Celia Antoniou


  • United Kingdom

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PhD projects

Exploring Learner and Teacher Emotions in the L2 classroom
The Implications of ChatGPT for Language Learning and teaching in Higher Education

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Personal profile

Personal Statement

I recently joined the School of Education and the TESOL team after having worked as a Lecturer in Applied Linguistics and TESOL at the University of Portsmouth and UWS since 2016. I hold a BA in English Language and Linguistics from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece, an M. Phil. in Applied Linguistics from Trinity College Dublin, Ireland (Graduate Scholarship) and a PhD in Applied Linguistics and TESOL from the University of Essex (2016). My project was fully funded by a Research Scholarship and during my studies I served as an Impact Communications Officer at the UK Data Service in their research methods and case study sector. 

I'm particularly interested in Sociocultural theory and how discipline specific content can be taught through English. My research looks at both the online and offline activity generated by the learners' interaction with tasks as unique events to study the processes that develop as a result of that interaction in combination with the learners' own goals, individual differences and perceptions of the tasks. 

My latest work explored how teachers have adjusted to the COVID-19 challenges online and relevant implications. I also have extensive experience in supervising postgraduate and doctoral students on second language pedagogy, language teacher education and technology-enhanced learning projects. 

Research Interests

L2 acquisition and L2/foreign language pedagogy; multilingual education; L2 student/teacher agency, identity and motivation (emotions including anxiety, boredom etc.); L2 teacher training/development; L2 computer assisted language learning; language learning strategies; sociocultural theory

Current research groups (2022-present)

  • Exploring Learner and Teacher Emotions in the L2 classroom (anxiety, boredom, motivation etc.)
  • The Implications of ChatGPT for Language
    Learning and teaching in Higher Education 


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals


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