HLC Instructor

Alexia Kompothekra

Founder and Director of Hellenic Language and Culture

“Learning a foreign language should be both a pleasure and an enjoyable adventure. It’s also a great opportunity to share culture, customs and traditions. Until today the experience of online teaching has been more than rewarding! I highly regard the opportunity to transfer my knowledge to people all around the world, through cognitive and emotional interaction!”
 

Alexia

Alexia Kompothekra is a native greek language instructor. She grew up in Kefallonia, an island at the Ionian sea and she currently lives in Athens. She works as a school counselor in the morning and as a greek language instructor in the afternoon. She is an experienced, friendly and patient teacher with a strong academic background. Her students' age varies and she knows very well how to adjust the lesson according to her student's needs and expectations.
She is committed in teaching and this is why she is writing about teaching methods, pedagogics, educational and school psychology.

Qualifications and Experience

She holds a BA in Greek Language and History from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. After graduating she realized that for someone to teach a language, being fluent at it is not enough. She, therefore, obtained a Postgraduate Diploma in Special Education & Child's Psychology from the University of Thessaly and a Master's degree in Educational Psychology at the Nicosia University.

Her studies helped her identify improved ways of teaching for different backgrounds depending on the age, the emotional intelligence and the knowledge level of each student. She has been teaching modern and ancient greek from 2007 as an instructor to greek students of all ages including children, teenagers and adults - with or without learning disabilities.

When she decided at 2012 to teach foreign students she knew that she needed a different way, a more sufficient methodology. This is why she attended an intensive course in Teaching Modern Greek as a Foreign/Second Language at the Greek Language Centre in Thessaloniki. This particular training helped her establish different techniques and methods of teaching the greek language to non-native speakers either face-to-face or through online classes.

Teaching approach

Her teaching approach is student centered. The class is built according to the students' needs and expectations, though she prefers an interactive methodology. She is flexible, highly professional and well organized. The lessons start with the phonology and then continue with vocabulary, grammar and syntax. By considering as the most important task the speaking she emphasizes at it.

She has patience, understanding, perseverance and thoroughness and she tries at all times to give clear explanations, using concrete examples and situations. She is good at encouraging the self-confidence which enables students to feel linguistically secure enough to make the leap into fluid communication.