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Book Clubs in Greek

  • Get to know the great Greek writers

  • Develop your Greek while enjoying literature

  • Advance your reading skills through studying original literature works

  • Take the chance to enjoy Greek literature through carefully selected simplified or original texts (depending on your level in Greek)

  • Be the first among your friends to know by heart a Greek poem!

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What you’ll learn:

  • To enjoy Greek literature in its original form
  • Τo become acquainted with modern Greek writers
  • Τo study Greek poetry in Greek
  • Τo learn who’s who in Greek literature
  • Τo widen your vocabulary
  • Τo write your own critics in Greek

Requirements

  • Requirements for all online courses
  • Good internet connection
  • A headset with microphone
  • A Skype account
  • Speakers are recommended
  • Willingness and patience to learn
  • Try to practise what you have learned

Course Details

Overview

The Book Clubs for those who learn Greek is an initiative of the HELLENIC  CULTURE CENTRE, based on an idea of ​​Rania Kyrkindanou, in order to enjoy the Greek language through literature. Isn’t that one of the goals of every foreign language learner? Enjoy the books of Greek literature, talk about them, write if you want to be creative and communicate with readers from all over the world, who share your passion for the Greek language!

Our aim is:

  • to enjoy reading important works of the Greek literature
  • to get to know the Greek language better through the ark of its literary production
  • to get acquainted with the way of life and thinking of the Greeks and to get to know Greece better
  • to get to know different genres of Greek literary production (short story, novel, theatrical play, poetry, fairy tale, essay, even comics)
Intended for

The Book Clubs “Ana-gnostes” is addressed to students of intermediate and advanced level of Greek studies B1, B2, C1, C2. Students at level C1 and C2 have already started reading some Greek books. With levels B1 and B2 we will read detective stories or books for adolescents, in simple language, but always carefully selected, as well as simplified Greek literature. It is not necessary to have participated in a Book Club in the past, or to know how to “analyze” literature: we will not do that, we will enjoy the text and we will illuminate it as we want!

Our motto is: “What matters is what speaks to our soul and what we like.”

*Centre’s learning materials used.

Methodology

What are we going to do?

Every two months or so we will try to read a book of Greek literature that we and you will recommend. We will enter with our code in the electronic platform of the CENTER OF GREEK CULTURE and:

  • we will read additional information, interviews and reviews published about the author and the book
  • we will watch relevant videos
  • we will exchange views and book reviews in the Forum
  • We will also write on ideas for creative writing

Once a week, some nights preferably or even on the weekend (depending on the availability of the teacher and students), we will meet for 1.5 hours via Skype, to talk in a live meeting with the members of the Club and the Club coordinator, Rania

What will we not do?

  • We will not teach Greek. For this there are other courses for intermediate and advanced students.
  • We will not organise a literary translation workshop into the languages ​​of the club members; howver, if members want, they could have special meetings with the coordinator or other philologists of the CENTER OF HELLENIC CULTURE at an additional cost
  • We will not do a complete creative writing workshop. This is in our future plans.

What else;

The platform will also publish new book reviews, short literary excerpts in written and audio text, lists of useful expressions found in books, links on the internet and many other relevant materials and texts.

From time to time we will organise competitions for the members of the Club to have some prizes! Sometimes we will also read poetry (and listen to poems that became songs) as well as foreign literature translated into Greek literature. It all depends on our different preferences!

Our plans include a Book Club for Teenagers who speak Greek as a second or foreign language.

Where are the courses held?

Online courses are held on the Hellenic Culture Centre’s E-learning platform and include a one and a half hour session with your teacher on Skype.

Face-to-face courses can be held at a student’s home or workplace or hotel in Athens or on Santorini. Courses are also held at the Hellenic Culture Centre in Santorini throughout the year.

Are there any private lessons?

Private/one-to-one lessons based on the personal programme created for each individual student are available.

THE EDUCATIONAL MATERIAL

It consists of authentic or simplified texts of Greek literature, depending on your level in Greek. The meeting is supported by relevant audio CDs, videos.

The textbook is a photocopied edition by the Hellenic Culture Centre.

GENERAL NOTES

Attention: the meetings are not Literature or Creative Writing courses but only readers’ meetings.

Requirements

No special technical knowledge on technology.  However, a 15-minute introductory session is offered for free, if needed, to help students to familiarize themselves with the use of the platform and Skype. Students are required to have a good Internet connection and a headset with a microphone.

Before registering, students must do a grading test to enable tutors to ascertain their language level and educational needs. Ask us to guide you to the test suitable for you. You may also do the test orally, via Skype. The Director of the Hellenic Culture Centre will call you in order to assess your language level and design your learning pathway, according to your learning objectives.

Content

In the first meeting of the Club all members will be introduced, the rules of cooperation will be discussed, you will be guided to the special platform we have prepared for the Book Clubs (we have four Clubs, depending on the level) and you will set the goals of the group, for the next two months. At the first meeting the facilitator will suggest a book that is available in printed and electronic form, so you can get it right away and start reading. The second meeting will take place on the day the group decides (it can be done every week) and we will discuss the book we all started reading together.

Then the participants will suggest a book of their choice and we will have time to order it at the bookstore in our neighborhood or at an online Greek bookstore etc.

Fees 

Course Price/hour

Group

(4-8 students)

12 € for levels A1-B2


15€ for levels C1-C2 & Special courses, exam preparation

Semi-private   

(2-3 students)

20 € (for all levels)

     Semi-private 

(Closed 2 students only)

30 € (for all levels)

Private 

39 € (for all levels)

TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF REGISTRATION

  • All educational materials for this online course will be provided by the tutors online. Students do not need to buy the books.
  • Online group and semi-private courses are 8 weeks long (one learning cycle).
  • The platform will remain open for the students who would like to submit their assignments and complete all the activities for 10 (ten) days after the end of the Skype lessons, at no extra cost.
  • The programme of lessons agreed has to be completed within one year after the first registration.
  • Certificate of Attendance is issued for all students who will participate based on the hours they will have attended multiplied by 3, as the online learning takes more time for a student to study.

FORMING

  •  GROUP course: The school is entitled to add up to 8 students to a GROUP course
  • SEMI-PRIVATE course: In case a student drops out of a SEMI-PRIVATE course of 3 students, the other two students will continue their course at the same fee for the current learning cycle (20 euro/hour) and maybe a third student of the same level will be added later
  • SEMI-PRIVATE course: In case a student drops out of a SEMI-PRIVATE course of 2 students, the student who remains will continue their course at the PRIVATE fee (39 euro)
  • PRIVATE course: In case the school adds a second or/and a third student to a PRIVATE course (after consulting with the student), the fee will be 20 euro per person

CANCELLATION

  • GROUP lessons and SEMI-PRIVATE lessons cannot be cancelled (if the student does not attend a scheduled meeting, they pay 100% of the lesson fees if the lesson takes place)
  • A student can cancel a scheduled PRIVATE lesson more than 6 hours before and pay no fees
  • In case a student cancels a scheduled PRIVATE lesson 6 to 3 hours before, they pay 50% of the lesson fees
  • In case a student cancels a scheduled PRIVATE lesson 3 to 1 hour before the scheduled time, they pay 100% of the lesson fees
  • Full refunds will be given up until the last day to register for the programme (2 weeks before the beginning of the course)
  • For late cancellations of PRIVATE courses there will be no refund. However, the student is entitled to re-register within one year’s time. In that case the student pays the extra cost, if any
  • When students are given refunds the bank charges are payable by them. In case the course is cancelled by the Centre, full refund will be given to the student at no extra charge

PAYMENT

  • The SEMI-PRIVATE & GROUP course should be paid in advance for 8 weeks
  • The PRIVATE course should be paid in advance for at least 5 lessons
Tutors 

All language teachers at the Hellenic Culture Centre are certified and experienced in teaching Greek as a second/ foreign language to adults and adolescents. They also have training and experience in online teaching and they are native speakers of Greek. You can see their CVs here.

Dates 

Start dates for the 8-week cycle GROUP courses for the 2021-2022

Cycle from to
1 20/9/2021 14/11/2021
2 15/11/2021 23/1/2022
Christmas break 20/12/2021 2/1/2022
3 24/1/2022 20/3/2022
4 21/3/2022 22/5/2022
Easter break 18/4/2022 25/4/2022
5 23/5/2022 17/7/2022
6 18/7/2022 25/9/2022
Summer Break 1/8/2022 14/8/2022

Online courses are offered throughout the year 7 days/ week, from 07.00 to 24.00 Greek time. Please contact us for information about private and semi-private courses.

We suggest 2 hours/week for levels A0- B2, and 1 hour/week for levels C1-C2+ and special courses. 

A teaching hour lasts 60 minutes.

The weekly schedule of the group and semi-private courses are arranged after consultation with the group.

Certification

The HELLENIC CULTURE CENTRE issues a Certificate of Attendance for the lessons held. The Hellenic Culture Centre is an officially recognized organization as a Lifelong Learning Centre and a language school by the Greek Ministry of Education and Religions (EOPPEP code number 2101782/ 2018 and 2308668/2018).

Working language

Greek is the working language in the Greek courses. All teachers can speak at least one foreign language including English.

Cancellation Policy
  • GROUP lessons and SEMI-PRIVATE lessons cannot be cancelled (if the student does not attend a scheduled meeting, they pay 100% of the lesson fees if the lesson takes place)
  • A student can cancel a scheduled PRIVATE lesson more than 6 hours before and pay no fees
  • In case a student cancels a scheduled PRIVATE lesson 6 to 3 hours before, they pay 50% of the lesson fees
  • In case a student cancels a scheduled PRIVATE lesson 3 to 1 hour before the scheduled time, they pay 100% of the lesson fees
  • Full refunds will be given up until the last day to register for the programme (2 weeks before the beginning of the course) 
  • For late cancellations of PRIVATE courses there will be no refund. However, the student is entitled to re-register within one year’s time. In that case the student pays the extra cost, if any 
  • When students are given refunds the bank charges are payable by them. In case the course is cancelled by the Centre, full refund will be given to the student at no extra charge