Koutsogiannis Dimitris


Rank: 
Professor
Tel.: 
2310 997263
Office: 
312 o.b.
Office Hours: 
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Dimitrios Koutsogiannis is Professor of Educational Linguistics, at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Department of Linguistics. He is (since October 2018) director of the “Division for the support and promotion of the Greek language”, in the Center for the Greek Language. In 2015 he co-founded (in collaboration with the Professor Nikolaj Elf, University of Southern Denmark) the Special Interest Group (SIG) “Technology and Literacy Education”, that he has been coordinating with Nikolaj Elf και Bulfin Scott (Monash University, Melbourne) (http://www.arle.be/sig.html). His special interest fields and his publications are related to Educational Linguistics and he is particularly active in researching on how to use digital media for language education.

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DIMITRIOS KOUTSOGIANNIS 

Email: dkoutsog@lit.auth.gr
For publications in Greek, see: https://auth.academia.edu/ΔημήτρηςΚουτσογιάννης
For publications in English, see: https://auth.academia.edu/DimitriosKoutsogiannis 

Dimitrios Koutsogiannis is Professor of Educational Linguistics, at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Department of Linguistics. He received his Bachelor from the Department of Medieval and Modern Greek studies and his PhD from the Department of Linguistics, School of Philosophy, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. He worked as a Modern Greek Language teacher in secondary education from 1981-2002. During the period 1984-1989 he worked as a teacher of Modern Greek language to Greek immigrant children in The Netherlands. From 2003 until now he is a faculty member of the Department of Linguistics, School of Philosophy, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. He has been a research associate in the “Centre for the Greek Language” (www.greek-language.gr) since 1997, responsible for the development of digital resources for the Greek language; he is (since October 2018) director of the “Division for the support and promotion of the Greek language”, in the Center for the Greek Language; he has also been a research associate since 2005 in the “Computer Technology Institute - Diofantos” (CTI) (http://www.cti.gr/en/), responsible for in-service teacher training (at a national level) on using Digital Media in Greek language teaching. In 2015 he co-founded (in collaboration with the Professor Nikolaj Elf, University of Southern Denmark) the Special Interest Group (SIG) “Technology and Literacy Education”, that he has been coordinating with Nikolaj Elf και Bulfin Scott (Monash University, Melbourne) (http://www.arle.be/sig.html). This SIG belongs to the International Association for Research in L1 Education. 

His research and publications are related to:

Children’s out-of-school (digital) literacy practices 
Having as a departure point the importance of children’s out-of-school (digital) literacy practices for designing school curricula, developing learning resources and teacher training, he conducted three large scale research projects to this direction. The first in 2005-2006 (23 case studies, 77 interviews and 4.174 questionnaires), the second in 2011-2012 (33 ethnographic case studies) and the last in 2015 (1.185 questionnaires). The results are published in a book (2011) and in many articles or book chapters. 

Classroom discourse analysis
Given the fact that language/discourse is important for realizing teaching, he gives extra emphasis on understanding teaching as a very complicated issue, related to the agency of pedagogic protagonists (teachers, students), to local/global teaching traditions, to history and to the present historical juncture. In this context he has analyzed (in collaboration with his research team) many language lessons from different schools around Greece. The results are published in a book (2015) and in many articles. 

Modern Greek language teaching
He is interested in Greek language teaching as L1 and L2. He has taught Modern Greek to Greek immigrant children for five years in The Netherlands; he also conducted (in collaboration with R. Tsokalidou) a two year action research project in collaboration with teachers of multilingual classrooms in Thessaloniki (2006-2007) and he was responsible for creating an online community with teachers teaching Greek in Istanbul (2014-2015). He has been a teacher in secondary education for about twenty years (1981-2002), as well as one of the three authors of the national curriculum for Modern Greek in 10th grade. He is responsible for in-service Greek teacher training in ICT integration in teaching (at a national level) and he has conducted many research projects to the direction of using digital media in language teaching. One book and many of his publications are related to Modern Greek language teaching with or without the use of digital media.

Creating digital resources for the Greek language
He has been involved since 1997 in the creation of digital environments for the (teaching) Greek language in collaboration with the Center for the Greek Language (http://greeklanguage.gr/). The first attempt to this direction was realized in 1998-2001 through the development of “Komvos” (www.komvos.edu.gr); then he was the scholarly supervisor for the development of the “Portal for the Greek language” (2003-2007) (www.greek-language.gr), still a very popular environment attracting more than 650.000 unique visitors per month. He was also responsible for designing and directing an on-line community for Greek language teachers (2012-2015) (http://dialogos.greek-language.gr/) and for designing an online database comprising educational scenarios on using digital media in language teaching (http://proteas.greek-language.gr/).

His theoretical and methodological frame is based on a combination of scientific traditions, such as: Complexity Theory, Social semiotics (e.g. Halliday, Christie, Kress, van Leeuwen), critical discourse analysis (e.g. Fairclough, Gee), New Literacy Studies, Classroom discourse analysis and sociolinguistics of globalization (e.g. Blommaert).