Maria Iosifina Avgousti holds a B.A. in English Language and Literature from The University of Manchester, UK, a M.A. in Applied Linguistics and TESOL from Newcastle University, UK, and a Ph.D. in Curriculum & Instruction (Intercultural communicative competence and Web 2.0 tools and applications) from Saint Louis University, USA. She has a specialisation in Computer–Assisted Language Learning and she is interested in exploring the impact of online exchanges in virtual worlds and social media on (second/foreign language) learners’ intercultural communicative competence. While conducting her PhD research, she received the merit-based Dr. Carol Kahler scholarship.

Marie has been teaching English as a second/foreign language to students of all ages, and has been preparing learners for several exams, such as the Cambridge ESOL exams, the IGCSE, the IELTS, Business English, and the Pancyprian exams. She has worked at the State Institutes of Further Education where she was engaged in setting examination papers and has been an examination marker. She has also set examination papers for the Association of Private Institutes.

Marie has attended and participated in several conferences, seminars, and summer schools abroad and has published in related journals, including Computer Assisted Language Learning. She is currently involved in ReDesign, a European-funded project that promotes the restructuring of educational curricula in second language learning and electrical engineering to offer intercultural collaborative learning experiences to students of different academic institutions.