Stamatia Savvani

"Art like life should be free, since both are experimental."
George Santayana


Department of Language and Linguistics, University of Essex, UK

PhD student in Applied Linguistics

Supervisor: Dr Christina Gkonou

October 2019-present

School of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Nicosia, Cyprus

MA in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages)

February 2018 – May 2019

Department: Languages and Literature

GPA: 3.967/4

School of Philosophy, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece

BA in Philosophy Pedagogy and Psychology

September 2009 – May 2014

Faculty: Philosophy, Pedagogy, Psychology

Department: Pedagogy

Work Experience

"Great Expectations" private English language school, Kos, Greece

English Teacher

November 2015- September 2019

Teaching English as a second language to young learners, levels: junior and intermediate classes. Participation in global projects (e.g.: SOS4love Project)


Certified Teacher for English and Greek Language (for both private institutions and homeschooling) by the National Organization for the Certification of Qualifications and Vocational Guidance

TESOL Certificate (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) by Arizona State University


Savvani S. (2018) An alternative dictation. In: Ideas Central: Teacher’s Resource Book. Express Publishing.


Greek: native

English: proficient

Spanish: elementary

Digital Skills

Very good command of office suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)

Very good command of LaTeX software and Overleaf platform

Basic understanding of HTML and Python programming languages

Basic user of GameMaker software


Savvani S. (2018) State-of-the-Art Duolingo Features and Applications. In: Auer M., Tsiatsos T. (eds) The Challenges of the Digital Transformation in Education. ICL 2018. Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing, vol 917. Springer, Cham.

Savvani, S. and Liapis, A. (2019). A Participatory Approach to Redesigning Games for Educational Purposes. In Proceedings of the 8th International Games and Learning Alliance Conference. Springer.

Savvani, S. (2020). Emotions and Challenges During Game Creation: Evidence from the Global Game Jam. In Proceedings of the 14th European Conference on Games Based Learning.

Savvani, S. (2020). Formalizing Casual Tabletop Games for Language Teaching. In International Conference on the Foundations of Digital Games (pp. 1-4).

Savvani, S. (2020). Meaningfully Engaging EFL Students in the Digital School: Teacher Attitudes and Best Practices. In Fostering Meaningful Learning Experiences Through Student Engagement (pp. 92-118). IGI Global.

Organizational Activities

Workshop: Moving away from quiz-like educational games: presented at the Visual Arts Creation in Language Education Conference, Malta, February 2019