Neophytos is an early-career academic, researcher, teacher trainer, and English language teacher. He has a BA in English Language and Literature, an MA in Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL), and he is currently finishing his PhD in English language teaching (Using Literature for Integrated Language and Culture Teaching and Learning).
Neophytos has worked both in secondary as well as in tertiary education, focusing on how to equip prospective teachers with the knowledge, methods, techniques and skills they require in order to perform their tasks effectively in the classroom. Until recently, he was a teacher and researcher at the University of Essex, where he designed and delivered lectures to undergraduate and postgraduate students, and participated in research projects. He is specifically interested in the use of literature in the language classroom and the development of materials for its immediate use with the learners.
His work has focused on the use of novels for developing the students’ language awareness, promoting their catalytic role in developing intercultural awareness. He is also interested in intercultural communication, particularly in identity and othering, looking at how to negotiate our feelings of culture and our own discourses in communication, and dealing with the aspects that may result in interference to communication.
In his free time, he loves reading books, writing, experiencing nature, and spending time with his family. He is also passionate about exercise.