Yia sas, my name is Jackie and I was born in London. I have been living in Kefalonia, one of the Ionian Islands, since 1997 and have two grown up daughters who both now live in North America. I came to Greece to learn Greek and fell in love with the language and the culture. At that time there was no one teaching Greek so with book in hand and sheer determination my Greek grew and blossomed.
As a qualified TEFL teacher I was teaching English to Greek children then around 2005 I started teaching Greek to English people here and a couple of years later progressed to teaching on the internet using Skype.
Teaching private lessons allows me to work with my students at their own pace. As a native English speaker who has learned Greek, I believe that my approach to teaching and the material I use for my lessons is unique and has been inspired by my own journey to fluency. I’m only too well aware of which aspects of the language my students are likely to find difficult because I too have been there.
For those of you who want a comprehensive understanding of how the Greek language works I use my own material alongside a conventional textbook as it gives me the opportunity to explain some of the more difficult to grasp points of Greek grammar. Because I had to make sense of these for myself I strive to put the points across in a way that is more understandable and easier to study. As I believe it is important to learn to read and write as well as speak and listen and teach all four skills.
For those of you what are not excited by Greek grammar and you just want to learn some conversational Greek, I have developed a compilation of lessons, designed specifically for you. Through dialogue and speech the modules enable you to build ever more complex sentence structures and has all the grammar necessary to be able to create your own conversations.
Most importantly of all I like to make my lessons fun and interesting. I incorporate information about the Greek way of life and customs into my lessons and work hard to make the lessons enjoyable. I know that the biggest barrier to learning a new language is the loss of motivation so I want my students to look forward to each lesson and to feel motivated to continue to learn the language that I love.
So, whether you want to be able to chat to locals whilst on holiday or you have relatives in Greece you want to connect to or you simply love the challenge of learning a new language, I believe I will have something to offer you.
Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you would like to find out more about how I teach Greek.
Another great lesson with Jackie, she is patient and never rushes me, she is brilliant, i would recommend her to anyone, we have reached lesson 4 which I am proud about, thank you Jackie.
Very satisfied with the tutor. Will order more lessons.
Jackie, Was very engaging and fun. We had a great time and she's extremely understanding of different student learning levels for children and adults. The lesson was wonderful and I look forward to finally becoming fluent in Greek.
Just brilliant. The materials were great, as always. Really clear and pitched at exactly the right level for me. Jackie fills me with confidence and makes me want to jump on a plane and head for Greece to have a go. Such a good teacher.