Research & Facilities

The School of English consists of four departments:

Research fields:

  • Department of Theoretical and Applied Linguistics
    Second Language Acquisition; Language Teaching Methodology; English for Specific Purposes, General Linguistics; Semantics; Cognitive Linguistics; Metaphor; Language of Emotions, Young learners (Preschool and Primary education); L1 and L2 Acquisition; Individual Differences; Language Teaching Methodology; Material Development for Young Learners, Second Language Acquisition; Cognition and Language Learning; Corpus linguistics; ModalityHistorical Linguistics; Syntactic Change; Argument Structure in Diachrony; Indo-European LinguisticsSecond Language Acquisition; Educational Linguistics; Corpus Linguistics, Linguistic Morphology; Inflectional Morphology; Documentation and Description of Endangered Languages and Dialects, EFL; Pragmatics; News Discourse; Ellipsis, Phonetics; Phonology; Phonological Acquisition; Speech DisordersSecond Language Acquisition; Teacher Education and Training; Teaching English to Young Learners; Teaching English as an International Language; English for Specific Purposes, Phonology; Morphophonology; Phonological Typology; Phonetics-Phonology Interface; Metrics, Syntax; Semantics; Tense, Aspect, Mood and Modality; Typology; Grammaticalization; Translation and Terminology; Grammar in Language Teaching
  • Department of English Literature 
    20 th -century English Literature; Cultural and Postcolonial Theory; Feminism,  Modernism; Realism; Gender and Sexuality Studies; Feminist Theory and Criticism; Theories of Embodiment; Theatre Workshop, Renaissance Literature; Early Women Writers; Shakespeare; Reception studies; Gender studies, English Romanticism; Romantic Philhellenism; Anglo-Italian Literary and Cultural Relations; History of the Book; Travel Writing; Cultural and Gender Studies
  • Department of American Literature 
    18th -, 19th -century American Literature and Drama; Political Ideology and Early American Culture, 20th -century American Novel; Literature of the American South; Cultural Studies; Critical Theory; Feminist Theory; the Civil Rights Movement, American Ethnic and Minority Literature; Greek-American Literature; Critical Theory, Modern and Contemporary American Literature; African-American Women Novelists; Science Fiction and Utopian Studies; Feminist Theory and Criticism; Postmodernism and Cybertheory,  American Drama; Critical Theory; Experimental Theatre; Theory of the Theatre; Theatre Workshop, Contemporary American Fiction and Poetry; Postmodernism; Cyberculture/Cyberpunk (William Gibson); the Technological Uncanny; Graphic Art; Literary Production and the New Media; Digital Literature 
  • Department of Translation and Intercultural Studies
    Translation and Interpreting Studies; Post-modern Fiction; Critical Theory; Women’s Studies, Contemporary American Fiction; Film Studies; Cultural Studies, Semiotics; Translation; Rhetoric; Popular Culture Studies

The Language Development Laboratory


The Language Developmant Laboratory (room 308Δ) aims to cover educational and research needs at undergaduate and postgraduate levels in the following areas: 

  • Second Language development and language processing (comprehension and production)
  • Investigation of developmental stages, grammatical properties of first and second language, and variables which affect linguistic development
  • First language acquisition in Greek by normally developing children and children with language problems

The Phonetics Laboratory


Research and teaching on the production, acoustics and perception of speech is carried out in the Phonetics Laboratory of the School (room 308Δ). The Lab is equipped with several state-of-the-art experimental systems, including the KAY CSL system for the acoustic analysis of speech and electropalatography for the investigation of lingual articulation. The lab is used for the teaching and practice of students attending undergraduate and postgraduate courses in phonetics, as well as for research on normal and pathological speech.

The Narrative Research Laboratory


The Laboratory of Narrative Research aims to study forms of narrative and technologies of narration in fields within the humanities, social and applied sciences. The Laboratory will focus its research and teaching activities in the following areas: theories and technologies of narration; forms and ideologies of narration; narrative and society; narrative and new technologies. 

The Foreign Language Teaching Laboratory


The Lab was established in 2016 by the Department of Theoretical and Applied Linguistics of the School of English, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (FEK 1771/17-6-2016). The aim of the laboratory is to promote research in the fields of foreign language learning, teaching and assessment within the school context of preschool, primary and secondary education, thereby deepening the understanding of the linguistic and cognitive processes underlying foreign language learning. Our ultimate objective is to improve the status of foreign language education in Greece and to explore the possibility of research proposals aiming to contribute to the improvement of foreign language education in Greece at policy but also at teaching practice level.

The lab is specifically concerned with:

  • the design of teaching and testing materials for children with typical language development
  • as well as for children with specific learning difficulties (e.g. dyslexia)
  • the creation of databases, such as Learner Corpora in preschool, primary, secondary and tertiary education
  • the development of curricula and syllabi for EFL education
  • the organization of teacher training seminars, workshops, and teacher education events

Fields of Research:

  • Second or foreign language learning
  • Educational Linguistics
  • Second or foreign language formal and informal assessment
  • Methodology of teaching a second or foreign language
  • Bilingualism/multilingualism/immersion programmes
  • Alternative approaches to foreign language education (e.g. CLIL)
  • Learner and Pedagogic Corpora
  • Development of educational materials
  • Good practices for refugees and immigrants

The lab is affiliated with the 3rd Experimental Primary School of Evosmos, which is supervised by the School of English and has been the context of a large number of research projects by students and staff members of the School of English, other university departments in Greece and abroad

A further area in which the research of the laboratory is active is the development of teaching and testing techniques and materials for children with specific learning difficulties (e.g. dyslexia).

Research Groups


Thessaloniki Cognitive Linguistics Research Group has been organized at the School of English Language and Literature, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. It is supervised by Professor Angeliki Athanasiadou and is addressed to scholars, doctoral and/or MA students. Meetings take place twice a month.

The aim of the Research Group is to:

  1. Discuss and comment on the latest publications related to Figurative Language and Thought based on an interdisciplinary approach with contributions from the fields of Cognitive Linguistics, Cognitive Psycholinguistics and Social studies.
  2. Provide the group members with feedback on their MA and PhD theses and/or their papers and conference presentations.
  3. Organize symposia or thematic sessions in symposia / conferences.
  4. Participate in research projects.