My name is Alexia and I am a 30 year-old greek language teacher. I grew up in Kefallonia, an island at the Ionian sea and I currently live in Athens with my 11-years old cocker spaniel. I work as a school counselor in the morning and as a greek language tutor in the afternoon. I am an experienced, friendly and patient teacher with a strong academic background. My students' age varies and I know very well how to adjust the lesson according to my student's needs and expectations. I LOVE my students and they love me too!
Ι am committed in teaching and this is why I created a Blog and 2 Facebook pages where I write articles about teaching methods, pedagogics, educational and school psychology. Here you can find the links: http://sxolikospsyxologos.blogspot.gr , https://www.facebook.com/SxolikiPsyxologia , https://m.facebook.com/HellenicLanguageEdu
In my free time I enjoy anything that has to do with art, crafts and photography. I like traveling and being creative. So far I have travelled in many different countries in Europe, Balkans, Africa and Asia. My travelings made me wiser and respectful to people who are different!
Now you will have already a brief idea about who I am!! I would love to meet you, learn new things from you, teach you the Greek language and share my culture!
I hold a BA in Greek Language and History from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. After graduating I realized that for someone to teach a language, being fluent at it is not enough. I, therefore, obtained a Postgraduate Diploma in Special Education & Child's Psychology from the University of Thessaly and a Master's degree in Educational/ School Psychology at the Nicosia University.
My studies helped me identify improved ways of teaching for different backgrounds depending on the age, the emotional intelligence and the knowledge level of each student. I have been teaching modern and ancient greek from 2007 as a tutor to greek students of all ages including children, teenagers and adults - with or without learning disabilities.
When I decided at 2012 to teach foreign students I knew that I needed a different way, a more sufficient methodology. This is why I attended an intensive course in Teaching Modern Greek as a Foreign/Second Language at the Greek Language Centre in Thessaloniki. This particular training helped me establish different techniques and methods of teaching the greek language to non-native speakers either face-to-face or through online classes.I teach in verbal planet from 2014 and I must admit that the experience is more than rewarding! I highly regard the opportunity to transfer my knowledge to people all around the world, through cognitive and emotional interaction!
My teaching approach is student centered. The class is built according to my students' needs and expectations, though I prefer an interactive methodology. I am flexible, highly professional and well organized. We will start with the phonology and then we will build vocabulary, grammar and syntax. You will learn the mechanisms of the language, recruitment and processing of demanding texts (oral and written), vocabulary but also the grammatical and syntactical structures. By considering as the most important task the speaking I emphasize at it.
I have patience, understanding, perseverance and thoroughness and I try at all times to give clear explanations, using concrete examples and situations. I’m good at encouraging the self-confidence which enables students to feel linguistically secure enough to make the leap into fluid communication.
I know from my own experience that learning a foreign language should be both a pleasure and an enjoyable adventure. It’s also a great opportunity to share culture, customs and traditions. So, in our class you will not only learn the Greek language, but you'll also taste the Greek culture through the language!
It is good sometimes to have a lesson where we just speak about simple things of every day's life because it's what i need to understand greek people in tavernas and in my family so that i find myself daring to speak too !
Great lesson! New vocabulary, more comfort in speaking, just generally fun -- thanks, Alexia!
It's always fun having a lesson with Alexia! I do feel like I am making progress, and that keeps me motivated.
Well at last the rhythm was coming more fluently, the discussion will become more interesting; many thanks for your patience and happy Easter!