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Aristotle said that it is in human nature to seek knowledge

. I hold with those who believe that knowledge


is unlimited, but I also believe that the more diverse the social, cultural, political,
economic, to name a few, environments you are exposed to, the closer you come to
the understanding of our past, present and maybe even future.
I was born in Wellington, New Zealand but I was raised in Crete, an island in Greece.
I have studied English and Greek Language and Literature in one of the most
renowned universities both in Greece and globally (ranked among the top 500
universities in the world) the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens.
Finding myself back to New Zealand the place I was born and raised during the early
years of my life, and seeing for my self the open-mindedness, tolerance and
acceptance to diversity to an extend I could not even imagine, made what was just an
idea in the back of my mind, a goal I wholeheartedly want to achieve; having the
chance to broaden my horizons by living and studying in a multicultural environment
and being able to utilize this knowledge in teaching.
With regard to my teaching experience I should start by mentioning when I took my
first steps. It was while I was still a student, in Athens in 2007 until 2009. I voluntarily
taught Greek to mainly adult Arabic speaking immigrants, for a volunteer
organization called Sunday School for Immigrants. It was a really challenging
experience since we only had one 3 hour lesson a week, every Sunday and I do not
know a single Arabic word. But it was also a really rewarding experience because we,
both teachers and students, had to cooperate in order to help and understand each
other. The classes were organized according to my students needs. We would mainly
focus on everyday Greek vocabulary and basic grammar structures, in order for them
to be able to communicate in their work environment and everyday life.
Moving back to Chania, Crete, in 2009 I started working an English language teacher.
During the school year September 2009- May 2010 I taught in two private foreign
language schools Flemetaki studies & Proodos for 18 hours a week plus another 5
hours a week accordingly. The students were children between the ages of 7-17 years
old. I would teach from Elementary to Advanced level students grammar, syntax,
vocabulary, writing and speaking and skills. The curriculum was focused on
cultivating cultural awareness of English speaking countries, learning in context and
developing communicative skills. Needless to say it was also exam oriented since I
would prepare students for their English certification exams.
During the school year September 2010- May 2011, I continued working for the
private foreign language school Proodos, for 5 hours a week, got a job in a public
Vocational Training Institute teaching English to adults being trained to become
Security Guards for 3 hour a week, and started being self-employed giving private
lessons to children for 22 hours a week. In Proodos I with worked with advanced
level children on building their speaking, listening and writing skills by exchanging
ideas, challenging our imagination yet following grammatical and syntactical rules.
The Vocational Training Institute was I will dare say a really challenging experience. I
was asked to focus on teaching security terminology in English to a heterogeneous
classroom of students ranging between the ages 18 to 55. Some students were not
even familiar with the English alphabet, while others were proficient speakers of the

English language. It took hard work to bridge the gap, motivate poor students follow
the class and prepare them all for their exams. Finally like I said I took up private
tutoring. I value my experience as a private teacher a lot because having the
opportunity to work with one or two pupils at a time gave me an insight on how
different the way each individual learns is. There are many different aspects that one
can take into account; the environment the child is being brought up in, the familys
financial and social status, the childs natural gifts and weaknesses to name a few. My
aim as a foreign language teacher has been to motivate my students in order for to
understand the rational of a foreign language (cultural elements) and the reason why
they are learning it; especially when it comes to young learners.
The school years September 2011- May 2012 and September 2012- May 2013, I
continued working for the private school Proodos for 5 hour a week teaching
speaking, listening and writing skills, and continued being self employed, working for
32 hours a week, teaching my students the English language and preparing them for
their certification exams.
Over the last two school years, September 2012- May 2013 and September 2013May 2014. I have been been self employed, teaching private lessons full time - 38
hours a week. All in all I have prepared students for a number of certificates in
English, depending on their level, abilities, potentials and needs. My students have set
for exams like TIE (Test of Interactive English) B1-C2 levels, City and Guilds
levels1-3, EDEXEL levels 1 - 5, Michigan (Certificate of English Language
Competency and Proficiency) and the National Foreign Language Exam System
(KPG) levels B1-C2.
I will dare say that the difficulties I have faced during all this years working as a
teacher, are the ones that now lead me towards the decision to apply for the master of
Arts in TESOL, my love for my birthplace is what leads me back to New Zealand and
the reputation of Victoria University of Wellington combined with my thirst for
knowledge makes me confident that I have knocked the right door like Greeks say.