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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).