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Teaching Greek to non-Native Speakers

  • Develop all language skills of your learners
  • Learn how to organize an efficient course based on modern didactic techniques
  • Understand the differences in teaching at advanced levels and language professionals

  • Exchange teaching experiences, ideas and materials with experienced colleagues
  • Learn how to assess and evaluate your courses and learners
  • Cope with different practical problems in your classrooms

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Teaching Greek to non-Native Speakers

  • Develop all language skills of your learners
  • Learn how to organize an efficient course based on modern didactic techniques
  • Understand the differences in teaching at advanced levels and language professionals

  • Exchange teaching experiences, ideas and materials with experienced colleagues
  • Learn how to assess and evaluate your courses and learners
  • Cope with different practical problems in your classrooms

In this teacher training course you will learn:

  • To develop all four  language skills of your students
  • To teach advanced levels who are more demanding
  • To teach Greek for Special Purposes and instruct language professionals
  • To assess and evaluate yourself, your courses and your learners

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

In this course teachers of Greek as L2 learn how to help their students develop all four language skills (speaking, listening, reading, writing), how to train interpreters and translators of Greek, how to teach Greek literature to advanced students, and how to assess and evaluate their courses. They also observe a Greek language course and discuss this specific example. By the end of the course, participants are expected to have acquired the skills that will enable them to:

 – develop all the language skills of their students

– select the didactic techniques for organizing an efficient course

– teach advanced levels and language professionals

– cooperate with each other and exchange teaching experiences, ideas, and materials

– assess and evaluate their courses and learners

– cope with different practical problems in their classrooms through the exchange of experiences and ideas with their colleagues

Intended for 
  • Greek Language teachers with no or little language teaching experience
  • Practitioners who have experience in teaching Greek  in non-formal contexts, i.e. NGOs or wishing to teach a language they know or Greek as L2
  • Experienced language teachers of Greek who feel they need to upgrade their practical skills
  • Directors of language schools who plan to add Greek as L2 and design curricula for different learners’ groups
  • Other educational or managerial staff, of language organisations, assistant or shadow teachers
Methodology

The course is based on the principles of participatory adult education by embodying participants’ experiences and fostering the exchange of their ideas, proposals, and materials. Its focus is not merely on the didactic aspect of teaching adults but also on participants’ social and cultural knowledge gained through education and teaching different target groups throughout Europe. During the course, the following techniques will be used: working in subgroups and pairs, role-play, lectures, guided conversation, brainstorming, language, and educational games, experiential activities.

The course also includes a face-to-face or video recorded observation session of a Greek language lesson for adults. Participants will have the opportunity to assess a teaching session of Greek in a specific context by applying the techniques of observation, interviewing, and group discussion.  Participants will share their learning experiences at the end of the session.

Participants will be given hand-outs, original materials, lists of intercultural activities, and websites relating to teaching tools and the promotion of the Greek language and culture. Since a variety of educational tools and equipment enable participants to enrich their educational experience, video, audio, objects (realia), diagrams, photos, and games will also be used during the course.

 

Preparation

Participants will be given information about the official examinations for the Certificate of Attainment in Greek and about the institutional framework of non-formal education for non-Greek students. They will also be given articles on the teaching of Greek as a foreign language to adults as well as lists of the most recent publications of didactic materials. 

Prior to the course start-up, participants will be asked to describe the institution they work for, the basic characteristics of their learners, and their own professional backgrounds. They will be required to bring and present samples of the didactic material they use. They will also be given some information about the course group (trainers, organizers, and organizing institution, other participants). 

All necessary information regarding the venues (Santorini, Athens) and travel to get there will be sent by e-mail and post by the course organizers.

 

Follow-up

Upon completion of the course, participants will be encouraged to form a network to act as a meeting point where they can exchange didactic materials, proposals, and useful ideas for promoting Greek language learning in different European countries.

Content 

Day 1

–   Presentation of the participants and their organizations

–   Presentation of the programme and the trainers (educational   contract)

–  Listening comprehension

 

Day 2

–   Writing skills

–  Speaking skills

–  Reading comprehension

Day 3

–  The teaching of terminology and the training of interpreters and translators in Greek

–  Teaching Greek literature to advanced students

–  Assessment and evaluation of the lesson, the students, the educational materials

 

Day 4

– Observation of a Greek language lesson for adults: consideration of the course venue, discussion with administration, trainers and students, observation of the lesson

 

Day 5

–  Observation of a Greek language lesson for adults: consideration of the course venue, discussion with administration, trainers and students, observation of the lesson

–  Reports on the visit: presentation of participants’ remarks, thoughts and conclusions

–  Evaluation of the seminar – Closing activities – Creating a communication network

 Tuition Fee:  450 euro for 5 days/person. 

Trainers

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 course takes place only as Face2face either in Santorini or Athens for 5 days. 

Draft Schedule: 25/03/2022 until 29/03/2022 

Please ask the Secretariat to confirm the dates and the place of this course.

Certification 

Our Centre issues a Certificate of Attendance for the teacher training courses held, to be submitted to private or public organisations and calls. 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).

Working language

Greek is the working language in this course

Cancellation Policy

  • Free cancellation 90 days before the beginning of the teacher training course. 
  • In case of late cancellation participants can use half of their fees to register to any course of the Hellenic Culture Centre within one year time. 
  • Cancellation penalty: for late cancellation half of the fees for teacher training.

In this course teachers of Greek as L2 learn how to help their students develop all four language skills (speaking, listening, reading, writing), how to train interpreters and translators of Greek, how to teach Greek literature to advanced students, and how to assess and evaluate their courses. They also observe a Greek language course and discuss this specific example. By the end of the course, participants are expected to have acquired the skills that will enable them to:

 – develop all the language skills of their students

– select the didactic techniques for organizing an efficient course

– teach advanced levels and language professionals

– cooperate with each other and exchange teaching experiences, ideas, and materials

– assess and evaluate their courses and learners

– cope with different practical problems in their classrooms through the exchange of experiences and ideas with their colleagues

  • Greek Language teachers with no or little language teaching experience
  • Practitioners who have experience in teaching Greek  in non-formal contexts, i.e. NGOs or wishing to teach a language they know or Greek as L2
  • Experienced language teachers of Greek who feel they need to upgrade their practical skills
  • Directors of language schools who plan to add Greek as L2 and design curricula for different learners’ groups
  • Other educational or managerial staff, of language organisations, assistant or shadow teachers

The course is based on the principles of participatory adult education by embodying participants’ experiences and fostering the exchange of their ideas, proposals, and materials. Its focus is not merely on the didactic aspect of teaching adults but also on participants’ social and cultural knowledge gained through education and teaching different target groups throughout Europe. During the course, the following techniques will be used: working in subgroups and pairs, role-play, lectures, guided conversation, brainstorming, language, and educational games, experiential activities.

The course also includes a face-to-face or video recorded observation session of a Greek language lesson for adults. Participants will have the opportunity to assess a teaching session of Greek in a specific context by applying the techniques of observation, interviewing, and group discussion.  Participants will share their learning experiences at the end of the session.

Participants will be given hand-outs, original materials, lists of intercultural activities, and websites relating to teaching tools and the promotion of the Greek language and culture. Since a variety of educational tools and equipment enable participants to enrich their educational experience, video, audio, objects (realia), diagrams, photos, and games will also be used during the course.

 

Preparation

Participants will be given information about the official examinations for the Certificate of Attainment in Greek and about the institutional framework of non-formal education for non-Greek students. They will also be given articles on the teaching of Greek as a foreign language to adults as well as lists of the most recent publications of didactic materials. 

Prior to the course start-up, participants will be asked to describe the institution they work for, the basic characteristics of their learners, and their own professional backgrounds. They will be required to bring and present samples of the didactic material they use. They will also be given some information about the course group (trainers, organizers, and organizing institution, other participants). 

All necessary information regarding the venues (Santorini, Athens) and travel to get there will be sent by e-mail and post by the course organizers.

 

Follow-up

Upon completion of the course, participants will be encouraged to form a network to act as a meeting point where they can exchange didactic materials, proposals, and useful ideas for promoting Greek language learning in different European countries.

Day 1

–   Presentation of the participants and their organizations

–   Presentation of the programme and the trainers (educational   contract)

–  Listening comprehension

 

Day 2

–   Writing skills

–  Speaking skills

–  Reading comprehension

Day 3

–  The teaching of terminology and the training of interpreters and translators in Greek

–  Teaching Greek literature to advanced students

–  Assessment and evaluation of the lesson, the students, the educational materials

 

Day 4

– Observation of a Greek language lesson for adults: consideration of the course venue, discussion with administration, trainers and students, observation of the lesson

 

Day 5

–  Observation of a Greek language lesson for adults: consideration of the course venue, discussion with administration, trainers and students, observation of the lesson

–  Reports on the visit: presentation of participants’ remarks, thoughts and conclusions

–  Evaluation of the seminar – Closing activities – Creating a communication network

 Tuition Fee:  450 euro for 5 days/person. 

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 course takes place only as Face2face either in Santorini or Athens for 5 days. 

Draft Schedule: 25/03/2022 until 29/03/2022 

Please ask the Secretariat to confirm the dates and the place of this course.

Our Centre issues a Certificate of Attendance for the teacher training courses held, to be submitted to private or public organisations and calls. 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).

Greek is the working language in this course

  • Free cancellation 90 days before the beginning of the teacher training course. 
  • In case of late cancellation participants can use half of their fees to register to any course of the Hellenic Culture Centre within one year time. 
  • Cancellation penalty: for late cancellation half of the fees for teacher training.

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