First things first, a beginner would have to understand the Greek alphabet: the difference in accent and sounds. Then they would have to come into contact with basic two-letter one-sound constructs, or
Monophthongs, and so on. I focus on vocabulary and grammar, and especially concepts that are new to someone whose first language is English.
I am a native Greek speaker that received excellent marks in Modern Greek in school. In highschool I followed the Humanities/Classics orientation that heavily focused on Modern and Ancient Greek, Essay Writing, and Literature. I have experience as a language tutor and I am an English and Creative Writing graduate.
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➢ Teach English as a Foreign Language/TEFL Certification (August 2020)
➢ MA in Creative Writing, University of Nottingham, Merit - Above 65% (2018-19)
Modules included: Learning to Publish: Contemporary Forms and Practices, Learning to Read: Criticism for Creative Writers, Workshops in Poetry & Fiction
➢ BA (honours) in English Literature with Creative Writing, University of East Anglia (UEA), 2:1 (2015-18)
Modules included: Literature in History I & II, Reading Texts I & II, Creative Writing I & II, Medieval Writing, Adaptation: Shakespeare on Stage and Screen, The Short Story, Ghosts – Haunting and Spectrality, The Art of Murder, Creative Writing Dissertation: Prose, Creative Writing: Scriptwriting (3rd year)
➢ Apolytirion of Geniko Lykeio (Greek General High School Diploma, Humanities/Classics Pathway) 19.2 / 20 “Excellent” (Equivalent to A - A*) (2015)
➢ A Levels: English Language - B, English Literature - B (2015)
Freelance writer for Wicked Horror website (July 2020 - ongoing, part time & remote)
Freelance writer for ScreenRant and CBR websites (February 2020 - ongoing, part time & remote)
Exam marker (independent contractor) for Cambridge English Assessment (Nov - Dec 2019, seasonal)
Creative writing workshops co-tutor - The Letters' Page literary magazine (Founder & Editor-in-chief: Jon McGregor, author & Professor at the School of English), University of Nottingham (2019)
Freelance translator and assistant of Greek published novelist and children's books' author Letta Vasileiou - member of the Women's Literary Team and the IBBY (2016 - 2019)
➢ Translated the first four chapters of her novel, maintaining her unique literary style while also adjusting accordingly for the English language.
➢ Wrote a synopsis and multiple query letters for her book, did plenty of research on literary agencies in the UK and contacted them on her behalf.
➢ Gained valuable experience in translation and the process of editing (attention to detail, expression, and grammar) and seeking representation.
Co-tutor - ‘Write Across It’ project run by Raffaella Barker (Novelist & Tutor - School of Literature, Drama & Creative Writing, UEA) and Dr. Kim Ridealgh (Lecturer - School of Politics, Philosophy & Linguistics, UEA) (May - June 2018)
➢ Teaching creative writing in various schools across Norfolk, co-running the sessions, co-designing the exercises and lessons based on Raffaella & Kim's plans.
➢ Teaching 3x1 hour workshops on my own, with my lesson plans/exercises.
➢ I gained considerable experience in teaching, planning lessons, exploring creative writing as an interactive activity & confidence builder. The children from the class I taught showed great progress with their storytelling skills in the resulting texts and said school contacted the University expressing interest to pursue further creative writing workshop opportunities.
Student Support Services Representative at UEA for two academic years (2016-17 & 2017-18)
➢ Worked with the International Students Advisory Team to make sure that the first experiences of all new students were in accordance to the high standards of the University.
➢ My duties included, but were not limited to:
Meeting and greeting students at the airport.
Providing general assistance during the Arrivals Week and first week of term (directing new students around campus and through the registration process et cetera).
Giving Campus tours.
Co-hosting the Orientation Talks, as well as writing and giving one (‘Adjusting to life in the UK and UEA’).
Participating in the Buddy Programme: I was assigned five international students with whom I communicated through emails and met multiple times, helping them adjust and better their experience.
➢ Gained significant attributes, such as being communicative and helpful, confident to speak to large groups, able to answer questions on the spot (or direct people to someone who can) et cetera.
Assistant-mentor and Mentor at the Arsakeia Schools Leadership Camp (Athens, June - July 2016 & June 2017)
➢ The camp’s purpose was to help the children acquire leadership skills and practice their English through activities such as mock trials, mini Models of United Nations etc.
➢ Assisted the mentors before and during the sessions (preparing the spaces, setting up IT equipment, giving directions), answered the children’s questions and helped them with their English, explained to them the rules/procedures of the MUN et cetera.
➢ Designed and taught a session, entitled ‘Leadership in Shakespeare: Kingship and Leadership through the eyes of the Bard’: interactive presentation that contained extracts from Shakespeare’s plays and questions - conclusions to help the children explore the nature of leadership.
➢ Gained significant professional attributes, such as:
Adhering and adjusting to a standard work schedule.
Adjusting my workplace attitude in accordance to the needs of children/adolescents (being patient, giving detailed explanations, being relaxed and enthusiastic or strict when necessary).
Exploring my field (literature) through an alternative spectrum for the purpose of conveying ideas to young people.
The children all left the camp with a considerable improvement in their English language skills and many of them expressed to me their newfound interest in topics we covered together.
Workshop entitled 'What Lies Beneath: A Horror Fiction Workshop' designed and delivered at the Nottingham Writers' Studio (January 2020)
Co-editor and contributor to the Laced short story & poetry anthology for MA/PhD students of the School of English, University of Nottingham - Overseeing tutor: Dr. Spencer Jordan, Assistant Professor & Creative Writing Course Director (2018-2019)
➢ I was part of the small team that provided the editing and corrections that led to the final draft of the anthology.
➢ I have set up and am maintaining a Twitter page for the anthology to advertise it and attract attention.
Reading volunteering placement at the Round Hill Primary School (Beeston, Nottingham – June - July 2019)
➢ I was tasked to help a group of children with their literacy/reading skills (the specific group was slightly below the level usually attained by their age).
➢ I did not only practically and observably improve the children’s reading skills, but also boosted their confidence in their own ability and gave them the tools to keep bettering their level.
Organising committee volunteer (Field of Play team) at the World Taekwondo Championship (Manchester - May 2019)
➢ My duties included, but were not limited to:
Making sure that each athlete was at the appropriate waiting area for their respective match/fight number and terrain/octagon.
Guiding the athletes from the back to their respective terrain/octagon while carrying their country’s sign before their match began.
Guiding the athletes back to the warm-up area, once their fight was over.
Helping them remove the protective gear and returning it to the designated equipment area.
During the final day, breaking up the octagons and helping with the removal of all the competition-related equipment.
Paper entitled ‘Bless thee! Thou art translated: Walter Benjamin’s “The Task of the Translator” in relation to different translations of Homer’s Iliad’ accepted for presentation at the Edinburgh Undergraduate Literature Conference (February 2018)
Volunteer (entertainment team member) at the World Taekwondo Grand Prix (London - October 2017)
➢ Gained significant team-working and collaborating skills through being a member of a larger entertainment team that worked towards the common goal of getting the fans/audience to participate in the event.
➢ Gained important professional attributes, such as time management, understanding and following orders and adapting to changes.
➢ Considerably improved my social skills, through having to interact with large groups of different people and getting them to be more involved and enthusiastic.
City of Stories Summer Creative Writing Project Participant (UEA, May – October 2017)
➢ Aim of project: producing an anthology which could be part of the series of UEA Undergraduate Creative Writing Anthologies and presented to potential Creative Writing students when they visit UEA on Applicant Days.
➢ Each group investigated a historic writer associated with Norwich, we workshopped our findings and ideas and produced a set of original writings inspired by that writer.
➢ Gained important creative and workplace attributes, such as 1) researching, writing and editing to professional standards, 2) communicating, exchanging and supporting ideas and assigning responsibility, 3) speaking and presenting in front of an audience.
➢ Outcome of the project: City of Stories anthology, professionally produced by the UEA Publishing Project and launched in the 2017 Autumn semester with a reading event (I participated as a reader).
Participant in 'Reading Matters: The First Year Conference' (UEA, May – June 2016)
➢ Each group member had to read, analyse and interpret our chosen book from a list (also in relation to its historical and cultural background) and then bring our ideas together to write a cohesive and effective presentation and make a PPT.
➢ Actively participated, wrote part of the text and made part of the PPT for final presentation, one of those who gave final presentation (out of an initial appointed group of approximately twenty people, only six/seven contributed to the final result).
➢ Voluntary participation in a creative project that requires independent research and collaborative working to professional deadlines.
Interdisciplinary Collaborative Project participant for Creative Writing II module (UEA - Spring 2016)
➢ Participated in a collaborative project involving a writer and an artist (Norwich University of the Arts student).
➢ The purpose was to exchange work and ideas, see how each other’s work affects us, broaden our minds, edit/expand our existing work and produce something new.
➢ Outcome: An edited and extended short story and a logbook of the process.
➢ Broadened my perspective & creativity, by seeing my work through a different set of eyes and realising its potential.
➢ Adjusted my work to meet new standards and criteria, all the while keeping its original identity, character, and authenticity.
➢ Languages: Greek – Native, English – Proficient (Cambridge Proficiency in English – Grade A, BA and MA from British Universities), French – Intermediate (Sorbonne B2 – Grade 73.5%), considerable grasp of classical languages (Ancient Greek, Latin).
➢ UEAward - Silver (achievements & activities award attained through completion of the Award programme).
➢ Taekwondo: 3rd Dan holder, competitor with medals (currently inactive), attended multiple training camps/events and seminars (including in coaching), captain of the UEA Team (2016-17).
➢ Experience in teaching English as a foreign language (one-to-one tutoring).
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