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Anastasios Asimakopoulos

  • Director of Pre-sessional English Programme (Summer)
  • Lecturer of English for Academic Purposes

Areas of interest

I am predominantly interested in genre pedagogy, technology-enhanced learning, materials development, and corpus-based/corpus-driven approaches to teaching and learning. I am also interested in corpus-assisted critical discourse analysis (CDA), and more specifically the representation of LGBT+ identities in media discourse, as well as the effectiveness of association measures in collocational research.


I joined the University of Reading in 2023 as Director for the Pre-sessional English Programme (Summer) and Lecturer of English for Academic Purposes (EAP). Prior to this, I worked at the University of Sheffield, where I taught on pre-sessional and in-sessional EAP courses and acted as Assistant Director of Studies for the six-week pre-sessional course. I was also a member of the Technology-Enhanced Learning team for several years and developed an eight-week online corpus linguistics course for EAP teachers. In addition, I have recently worked as mentor on the MOOC ‘Corpus Linguistics: Method, Analysis, Interpretation’, offered by Lancaster University, and as mentor on the ‘Mentoring Social Science Researchers in Corpus Methods and Critical Discourse Analysis’ scheme, launched by Dr Luke Collins (Lancaster University) and Dr Kathryn Spicksley (Keele University).

Academic qualifications

(in progress) MA in Corpus Linguistics, Lancaster University

2017 Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching English for Academic Purposes, University of Leicester

2011 Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults, International House Belfast

2010 MSc in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, Queen’s University Belfast

2007 BA in English Language and Literature, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (Greece)

Professional bodies/affiliations

Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA)

Member of BALEAP (Global Forum for EAP Practitioners)

Conference Papers and Presentations

Asimakopoulos, A., Page-Tickell, R., & Spicksley, K. (2023, June 15). The potential of mobilising interdisciplinary peer-to-peer mentoring between PhD students: Initial reflections from a pilot study. British Educational Research Association.

Building an online corpus course for teachers (jointly delivered with David Read), BALEAP Conference: Innovation, Exploration and Transformation, Leeds, 14th April 2019

Marginalia realness: a systematic approach to reading for lower-level EAP classes, BALEAP PIM: Process and Practice in EAP, Sheffield, 14th November 2015


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