Native speaker of Greek and qualified teacher, I have worked as a Greek tutor and GCSE examiner in the UK and Greece. My additional experience as a Violin and EFL teacher in both countries at various language schools and summer schools has given me valuable insight on students' needs and interests.
How would you describe your teaching style?
My lessons are communicative and include all skills, with emphasis on building up students` confidence in speaking. Due to my vast experience in the education sector, I have the ability to address my students` interests and adapt to their needs from the very first lesson. As I teach all sorts of nationalities, cultural references is one of the most important components of my lessons as it is proven to be an enjoyable and most effective learning strategy. I have a wide range of material to choose from, including video, audio, flashcards and other games. I always try to incorporate music in my lessons, as it has been proven to be a major facilitator of the language learning process. My students benefit from my knowledge of music and experience as music educator as I can easily connect learning language to Greek fun songs. This helps them learn and memorise specific language areas, such as vocabulary, phrases, numbers, or idioms. I believe the use of music in language learning is an invaluable tool for all ages. At the moment, I teach a mixture of ages (teenagers and adults) and nationalities (British, Polish, Spanish, American etc). I use a course book but also I plan my own lessons using mainly the Internet as a resource. Cultural references, idioms and sayings constitute an essential and fun element in my tutoring!
What qualifications do you have?
¬ Current PhD Student, Music Department of Ionian University, Corfu, Greece ¬ QTS (Qualified Teaching Qualification) accredited by the General Teachers' Council in England ¬ MA in Music Education, Institute of Education, University of London ¬ BA's Degree in English Language and Literature, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece ¬ Violin Diploma (highest teaching qualification), State Conservatory of Thessaloniki, Greece
Tell us about your experience...
I have taught all ages, from 2 to 80 years old, and all levels (conversational Greek from beginner to fluent level, GCSE, AS, A-level etc). Currently I am preparing students for GCSE and A-level exams and also I am delivering lessons to adults who want to start learning or improve their Greek. I have had short-term students, who have been able to use their Greek on their very first visit to Greece or Cyprus, as well as long-term students whose progress and enjoyment I am excited to witness in our lessons. They all are passionate about learning the language and are encouraged to use it in our lessons from the very beginning. I have had many students who take up short or longer courses before they visit Greece or Cyprus so that they establish a level of communication with the locals. The online lessons are the most appropriate way to carry out these courses as they are time and cost effective. A variety of online tools and interactive material makes the sessions fun and productive. On top of speaking practice, I provide audio and video material for further practice later in all skills. I am tutoring students in intensive courses preparing them for different exams (Edexcel, GCSE, AS, A-level etc). I have also been a GCSE examiner. Students of mine have been visiting Greece for a number of years and wish to learn/develop their Greek in order to improve their communication with the locals. Other students of mine are married to a Greek person and are learning Greek so that they can communicate with their spouse, their family and friends.
What locations do you tutor in?
Online lessons take place at the comfort of your house or your holiday place via Skype/FaceTime. You would only need good internet connection!
What is your personal message to students?
Learning languages opens up exciting opportunities. Speaking Greek is a challenging, but incredibly rewarding, experience!
|Online tutor:||I tutor via Skype/FaceTime|
|Modern Greek||Adult, GCSE, AS, A-level|