George Lucas Educational Foundation

Apostolos Vranas

I started my teaching career while studying in the US informally instructing friends who wished to learn Greek. Upon my return to Greece, I reversed the practice and started teaching English as a foreign language to Greeks.
Within my 25+ years of teaching, I have covered all ages of adolescence and adulthood (with little exposure to childhood), teaching in private evening schools of foreign languages, in a private college, in private lessons and in seminars of specialized focus (Navy NCOs, forklift engineers and merchants), covering all levels from beginners to experienced learners. I have a special interest in vocabulary acquisition and in written speech improvement.
All these years, I have come in contact with dyslexic and ADHD students and I had learnt about their conditions informally, before my Master's in Education Degree where I got a formal introduction to these fields; at the beginning of my teaching practice, 'dyslexia' was a 'bad word' and it was risky to mention it to parents (I lost a private lesson because of this). My current position in the MATHISIAKI AROGI Center for Developmental & Learning Needs as an English Language Support Specialist has encouraged me to delve deeper and enrich my knowledge.
In MATHISIAKI AROGI, I have also been encouraged to work on a pet project of mine, a jigsaw puzzle game focusing on beginner learners, mostly dyslexic ones.
Besides my native Greek and English, I speak French well, I struggle through Latvian and I still remember some Italian. My interests include pets, gardening, reading and writing literature (in February 2016, I published in Greek my first book, 'Women's Narratives', a collection of short stories), bicycle riding and ... the Proto IndoEuropean language.

Areas of Interest: 
English as a Foreign Language, Vocabulary Acquisition,
Dyslexia

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