This course includes important aspects of Greek language teaching: how to apply language games and communicative activities, how to teach grammar in all levels of Greek, how to select and use audio-visual materials, how to mobilise students and to cope with practical teaching problems, and discussing after an observation of a Greek Language lesson for adults.
At the end of the course, participants are expected to have acquired the skills that will enable them to:
select materials for teaching grammar at different levels to students of Greek
adjust, produce, apply and evaluate appropriate audio-visual materials
cooperate with each other and exchange teaching experiences, ideas and materials
know the institutional framework of teaching Greek
adapt the language games they use
activate their students inside and outside the class
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 and 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 experience at the end of the session.
Participants will be given hand-outs, original materials, lists of intercultural activities and websites for teaching tools and for promoting 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 on the institutional framework of non-formal education for non-Greek students. They will also be given articles on teaching Greek as a foreign language to adults as well as lists of the most recent publications of didactic materials.
Prior to course start-up participants will be asked to describe the institution they work for, the basic characteristics of their learners and their own professional background. 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).
The course organizers will be responsible for sending all the necessary information regarding the venue (Santorini, Athens) and the travel to get there. All the above will be communicated via e-mail and post.
Upon completion of the course, participants will be encouraged to form a network which will function as a meeting point. Within this network, they will be able to exchange didactic materials and proposals as well as useful ideas for promoting Greek language learning in different European countries.
Day 1 • Presentation of the participants and their organizations
• Presentation of the course programme and the trainers (educational contract)
• Observation of a Greek language lesson for adults: Consideration of the course venue. Discussion with administration, trainers and students. Observation of a face-to-face or recorded lesson
Day 2 • Observation of a Greek language lesson for adults: Consideration of the course venue. Discussion with administration, trainers and students. Observation of a face-to-face or recorded lesson • Reports on the visit: Presentation of participants’ remarks, thoughts and conclusions
• Institutional framework for teaching Greek to foreigners and adult education
Day 3 • Applying language games and communicative activities (part 1)
• Applying language games and communicative activities (part 2)
Day 4 • Teaching Grammar at various levels
• Teaching Grammar at various levels (micro-teaching)
Day 5 • Selection and use of audio-visual materials in lessons
• Activating students (homework, research, conversation classes)
• Coping with practical teaching problems
• Evaluation of the course – farewell activities – Creation of a communication network
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
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).