Dr Eleni Mariou

School of Education
Lecturer in Educational Linguistics

Contact details

School of Education
University of Birmingham
Edgbaston, Birmingham
B15 2TT, United Kingdom

Eleni Mariou is a Lecturer in Educational Linguistics. She joined the School of Education in 2014 and teaches on the MA Education TEFL programme. Before taking up this post, Eleni worked as a Teaching Fellow in TESOL at the University of Edinburgh, and also was an Associate Tutor on the distance-learning MA in Applied Linguistics and TESOL programme at the University of Leicester for several years. Eleni has extensive experience teaching English for General, Academic and Specific purposes in the UK and Greece. She has also been involved in General Education teacher training programmes, where she worked as an assessor and research associate, and has previously held a temporary lecturing post at Democritus University of Thrace, Greece, where she taught on the BEd Primary Education undergraduate programme for two years. Her research interests are situated in the areas of multilingualism in educational and social contexts, language ideology and discourse, and the cultural and political implications of English as an International Language.


  • PhD in Sociolinguistics (University of Birmingham)
  • MA Education (University of Birmingham)
  • BA English Language Studies (University of Central Lancashire)
  • Cambridge DELTA
  • PgCert in Academic Practice (University of Edinburgh)


MA Education TEFL: Communicative Language Teaching (Module Tutor)

Practitioner Inquiry in Education (PIE): MA TEFL PIE Seminars

Postgraduate supervision

Eleni supervises postgraduate research students including:

Nahoko Mulvey: Exploring the programme of Japanese as a heritage language education in England 


  • Multilingualism in educational and social contexts 
  • Language ideology and discourse 
  • Cultural and political implications of English as an International Language 
  • Language education


Mariou, E. (2015) ‘My language, my mother tongue’: Competing language ideologies and linguistic diversity among speakers of standard and non-standard varieties, International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13670050.2015.1036835  

Mariou, E., Bonacina-Pugh, F., Martin, D., Martin-Jones, M. (2016) Researching language-in-education in diverse, twenty-first century settings. Language and Education, 30 (2): 95-105 (Special Issue) DOI: 10.1080/09500782.2015.1103256

Galloway, N. and Mariou, E. (2014). Global Englishes. In Cutting, J. and Farr, F. (Eds.) Language in Context for TESOL. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.

Mariou, E. (2012) Pontian Greek adolescents: the negotiation of identities in an urban context in northern Greece. In Martin-Jones, M. and Gardner, S. (Eds.) Multilingualism, Discourse and Ethnography. New York: Routledge. pp. 67-81. 

Mariou, E. (2011) The importance of the linguistic capital in contextualised identity negotiation of ‘repatriated’ Pontian Greeks from the former U.S.S.R. In Muñoz-Basols, J. & David, M. (eds.) Defining and Re-defining Diapora: From Theory to Reality. Oxford: Inter-disciplinary Press. pp. 85-104.