Jackie Smith : Greek

Jackie Smith
Subject : Greek
Native : English
(263) Lessons
(169) Reviews
Last class : 8+ days
7 days ago
45 Min : $30.18 / £21.58 / €24.54
Trial: FREE
Hello, my name is Jackie Smith and I'm 62 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.
21 Jan 2018
By : joannadamalis
Subject : Greek 
Loved Jackie - she's funny and fun and makes the lesson memorable and relevant.
10 Jan 2018
Subject : Greek 
Jackie is a fantastic teacher with a great approach to teaching! I am learning so much and love the handouts we follow in the lessons. I am looking forward to the next lesson!
08 Nov 2017
Subject : Greek 
I have had an excellent second lesson with Jackie. She is a wonderful teacher and is extremely professional and helpful. Jackie encourages me to speak in Greek and corrects my mistakes in a very positive way. I am looking forward to the next lesson!!
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!!!

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