Jackie Smith : Greek

Jackie Smith
Subject : Greek
Native : English
(248) Lessons
(166) Reviews
Last class : 8+ days
8+ days
45 Min : $27.45 / £21.56 / €24.54
Trial: FREE

Hello, my name is Jackie Smith and I'm 61 years old and currently living in Greece. I am a native English speaker and teach English, Greek. I have taught online with Verbalplanet.com since March 2008. I can speak the following languages fluently: English, Greek. I am currently offering a free initial trial lesson for new students.

Detailed Profile in English

About me

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.

Qualifications & Experience

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 Approach

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 my approach to teaching and the material I use for my lessons is unique as it 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 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 all this for myself, I strive to put the points across in a way that is more understandable and easier to study. I believe it is important to learn to read and write as well as speak and listen and so I teach all the four skills.

For those who are not excited by Greek grammar and just want to learn conversational Greek, I have developed a compilation of lessons, designed specifically for you. Through dialogue and speech the lessons enable you to build ever more complex sentence structures and covers 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, 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.

My last class was :
8+ days ago.

17 Apr 2017
By : Stephmkozy
Subject : Greek 

again, can't say enough about how helpful a tutor Jackie is! Great lesson and learned a lot!!!

07 Apr 2017
By : Stephmkozy
Subject : Greek 

wonderful patience after long break and great motivator :)

23 Feb 2017
By : Mair221
Subject : Greek 

Another great lesson. I so look forward to my Greek lessons and they never disappoint. I always come away feeling I know more and understand better and I have laughed along the way. Jackie is a natural teacher.

16 Feb 2017
By : Sheila70
Subject : 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.

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