In this course, which is a result of the EU funded project GLOSSA 2 coordinated by ACTION SYNERGY, Greece, and is certified by the International Association for Languages ICC, Germany, the teachers of Greek as L2 or other languages learn about the characteristics and educational needs of online students of Greek and the role of the online teacher, how to organise their lesson plan, where to search for resources and educational materials for teaching Greek,how to organise collaborative online activities during the synchronous lessons. They also discuss any possible difficulties and challenges in relation to the student profile, the technical environment, the teaching material, and the organization of the courses based on real case studies. The correction of assignments and the feedback to the students of the online courses is a topic too. Finally, they observe online lessons of Greek, real or recorded.
The course “Teaching Greek as a foreign/second language ONLINE to adult students” was developed in the framework of the European Research Project GLOSSA 2 (www.ellinikiglossa.eu ) in the period 2013-2015. It is organized by the Hellenic Culture Centre with the technical support of the specialized company Action Synergy.
Training hours: 100 (or 150, for EUROLTA Certification)
The teaching material, consists of 14 modules, and is posted on an electronic educational platform. The course is implemented within four months, in three phases.
PHASE 1 (4 weeks, 25 hours)
Participants study the teaching material according to the schedule, communicate with each other in the platform forum, and once a week meet with the instructors via Skype. Synchronous live meetings are not mandatory, but it is good for the trainees to participate in them as well, in order to answer any questions and to “meet” the other participants online.
PHASE 2 (8 weeks, 50 hours)
The asynchronous study of the teaching material continues according to the schedule. Once a week participants take a synchronous online course facilitated by an experienced teacher trainer.
PHASE 3 (4 weeks)
The asynchronous study of the teaching material is completed according to the schedule. The attendance of courses of experienced language trainers continues. Participants have the opportunity, if they wish, to have a hands-on practical teaching experience taking on the role of the teacher in three of the weekly lessons via skype to adult students, with the support of their instructors.
The trainee teachers have the obligation to post at least one answer in each unit of the course, to answer with at least ten posts to the other trainees, to prepare an assignment as well as to fill in the evaluation form of the course. The final work of the course is a Reflection Diary about all phases of the training, based on their posts from the coverage of the topics and their attendance, as well as on their experience during their teaching, if they decide to teach. Teaching in online courses is not mandatory and is not reimbursed, as it is done in the context of training.
* PHASE 4: EUROLTA CERTIFICATION (Optional)
Learners can, if they wish, obtain the EUROLTA Certificate (European Certificate of Language Teaching for Adults) “How to teach languages online”. This is an internationally recognized certification (https://icc-languages.eu/eurolta/ provided by the ICC – International Language Association through the ELTACS Plan (European Language Teachers Assessment and Certification Scheme), in which the Greek Ministry of Education and Religions was a partner too (https://icc-languages.eu/projects/completed/ ).
In this case, the course is extended by two months, so that the trainees can prepare the necessary additional work and complete their individual portfolio, which will be submitted for certification to the ICC, an organization involved in multilingualism policy as an advisor to the European Commission and has participatory status in the Council of Europe.
Ifigenia Georgiadou, MA, Director of the Hellenic Culture Centre, Teacher Trainer, 35 years’ experience in teaching, external expert – evaluator at the National Organization for Certification of Qualifications & Vocational Guidance (EOPPEP), at the State Scholarship Foundation (IKY) and the Institute for Lifelong Learning (INEDIVIM), author of the books “Play & Laugh- Language Games for Teaching Greek as a Foreign Language”, Kaleidoscope -textbook series for learning Greek, EUROLTA Master Trainer (Certified Instructor of Teacher Trainers).
Nikos Konstantopoulos, MA, adult educator, responsible for distance education at the Hellenic Culture Centre, 20 years’ experience in teaching and material production, EUROLTA Teacher Trainer (Certified Instructor of Teachers and adult educators), trainer in Greek sign language.
The EUROLTA Certificate – Level 1 How we teach languages online starts every year in January and ends in June. It includes a weekly meeting, usually late at night, for one hour. This meeting some weeks does not take place , so that the participants can prepare for their teaching practice and microteaching.
In the academic year 2021-2022 the synchronous online meetings with the trainers will take place every Wednesday 21.30-22.30 Greek time.
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 Master Trainers. 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 https://icc-languages.eu/eurolta/ 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 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).