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I live in Greece, a few miles away from the capital, Athens. I have been a professional tutor of Greek (my first language) and English for more years than I care to remember. I tutor only adults (people aged over 17). I have the reputation of a patient and understanding teacher. I am a great nature aficionado, often selecting forest forays over urban recreation.
I graduated from the English & Greek Language & Philology Department of the University of Athens (BA). Since then, I have attended a number of seminars and conferences on Language Teaching Methodology. Some of the topics covered include:
• Teaching Adults
• Developing Exam and Performance Skills
• Make Grammar Come Alive! (for elementary, intermediate and advanced learners)
• Effective Presentation Techniques
• Making Writing Easy
• Fun with Phonology
• Facing the Challenges: Working with Emotional Intelligence
• Foreign Language Management Skills: Curriculum Planning & Syllabus Design
I have tutored students from various countries and industry backgrounds in Europe, America, Asia and Australia. In addition, my background as a certified translator and interpreter brings an advantage to specialised terminology teaching in English.
First of all, I establish the level and needs of each student. This will help me to focus on the specific skill(s) that the student wants to develop (listening, speaking, reading or writing). Then, I decide on the appropriate teaching material and the average hours of the course. My extensive experience enables me to adapt any material to the level and needs of each student.
Each lesson has a specific aim. Most lessons end with homework assignment, feedback on the student’s performance and tips on further progress.
At regular intervals, I seek feedback from the student that what we have been doing is to his/her satisfaction. The student’s feedback will help me to decide whether to continue in the same way or design a new syllabus.
I conduct my lessons on a special teleconference platform that offers me the possibility of uploading and handling audio and video files, as well as almost all other files. The student is exposed to and uses the language from the very first lesson. I treat language as a tool that helps people to communicate and express their everyday needs, rather than as system of rigid rules. I use a wide variety of teaching materials ranging from course books to stories, newspaper articles and songs.
Mr. Pandeleos seems to me to be an excellent teacher, very competent and dedicated. He is organized and focused as well as human and supportive. My impression is that he has a lot of experience and is skilled at assessing a student's level.