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Writing and Reading in Greek

  • Find out the best way for you to understand written Greek texts using special reading techniques
  • Develop your writing skills and put on paper what you are thinking and saying already

  • Understand the secrets of grammar, syntax and spelling
  • Practise writing in different genres and find your own writing style
  • Get ready to sit the reading and writing exams in Greek
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What you’ll learn:

  • How to read like a Greek
  • To write correctly
  • To recognise common mistakes in Greek
  • To express yourself in writing

Requirements

  • Good internet connection
  • A headset with microphone
  • A Skype account
  • Speakers are recommended
  • Willingness and patience to learn
  • Try to practise what you have learned

Course Details

Overview

The Hellenic Culture Centre supports your learning by organising this special course on writing and reading in Greek. Many people have learned Greek through listening and through conversation with Greeks, however they do not know how to read and write, and they cannot express themselves in written form of language. Writing seems to be the most demanding activity in Greek, as it involves spelling (with all six -i-, two -o-, and two -e-, plus more than four diphthongs), and students find it hard to locate grammatical and spelling mistakes, mistakes of syntax and expression, differences between expressions, and common mistakes, idioms, etc.

Through a series of activities in reading and writing students learn how to write what they already speak, and write it the right way and with the appropriate style for every communicative situation. Grammar, vocabulary, and syntax rules are being taught only upon your mistakes. Students practice writing, and they even practice finding their own personal style in writing, through guided activities on different genres.

Intended for

This special programme is addressed to:

  • Students wishing improve their writing effectively at any level of Greek
  • students who live in Greece and want to write and read what they can tell in everyday communication
  • candidates to sit the Exam for the Certificates in Greek as an extra preparation
Methodology

The Online courses are given via the educational platform Moodle, where all relevant learning materials are uploaded (activities on the alphabet, short useful texts to read – bills, registration forms, receipts, contracts, hand written texts- activities for spelling, activities for writing), and via synchronous Skype meetings held once or twice weekly.

During synchronous meetings students practise reading and writing and the teacher explains, corrects and organises their work. During the week the students study on the platform where they can do reading and writing activities, prepare written texts useful for their life and work, and send 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 students and the hours and days of the lessons and homework are agreed based on their personal schedule.

Content

Indicative contents of the Curriculum:

  • The Greek alphabet and its secrets: Combinations of vowels and consonants, accent and pronunciation, different hand- writing in Greek
  • brief revision of parts of grammar levels A1-C1, depending on the needs of students
  • reading activities according to the level of the students in Greek
  • writing activities according to the level of the students in Greek
Fees 

Course Price/hour

Group

(4-8 students)

15€ for levels C1-C2 & Special courses, exam preparation

Semi-private   

(2-3 students)

20 € (for all levels)

     Semi-private 

(Closed 2 students only)

30 € (for all levels)

Private 

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.
  • 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.

FORMING

  •  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

CANCELLATION

  • 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

PAYMENT

  • 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
Tutors 

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.

Dates 

Start dates for the 8-week cycle GROUP courses for the 2021-2022

Cycle from to
1 20/9/2021 14/11/2021
2 15/11/2021 23/1/2022
Christmas break 20/12/2021 2/1/2022
3 24/1/2022 20/3/2022
4 21/3/2022 22/5/2022
Easter break 18/4/2022 25/4/2022
5 23/5/2022 17/7/2022
6 18/7/2022 25/9/2022
Summer Break 1/8/2022 14/8/2022

Online courses are offered throughout the year 7 days/ week, from 07.00 to 24.00 Greek time. Please contact us for information about private and semi-private courses.

We suggest 2 hours/week for levels A0- B2, and 1 hour/week for levels C1-C2+ and special courses. 

A teaching hour lasts 60 minutes.

The weekly schedule of the group and semi-private courses are arranged after consultation with the group.

Certification

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).

Working language

Greek is the working language. All teachers can speak at least one foreign language, among them English, French, Italian, German, and Spanish.

Cancellation Policy
  • 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