Maria Davou

Maria Davou

Teacher, Teacher Trainer

Teaching Grammar without Teaching Grammar

In this talk, we will explore ways of subtly integrating grammar tasks in all skills. Grammar is present everywhere and there is no language without it. However, teaching grammar communicatively is often a riddle for teachers. The talk will include hands-on examples from soft CLIL and Values-based approaches too.


Get Qualified: Obtain internationally recognised TESOL qualifications and develop professionally

In this presentation, we will discuss why CPD is important for teachers and we will present Trinity teaching qualifications along with career opportunities these can offer.


Maria Davou is a teacher, teacher trainer and researcher. She has an MA in TESOL, St Michael’s College, Vermont, US and has studied for a PhD in Applied Linguistics at Lancaster University, UK. She is now working towards her Education Doctorate degree at the University of Exeter, UK.

She holds an ESRC research award. Her research area is Second Language Acquisition. Her research interests include Language Development, Language Assessment, Multilingualism, Language Teaching and Pedagogy. She studied SLA with Suzanne Flynn at MIT, Boston, US and completed an ALTE course on Speaking Assessment with Linda Taylor at the University of Valencia. She has more than twenty years experience in teaching, teacher training and syllabus design in Greece and the US. In Greece she has taught at the Teacher Education Centre, Hellenic American Union and at the Master’s in Applied Linguistics, Hellenic American University.

Maria has been working as an oral examiner for several exam boards (Michigan, City & Guilds, EDI etc). She has given a number of talks in conferences all over the world (AAAL, EALTA, ALTE, TESOL among them) and she has been on TESOL Greece Board for 2 years. Maria strongly believes that teachers need to re-consider their role in education and learn a lot from their learners. She promotes educational values that have to do with freedom of the individual, student-centered methodologies, respect for the rights of children and the student’s voice in the classroom and the community, multicultural and multilingual environments.

Maria works against fascism, racism, nationalism, fanaticism, violence and hate speech. She loves learning languages, traveling, tweeting, facebooking, having coffee, eating chocolate and long discussions with friends!