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Dr Konstantina Kalogirou is currently working as Lecturer in Teacher Education and Professional Learning at Cardiff School of Education and Social Policy. She holds a Ph.D. in Second Language Acquisition and Educational Drama with a focus on Vocabulary Acquisition. Her research interests include: Applied Linguistics, Second Language Acquisition, TESOL/ TEFL, Drama in Education, Applied Drama, Cultural Heritage in Education, Lego in Education.
If the global and multicultural social environments in which we find ourselves nowadays define who we are, then "we," as social beings, are embedded in various relevant social communities in which we are acting, interacting, affecting, and being affected through our communications. In our case, teachers and learners change and coproduce cultural as...
This paper aims to explore the possible applications of drama and performance as research and teaching ‘tools’ in archaeological practice. A brief presentation about previous attempts to apply drama and performance in archaeology will be followed by a detailed analysis of how drama can be beneﬁcial in the context of Archaeological teaching and prac...
This paper tests a new method of teaching vocabulary to young second language learners through the medium of drama, specifically the effect of drama teaching techniques on vocabulary acquisition among primary school learners of Welsh. Vocabulary Acquisition via Drama (VAD) is based on principles derived from both process drama and communicative and...
This paper demonstrates how drama was used as a teaching tool in an English as a Foreign Language class in a Greek primary school. This paper presents, in particular, the origins, values and principles of Drama in Education (DiE) while exploring why drama is considered a suitable and efficient learning medium in a country that currently struggles w...
Applying creative biographies ‘Finds Stories’ will examine the life cycles of objects and people demonstrating inter- and intra- European mobility. Objects belonging to Balkan transhumance groups, the Greek Diaspora in Australia and UK, and modern migratory groups in Greece will be studied. The impact of mobility (as long-term migration or seasonal movement) on shaping modern identities and leveraging societal change will be analysed through the travel stories of objects and their stimuli on different groups of people. ‘Finds Stories’ research will combine fieldwork on the island of Kythera and areas of Western Macedonia and Thessaly in Greece, with research in the Dalmatian region of Croatia, and London, Bristol, and Cardiff in the UK.
VIA Culture is an innovative and interdisciplinary project that has onboard education researchers, foreign language teachers, cultural heritage specialists, and drama facilitators and it aims at the creation and consolidation of the VIA Culture teaching method. The VIA Culture method utilises as its mediums the Cultural Heritage, Drama in Education, and Digital Learning and it has been designed to be applied in multilingual, multicultural, multireligious and diverse classes. As a method, it aims at promoting the European values of equality, inclusion, acceptance, and respect with the view to contribute to the holistic development of the participants' language competence, communication, social and digital skills.
The aim of the project was to design, develop and apply an interactive and creative second language-teaching application that will be based on Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL), the principles of Process Drama and LEGO toys. With the use of LEGO toys we combined a communicative and task-oriented manner of teaching archaeology and Greek as a second language together.