Celia Antoniou

Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

Computer-Assisted language learning//Language teacher education and development // Sociocultural theory // English for academic purposes // Language learner and teacher identities // Strategies for language learning // Social and emotional learning and teaching

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Personal profile


I hold a BA in English language and Linguistics from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece, and an M.Phil. in Theoretical and Applied Linguistics from Trinity College Dublin, Ireland (Graduate scholarship). Additional honors and awards include my research studentship for a PhD in the Department of Language and Linguistics, University of Essex, UK where I was also working as an EAP tutor and Graduate Teaching Assistant for 5 years. I have also studied linguistics at the University of Manchester as an Erasmus student.

I have taught as an EFL/ EAP lecturer at various universities including the Business school at Imperial College London. During my PhD studies, I have served as an Impact Communications Officer at the UK Data Service in their research methods and case study sector for two years. I have worked as a Lecturer in Applied Linguistics and TESOL at the University of Portsmouth, UK since 2016 teaching on their language teacher education programmes and in July 2021 I joined the School as a programme leader for the BA in ESL teaching on a range of modules. I also contribute to MEd. TESOL and co-ordinate two postgraduate modules along with other EAP related courses (i.e. Doctoral Induction Programme, etc). Under the Erasmus+ scheme, I was invited to teach undergraduate and postgraduate students at various European universities overseas including the University of Santiago de Compostela (Spain) among others.

I am particularly interested in Sociocultural Theory and in how discipline specific content can be taught through English. My research looks at both the online and offline activity generated by the learners’ interaction with tasks as unique events to study the processes that develop as a result of that interaction in combination with the learners’ own goals and perceptions of the tasks. I am currently looking at how teachers have adjusted to the COVID-19 challenges online and relevant implications. My latest book chapter (2020) is on ‘An action research intervention for academic reading skills online’, in Digital Innovations and Research in Language Learning (2020). I also have extensive experience in supervising doctoral students on second language acquisition, language teacher education, technology-enhanced learning and EAP.

In 2012 I participated in the AHRC Going Digital Project and received the CHASE Doctoral Training Funding. In 2015, I received the Excellence in Teaching Award (University of Essex) and the Tim Johns Scholarship from BALEAP for my PhD research and for designing an innovative distance learning course. In 2017 I was nominated for the Celebrating Teaching Excellence Award from the School of Languages and Linguistics, University of Portsmouth. In 2019 I was invited to join the Technology-Enhanced learning SIG of BALEAP as an expert in using technology in language education. I also serve on the IATEFL Research SIG committee and as an External at IOE, UCL.

External positions

Events Officer (Research Special Interest Group), International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language

Mar 2020 → …

Social media co-ordinator of TELSIG (Technology-Enhanced Learning Special Interest Group), BALEAP

Dec 2019 → …

External, UCL, Institute of Education

Mar 2018 → …