School of Education
Centre for English Language Education

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Vassilis Argyroulis

Research Student / ESP/EAP English Instructor, Faculty of Arts


Research Summary

Current Status

PhD (part-time) - thesis pending

Research Topic

Teaching English via corpus concordancing in a Greek university.

Research Summary

Questions have recently arisen as to the level of performance and the kind of motivation that exists in corpus teaching and learning methodologies and if corpus-supported methods can supplement or replace existing teaching ones effectively. This is a longitudinal research which explores (1) the extent to which the corpus-supported method is more effective than the traditional method with regard to student performance as measured by the overall percent correct on the student performance tasks, (2) the extent to which the effectiveness of the corpus-supported method with regard to student performance on the performance tasks is moderated by the ability level of the student (low, intermediate or advanced), (3) the extent to which the effect of method on student performance is mediated by student motivation after controlling for student level, and (4) what it is that motivates or demotivates university students in Greece when involved in corpus concordancing compared and contrasted with the existing traditional practice in learning ESP/EAP. Two different e-journal articles of the same discipline of Special Education and of similar difficulty level are used for the performance tasks and a corpus of 30 million words (10 m. of General English, 10 m. of General-Academic English and 10 m. of Special Education English) was collected by the teacher-researcher to fulfill the needs of the particular research.

Research Interests

  • Corpus Linguistics, Educational Technology, Computational Linguistics, Applied Linguistics, Didactics, Syllabus Design, Student Assessment, Teacher Evaluation, English for Specific Purposes (ESP, EAP, EOP, EGAP, ESAP), Teacher Education.

Research Supervisors

  • Dr. Michaela A. Mahlberg, Professor in English Language and Applied Linguistics, School of English Studies University of Nottingham
  • Dr. Kathy Conklin, Lecturer in Psycholinguistics, Faculty of Arts, School of English Studies, University of Nottingham.

Research Interest

  • Teaching ESP/EAP at Tertiary Level
  • Specifically interested in corpus linguistics in language teaching and educational technology

Conference Papers & Presentations

  • Paper titled "English for Academic Purposes - a Greek Perspective" (University of LaVerne, Athens, February, 2002).
  • Paper titled "How to Exploit Electronic Corpus Concordancing in English for Specific/Academic Purposes Programs" in the 23rd TESOL Greece Convention (Athens, March, 2002).
  • Paper titled "The Role of Educational Technology and Corpus Linguistics in Teaching English for Specific Purposes" University of Macedonia, October 2, 2005.
  • Paper titled "Teaching Greek and English through the Use of Electronic Corpus Concordancing" University of Athens, December 9, 2005.
  • Paper titled "Teaching English for Agricultural Purposes through the Use of English, Agricultural Corpora and Educational Technology", in the international conference of informatics systems HAICTA 2006, University of Thessaly, Volos, September 20-23, 2006.
  • Paper titled "Teaching English for Pedagogical Purposes through Multimedia and Educational Technology", in the 42nd international conference "Language Diversity and Language Learning: New Paths to Literacy" University of the Aegean and University of Thessalonica, Rhodes, September 27-30, 2007.
  • Paper titled "Motivation and performance in corpus-supported ESP/EAP learning in a Greek University: A pilot study" in the Leeds Metropolitan University Language Globalized World Conference, University of Thessaly, Greece & University of Nottingham, UK, September 5-6, 2012.

Additional Information

  • Teacher of English in Private Schools (1990-1992)
  • Teacher of English in Primary and Secondary Education (1991-2000)
  • Teacher of English for Specific Purposes in the State Institute of Vocational Education of Larissa, Greece (1992-2000)
  • Detached Teacher of English teaching English for Pedagogical Purposes at the Pedagogical Department of the University of Thessaly, Greece (1997-2000)
  • Lecturer under contract teaching English for Specific Purposes at the University of Thessaly, Greece (2000-2003)
  • Permanent Teaching and Research Staff at the University of Thessaly, Greece, as of 2004 (teaching ESP/EAP at the Department of Special Education and at the Department of Medicine)
  • Teacher trainer at the Regional Teacher Training Centre of Karditsa, Greece, October 2006
  • Teacher trainer at the Regional Teacher Training Centre of Volos, Greece, October 2007
  • Teacher trainer at the Regional Teacher Training Centre of Larissa, Greece, August 2009
  • Oral examiner to Greek ECCE and ECPE Michigan candidates in cooperation with the Hellenic American Union (1997 - today)
  • Oral examiner to State Certificate of Language Proficiency candidates in cooperation with the Greek Ministry of Education (1999 - today)

Past Research

TESOL Research

Future Research

Combining corpora with multimedia in teaching English.

Centre for English Language Education

School of Education
Dearing Building
Jubilee Campus, Wollaton Road
Nottingham NG8 1BB

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