Sylvia Guinan

Sylvia's English Online
Female |Thassos, Greece

Member since: Nov 01, 2009

Last active on: Jul 17, 2015 at 12:01 PM (EST)

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About Sylvia Guinan

I am a professional English Language teacher, with a Degree in English literature, a higher Diploma in Education, and T.E.F.L qualifications.

I've been teaching English for eighteen years . My teaching experience has been in Ireland, Greece , and online. I ran my own offline tutoring business for seven years before moving online to expand my horizons. I’ve been teaching English online for the past three years.

I specialise in exam preparation, and have had great success with students in Cambridge proficiency, Cambridge first certificate, IELTS, TOEFL, TOEIC, MICHIGAN, etc.

I also teach business English online and have developed many creative ways to engage learners and prepare them for real life business situations.

My brain-friendly approach to teaching means that I employ a diversity of creative techniques to make learning fun and effective. Creative thinking is something I foster in all students, whether it’s for exams, business or general English.

From the backdrop of creative thinking and confidence –building, I get students to express themselves in highly-focused yet
personalized ways, so as to achieve specific linguistic goals within a humanistic framework.

Becoming fluent and articulate in a foreign language involves engaging the whole person, heart and mind. The psychology of learning is one of my pedagogical passions, and I use my knowledge in this area to develop memorization techniques and social and emotional learning experiences, to further the intellectual prowess of my students.

I am also moving slowly into teacher-training as I get many requests from teachers in my personal learning network and hope to develop this side of my business through future courses in WizIQ.

Apart from all that, I blog about education on a number of websites, including, of course, WizIQ. I design and develop brain-friendly learning materials, and am writing my first ELT books.

As I live in Greece with my Greek husband and four bilingual children, I also teach my own kids English and have a great interest in bilingualism. I still teach some local young learners, so this keeps me in touch with the creativity of children. Much of what works with children helps my online adults too.

As you can see, teaching is not just a job for me, it's a way of life

Teaching Preferences

Online Teaching

One-on-One at $20-30 per hour

Group Teaching at $10-20 per hour

In Person Teaching

One-on-One at $10-20 per hour

Group Teaching at $20-30 per hour

Offers free trial classes

Teaches following Subjects/Exams
English language (Others)
Language of Instruction: English
Grammar, vocabulary, listening speaking writing, testing
ESL (Others)
Language of Instruction: English
english language teaching
Teaching Experience

English Language Teacher

Freelance tutoring business, Greece

Jan 2003 - Present

English Language

Extremely high success rate in exams,

Satisfied students, growing business.

Professional Experience
Freelance Editor/proofreader
Democritus University Thrace, THESSALONIKI, Greece
Sep 1996 - Jun 1998

I edited academic papers for university professors in the field of electrical engineering, as well as helping PhD students with their research papers.

These academics subjects covered various branches of engineering, computing and forestry.


Higher Diploma in Education

National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland

Oct 1992 - Jun 1993

Degree in English Literature

National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland

Oct 1989 - Jun 1993

I have taught successfully at primary, secondary and adult levels.
I have excelled in teaching with drama and staging plays.
I have excelled in creative curriculum development.
I've done courses in dyslexia, and am sensitive to special learning needs.

Professional Exams & Certifications

Higher Diploma in Education

GALWAY, Ireland

Year Of Passing: 1993

by Athina Sofou posted on 11 October, 2012

A wonderfully done course

by kat_11 posted on 11 September, 2012

Sylvia has the talent of teaching.

by sara posted on 25 August, 2011

everyone can be a poet following the instruction

by Islam Saber posted on 28 July, 2011

Hi , sylvia
I liked thia class

by Halima Ozimova posted on 27 June, 2011

A good Approach

by aka Ken posted on 27 June, 2011

thank you so much.

by Päivi Nikkanen posted on 20 June, 2011

Does 10am mean 10 am in Thassos/Greece (which would be the same time for me in Finland)



by Roger Mosquera posted on 15 May, 2011

Great teaching ideas! I no this style of class will catch on!

by Roger Mosquera posted on 14 May, 2011

This could be scary I may actually be able to attend this little get together!

by Halima Ozimova posted on 22 April, 2011

Very interesting,a Really Interacting Vitual Class!!

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