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OVERVIEW OF THE FACULTY

One of ten Faculties in the School of Philosophy, the Faculty of English Language and Literature is one of the largest –at least in terms of students. Presently, the student body consists of approximately 2,000 people. The teaching staff consists of 32 full, associate and assistant professors and lecturers, as well as 6 teaching assistants and visiting lecturers.

The Faculty of English Language and Literature is one of four others awarding degrees in one “foreign” language and literary studies. The others are the Faculties of French Studies, German Studies, Italian and Spanish Studies. The Faculty of English Language and Literature consists of two Departments: the Department of Language and Linguistics and the Department of Literature and Culture. The Departments offer their students courses in literary and cultural studies and in theoretical and applied linguistics. English is the language of both instruction and assessment from the first year of studies onwards. For this reason, students entering the Faculty, after national entrance examinations, are expected to be fully proficient in the English language. However, undergraduate students are also required to take a limited number of courses from the other Departments of the School of Philosophy, using Greek as their language of instruction.

The Faculty of English Language and Literature, which is a basic academic unit, awards an undergraduate degree in Greek and English Language and Literature, equivalent to a Bachelor of Arts, and postgraduate degrees at the M.A. and Ph.D. levels, with a concentration in Linguistics, in Lexicography or in Literature. While the two Departments of the Faculty are bound by the Faculty’s common aim, which is to offer a well-rounded English studies education to its students, they have their own administration and relative academic autonomy, particularly as regards study programmes. However, all major decisions are taken by the General Assembly of the Faculty.

Each Department offers courses, educational programmes and research opportunities related to particular areas of academic and educational concern. In the Department of Language and Linguistics those areas include: Generative and Functional Linguistics; Phonology and Phonetics; Semantics; Pragmatics; Cognitive Linguistics; Contrastive Linguistics; Computational Linguistics; Lexicography; Psycholinguistics; Sociolinguistics; Language Contact and Language Change; Ethnography of Speaking; Cross-cultural and Intercultural Communication; Discourse Analysis; Academic Discourse; Error Analysis; Applied Linguistics to Foreign Language Teaching and Learning; Foreign Language Pedagogy, Curriculum Planning and Materials Development; Second Language Acquisition; ICT and Foreign Language Study; Translation Theory and Practice; Translation of Literary Texts and Theatrical Plays.

In the Department of Literature and Culture these areas include: Literary Theory and Criticism; Philosophy of Culture; Cultural Studies; Comparative Literature; American, British and Irish Drama; American, British, Irish and Canadian Poetry and Prose; Shakespeare; English Romanticism and Victorianism; Modernism in Literature; Postmodernism, Postcolonial Literature; Literature and the Cinema; Feminist Criticism and Feminist Writing; Creative Writing.

Despite the fact that the ratio of students per instructor is unusually high in our Faculty, the quality of teaching is viewed as very satisfactory by students who are often called upon to complete course-evaluation forms and assess teacher performance and instructional materials used. Faculty members make systematic attempts to use new approaches to teaching and self-access learning and to involve students in further educational tasks through group and individual project work.

The quality of the Faculty members’ scholarly work has gained international recognition through publication of books by well-known Greek and international publishers and through publication of articles in internationally-accredited journals. A considerable number of members are invited to participate and present their research results in conferences, both in Greece and abroad. Some are also invited by academic institutions and cultural organizations as honorary speakers and/or scholars to lecture or participate in educational, research or administrative posts in other Greek or foreign universities. Quite a number of our Faculty members participate in the advisory or editorial boards of international journals and are invited to evaluate papers and books for possible publication.