I was born in Athens. I was brought up like all the other Greek children, being proud of the history, the culture and the language of the country.
Even though I had never pictured myself as a teacher before, I somehow got involved with teaching in 2005 and ever since I haven`t been able to imagine myself doing something else.
My future plans include starting my teaching career online - I already invested in creating a wonderful and cozy working place, as I firmly believe that this is where the future of teaching lies and obtaining a Master`s Degree in Comparative and Historical Linguistics.
I graduated from the Classical Secondary School in Athens, which put emphasis on languages including English, French and German. I then completed my studies at the English Philology department of the National University in Athens.
In addition to that, I studied at the Philosophical Faculty of Charles University in Prague, at the Departments of Modern Greek Philology, Ancient Greek Philology and Latin Literature (double subject).
At the same time I studied at the Royal Music School of London Piano Performance and Music Theory.
Moreover, I have obtained the Certificate of Proficiency in English, as well as a TEFL Certificate from Berlitz Poland, and I speak German and Czech. At the moment I am studying Hungarian, Serbian, Polish and Albanian.
Teaching Experience :
SEPTEMBER 2014 - DATE
Teacher of Modern Greek, Spevacek School of Modern Languages, Prague
JANUARY 2014 – DATE
Teaching ancient and modern Greek, History, Latin as well as Literature online
DECEMBER 2009 – JANUARY 2014
Senior Teacher, Educational Consultant, Tutor / Caledonian Schools, Prague
Taught ancient, modern Greek, English and Literature. Prepared students for university entrance exams. Provided scientific and pedagogical support for teachers, conducted seminars, regular inspections and follow-up evaluation of teachers’ lessons
SEPTEMBER 2009 – AUGUST 2012
Prepared students for exams AS / A Level GCE course in Latin online
APRIL 2009 – JULY 2011
Teacher and Internet Test Administrator, Berlitz, Prague.
Taught English and Greek, conducted language assessment and determination of students’ language level
JANUARY 2008 – MARCH 2009
Educational Consultant, Equals. English and Business Services, Warsaw, Poland
Taught English for Business, Greek as a foreign language, provided scientific and pedagogical support for teachers and created seminars and workshops for them
SEPTEMBER 2007 – MARCH 2009
Language Assessor, Chogel Language School, Warsaw, Poland
Taught English and Greek as a foreign language, evaluated the language level of students and organized groups
JANUARY 2006 - JANUARY 2008
Teacher, Berlitz Gdansk, Poznan, Warsaw, Poland
Taught English and Greek as a foreign language in accordance with the innovative method Berlitz
SEPTEMBER 2007 - JULY 2008
Teacher, Matsuri School of Oriental Languages, Gdansk, Poland
Organization and teaching of ancient Greek. Preparation of students for University entrance examinations
SEPTEMBER 2004 – AUGUST 2006
Teacher, L 'Escargot School of Roman Languages, Gdansk, Poland
Taught ancient Greek and Latin for lawyers, doctors and theologians
SEPTEMBER 2004- DECEMBER 2005
Instructional, In Plus Language Centre, Sopot, Poland
Taught Modern Greek as a foreign language
Volunteer Work :
January 2012 – Date:
English Instructor, Novy Horizonty, Prague. Teaching Handicapped Children and young people
December 2009 - December 2010: English Instructor, Nova Skola, Prague
Organized the education of children with special educational needs
As a Berlitz Certified Instructor, I taught English or Greek, without the assistance of L2 from the very first lesson. As scary and stressful as it may sound, it is a well planned method building gradually from very basic and " international words" to simple structures and so on. Briefly, it attempts to mime the natural way kids acquire language.
With time, I came to believe that this method is ideal for total beginners, or people wanting to learn the basics of the language for travel purposes etc. I now think that there is more to that when students advance and their needs become more complex.
So, the way I now teach is highly communicational and interactive using screen sharing, interactive board, my aim being to make the lesson as lively as a traditional classroom lesson is. I would never teach just by lecturing or chit chatting.
My lessons are theme - based with related vocabulary and grammar, including a bit of reading, listening, writing and of course speaking. Every new item is presented naturally, without lecturing about it. I try as much as I can to keep balance between fun and learning.
One of the things I highly insist on is revision and some kind of homework. I always start and finish my class with revising vocabulary and grammar from all the previous classes (not all of it of course, the problematic one), which might seem boring and repetitive, but absolutely necessary in my opinion. The homework varies, it might be researching on something, watching a clip, writing a text message or something like that. Nothing really freaky or long.
The last thing I want to mention is the regular testing which may be oral or multiple choice. I usually do it with the students twice, in the middle of the course and at the end of it.
Above all, remember, that learning a language can be very awarding, fun and totally worth a go!