Speaking and writing seem to be the biggest challenges for Greek adolescents today. They are far from having literature reading in their daily schedule, and they only chat online while many of them devote their free time to playing video games.
At every level of the Greek education system, young students cannot easily answer reading comprehension questions, and they cannot even read correctly and fast enough. Moreover, they cannot produce a written text with adequate characteristics according to the communicative situation they are in.
The Hellenic Culture Centre supports speaking and writing of adolescent native speakers of Greek and bilingual children, 12-16 years old. Through a series of activities in writing, reading, and speaking young students learn to use appropriate language structures and to express themselves in writing and orally.
Adolescents 12-16 years old native Greek speakers who wish to improve their written and spoken Greek while they participate in a course that takes some elements from the national curriculum, but expands its activities to what students want and need to learn
Young bilingual adolescents who live in Greece, and speak Greek as a second language
Young bilingual expatriates 12-16 years old who live abroad
The Online courses are given via the educational platform Moodle, where all relevant learning materials are uploaded (texts, language activities, photos, library, Forum, links to dictionaries and to videos), and via synchronous Skype meetings held once or twice weekly.
During synchronous meetings students practise speaking and the teacher explains, corrects and organises their work. During the week the students study on the platform where they can read texts, record their voice through the platform, do grammar and spelling exercises, do their writing tasks and send all their work to their teacher, who corrects within 48 hours at most.
Self-tuition asynchronous online facilities are not available. Enrolments are only accepted for taught classes meeting for at least one hour weekly.
The use of the platform is free of charge as an asynchronous mode of learning.
The goals are set together with the young students and the hours and days of courses and homework are agreed based on their personal schedule.
Young learners find topics of their interest and discuss based on the Socratic Dialectics in order to develop critical thinking. They also read and narrate literature and other books, and they comment on their classmates’ works.
They learn how to give feedback and how to appreciate logical thinking and structure their texts correctly. They discuss social matters and develop skills in expressing opinions and arguments, and in describing and narrating stories. The course does not follow the Greek School curriculum, although it integrates some topics from that.
15€ for levels C1-C2 & Special courses, exam preparation
20 € (for all levels)
(Closed 2 students only)
30 € (for all levels)
39 € (for all levels)
TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF REGISTRATION
All educational materials for this online course will be provided by the tutors online. Students do not need to buy the books.
Online group and semi-private courses are 8 weeks long (one learning cycle).
The platform will remain open for the students who would like to submit their assignments and complete all the activities for 10 (ten) days after the end of the Skype lessons, at no extra cost.
The programme of lessons agreed has to be completed within one year after the first registration.
A Certificate of Attendance is issued for all students who will participate based on the hours they will have attended multiplied by 3, as the online learning takes more time for a student to study.
GROUP course: The school is entitled to add up to 8 students to a GROUP course
SEMI-PRIVATE course: In case a student drops out of a SEMI-PRIVATE course of 3 students, the other two students will continue their course at the same fee for the current learning cycle (20 euro/hour) and maybe a third student of the same level will be added later
SEMI-PRIVATE course: In case a student drops out of a SEMI-PRIVATE course of 2 students, the student who remains will continue their course at the PRIVATE fee (39 euro)
PRIVATE course: In case the school adds a second or/and a third student to a PRIVATE course (after consulting with the student), the fee will be 20 euro per person
GROUP lessons and SEMI-PRIVATE lessons cannot be cancelled (if the student does not attend a scheduled meeting, they pay 100% of the lesson fees if the lesson takes place)
A student can cancel a scheduled PRIVATE lesson more than 6 hours before and pay no fees
In case a student cancels a scheduled PRIVATE lesson 6 to 3 hours before, they pay 50% of the lesson fees
In case a student cancels a scheduled PRIVATE lesson 3 to 1 hour before the scheduled time, they pay 100% of the lesson fees
Full refunds will be given up until the last day to register for the programme (2 weeks before the beginning of the course)
For late cancellations of PRIVATE courses there will be no refund. However, the student is entitled to re-register within one year’s time. In that case the student pays the extra cost, if any
When students are given refunds the bank charges are payable by them. In case the course is cancelled by the Centre, full refund will be given to the student at no extra charge
The SEMI-PRIVATE & GROUP course should be paid in advance for 8 weeks
The PRIVATE course should be paid in advance for at least 5 lessons
All language teachers at the Hellenic Culture Centre are certified and experienced in teaching Greek as a second/ foreign language to adults and adolescents.They also have training and experience in online teaching and they are native speakers of Greek. You can see their CVs here.
Our school issues a Certificate of Attendance for the lessons held. 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).