Hello, my name is Sophia Tsiknia and I'm 38 years old and currently living in Greece. I am a native Greek speaker and teach English, Greek. I have been an online English teacher with Verbalplanet since May 2016.
I can speak the following languages fluently: Greek, English, French, German, Italian.
I am currently offering a discounted initial trial lesson at 50% off my normal lesson price for new students.
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29 Mar 2017
I really enjoy the lesson!
30 Jan 2017
another successful lesson that touched and improved my weak points..
27 Jan 2017
So friendly teacher.. It was one of my best lessons so far
25 Jan 2017
Thank so much it's really helpful and improved my English week points, although I'm not a native in this language but Sophia encouraged me and made me able to understand clearly thank you so much and God bless you.
16 Dec 2016
Sophie is a really good teacher. She is agile and she knows how to deal with a student. During my free trial she never interrupted me and told my mistakes at the end of the lesson. She is friendly and taught me in an affable environment.
05 Dec 2016
As usual we had a great time. Classes with Sophie are very productive.
I am bilingual (English and Greek) and I am a professional translator and proofreader and a teacher of English and Greek as a foreign language. I have been a teacher of English and Greek for 12 years and a translator/proofreader for 8 years.
I hold a BA (Hons) in English and Greek Language and Literature majoring in English and Greek language teaching as a second language.
As a teacher of English and Greek, I teach classes and I also give private lessons and online lessons via Skype. I have taught students of all ages (kids, teenagers and adults) and I have successfully prepared students to sit English certification exams such as ECCE, ECPE, FCE, CPE, IELTS, TOEFL, etc. I have also taught English and Greek for specific purposes (Business English, Financial English, Law, Music, Academic English, Medicine, Arts) and my students are of various backgrounds and nationalities. Some of my clients are companies like Boston Consulting, Eurobank, Pierre Fabre, Royal Canin and construction companies.
All my lessons are tailored to each student's needs and the material is also carefully prepared to meet each individual's needs. This means that no lesson is the same as another student's lesson. I generally focus on speaking and oral communication a lot with all students. Lessons are usually followed by some feedback that is usually what I feel the student needs after each lesson.
I usually upload thematic vocabulary on Quizlet which all of my students have found very useful. I also send podcasts that expose you to natural/everyday language and that you can save on your phone and listen to them on the go.
Recommendations are available upon request.
Qualifications & Experience
2002-2006 - BA (Hons) in English and Greek Language and Literature, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens
2/2007- 6/2007 - Theater Translation seminar, Μετάφραση School of Translation Studies, Athens
2006-2007 - Music Therapy seminar conducted by music therapist Maria Froudaki, Athens
3/9/2006 - Teacher Development Workshop conducted by Carolyn Graham: The Creative Classroom: Jazz Chants, Music and Poetry in the Language Classroom, Athens
Greek - Fluent (Native)
English - Fluent (Native), Certificate of Proficiency in English, University of Cambridge
German - Upper-intermediate level, Mittelstufe Sprachdiplom, Goethe Institut
Italian - Upper-intermediate level, Diploma di Celi 3
2010 - Online English and Greek lessons via Skype
2010 - English teacher (preparation for the IELTS, TOEFL, FCE, CPE, ECCE, ECPE exams, Business English for companies), Another Langue, Syntagma, Athens
2010 - English teacher, Syghrono, Glyfada (preparation for the university Entrance Examinations)
2008 - Translator, European Translation Centre/ TRANSLATED
2004-2008 - English teacher, language school The Scholars Kanakari
All my lessons are tailored to each student's needs and the material is also carefully prepared to meet each individual's needs.
I usually design all the material for the lesson as well as the study material. There is feedback via email after each lesson.
My teaching approach is a communicative one and I focus a lot on speaking skills since the lessons are via Skype. However, I believe that no skill should be ignored while studying a foreign language. I always try so that the students learn and absorb as much information as possible during the lesson in order for them not to spend hours studying on their own.