Dr Maria Tsigou is Assistant Professor at the Department of Foreign Languages, Translation and Interpreting at the Ionian University. She holds a BA in Classics from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (1988), and a PhD (Hons) in Language Studies – General Linguistics and Phonetics from Paris 5 – René Descartes Sorbonne University (2000). She has taught Linguistics at undergraduate level at René Descartes University, French as a Foreign Language at postgraduate level at the Hellenic Open University, Linguistics and Translation, and French at both undregraduate and postgraduate levels at the Ionian University. She has also worked as an EU legislation analyst at the EU office of the Greek Ministry of Education, reviewing proposals and policy decisions (2003-2006). She was appointed as Greece’s representative in the EU Committee for Multilingualism Policy (2004-2006), maintaining her interest to the good practice of teaching foreign languages. Dr Tsigou has published a number of articles in Greek and French, and her research interests are related to Linguistics and Translation, French as a Foreign Language, Humor in Translation, Text Linguistics, Discourse Analysis, Audiovisual Translation, Languages in Contact, Language Death, Language Policies and Multilingualism in the EU. She is the author of the monograph Linguistics and Translation: an approach of the Translation Unit [in Greek].