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Jackie Smith : Greek

Jackie Smith
Subject : Greek
Native : English
Greece
(446) Lessons
99%      
(176) Total Reviews
174 Positive Reviews
Last class : 7 days
Yesterday
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45 Min : $27.04 / £22.31 / €24.36
Trial: FREE
Hello, my name is Jackie Smith and I'm 64 years old and currently living in Greece. I am a native English speaker and teach Greek. I have been an online Greek teacher 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 :
7 days ago.
 
24 Jun 2019
By : Marc K
Subject : Greek 
Ms. Jackie is very patient and kind. She adapted the lesson for her nine year old pupil. She made something that is challenging into something that is fun. We hope to take more lessons.
 
17 Mar 2019
By : Cari
Subject : Greek 
Wrong pronunciation of greek and therefore wrong teaching to students.
 
03 Mar 2019
By : Cari
Subject : Greek 
Great trial lesson. Thank you.
 
22 Sep 2018
By : LizzieM
Subject : Greek 
I just had a trial lesson with Jackie and it was great! She provided information before that we would look at during the lesson and made sure my expectations were the same as her plan. Really enjoyed it, looking forward to the next lesson!

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