The EUROLTA (European Certificate for Language Teaching to Adults) is an internationally recognized certification for those wishing to teach foreign languages and / or teachers of their mother tongue as a foreign language to adults. It is recognized by all member organizations of the ICC – International Language Association http://www.icc-languages.eu/ . All three Certification programmes guarantee a high level of proficiency in teaching foreign languages to adults. Training programmes offered under the auspices of EUROLTA reflect a modern approach to language teaching and the educational process.
EUROLTA Certification is provided by the ICC through the network European Language Teachers Assessment and Certification Scheme (ELTACS), EU funded teacher certification project, in which the Greek Ministry of Education and Religions also participated.
What makes it different?
EUROLTA is open to teachers of any language, and to teachers of their mother tongue as L2, so this is a recognized certification for teaching Greek as a foreign language
EUROLTA recognizes the different educational environments that professionals work in. Practitioners are welcome to join the EUROLTA training.
EUROLTA is based on sound educational principles that apply to all environments.
Teachers of all foreign languages as well as Practitioners can be certified, by attending and adapting the respective programmes and preparing their file in consultation with the instructors in classes of foreign languages.
EUROLTA Diploma– Level 2 is designed for:
Teachers with at least three years’ full time teaching experience at different levels TO ADULTS
Teacher Trainers & Mentors of language teachers
Directors of language schools who plan curricula and address the needs of different learners’ groups
You may read the prerequisites for the Diploma and its differences from Certificate – Level 1 here
The training programme is based on a blended learning approach, that is a combination of face-to-face and online training as well as a strong element of reflection practice.
During the pandemic crisis the programme is offered exclusively online.
Apart from that the trainee teachers observe real or recorded language lessons and reflect and assess them based on an observation Sheet. They also practise their teaching skills in real classes or through micro-teaching among colleagues.
face-to-face training (32 hours)
on-line synchronous training (+-32 hours)
online asynchronous training (+-186 hours)
support in writing your Reflection Diary
Practical experience in 4 teaching sessions
10 observation sessions during the course
Personal mentoring and support by the trainers
Help in preparing your Teacher Portfolio for evaluation by the ICC Master Trainers and Assessors
Training for the EUROLTA Diploma (10 months, 250 hours) is addressed to directors of foreign language organizations, language teachers TO ADULTS of foreign languages and / or their mother tongue as a foreign language with proven professional experience of at least 3 years full time (20 hours / week ) and experienced teacher trainers and mentors of language teachers.
Because the trainees in this programme are usually few, the candidates for the Diploma – Level 2 attend the Certificate programme and take on the role of Mentor for the trainees of the first group under the guidance of the Trainers. They have 10 instead of 6 course observations (a series of lessons in a row) and they have to do 4 teachings or micro-teachings.
Ifigenia Georgiadou, Director of Studies at the Hellenic Culture Centre. Former director at the Cultural Development Society of Lesvos Island AEOLIS. Philologist (University of Athens, Faculty of Philosophy. ΜΑ in Education and Human Rights, University of Athens and the University of London). 35 years experience in education. Training in using drama techniques in language teaching and in adult training. Author of 5 books, articles, and research papers on the teaching of Modern Greek as a foreign language. Teacher trainer and certified Master Trainer (certified instructor of teacher trainers). Facilitator of seminars on teaching methodology, intercultural education, and peace education at the Hellenic Culture Centre, in various NGOs and other public and private institutions. Coordinator of various research projects on education at the European and national levels. Founding member of the Centre for the Arts and Intercultural Education (OSMOSIS). External adult education consultant – evaluator to the National Organization for Certification of Adult Educators (EOPPEP), the State Scholarship Foundation (IKY), the Youth and Life Lond Learning Foundation (INEDIVIM), and two National Agencies for the Erasmus Plus Programme in Cyprus.
Nikos Konstantopoulos, MA, adult educator, responsible for distance education at the Hellenic Culture Centre, 20 years experience in language teaching and material production, EUROLTA Teacher Trainer (Certified Instructor of Teachers and adult educators), trainer in Greek sign language. He has studied History and Archaeology at the University of Athens, and has a MA in Education and Human Rights, from the University of Athens and the University of London. He also holds a MA in Cultural Technology from the University of the Aegean. He has extended experience in teaching refugees, migrants, and children and vulnerable groups.
The EUROLTA Diploma – Level 2 starts every November for 10 months until August. There is one synchronous meeting with the trainers every week for one hour and is held usually late in the evening. Some weeks there is no meeting, as participants prepare and realise their teaching sessions and micro-teaching sessions.
During the 2021-2022 academic year the synchronous online meetings are held every Tuesday 21.30-22.30 Greek time.
For 2021-2022 it starts on 04/11/2021 and ends on 30/08/2022. Online or blended form.
If you choose the blended (online + face to face meetings) form the f2f part is organised either in Santorini or in Athens.
The face-to-face course in Santorini is on 17-26/06/2022.
Please ask the Secretariat to confirm the dates, the cost, and the venue for this blended course
The certification is based on a Teacher Portfolio submitted by the candidate ( including lesson plans, teaching practice, assignments etc) and is prepared with the support of Teacher Trainers. It is sent to Germany to be evaluated by the EUROLTA Assessors. Once the trainee is approved, the certificate is sent by the ICC headquarters from Germany within one month.
We submit portfolios for evaluation to the ICC assessors 2 or 3 times a year. After the delivery and in about one month, either the Certificates or the corrections of the evaluators are sent to the trainees.
Our Centre issues a Certificate of Attendance for the courses held, in case the candidates need that during the training to present to different organisations. The Hellenic Culture Centre is an officially recognized 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).