Hi! I am Stella and I am Greek.
After my undergraduate studies in Thessaloniki, I moved to London for my master's and doctoral studies. Apart from studying and teaching (ancient and modern) Greek there, I had the chance to enjoy and love a city rich in cultural events and activities!
I love teaching very much and most of my time is devoted to it. In Verbal Planet I have been teaching modern Greek, and I am absolutely fascinated by the experience of meeting so many people from all over the world, and communicating the beauty of the Greek language to them!
When not teaching I continue my research on Greek literature, both ancient and modern. I believe that my research has a meaning only if this is communicated to other people and this makes me love teaching even more!
In my free time I enjoy cooking, playing the piano and reading Greek and English literature. I am also a passionate fan of Classical Music.
I learned German and French to an intermediate level some years ago. I am currently learning Italian and I am absolutely fascinated by this wonderful language!
I have a very strong academic background in Greek Language and Literature, and I hold degrees both from Greece (BA in Greek and Classical Philology, University of Thessaloniki) and the United Kingdom (MA in Classics and PhD in Classics, University of London).
Moreover, I have substantial teaching experience, both face-to-face and online. In the United Kingdom I taught ancient Greek Language and Literature to undergraduate students, but also to adult learners on intensive summer school courses. I also taught modern Greek as a second language at the local Greek community school. In Verbal Planet I have been teaching modern Greek to adult learners of all levels and background since October 2014.
My students are always my priority! My teaching approach is student-centred and communicative. Although I focus on cultivating the communicative skills, I also systematically work on grammar and vocabulary because these are the cornerstones of building strong communicative skills. I always aim to make knowledge relevant to the students' everyday experience. At the same time, I strongly believe that in order for teaching to be effective, it must also make learning a truly enjoyable experience.
To this end I build my teaching approach on my students' desires, needs and enjoyment! This is also my criterion for choosing methods, texts and / or subjects. I am flexible with my methods and if the students' needs or wishes are different I am always happy to adjust the lesson and the syllabus to them. During the first lesson, I discuss with them, listen to their aims, desires and thoughts, and we plan the lesson on this basis together.
I am patient, meticulous and committed to high quality teaching.
Another great lesson today really feeling positive, thank you
Another very helpful lesson ... thank you Stella
Stella always makes sure I am comfortable and learning at a pace that suits me. Great lesson as always.
Great lesson really feel like I'm making progress, thanks for keeping me motivated