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Monographs & Edited Collections

Kostoulas, A. (in press). A Language School as a Complex System. Frankfurt: Peter Lang
  • This monograph draws on data from my PhD thesis, with a substantially revised analysis. Using a language school as an example, it shows how Complex Dynamic Systems can be described in TESOL, and how such a conceptualisation can help us to understand phenomena in language teaching and learning.
  • To appear in February 2018.
Mercer, S. and Kostoulas, A. (eds) (2018). Language Teacher Psychology. Bristol: Multilingual Matters.
  • LTPcoverTo date, the majority of work in language learning psychology has focused on the learner. In contrast, relatively little attention has been paid to teacher psychology. This volume seeks to redress the imbalance by bringing together various strands of research into the psychology of language teachers. It consists of 19 contributions on well-established areas of teacher psychology, as well as areas that have only recently begun to be explored. This original collection, which covers a multitude of theoretical and methodological perspectives, makes a significant contribution to the emerging field of language teacher psychology as a domain of inquiry within language education.
  • Available formats include hardcover, softback, and ebook (Kindle, pdf and epub). To appear on 30 January 2018. Available for (pre)order through Multilingual Matters and Amazon.

In contrast to the study of learners, the study of teachers in the field of second language acquisition has been noticeably rare. In this masterful collection of recent research, Mercer and Kostoulas draw together a compelling rationale for attention to teachers as central players in language learning. The chapters in the book are compulsory reading for anyone wishing to gain deeper insights into language teacher psychology.

– Anne Burns, University of New South Wales, Australia

The chapters in this book have succeeded in laying out a rich, colourful and textured landscape of research into language teachers. With its diverse conceptual frameworks and innovative methodologies, the book is bound to become a primary reference for anyone wishing to orient themselves in this terrain and/or contribute to it.

– Maggie Kubanyiova, University of Leeds, UK

This book convincingly establishes a new field of enquiry, showing that language teacher psychology – though frequently neglected – really matters! Sarah Mercer and Achilleas Kostoulas have assembled a rich array of expert contributions, uniting hitherto disparate areas in a coherent, ground-breaking collection. The book will inspire new research and action for teacher well-being and learner achievement.

– Richard Smith, University of Warwick, UK

  • Kostoulas, A. and Mercer, S. (eds) (2016). Fifteen years of research on the self in System (Virtual Special Issue). System.
  • This is a collection of articles on the self and identity, which appeared in System, between 2000 (when Bonnie Norton’s seminal book Identity and Language Learning) was published and 2015.
  • The introductory article, which surveys the field, can be accessed here (paywall). You can also view a short video in TESOLacademic where I talk about the article.
Kostoulas, A. (2014). A complex systems perspective on English Language Teaching: a case study of a language school in Greece. PhD thesis, The University of Manchester.
  • The British Library EThOS listing of the thesis is here.
  • A copy of my thesis can be downloaded from eScholar, the University of Manchester institutional repository.
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.
  • This book was translated under contract in 2001.
  • ISBN 960-99459-5-3 ; ISBN 13: 978-960-99459-5-0.
  • Copies of the book can be purchased here and here.
  • To date, the book has been reviewed by TO VIMA.
Kostoulas, A. (2007). Dynamics impacting ELT learning materials in the Greek context: a complexity perspective. Manchester: The University of Manchester.
  • Reading copies can be procured from the John Rylands University of Manchester Library (listing)
  • The WorldCat listing of this dissertation can be accessed here.

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