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Maria Stathopoulou

Maria Stathopoulou is a graduate of the Faculty of English Studies, University of Athens (honors degree). She holds a PhD (with distinction) and an MA degree in Applied Linguistics (valedictorian) from the same faculty. She is currently working for the Research Centre for Language Teaching, Testing and Assessment, University of Athens, as a research asssociate. Since 2008, she has been a member of the English team preparing the national exams for the Greek State Certificate of Foreign Language Competence (known as KPG-Kratiko Pistopiitiko Glossomathias). She is also involved in the “Teaching of English to Very Young Learners” project, known as PEAP, and is a member of the research team responsible for the linking of the KPG exams to the mainstream educational system. Additionally, she has been involved in the KPG test-taking strategies project and has helped organize some KPG experimental classes at state institutions. She has also been awarded the Sasakawa Young Leaders Fellowship Fund (Sylff) by The Tokyo Foundation. Her work, which primarily focuses on EFL testing and assessment, the evaluation of mediation performance and the investigation of test-taking strategies, has been presented in national and international conferences. Her recent papers are: The linguistic characteristics of written mediation tasks which is to appear in Versita (Polland) and Test-taking strategies in the KPG reading test: Instrument construction & investigation results, which appears in The Journal of Applied Linguistics (JAL).

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