Our Method

The Language and Motivation method extends the one proposed by Prof. Olivier Delhaye, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece. It is based on the training from the Methodological improvement course: “Teaching languages face-to-face and distance-learning, in private lessons, in tandem and small groups”


The Language and Motivation method uses a set of practices that put the student in an active role and drive them to discover the language. More specifically, a few characteristics of the method:

It borrows elements from the Flipped classroom teaching model in which the student is active, and the role of the teacher is limited to guidance, encouragement and assistance where appropriate.

As homework, the student works on articles and multimedia and carries out research. Then, during the lesson, the student summarizes orally and engages in discussions with the guidance of the teacher.

During each lesson, priority is given to oral production. The student would talk with the teacher for about an hour if they (properly) prepared the activities before the lesson. 

The student discovers the language, without being taught in detail everything related to it. They infer the grammar and syntax through the active learning.

Language Structure Acquisition begins from the very first lesson in which the student studies newspaper articles of a certain word-length. 

The vocabulary focuses on development of social, professional, and success competences. It serves the needs and goals of each student. Everyone speaks freely without limiting themselves to the vocabulary that a book dictates for each lesson.

Learning the correct pronunciation is achieved through tongue twisters in the second lesson and speech recognition technology.

Part of the educational material used instead of books is past exam papers. Through those papers, the student develops clear communication skills they will need in real life. 

Grammar is limited. We learn to ride a bike without knowing any of the mechanics or a child learns to speak their mother tongue before they even know any grammar rules. Just like that, we guide the student to learn properly while saving valuable time spent teaching traditional grammar. 

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  • Getting to know the Language and Motivation method has been a great surprise for me, as well as a challenge to try out a different way of teaching a foreign language. Sofia Karfi, thank you for this opportunity and for the excellent training in the method. I look forward to applying it.

    Anna Xanthaki, German teacher

  • My participation in the training was a completely constructive experience, which opened new horizons to the adult education methodology that I had not even imagined existed!

    Kostas Iatrakis, German teacher
  • There are no words to describe Sofia !! I'm very glad that I had this amazing person as a French teacher!!! She loves her job and she makes you feel the same about French language!!! Not only teaches a foreign language but she helps you to open your horizons. Don't afraid to start this way of education! It is guaranteed you will succeed!!! She is the best! I highly recommend her as a teacher!!!!

    Stella Mitaki, Economist
  • It's my firm belief that ,Miss Sofia is an incredible teacher!!!Not only she teaches you how to communicate in French for example, but she focuses also in the civilisation .So, you have the opportunity to learn also , about the country and the problems that people are facing, the art and the culture .Generally, you learn really interesting stuff that in reality are incorporated in the language.A language in not only about grammar and vocabulary and Miss Sofia helps you understand that.She is really meticulous but a very cordial person too!!!

    Haris Manousaki, Biologist
  • I highly recommend learning French with Sofia! She personalised the classes to my individual needs and interests and gave me material from various sources to keep things interesting and fun. Also, her positive energy is contagious

    Eirini Volikou, Lawyer
  • Sophia is an excellent teacher and a wonderful person. She likes her teaching procedure to include poems, videos and articles, in french of course, which makes the lesson amusing but also teaches you many things about the french culture as well. She is very passionate about her work and she will help you understand and love the french language!

    Alexandra Makridaki, Psychologist
  • I have tried this unique way of learning french and my progress was rapid.In just a few months i got prepared to give my exams and i succeded to get a diploma of B2-upper Intermediate level. The procedure of learning was very interesting by reading articles, watcing videos or even commenting books, so you have the ability of understanding grammar and syntax by reading or watching a complete article or video. I suggest without a doubt this way of learning!!!

    Niki Vassilaki, Lawyer
  • J'ai commencé à apprendre le français avec Sofia il y a deux mois et regardez comment j'écris! Je suis très contente, parce que je sais que je peux dire déjà plusieurs choses en français, car Sofia insiste beaucoup sur les cours oraux! Merci beaucoup, Sofia! Je pensais que le français était très difficile, mais tu rends les choses difficiles faciles!

    Fani Kalathaki, Journalist
  • Sofia est une excellente professeur. Ella a une manière unique de motiver et d’inspirer ses élèves. Même après des journées difficiles au travail, je me sens contente après avoir fini un cours de français. J’ai le sens de l’accomplissement. Sa méthode est exigeante mais elle vous permet d’apprendre par l’expérience, ce qui s’avère efficace pour développer rapidement des compétences linguistiques. J’aime Sofia et je la recommande vivement!

    Ilia Tomassi, Ζurich, CH Country Supply Chain Services Manager, Coca-Cola Hellenic Bottling Company
  • After 2 months of French lessons with sofia I can say that these lessons are like "gym". You don't really want to go because you know that it is going to be hard, but after the class you really feel wonderful. Incredibly interesting texts, exercises, discussions, lessons.. I feel really grateful and very happy that I decided to trust her. I highly recommend it if you want to save time, money and energy by putting your forces, concentration and love into practice! 

    Stefania Tsakiraki, Art therapist
  • Sofia is full of energy and an excellent teacher. I was afraid that Skype lessons might not be for me but I was so wrong. If you are really interested in learning French, then you should certainly have a call with Sofia!

    Vagelis Aidiniou, Programmer
  • Η Σοφία πλέον δεν είναι απλά η καθηγήτρια μου έγινε μια φίλη που μας ξυπνάει την έμπνευση. Είμαι ευγνώμων που ήρθε στη ζωή μου ένας τόσο υπέροχος άνθρωπος και ακόμα πιο υπέροχη καθηγήτρια. Σοφία, είσαι καταπληκτική καθηγήτρια. Δεν θα μπορούσα να αρθρώσω λέξη στα γαλλικά χωρίς τη θετικότητα και την ενθάρρυνση σου να με σπρώχνει μπροστά. Ήταν σαν να έχασα τη φωνή μου και η μέθοδος σου με βοήθησε να τη βρω. Εσύ και η μέθοδος σου με βοηθήσατε να έρθω πιο κοντά στο στόχο μου. Η μέθοδος σου είναι όντως πολύ καλή όμως έσυ της δίνεις ζωή και έτσι βοηθάς όλους εμάς τους μαθητές σου, με όλες τις διαφορετικές μας ικανότητες. Είσαι πραγματικά μία ξεχωριστή καθηγήτρια. Έχεις γίνει (πιστεύω για όλους) μία θετική επιρροή και μέντορας. Θα ήθελα να σε ευχαριστήσω από καρδιάς επειδή, ειλικρινά, έχεις αφήσει το αποτύπωμα σου στο ταξίδι της ζωής μου. Και εννοείται ότι έχουμε ακόμα δρόμο μπροστά μας.

    MaRia NeophyTou, English teacher
  • I have started learning Greek with Sofia only a few months ago. She has been teaching me in a very unique and customized way; she is a good listener and understands my purpose. I truly believe that the teacher makes the difference, and Sofia has made it. In addition to teaching me about the Great Greek language, she pushes and encourages me when I have doubts. She truly is passionate about what she does and that is why she does it so well. Her only purpose is to make you reach your goal. Ευχαριστώ πολύ για όλα!

    Rubis Nedjai, ΗR manager
  • The most wonderful french teacher! And the story goes like this.. I started learning french since learning a second foreign language was required by the national educational system.. I could never have been able to imagine that through those lessons I would be initiated in a new way of life! Not only did I acquire a very good level in french quickly enough, but also I got motivated in exploring a whole culture! Reading articles related to current events, listening to songs and watching videos on a variety of topics constitute Sofia’s best methods of teaching her students that language is a way of communicating and expanding your world! This teacher definitely reveals your confidence to interact with people in a language other than your mother tongue! Strongly recommended!

    Emmanouela Kokolaki, Lawyer
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