Public Engagement

  • Faculty

    Mary Daphne Kostakopoulos

    Part-Time Faculty


    I have been teaching ESL, Public Speaking, business English, communication, and French for 11 years and have been training teachers for 5 years. At the New School, I am currently teaching a Writing course. I was born and raised in NYC. I moved to Turkey on a Fulbright after College and lived there for six years. I speak French and Turkish fluently in addition to my native language, English. I am learning Greek at the moment. I love adventure travel and exploring new languages and cultures. I have an Ed.M in Applied Linguistics/TESOL from Columbia University, an M.A in TESOL, and a B.A in French and Communication from Hamilton College.  I love interacting with students and creating engaging opportunities for linguistic and cultural exploration. In my classes, we do hands-on, experiential-based learning. I love that we share our cultures and backgrounds and can learn from each other.

    Degrees Held:

    Ed.M in Applied Linguistics (Columbia University)

    MA in TESOL (Bachesehir University)

    BA (Honors) French and Communication Double Major (Hamilton College)


    Professional Affiliations:

    Columbia University

    Recent Publications:

    Master’s Thesis, awaiting publication at an educational journal (2017)


    “On-cam and Confident: How to Increase Confidence Levels in ELT Students through Digital Media,” published article in Humanizing Language Teaching Journal, December 2011


    Experiencing the Ballet through Song and Story, Amazon Publishing, 2011

    Performances And Appearances:

    Honorary Speaker at Phi Sigma Iota (Honor Society for Foreign Languages) at Hamilton College, May 2016; Conference Presenter at AAAL, April 2016: “Ownership of English and Investment in Oral Presentation Tasks through Student-Designed and Developed Avatars”; Master of Ceremonies at numerous international conferences in Istanbul, Turkey.

    Research Interests:

    My research includes interactional competence, L2 identity, and technology-enhanced language learning.

    Awards And Honors:

    Doctoral Fellowship, Teachers College, Columbia University, 2015-2016 & 2016-2017 awarded for academic merit


    Conference Travel Grant Recipient, Teachers College Columbia University, March 2016


    Fulbright Scholarship Award, US State Department, English Teaching Assistant at OndokuzMayıs Üniversitesi, Samsun, Turkey, (Spring 2009)


    Phi Beta Kappa member, Hamilton College, The nation’s oldest and most prestigious honor society, (May 2009)


    Dean’s List Student, Achieved every semester at Hamilton College (2006 – 2009)


    Phi Sigma Iota member, Foreign Languages Honors Society at Hamilton College, (Spring 2009)


    Recipient of the Franklin G. Hamlin Award in French, Hamilton College, (Spring 2009)   Awarded to a senior who has excelled in French and plans to continue its study, or the study of a related field, in graduate school.


    Lambda Pi Eta Member Communication Honors Society at Hamilton College (Fall 2008)


    Recipient of the Marcel Moraud Memorial Prize Scholarship, Hamilton College, (Fall  2008) Awarded to the senior majoring in French and returning from the Junior Year in France Program who demonstrates academic excellence, strength of character and a sense of humor.


    Awarded Mention Très Bien for academic excellence during study abroad at L’Institut Catholique de Paris (Fall 2005) and at Sorbonne Nouvelle Paris III (2007-2008)