Former Oxford University lecturer; IB, GCSE, A Level, IELTS, AQA, Edexcel examiner for 13 years. I have a highly individual teaching method and focus on Academic Writing which is a specialty of mine, and am extremely organised and demanding. I work on students holistically and aim to shape their attitudes and mentality so that they become achievers with a GROWTH MINDSET. I do my best to teach them a highly targeted academic skillset guaranteeing exam success.
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With over 70000 teaching hours in EFL exam preparation classes as well as EAP & Professional Communication university courses, I am a seasoned teacher and lecturer with an excellent understanding of the subject matter I teach and how I should codify this to suit the needs of diverse audiences. My examining experience and the multitude of courses I have attended make me a very well informed professional that delivers high quality teaching not least because of my strong communicative skills. Strict with high expectations, I am meticulous, highly organised and prepare my students so that they perform to their highest abilities. As an entrepreneur and coordinator in a university context, I possess sound management skills and am particularly skilled at reinventing programmes, implementing new ideas, organising teams, and mentoring those working with me. Having specialised in IELTS preparation in the last decade, I have developed my own successful method. I am particularly strong in taking on students who need to achieve high IELTS scores in a short period of time but require key intervention in specific areas.
Former Oxford University lecturer; IELTS examiner | 13 years; AQA | Edexcel A Level examiner. I have a highly individual IELTS | Academic Writing teaching method, and am extremely organised and demanding. I work on students holistically and aim to shape their attitudes and mentality so that they become achievers with a GROWTH MINDSET. I do my best to teach them a highly targeted academic skillset guaranteeing exam success.
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June 2018 – Present | Open University | Associate Lecturer – E309 Comparative Studies in Primary Education
Sep 2015 – Present | Online Exclusive Academic Writing & IELTS Private Tutor
Sep 2005 – Sept 2013 | Deree College – The American College of Greece | Adjunct Preceptor – Academic Writing
July – Sep 2002 – 2004 | Oxford University | EAP Lecturer
Sept 2002 – June 2004 | University of Portsmouth | EAP & IELTS Lecturer
April – June 2002 | University Of Surrey | EAP & IELTS Lecturer
Oct 2001 – June 2002 | Oxford Brookes University | EAP & IELTS Lecturer
Aug 2001 – June 2002 | Aston University | EAP & IELTS Lecturer
Sept 2000 – June 2001 | Lycee Franco Hellenique | EFL & Literature Teacher
Sep 1992 – June 1998 | School of Foreign Languages: S. Kυriazopoulou | EFL Teacher
July 2008 – June 2015 | Bokos Exclusive IELTS Language InstitutE | Owner & Director
Sep 2009 – Sep 2013 | Deree College – The American College of Greece | Module Leader & Business English Coordinator
Sep 1994 – June 1998 | School of Foreign Languages: S. Kiriazopoulou (150 students) | Director of Studies
I enjoy studying constantly, developing my interests, evolving and setting new personal targets. I have a growth mindset and seek to achieve through being determined and disciplined. As a result, I am devoted to showing my students that if you want to be at the top of your game, you must never stop exercising your mind and learning new things. My courses are extremely structured and I know exactly what techniques to use with students in order to bring quick results.
After more than two decades of teaching, the feedback shows that it is the following that makes my teaching different:
1. I help students get great results as my expectations are high and my classes demanding.
2. I am extremely structured and can easily adapt a course programme to the student's needs.
3. I teach INTENSIVELY to help students improve quickly.
4. I convey information in a highly understandable way.
5. I use a unique brand of humour.
6. I offer students opportunities to open their minds to new ideas, gain insights into diverse fields of knowledge, and make associations between all these.
Being involved in diverse activities, including professional communication, negotiations, interior design, and traditional dancing, has helped me provide my students with a highly stimulating and aspirational educational experience.
best teacher !!!
He was ok but too expensive
very very productive and enjoyable teaching
It was my first class with Kostas. I was very impressed by his knowledge of the exam and the positive approach!
Kostas is very supportive and clear with his explanations. I have gained a great deal of confidence from my sessions with him.
"Mr Bokos prepared me for the IELTS exam in 2015. What I enjoyed most about the lesson was his communicative ability. He explained the material clearly, in a very organized manner, and was very detailed in the techniques he taught me, especially for the writing paper. We did a lot of things that helped me in my studies also when I had to write research papers later on. I was amazed that doing the lessons through Skype was not different than being in the same room. His humour made everything so entertaining and helped to push me to my limits"
IELTS 7.5 / SIRIPICH CHAROENSUKSIRI, THAILAND, FEBRUARY 2018
"The combination of a unique teaching method, which includes the use of newspaper articles and radio shows proved to be extremely helpful. His feedback was always to the point, with detailed notes and examples. Also, I found very impressive the fact that he could deconstruct and accordingly simply explain even the most complex terms and grammar rules. He is no ordinary teacher! Overloaded with humour, sarcasm, British habits and style made indeed every lesson a totally new and innovative experience! To conclude, if I were you I wouldn’t even think a second time! Mr Bokos is the best!"
GCE ENGLISH LANGUAGE A / CEREN BASGUL, TURKEY, NOVEMBER 2017
In an era of procedural attitudes towards the teaching of English, Mr. Bokos brings a deep understanding and appreciation of the language mechanics unlike the status quo. The student should expect a thorough bombardment with linguistic and literary stimuli, in a talent-friendly atmosphere that meets the highest of teaching standards. From pronunciation to vocabulary and vehicles of literary expression, Mr. Bokos immerses the student in the literature, building minds that not only are fluent in writing, but also become efficient and purposeful communicators. A truly unique academic experience, materialized by a great educator and an excellent human being."
GCE ENGLISH LITERATURE A / DIMITRIOS RODOPOULOS 2010
"Thanks to my experience with this wonderful teacher, I have now become an English teacher myself! Both his professionalism and his ability to adapt to the needs of each student were truly inspiring. The combination of a unique teaching method, which includes the use of newspaper articles and radio shows proved to be extremely helpful. His feedback was always to the point, with detailed notes and examples. My most favourite part was definitely the studying of novels from English Literature as well as the discussions we had on them in class afterwards. The real key to success lies in his compounding the elements of a foreign language with a presentation of the culture and Mr. Bokos has mastered that so well, making full use of his positivity and great sense of humour!"
IELTS 8.5 & CPE GRADE A/ ANASTASIA BAIBAKI 2015
2018 | MA Liberal Arts – English Literature | Harvard University - PENDING
2017 | PG Diploma in Negotiations | Athens University of Economics & Business | Distinction
1999 | MSc in Teacher Education & Development | Oxford University | Distinction
1998 | BA in English | The American College of Greece | First Class - GPA 3.78/4.0
ADDITIONAL ACADEMIC QUALIFICATIONS
2003 | Diploma in Translation – Level 7 | Chartered Institute of Linguists | Pass-Pass-Distinction
1994 | Diploma in Translation | British Council | Grade A
1993 | RSA CTEFLA – Level 5 | International House, London