I am a native Greek speaker with a PhD in Linguistics.
I have been teaching Greek for the last 15 years.
My experience has not changed the enthusiasm I show in teaching every new student!
- Which subject(s) do you teach?
- Tell me about your qualifications.
I am currently a Post-doctoral researcher at the University of Cambridge.
I hold a Ph.D. in Linguistics and a a Masters in General Linguistics from the Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, Spain.
I hold a B.A. in Greek Philology and Linguistics from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece.
I hold a German Abitur from the German School in Thessaloniki, Greece.
I hold a Greek Graduation Certificate from the German School in Thessaloniki, Greece.
- How much do you charge?
I charge £40/hour for 1-to-1 tuition in Modern Greek (travel to be discussed).
I also teach small groups.
- Where do you teach?
I teach mainly at students' homes in London or at other convenient locations. I am willing to travel anywhere in London up to 4 zones.
- When are you available?
I am available every day and time of the week, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday and, possibly, on the weekend.
- Which ages and levels do you teach?
I teach a range of ages that encompasses both very young children (from 3 years-old) and adults (up to 70 years-old).
Modern Greek: I teach all levels: Beginners, Intermediate, Advanced, GCSE, A level, and any other tailor-made level required.
- Which qualifications do you prepare your students for?
Modern Greek GCSE, Modern Greek A level, State Language Certificate in Greek, any other Advanced or Specialized Qualification required
- Describe your arrangements for online tutoring.
I can arrange a comfortable online tutoring via skype.
- Do you have a personal message for students?
I am a native Greek speaker, who has worked as a linguist in Barcelona, Spain (2004-2009) and in London, UK (since 2011). I enjoy languages and I am dedicated, as a linguist, to the study of the universal and particular features they have. My approach to teaching has been informed by my theoretical research, which has helped me sharpen the methodology I use. I have elaborated rich material for all the levels I teach and I always seek to adapt it to the needs of every student, be it an adult or a child. I enjoy teaching, because it is a great opportunity to communicate with other people and share some knowledge in an exciting way!
- What kind of experience do you have?
Private one-to-one and small group tuition of Modern Greek as a foreign language to adults and children [2004-today]
Students: mainly English and Spanish speakers, but also including French, Japanese, Albanian, German and Jewish speakers
Levels taught: mainly Beginners, some Intermediate and some Advanced
Degrees obtained by students: Certificate of Attainment in Greek (Level A, B, C)
Tailor-made courses for personal and professional reasons (Subjects previously covered included mechanical engineering, Greek literature, hairdressing)
I also have 5 years of experience of higher education teaching at several UK universities, in London (Queen Mary, UCL, University of Greenwich) and in Cambridge (University of Cambridge). Subjects include under- and postgraduate courses in Linguistics, Semantics, Pragmatics and Acquisition of Language.
- Do you have an up-to-date DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service, formerly CRB) Certificate?
Yes, I have an up-to-date DBS/CRB Certificate.
- Where and with whom did you train?
Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece
Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, Spain and
Queen Mary, University of London
- Do you belong to any professional organisations?
- Tell me about some of your current students.
My current students include two groups of children (4 and 7 years old and 5 and 8 years old), who are second generation Greeks and were born and raised in London. We are approaching Greek through exciting games, drawings, songs, etc.
Another group of two teenagers (14 and 16-years-old), who have begun their preparation for the GSCE in Modern Greek.
A Maths teacher with Greek origin (30 years old), who decided to refresh her Greek.
A Norwegian-born, London located adult who is currently learning Greek in order to be able to talk with his partner.
A second generation Greek adult who had never had the chance to learn Greek before and would like to go to Greece to work.
Two English people who have houses in Greece and want to be able to communicate with their neighbours.
An English woman who is getting married to a Greek man and wants to learn more about Greece and its culture.
An English woman married to a second generation Greek who wants to learn and transmit Greek to her children.
An English student of medicine who wants to go to Cyprus to study for his year abroad.
• PhD in Linguistics
• MA in General Linguistics, BA in Greek Philology and Linguistics
• I hold a clear up to date DBS
Dimitra has been teaching my two children, aged 7 and 4, for a year. She is always reliable and full of ideas of ways to engage the children in learning Greek. Although they are 3 years apart and have different interests and attention spans, Dimitra finds fun ways of teaching them that work for both. Their vocabulary, knowledge of the alphabet and understanding of the language have all improved and they enjoy their lessons.
I have been having weekly tutorials with Dimitra for about 4 months now, and am thoroughly enjoying them! Dimitra is a fun and professional teacher who tailors the lessons perfectly to my ability. I feel that I'm making really good progress and her extensive knowledge of linguistics provides really interesting insights into the roots of the new words I'm learning. I have been very happy with our lessons and would wholeheartedly recommend Dimitra to others interested in learning or improving their Greek.
Dimitra is an excellent teacher whose background in linguistics, in my mind, gives her extra strengths as a teacher, beyond her general preparedness and friendly and thorough approach. I have struggled with other teachers and classes in the past but my Greek has improved greatly working with Dimitra and I thoroughly recommend her.
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