PROFILE

ABOUT OUR TEAM

MEET OUR GREEK TEACHERS

At the heart of a successful school is its experienced teachers. We are a group of young scientists who share an affinity for the Greek language and culture, literature, history, archaeology and humanities. All tutors are fully trained, qualified and experienced in teaching Modern Greek as a foreign or second language.

What truly sets us apart, though, is how passionate we are for teaching the Greek language and conveying the culture. Not only are all teachers accomplished in their field but their well-rounded personality turns learning  into a stimulating, colorful and interactive cultural experience. Committed and enthusiastic, our teachers are available even after the courses have ended, willing to engage in conversations with students, show them local peculiarities and guide them around areas of natural beauty.

Special thanks to professors Andrea Nanetti and Agamemnonas Tselikas for supporting Alexandria Institute during the early years of its existence. We also thank our students Katrin Colorm, Laura Martinelli and Helleen Ree for their invaluable and continuous contribution.

OUR PARTNERS PROFILES

Eleni Karka

GREEK LANGUAGE TEACHER

My name is Eleni Karka and I have graduated from the School of Philosophy of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. I also hold two Master of Science degrees: the first one in the field of “Teaching Modern Greek as a Foreign Language” from the Program in “Applied Linguistics” of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens and the second one in the field of “Computer Linguistics” from the joint Program in “Language Technology” of the

National and Kapodistrian University of Athens and the National Technical University of Athens.

I teach Greek as a Foreign Language in Athens and in Greek islands, which has endowed me with considerable experience in that domain; moreover, I am a  private philology tutor to Greek secondary school students.

“I am a certified examiner for the Certificate of Greek Language of the Greek Ministry of Education and Religion Affairs. I have also participated as a coordinator in a series of seminars aimed at compiling educational material and training teachers for teaching Greek as a foreign language.”

In my free time, I love reading scientific and literature books, attending concerts and theatrical performances, visiting archaeological sites and travelling.

Evi Nikolatou

GREEK LANGUAGE TEACHER

My name is Evi Nikolatou and I have graduated from the Department of Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies at the Institute of Greek and Latin Philology of the School of Historical Sciences from the University of Hamburg. I also hold a Certificate of teaching Greek as a second/foreign language abroad from the program “Routes in the teaching of Greek as a second/foreign language” of the Greek Language Center.

“By teaching Greek as a second/foreign language I get to meet people from all over the world who love the Greek language and culture. I find this extremely enriching.”

Each lesson is a new challenge that gives me the opportunity to constantly improve and develop the way I teach, adapting to the needs of my students. In short, it is a true pleasure!

Konstantina Papavasileiou

GREEK LANGUAGE TEACHER

My name is Konstantina Papavasileiou and I have studied Greek philology at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. I also hold a Master’s degree in Teaching Greek as a second/foreign language from the same university. For the past seven years, I have been living in Spain, teaching the Greek language and literature.

“I love teaching and I enjoy using games, songs and videos to make my lessons more interesting.”

When teaching Greek to people from all over the world, I “travel” and get to know interesting linguistic aspects and learn about different cultures. Despite the fact that I’ve lived away from Athens these last years, I make sure I pay frequent visits and I know many of its beautiful corners and hidden gems: monuments, parks, authentic neighborhoods, terraces with a view, cafés and restaurants, which I am glad to share with my students.

Maria Mitsouli

GREEK LANGUAGE TEACHER

My name is Maria Mitsouli and I am a historian-philologist, graduate of the National & Kapodistrian University of Athens. My personal goals, as far as teaching is concerned, is creating an enjoyable atmosphere between educators and students, but also continuously progressing through upgrading my course material so as to keep up with my students’ needs. I believe that my strengths are: my creativity, punctuality, adaptability and efficiency.

“I feel that education is the backbone of human culture. I have always been interested in learning new things, and passing on my knowledge, and I am so glad to come across so many people fascinated with the idea of learning the Greek language and culture.”

I consider myself very lucky to have grown up in the city of Athens. I was fortunate to be able to walk around the archeological sites I read about, and also to be able to visit the Acropolis’ hill, the Ancient Market, the Pnyx, the Areios Pagos, places that people from all over the world come to admire. Paros is one of the islands which, with its unique architecture and Cycladic atmosphere, offers visitors the opportunity to see for themselves what Greece is all about. On the other hand, in Chios you can’t help but feel the aura of the Greek state’s modern history, and of course, the so-called Greek hospitality in every village. Having visited these two islands quite a few times, and conversed with the locals, I confess that I feel more and more enchanted every time I leave.

Nikos Loutraris

GREEK LANGUAGE TEACHER

My name is Nikos Loutraris and I studied Greek Literature in the Faculty of Philosophy at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, specializing in Linguistics.

I have always been fascinated by language as a way of communication, interaction and expression, but also as a vehicle for conveying the cultural peculiarities of each people. That is why, despite initially graduating  from Law School and working as a lawyer for a few years, I decided to have a career change and went on to study Literature.

“The process of transmitting knowledge to my students and interacting with them, coupled with the prospect of bettering everyone (myself included!) in the process, give me a great sense of satisfaction, while also serving as a reminder of that great decision I made!”

Born in Chios and currently living on the island, I’ve been an integral part of the Institute’s Greek language September and Easter courses, which are held in the stunningly beautiful Kambos area. It goes without saying that I highly recommend you visit Chios if you wish to combine learning Greek, with enjoying the magnificent beaches and observing the unique Easter customs!

Chara Tsichli

GREEK LANGUAGE TEACHER

My name is Chara Tsichli and I graduated in History and Archaeology at the University of Athens. As a philologist, I have worked in Secondary Education, teaching ancient Greek language, modern Greek and History to high school students. Additionally, I have been teaching Greek as a second/foreign language in Adult Education. I have worked with students of all ages and different learning profiles and this fact, combined with my postgraduate studies in Further Education and the various teaching and pedagogical seminars I have attended, are the resources I have to make learning as fruitful as possible.

“For me, every Greek language lesson is a special and interesting experience. It is the opportunity to introduce students to Greek culture – enabling them not only to speak and understand the language but also discover for themselves how unique it is.”

 

I feel great pride and joy that people from all over the world wish to become part of the Greek language and culture, thus contributing to a process that makes Greece known around the globe.

Having grown up in Chios and living here today I have forged a special bond with the place. I know its villages, its history, the culture of its people and its daily life. Therefore, the students who visit Chios have the opportunity to discover the island and its special identity through the lesson or the free discussions and the trips that we go on together.

Rozalia Panagiotopoulou

GREEK LANGUAGE TEACHER

My name is Rozalia Panagiotopoulou Ι graduated from the Department of Classical Philology at the University of Athens. When I finished school, my first choice was to study Psychology, but I soon discovered my love for language and teaching and switched to the Department of Philology. Later, I followed an MA program specializing in the Teaching of Greek as a Second Language and I attended training for Intercultural Education. Keen on history and ancient civilizations, I am currently studying History and Archaeology. I speak English, Spanish, French and Turkish.

I have taught high school students and I have experience in preparing them for the national exams. I have worked in private educational institutions teaching modern and ancient Greek language, history and culture to non-native speakers.

“I love teaching, because I believe that, through the lessons, both students and teachers receive much more than formal knowledge. Ideally, the learning process results in an exchange of knowledge and cultural elements, leading to intercultural twining and discovery not only of the language, but also of the mentality of the people who speak it, as well as of those who learn it.”

During the Institute’s programs, I have taught in Athens, Methoni, Andros and Paros. The summer courses are characterized by a sea of blue, the sound of cicadas, the smell of oregano and the sight of medieval castles. The programs in Athens include getting to know the city and its secrets, enriching the learning with wonderful travel experiences.

Stavroula Tsoutsi

GREEK LANGUAGE TEACHER

My name is Stavroula Tsoutsi and I have studied Greek Philology, specializing in Linguistics. I have attended the postgraduate course titled “Teaching Modern Greek as a Second/Foreign language” at the University of Athens. I have been active in the field of education for more than 15 years, teaching Greek as a mother tongue and as a foreign language, Modern Greek Literature and Ancient Greek to teenagers and adults.

“Teaching Greek to foreigners is the best teaching experience I have ever had, since the procedure isn’t just about picking up the language, its vocabulary, grammar and syntax, but also about exposing the students to features of Greek civilization and mentality, everyday life in Greece, Greek art and history.”

I find it really interesting and enjoyable to teach a new way of expression through language. However, this also works the other way around: I often come in contact with new ways of thinking, new lifestyles and habits of the cultures that my students come from. I have the chance to apply all the above at “Alexandria Institute” using both conventional and modern methods through live or online classes in Methoni and in Athens.

Sotiria Kritikopoulou

GREEK LANGUAGE TEACHER

My name is Sotiria Kritikopoulou and I graduated from the Department of Philosophy and Social Studies, at the University of Crete. I have received my master’s degrees in Modern Greek Literature from the University of Strasbourg and in Education and Human Rights from the University of Athens. I teach Greek as a foreign/second language and creative writing for non-native speakers. Ι have also completed the distance training program “Routes in teaching Modern Greek as a second/foreign language” of the Center for the Greek Language in Thessaloniki.

“I enjoy teaching Greek as a foreign/second language, because I meet interesting people not only with a great love for the Greek language but also with exciting experiences from their holidays and/or their life in Greece. At the same time, I keep enriching my knowledge of other cultures.”

The teaching, as well as the learning of a foreign language, is an amazing intercultural journey in which we do not only exchange knowledge, but also opinions and feelings. Having studied foreign languages (French, English, Italian), I understand the language difficulties that one may face while learning a foreign language. Thus, I patiently and respectfully adapt the lessons to my students’ needs and interests.

Irene Dioti

GREEK LANGUAGE TEACHER

My name is Irene Dioti and I am from Greece. My experience as a tutor began back in 2006 when I started teaching Modern Greek at all levels according to the Common European Framework for Languages (A1-C2) both in the classroom, on a one-to-one basis and online. I hold a BA in the Department of Philosophy and Social Studies in the School of Philosophy from the University of Crete and an MA in Services Management at Athens University of Economics and Business.

“My lessons are tailored to fit the student’s level and needs. I prefer using a variety of oral and written texts, grammar and vocabulary exercises as well as pictures, short movies, videos and songs, since I am persuaded that language and culture go hand in hand.”

I grew up in Athens – this historic and vibrant city offers people who walk it the opportunity to discover, to learn, to wander, and to get to know themselves better.

I enjoy teaching my students the Greek language while taking with them a tour into the Greek world and civilization. I believe that we all learn from one another, and that’s why teaching is actually a constant interaction, a fruitful bond, an indelible experience for both the tutor and the learner. Right from the beginning, I aim at helping the students develop their communicative skills so that they are made capable of sharing their basic personal information in Greek.

Paros is a favorite place for teaching the Greek language, as its natural beauty, coupled with history, its amazing religious marks, archaeological treasures and summer carelessness, which the island has in spades, provide the student with a comprehensive opportunity to learn a language in a place where it is spoken without being cut off from modern culture and life.

 

Katerina Dimitropoulou

GREEK LANGUAGE TEACHER

My name is Katerina Dimitropoulou and I am a philologist, specializing in linguistics. I have completed postgraduate studies in the teaching of the Greek language to foreigners whilst also having worked in various educational programs on teaching Greek to foreigners, whether these are immigrants living and working in Greece or students who do not live in my country but have an affinity for my language and are keen on studying it in depth.

“Students are taught the language in the place that it is spoken. They practice it and become great companions with their classmates and their teachers, inside and outside the classroom. I especially like group lessons; the interaction between the students and the teacher is an extremely creative process that fascinates me.”

I am particularly interested in translation, literature, music and cinema, and these are among the cultural elements that I try to convey to my students during the course.

Ελένη Τσεβα

GREEK LANGUAGE TEACHER

My name is Eleni Tseva. I studied Greek Philology and Linguistics at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens; during my university period, I attended a six-month program in Linguistics at Lund University (Sweden). In addition, I got specialized in teaching modern Greek as a foreign language. I attended additional courses in Adult Teaching (Hellenic Open University), and in Teaching Methodology (ETI center Malta) and I participated in the 

writing team of the dictionary ‘Word construction: how are constructed the Greek words’. I started teaching modern Greek in 2013 in collaboration with the University of the Aegean in the ‘Erasmus Intensive language Courses’ program in Lesbos. I have been cooperating with Alexandria Institute since 2014 teaching both in presence and online. I also cooperate with the Università Popolare di Biella (Italy) where I hold a modern Greek course. I speak English and Italian.

“Τeaching is a mutual process: not only I teach to my students, but I also get taught by them. In addition, I personally get inspired by those that have the will to learn. The enthusiasm rising from the interaction between student and teacher is one of the magic moments in life.”

Teaching your language, apart from the linguistic part, means also to transmit the feeling of the language and of the culture of your country, the way you look at the world and the way you describe it. I think that what my students from many different countries and with different linguistic background have given and keep giving me is a flexible mindset that helps me customize my teaching approach and adapt my lessons to the diverse needs students may have.

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