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KALEIDOSCOPIO Textbook, B1 Level of Greek

Published by our partner organisation Hellenic Culture Centre

  • Expand your vocabulary
  • Learn about the Greek reality

  • Master expressing yourself in Greek

  • Find updated accompanying learning materials online

  • Get online support by a mentor or a teacher

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Book Details

Overview

The books aim at rendering students capable to communicate and have their knowledge certified by sitting in the Greek Language Certification exams of the Centre for the Greek Language (KEG) or other organisations/institutes, which organise, or are about to organise similar Certification exams in accordance to the European Languages Portfolio and the Centre for the Greek Language levels as described by the presidential decree published in the governmental gazette (Π.Δ. 60/30-6-2010 ΦΕΚ A’ 98).

The KALEIDOSCOPIO Textbooks are supported by a online platform where you can take the relevant course by experienced teachers, specialised in teaching online.

Contents

Student’s book and the Companion (both in the same book) contain:      

  • Five teaching units with activities, texts and language materials
  • Two CDs /audio  links with the texts of each unit from the Student book and the Companion book, with 59 audio files
  • Listening exercises
  • Speaking activities
  • Reading comprehension activities
  • Writing exercises
  • Vocabulary expansion 
  • Cultural and intercultural information 
  • Songs
  • Thematic vocabulary lists
  • Role-plays
  • Grammar and vocabulary exercises
  • Pronunciation rules and exercises
  • Idioms, expressions and sayings
  • Suggestions for creative projects
  • Suggestions for surfing the web, Greek movies and books related to each unit’s theme
  • Grammar tables
  • The texts for certain listening exercises
  • The key for multiple choice exercises and matching tasks
  • Authentic photos depicting Greek reality
If you are a student

If you are a student, you will find the solutions of the exercises at the end of each book (STUDENT BOOK and ACCOMPANYING BOOK), you will listen to some of the texts in an audio file in the audio book KALEDOSCOPE C2 – Volume a in CD format, you can have support and access to additional teaching materials and updated texts on the electronic platform.

Of the Center of Greek Culture, you will share your views with your classmates in the respective forum. These courses can be the core of Blended learning,if you decide to take part in the face-to-face lessons of the Hellenic Culture Centre and other organizations that organize lessons based on the KALEDOSCOPE. Contact the Hellenic Culture Centre, so that you have counseling support for the use of the KALEDOSCOPE with self-teaching. Register for free on the Free Educational Materials by the Hellenic Culture Centre platform, which you will find on the home page of www.hcc.edu.gr, so that you can access more texts as well as videos and additional materials.

If you are a teacher

If you are a teacher, you will study the research and methodology of the LANGUAGE 1 and LANGUAGE 2 programs regarding the online teaching of Greek, you will contact their contributors. Contact the Center for Greek Culture, so that you have counseling support for the teaching of the KALEDOSCOPE series, in online or in live seminars. Visit the Glossa – Greek as a vehicle for promoting linguistic diversity and Hellenic Culture Center pages on Facebook. For additional teaching materials, register for free on the respective platform of the Hellenic Culture Centre.

Guidelines for learning and teaching

The KALEIDOSCOPE series is structured around Thematic Units, so that students have the opportunity to encounter the same vocabulary in many texts.

THE STUDENT BOOK includes introduction, motivation, text processed with its exercises, grammar, listening comprehension exercise, additional texts on the topic with different degrees of difficulty, list of thematic vocabulary, grammar tables, audio CD with the texts.

The ACCOMPANYING BOOK includes additional material for the teaching and for the consolidation of the Unit: text edited with its exercises, vocabulary extension, listening comprehension exercises, oral and written production exercises, grammar, additional texts on the subject with different degrees of difficulty and intercultural elements, a song, complex creative works on the subject of the Unit, pronunciation and suggestions for further study of the subject with bibliographic references and links to the internet, audio CD with the texts.

It is estimated that the teaching of each Unit can be completed in 10 hours of live teaching or in 20 hours of individual / online study, depending on the number of students in the department and their performance. However, it is not necessary to do all the exercises, since the students have already mastered the thematic vocabulary of each Unit and its morphological structures.

The textbook is supported by additional activities and materials for the trainees, as well as didactic suggestions for teachers and additional texts through the website www.hcc.edu.gr. The materials are posted in a special area on the website, where teachers and students enter for free through a code. There they can exchange ideas and suggestions for teaching and learning, and find up-to-date texts and other materials.

Writer

Ifigenia Georgiadou studied Philosophy at the Faculty of Philosophy of the University of Athens and did postgraduate studies in Athens and London on “Education and Human Rights”. She has been trained on the use of theatrical techniques in teaching and on adult education. In her dissertation she examines the topic of professional development of teachers of Greek as a foreign language to adults. She  founded and runs the Hellenic Culture Centre since 1995, organizing for more than 25 years the International School of Greek Language and Culture.

She worked for 8 years as a scientific coordinator and teacher trainer, as well as a teacher for foreign students in the Summer programme “Greek Language and Culture” of the Cultural Development Society of Lesvos Island AEOLIS. She is the author of the books “Play  and  Laugh, language games for the teaching of Greek as a foreign language”, 2004, published by the Hellenic Culture Centre, “Youth and Society”, 1992, published by Gutenberg, “Kaleidoscope, a series of learning Greek as a foreign second language ”, 2012, published by the Hellenic Culture Centre, and many articles and chapters in books and textbooks.

Her research activity mainly concerns topics of teacher training in Greek, online education, analysis of educational needs and teaching methodology of languages. She participated as Trainer A and Trainer B in the Major Training Programme of the Ministry of Education, and as scientific coordinator in many programmes for learning and teaching Greek, including GLOSSA 1 on the online education of Greek language students and GLOSSA 2 on teaching Greek online. Collaborates as an external evaluator with the National Organization for Certification of Qualifications and Vocational Guidance (EOPPEP), the State Scholarship Foundation (IKY) and the Institute of Youth and Lifelong Learning (INEDIVIM). She is a certified EUROLTA Master Trainer. Coordinates educational research programmes at national and European level, intercultural education seminars as well as cultural tourism programmes.

Acknowledgments

Many thanks to the entire team of colleagues from the Hellenic Culture Centre who contributed to the online and face to face pilot application and correction of the material ( Nikos Konstantopoulos , who was also one of the Mentors and key researchers of our team, Amalia Panagiotopoulou, Iliada Diamantoni , Ourania Kyrkintanou , Fotini Politi, Maria Kalaitzopoulou and Flavia Passerini), as well as Dionysis Papadopoulos and Ourania Kyrkintanou who lent their voices to the texts.

I also owe a warm thank you to the Mentors of the Greek teachers of the educational project “GLOSSA 2 – Training of teachers of the Greek language online “, who supported the whole project of the pilot implementation of this material: Asimina Karaberopoulou from the Marie – Haps Institute in Brussels , Nora Giannakaki from the 12th grade Greek School of Hungary, Pelagia Goranitou and Antigoni Hatzitheodorou from the Centro Ellenico Di Cultura  in Milan, Italy, Alicia Morales Ortiz and Carmen Martinez Campillo from the University of Murcia , Spain. I should also thank all the 28 teachers from Greece, Italy, Belgium, Spain and Hungary, who piloted the material to 840 students in the online courses and contributed to its correction. It was an honor for me to work with them!

I am indebted to Amalia Panayotopoulou , who also did the literary editing, Maria Rigou, who passionately edited the books graphically, Julia Gaitanarou , who lent her fun to the cartoons in collaboration with Vasia Kossiva from the Hellenic  Culture Centre, who also supported the publication in general, Aris Athanasopoulos for the recordings, Fotis Kazazis , Christos Boumbalos , Ourania Kyrkindanou , Costin Dedu and Sofia Roilidou , who lent their eyes to modern Greece in the form of photographs.

Thanks publishing houses Kedros and Dioptra and newspapers Empros Mytilene, Ethnos, Vima News , George Kefalakis and Cultural Association Folk Music Domna Samiou ,  for the License for all book excerpts, articles and videos. Special thanks to Natasha Mpalaska, soul of the projects GLOSSA 1 and GLOSSA 2,Kostas Diamantis – Mpalaskas and Katerina Pytirinopoulou by Action Synergy , who trusted to me the role of the scientific coordinator of the project, created and maintain the electronic platform, Dimitris Fessas the Centro Ellenico di Cultura in Milan, Philippe Moreau and Laura Laszkaraty from the Marie – Haps Institute for their assistance in evaluating the material. Finally, I would like to thank the European Commission, Directorate for Education and Culture, for sponsoring the first edition of these books.

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