Differentiated instruction: a way forward for teachers

The Department of Foreign Language Education

cordially invites you to

a talk by

Assistant Professor Nicos Sifakis, Ph.D.

Hellenic Open University

School of Humanities

University of Essex, UK

Date & Time: Monday, September 10 2012

11:00 – 13:00

Venue: Rectorate Conference Hall, Rectorate Building, South Campus

Title: Differentiated instruction: a way forward for teachers


Differentiated instruction is an approach to teaching that advocates active planning for and attention to learners’ differences in classrooms, in the context of high quality curricula. In this talk, I will review the theoretical background of differentiated instruction and then go on to look into (a) practical aspects of going beyond the one-size-fits- all delivery system and (b) ways in which prospective teachers can reflect on and evaluate the impact of their own practice in the differentiated classroom context.

Bio-data: Nicos C. Sifakis is an assistant professor in the School of Humanities of the Hellenic Open University (HOU). He holds a B.A. (first class honours) in Computational Linguistics and a Ph.D. in language and linguistics from the University of Essex, UK. He has taught on the Master’s in Education (M.Ed.) in TESOL programme of the HOU since 1998, also being involved in the production of educational materials as a distance education methodology advisor, and is the author and co-author of the study guides for the language skills and English for specific purposes (ESP) modules used in that programme. He is a certified teacher-trainer and co-founder and coordinator of the ESP/EAP SIG of TESOL Greece (2000-2003). He has published more than 30 articles, which appear in various international refereed journals (among others, TESOL Quarterly, ELT Journal, ESP Journal, International Journal of Applied Linguistics, Language and Education, and System) and conference proceedings. His research interests include intercultural communication and pedagogy, teaching and researching English as an international lingua franca, language teaching methodology, distance education, adult education and teacher education.


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