systems Theory. My latest book, A Language School as a Complex System (2018), is an example of how this might be done. My research also often looks at the psychological processes associated with teaching and learning. This interest has led to the recent publication of Language Teacher Psychology (2018), a volume that I co-edited with Sarah Mercer. A more extensive list of my published work can be found here.

I currently work as a post-doctoral research associate in the ELT Methodology and Research unit (Fachdidaktik Anglistik) at the University of Graz, in Austria. This appointment also involves the delivery of courses on ELT and Applied Linguistics, as well as ad hoc modules and workshops on research methods. In the past, I worked at the University of Manchester, where I was entrusted with MA supervision, and the Epirus Institute of Technology, where I was responsible for the delivery of courses in English Language and Language Teacher Education. I have also worked in various teaching and managerial capacities in primary and secondary schools in Greece, of which the most recent post was at the University of Ioannina 2nd Model/Experimental Primary School.

In terms of academic background, I was awarded my PhD in Education from The University of Manchester in 2015. I also hold an MA in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, from The University of Manchester, and a BA in English Studies from the University of Athens.

In this site, I have put together some information about myself and my academic work, which I hope you find of interest. This site also hosts my blog, where I record information that I find interesting, as well as comments on English language pedagogy and research methods.

Do take a look around, and feel free to contact me for comments or questions.

 

Publications

This page provides an overview of my publications. By clicking on the category headings, you can access more details about each publication.

Monographs, edited volumes, and special issues

  • Stelma, J. and Kostoulas, A. (in preparation). The intentional dynamics of TESOL. Boston: De Gruyter Mouton.
  • Kostoulas, A. (ed.) (in preparation). Challenging boundaries in language education. Cham: Springer.
  • Kostoulas, A. (2018). A language school as a complex system: Complex Systems Theory in English Language TeachingFrankfurt: Peter Lang.
  • Mercer, S. and Kostoulas, A. (eds) (2018). Language teacher psychology. Bristol: Multilingual Matters.
  • Kostoulas, A. and Mercer, S. (eds) (2016). Fifteen years of research on the Self in System (Virtual Special Issue). System.
  • Kostoulas, A. (2015). A complex systems perspective on ELT: A case study of a language school in Greece. Doctoral dissertation, The University of Manchester.
  • Van Hiele, P. (2011). Δομή και διορατικότητα. Μια θεωρία για τη μαθηματική εκπαίδευση. / Structure and Insight: A theory of mathematics education (A. Kostoulas, transl.,  E. Koleza, ed.). Athens: Liberal Books.

Book chapters and journal articles

Forthcoming

  • Kostoulas, A. (in preparation). ‘Tracing the boundaries of ELT theory’ [working title]. In Kostoulas, A. (ed.) Challenging Boundaries in Language Education. Cham: Springer.
  • Kostoulas, A. and Lämmerer, A. (in preparation). ‘Resilience in language teaching: Adaptive and maladaptive outcomes in pre-service teachers’. In Gkonou, C., King, J. and Dewaele, J.-M. (eds), Language Teaching: An Emotional Rollercoaster. Bristol: Multilingual Matters.
  • Kostoulas, A. et al. (under review). Lost in research: Educators’ attitudes towards research and professional development.
  • Kostoulas, A. & Mercer, S. (in press). TESOL researchers reflecting on complexity. Theory and Practice in Second Language Acquisition.

2018

  • Kostoulas, A., Stelma, J., Mercer, S., Cameron, L., and Dawson, S. (2018). Complex Systems Theory as a shared discourse space for ELT. TESOL Journal 9(2), 246-260. doi: 10.1002/tesj.317
  • Mercer S. and Kostoulas, A. (2018). ‘Introduction to language teacher psychology’. In Mercer S. and Kostoulas, A. (eds), Language Teacher Psychology (pp. 1-17). Bristol: Multilingual Matters.
  • Kostoulas, A. and Lämmerer, A. (2018). ‘Making the transition into teacher education: Resilience as a process of growth’. In Mercer S. and Kostoulas, A. (eds), Language Teacher Psychology (pp. 247-263). Bristol: Multilingual Matters.
  • Kostoulas, A. and Mercer, S. (2018). ‘Conclusions: Lessons learnt, promising perspectives’. In Mercer S. and Kostoulas, A. (eds), Language Teacher Psychology (pp. 330-336). Bristol: Multilingual Matters.

2017

2016

2015 and older

  • Stelma, J., Onat-Stelma, Z., Lee, W., and Kostoulas, A. (2015). Intentional dynamics in TESOL: An ecological perspective. Teachers College, Columbia University Working Papers in TESOL and Applied Linguistics, 15(1), 14-32.
  • Kostoulas, A. (2014). ‘A Greek tragedy: Using a complexity perspective to understanding and challenge the Known in Greece.’ In Rivers, D. (ed.) Resistance to the Known in Foreign Language Education: Exploring New Possibilities Through Critical Perspectives. Houndmills: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Kostoulas, A. (2011). From applying Theory to theorising practice: constructing small-t theories in Greek ELTAspects Today 32, 14-21.
  • Breen. P.B., De Stefani, M. and Kostoulas, A. (2011). ‘Navigating a pathway to partnership through turbulent seas of adversity.’ In Tripathi, P. and Mukerji, S. (eds), Cases on Innovations in Educational Marketing (pp. 273-294). Hershey, PA: IGI Global.
  • Kostoulas, A. (2010). English as a Lingua Franca & methodological tension in a language school in Greece. in esse 1(1), 91-112.

Contributions to conference proceedings

  • Kostoulas, A. (2011). ‘Said attitudes and unsaid practices in English language teaching’. In Panajoti, A. (ed.) The Said and the Unsaid: Papers on Language, Literature and Cultural Studies (pp. 151-159). Vlorë, Albania: University of Vlora “Ismail Qemali”.
  • Kostoulas, A. (2011). ‘Developing Multicultural Awareness Through English: Reflections on culture and multiculturalism.’ In Argyriou, M. and Kambylis, P. (eds) Arts and Education: Creative Ways into Languages Conference Proceedings, (Vol. A, pp. 11-15). Athens: GAPMET and University of Athens. (full text)
  • Kostoulas, A. (2011). ‘Τα Αγγλικά υπό το πρίσμα της πολυπολιτισμικότητας: κριτική επισκόπηση των εγχειριδίων Αγγλικής γλώσσας στο Γυμνάσιο’. [English under the multicultural lens: a critical analysis of the EFL textbooks used in secondary education]. In Georgogiannis, P. (ed.) Intercultural education, immigration and Greek as a second or foreign language. (Vol. B., pp. 457-470). Patras, Greece: University of Patras Centre for Research on Intercultural Education.
  • Kostoulas, A. (2010). ‘Between paradigms: a case study of a language school in Greece.’ In Georgogiannis, P. and Baros, V. (eds), Proceedings of the 13th International Conference on Intercultural Education, Immigration, Conflict Management and Pedagogy for Democracy (Vol. B, pp. 401-411). Patras, Greece: University of Patras Centre for Research on Intercultural Education.
  • Kostoulas, A. (2005). ‘The role of attention in second language acquisition.’ In Leontaridi, E., Spanopoulou, K., Georgountzou, A., Evangelidou, S., Ielo, M., Balassi, E., Tassopoulou, N. & Tsitou E. (eds), Proceedings of the International Conference “Language in a Changing World”. Athens: University of Athens Language Centre.

Conference participation

Asterisks following an entry denote that the paper has been selected through peer review for inclusion in the conference proceedings. See the section above for details.

Invited plenary presentations

Symposia

  • Buse, V., Mercer, S., King, J. and Kostoulas, A. (2017). ‘Why we should look at teachers more in second language acquisition’. Symposium organised at the Language Education Across Borders international conference (Graz).
  • Kostoulas, A. (2015). ‘Teaching English to Young Learners’. Symposium organised 49th annual IATEFL convention (Manchester).

Workshops

  • Kostoulas, A. (2018). Understanding peer-review. Workshop held at the 2018 Doctoral Colloquium organised by the Universities Graz and Munich.
  • Lämmerer, A. and Kostoulas, A. (2017). Adapting and developing materials for CLIL. One-hour workshop held at the ELT Connect 2017 conference, organised by the University of Graz, Austria.
  • Kostoulas A. (2017). Developing resilience in language teaching. One-day workshop organised by the FH Joanneum.
  • Kostoulas, A. (2016). Introduction to Grounded Theory. Workshop held at the 2016 Doctoral Colloquium organised by the Universities Graz and Munich.
  • Kostoulas, A. (2016). Surviving and thriving in the foreign language classroom. Workshop held at the Graz ConneXion 2016 conference organised by Teachers of English in Austria.
  • Kostoulas, A. and Lämmerer A. (2015). Exploring practice through classroom-based research. Workshop held at the ELT Connect 2015 conference, organised by the University of Graz, Austria.

Other recent presentations

(asterisks indicate inclusion at the conference proceedings)

  • Kostoulas, A. (2017, December) Understanding resilience in language education. Paper presented at the Language Education Across Borders international conference, organised by the University of Graz, Austria.
  • Kostoulas, A. (2016, August). Teacher resilience in a period of transition: A case study. Paper presented at the Psychology of Language Learning 2 International Conference, hosted by the University of Jyväskylä, Finland.
  • Kostoulas, A. (2015, April). Resisting change: Using complexity to understand the resilience of traditional pedagogy. Paper presented at the Complexity Roundtable organised by the University of Manchester, UK.
  • Kostoulas, A. (2015, April). Teaching English to early primary pupils in Greece: A critical view. Presentation at the 49th International IATEFL Conference. Manchester, UK.
  • Kostoulas, A. (2014, July). Tracing dynamics of intentions in Greek ELT. Paper presented at the 10th Annual Conference of the BAAL Language Learning and Teaching Special Interest Group “Recognizing complexity in language learning and teaching”, hosted by the University of Leeds. Leeds, UK.
  • Kostoulas, A. and I. Gkourogianni. (2013, April). Extracurricular English Language clubs for Very Young Learners: a case study. Paper presented at the 1st [Greek] National Conference of Model Experimental Schools. Thessaloniki, Greece. (*)
  • Kostoulas, A. (2011, July). From local pedagogy and global influences towards eclectic practice. Paper presented at the 7th BAAL Language Learning and Teaching Special Interest Group Conference “Theorising practice and practising theory: developing local pedagogies in language teaching”, hosted by Aston University. Birmingham, UK.
  • Kostoulas, A. (2011, June). Places for Pedagogy, Spaces for Innovation: the emergence of eclectic pedagogy in ELT settings. Paper presented at “New Dynamics of Language Learning: Spaces and Places – Intentions and Opportunities” International Conference, hosted by the University of Jyväskylä. Jyväskylä, Finland.
  • Kostoulas, A. (2011, May). English under the multicultural lens: a critical analysis of the EFL textbooks used in secondary education. Paper [in Greek] presented at the 14th International Conference on “Intercultural Education, Immigration, Conflict Management and Pedagogy for Democracy”, hosted by the University of Thessaly. Volos, Greece. (*)
  • Kostoulas, A. (2011, May). Developing Multicultural Awareness Through English: Reflections on culture and multiculturalism. Paper presented at the Arts and Education: Creative ways into languages International Conference, hosted by the University of Athens. Athens, Greece. (*)
  • Kostoulas, A. (2010, September). Said attitudes and unsaid practices in English language teaching. Paper presented at the First International Conference on Language, Literature and Cultural Studies “The Said and the Unsaid”, hosted by the University of Vlora  “Ismail Qemali”. Vlorë, Albania. (*)
  • Kostoulas, A. (2010, May). Between paradigms: a case study of a language school in Greece. Paper presented at the 13th International Conference on “Intercultural Education, Immigration, Conflict Management and Pedagogy for Democracy”. Alexandroupolis, Greece. (*)

Other presentations and talks

  • Kostoulas, A. (2012, May). Representational positions in bilingual research: a case study. Paper presented at the “Researching Multilingually” seminar hosted by The University of Manchester, UK.
  • Kostoulas, A. (2011, October). From applying Theory to theorising practice: building small-t theories in Greek TESOL. Talk delivered at the Panhellenic Association of State Schools Teachers of English (PEKADE) professional development day “Empowering Language Teaching”. Athens, Greece.
  • Kostoulas, A. (2011, June). Stasis and Change: conceptualising ELT as a complex dynamical system. Paper presented at the “From Here to There and Back Again: Conference papers by the LTE community” researcher conference organised by the Language Teacher Education group at The University of Manchester, UK.

Other publications

  • Review of Ortega, L., & Han, Z. (eds) (2017). Complexity Theory and Language Development: In Celebration of Diane Larsen-Freenan. Amsterdam: John Benjamins. LinguistList (in press).
  • Review of Kachru, B. B. (2017). World Englishes and Culture Wars. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. LinguistList.
  • Review of Akbarov, A. (ed.) (2015). The Practice of Foreign Language Teaching: Theories and Applications. Newcastle-upon-Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishers. LinguistList.
  • Review of Dunworth, K., & Zhang, G. Q. (eds) (2014). Critical Perspectives on Language Education: Australia and the Asia Pacific. Cham: Springer. LinguistList.
  • Review of García Mayo, M., Gutierrez Mangado, M. J., & Martínez Adrián, M. (eds) (2013). Contemporary Approaches to Second Language Acquisition. Amsterdam: John Benjamins. LinguistList.
  • Review of Shehadeh, A., & Coombe, C. A. (eds) (2012). Task-Based Language Teaching in Foreign Language Contexts: Research & Implementation. Amsterdam: John Benjamins. LinguistList.
  • Mangaphas P. K. & Papadopoulos, V. G. (2005). The historical archives of the Foundation for Research in Northern Epirus. Ioannina: FRNE. [extracts translated by A. Kostoulas]
  • Kostoulas, A. (2005). The 1973 Arab-Israeli war [in Greek]. Στρατιωτική Επιθεώρηση [Military Review]. Athens: Hellenic Army General Staff.

 

Education

PhD in Education

The University of Manchester logoI completed my doctoral studies at the University of Manchester, UK. The title of my thesis is A complex systems perspective on English Language Teaching: a case study of a language school in Greece. My research was supervised by Juup Stelma, Julian Edge (to September 2011) and Susan Brown (from October 2011 onwards).

My studies included assessed coursework in research methods, as follows:
  • Data Generation; Qualitative Methods (Grade A)
  • Introduction to Quantitative Methods (Grade A)
  • Quantitative Methods and Analysis (Grade A)
  • Qualitative Data Analysis (Grade A)
  • Critical Reading and Writing (Grade A)
  • Planning of Research (Grade A)

The research component of my doctoral studies culminated in the submission  of my thesis, entitled A complex systems perspective on English Language Teaching: A case study of a language school in Greece, which is vailable online through EThOS and eScholar. The thesis was successfully defended  on 18 November 2014, and – in the words of the external examiner, Prof. Adrian Holliday “indicates ground breaking research”


MA Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

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I completed an MA TESOL at the University of Manchester, UK. The programme, from which I graduated with distinction-level grades, consisted of six taught research components (modules) focusing on diverse aspects of English Language Teaching, and an empirical dissertation.

Taught modules:

  • Psychology of Language Learning (Grade A)
  • Approaches, Methods and Techniques in Language Teaching (Grade A)
  • Course Design for Language Teachers (Grade A)
  • Assessment in Language Learning (Grade A)
  • The Education of Language Teachers (Grade B)
  • Developing Researcher Competence (Grade A)

Dissertation:

Dynamics impacting ELT learning materials in the Greek context: A complexity perspective (Grade A)


Ptychion in English Language & Literature

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I completed my undergraduate studies at the University of Athens Department of English Language and Literature, where I was awarded an undergraduate qualification (ptychion). This is four-year academic qualification roughly equivalent to a BA, which also doubles as a teaching qualification. During my studies in Athens I majored in Language and Linguistics, attaining a grade of 7.64 out of 10 (roughly 2:1 by British standards).


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