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. After I returned to my homeland, I have been teaching Ancient and Modern Greek, and Latin to adults and children. At the same time and particularly from September 2016 to August 2018, I taught Ancient and Modern Greek Language and Literature as a Greek Language and Literature teacher at a private Junior High School in Greece.
I love teaching very much and most of my time is devoted to it. In Verbal Planet I have been teaching ancient and Modern Greek and Latin, 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!
In my free time I enjoy cooking, playing the piano, reading Greek and English literature and watching English high quality TV series. 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 and the United Kingdom: a BA in Greek Language and Literature and Classics (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki), an MA in Classics (King's College - University of London), and finally a PhD in Classics (University College London). This background enables me to reduce memorisation, since I employ it whenever the learner needs it to give him/her a solid and thorough understanding of Greek Language.
Moreover, I have solid teaching experience both in the United Kingdom and Greece, as I have professionally taught (Modern and Ancient) Greek at various levels, mostly to English speakers (but also to native Greeks). In particular, I taught Ancient Greek Language and Literature in London for four years (University College London, London Summer School in Classics). I also worked as a teacher of Modern Greek for young British native speakers (Cyprus Educational Mission, London). After I moved back to my homeland, I have been teaching Ancient and Modern Greek, and Latin to adults and children, both face-to-face and online. Teaching at a private Junior High School for two years was a substantial part of my teaching experience, but I have now decided to return to online teaching for good.
MY PROFILE IN DETAIL:
2016-2018: Teacher of Ancient and Modern Greek Language and Literature at all levels at a private Junior High School in Greece.
2014-present: Greek, Latin, Ancient Greek (online), Verbal Planet
2011: Advanced (Ancient) Greek, London Summer School in Classics
2011: Greek for English Speakers, Cyprus Educational Mission (London)
2008-2012: Ancient Greek Language and Literature (Department of Greek and Latin, University College London)
2007-2012: PhD in Classics (University College London)
2006-2007: MA in Classics (King's College London)
2001-2005: 4-year BA in Greek Language and Literature with a focus on Classics (University of Thessaloniki).
My teaching approach is essentially communicative. The peculiarity of Greek language, though, also requires good grammatical skills. For this reason, my communicative approach is also as grammar- and text-based as needed so that we can achieve good and effective communication. Nevertheless, I am flexible. In the first lesson I discuss with the student and I also see whether this approach works for him/her or not. If not, I always adjust the lesson to the learner’s desires and needs. My students are always my priority and it is according to their enjoyment, desires and needs that I shape my teaching each time.
I am patient, meticulous and committed to high quality teaching.