ABOUT THE BRITISH COUNCIL
The British Council is the UK’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities. We create friendly knowledge and understanding between the people of the UK and other countries. We do this by making a positive contribution to the UK and the countries we work with – changing lives by creating opportunities, building connections and engendering trust.
We work with over 100 countries across the world in the fields of arts and culture, English language, education and civil society. Each year we reach over 20 million people face-to-face and more than 500 million people online, via broadcasts and publications. Founded in 1934, we are a UK charity governed by Royal Charter and a UK public body.
Anastasia Andritsou studied at the National Technical University in Electrical Engineering and then at Ecole Polytechnique de Toulouse. She worked for seven years in INTRACOM in the Development Programmes Dept. focusing on wireless broadband technologies, Mobile Internet and Smart Homes and developed an extensive network of international partnerships. At the same time she completed an Executive MBA at Athens University of Economics and Business. Since 2004 working at the British Council, first as head of the scientific program where she developed an important program for science communication (Beautiful Science, FameLAB, Challenge Europe, etc.) for the general public and schools. Since 2007 she is Director of Programs and Partnerships, designing and implementing innovative and creative initiatives in science arts and education. She has developed innovative programme concepts for engaging students with new technologies in the classroom and she is the Project Manager of the Comenius Project: Making Science Attractive in Schools (MARCH). Anastasia has an extensive knowledge and experience in managing co-funded projects, large contracts and complex initiatives with multinational partners.
Cliff Parry is the Academic Manager of British Council Greece. Currently he is an active teacher in the Greek Young Learner context and he has made numerous presentations of action-research projects on activity teaching in primary EFL, carried out in institutes throughout Greece. He has also presented a project named Reflecting on Observation which is a review of an action-research project on the effects of teacher observation carried out in institutes throughout Greece. He does trainings for State School Teachers. He has published papers on Text and Discourse Analysis and on Innovative Language Learning Models. Throughout his academic years he acquired many formal qualifications among of which from Cambridge University (RSA/UCLES CTEFLA, RSA/UCLES DTEFLA), from Leeds University (BEng with Honours), from Aston University (MSc- TEFL), from International Marketing Association (Advanced Certificate in Marketing) , from International House (a Diploma in TEFL Centre Management and a Diploma in TEFL YL Centre Management), from University of Roehampton (a Certificate in Testing Procedure), from Norwich Institute of Language and Education (a Certificate in Teaching English to Very Young Learners)
WHAT WE BRING TO IREAD
The British Council is the world’s English language learning expert. We’ve been teaching English for more than 75 years and have helped more than 100 million people in 100 different countries improve their English skills and build their confidence. We provide capacity in not only referencing the theoretical foundations underpinning I-Read but guidance on its development for local contexts as well as access to a significant testing and sampling base.