Κεντρο Ελληνικου Πολιτισμου | Hellenic Culture Centre


 

International Greek Language and Culture School in Santorini

 

HELLENIC CULTURE CENTRE

www.hcc.edu.gr

 

After 21 years of teaching Greek as a foreign language, in Ikaria Island, Lesvos Island and Athens, we are now in a new place. Since 2014 the Hellenic Culture Centre has been organizing the International Greek Language and Culture School in Santorini, this beautiful island with its emotive and evocative atmosphere. Our school is based in Megalochori, a traditional village with bright Cycladic colours. 

A vivid group of people coming from all over the world speak and express themselves in Greek, they sing, they dance and they participate in the cultural life of the island urged by a deep motive for knowledge, respect and love for the Greek language and culture. The spirit of Greek tradition and the restlessness of modern Greece will come to life with sounds and words expressing universal and timeless values as conceived by the Greek feeling.

 

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“Man plans and God laughs!” 😊 

Due to COVID-19 crisis, the Greek Language and Culture International School in Santorini will only offer private courses together with all relevant cultural activities. Come with your friends and relatives and enjoy exclusive services! One to one Greek Language lessons will be offered throughout  2021 for as many hours as you wish. Create your own flexible programme for Language and Holidays! 

 

Click here for the start dates, levels and fees.

WHAT WE OFFER 

  • Intensive 1-week Modern Greek Language Programmes* for non-native speakers (20+7 hours). The 1-week programme runs Monday to Friday from 9:00 to 13:30 or 11:30 to 16:30. The training fee incudes one 7-hour interactive outdoor workshop which takes place every Saturday. In Greek (All teachers speak at least two foreign languages, if needed). 
  • 2-hour Greek Language Crash Course. For visitors of Santorini who wish to have a first contact with the magic of Greek.
  • Private, tailor-made Greek Language Courses. In Greek (All teachers speak at least two foreign languages, if needed). Click here for the fees for private lessons.
  • Activities Menu. A tailor-made programme of cultural activities which offers an introduction to the rich local history and traditions of the Aegean. In Greek and English. Students of the Intensive Modern Greek Language Programmes can choose any activity at a reduced rate. Scheduled activities take place according to the number of persons interested. Click here for more information.

*The intensive Greek Language programmes can be extended upon request

LOCATION

Santorini doesn’t need any special references. It has been ranked as one of the ten most beautiful islands in the world, and its volcanic landscape takes your breath away.

Megalochori is located 7 km away from Fira, the capital of the island. It has kept its traditional colours and it is one of the few villages that have been declared “traditional settlements”. It is surrounded by vineyards and has many churches famous for their ornate bell towers, white Cycladic houses and narrow streets.

Megalochori is very closed to Pyrgos and Emporeio. All three villages are not very popular touristic sites, they are quiet and peaceful even in August and they offer many options for accommodation and food at lower prices.

You’ll find our school in the second entrance of Megalochori, right across the street from Geromanolis tavern. 

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ACCOMMODATION

Students and guests stay in hotels and pensions in Megalochori at special reduced rates. Contact us for accommodation list and special prices for our students.

TRAVEL TO SANTORINI


The Hellenic Culture Centre is a private organization specialized in teaching Greek as a Second and as a Foreign Language. The promotion of the Greek Language and the Greek Culture worldwide, as well as the development of the linguistic and intercultural skills in every citizen in the framework of the multicultural environment, are its aims.

It started working in 1995 on Ikaria island, the Aegean Sea, where it organized with great success during ten years one of the first summer schools for Greek in Greece, with Greek courses, cultural activities and teacher training for teachers of Greek as a foreign language. It continued its actions in Athens, where it is now based, and in selected places in Greece and abroad (Lesvos Island, Aegean Sea- Brussels).

Teacher training in didactic Methodology is complemented by seminars in Intercultural Education, in Adult Education and Education for Peace.

The Centre's staff is experienced and specialized teachers (philologists, linguists, translators) as well as special associates (lawyers, economists, social anthropologists, sociologists, political scientists) who work in teaching and research fields. It cooperates with relevant organizations in Greece and abroad and participates in national, European and international projects.

Preparation for the Exams for Greek Citizenship  

Description

The Hellenic Culture Centre undertakes the responsibility to prepare candidates for the Examinations for Greek Citizenship, which are organised by the General Secretariat of Citizenship of the Ministry of Interior. THE NEXT - AFTER THE FIRST - EXAMINATION DATE HAS BEEN ANNOUNCED FOR NOVEMBER 2021.

The lessons are held online ( platform with educational materials, and Skype ). 

The courses offered by the Centre lead to the exams of NOVEMBER 2021 and last 27 weeks: from 8/4/21 to 10/10/21 with a break of 26/4 / 21-3 / 5/21 and 9/8/21 -22/8/21. 

Classes with a teacher are done once / week for two hours (120 minutes).

Courses start from:

- 08/04/2021, break 26/04 / 2021-03 / 05/2021 first cycle  

- 07/06/2021 second cycle 

- 02/08/2021, break 09/08 / 2021-22 / 08/2021 third cycle 

We start on 8/4/21 and every 8 weeks, and you can continue to study with us all the activities of the so called Exam Topics Bank. Attention: all topics can only be taught if you attend the entire programme (550+ topics)

 

What are the Examinations to obtain the Certificate and the process of certifying knowledge on the Greek language, history, and Greek culture for third country citizens? 

The Certification of the Greek language, history, and Greek culture is conducted  in order to acquire Greek Citizenship of third country nationals, i.e. citizens of countries outside the European Union.

The exams are written on the basis of an Exam Topics Bank, which contains standardised questions. After passing these exams, an oral interview takes place. "Through the  Law 4735/2020 the applicant, after obtaining the Certificate, will have,  in the final stage, a short interview by a three-member committee of members of the Citizenship Directorates in order to determine the candidate’s social and economic integration. The rules for conducting these interviews will follow a standardised handbook prepared by a joint team of Interior Ministry officials together with the National Transparency Authority. At the same time, every appropriate means will be taken to ensure the provisions of the Code for the benefit of the applicant "as stated by the Secretary General of Citizenship.

The examinations take place in examination centres defined by the General Secretariat of Citizenship, which belongs to the Ministry of Interior of Greece.

These examinations are necessary, if you have all other supporting documents, about which you must be informed in advance by a lawyer. 

 

Who is it for? 

  1. third-country nationals who are at least 18 years old and legally residing in Greece, if they have the other supporting documents
  2. to recognized political refugees with 3 years of residence in Greece
  3. to Greek expatriates over 18 years of age
  4. holders of a long-term residence permit and a second-generation residence permit
  5. spouses of Greeks with a child and with 3 years of residence in Greece
  6. immigrants with 7 years of residence in Greece, if they have the other supporting documents *

 *ATTENTION! Having already the certificate of Greek (even at a level higher than B1!) obtained after examinations by the Ministry of Education -  Centre for Greek Language, does not fall under the conditions of exclusion of any of the examinations. The exam for the Certificate needed for Greek Citizenship is one and includes the Topics: LANGUAGE, history, geography, Greek culture and political institutions.

 

How can I find out my level in Greek?

To make a free assessment of your level of Greek and the goals you need to set, contact us. You will take an oral and possibly a written test too, and we will help you plan your preparation.

 

Methodology

After completing your registration with the submission of tuition fees (for 16 hours of course in 8 weeks) we give you access to our online platform, where we have the preparation materials. You study the materials and do the exercises. 

Once a week you meet your teacher online via Skype for two hours. You can, if you wish, increase the preparation hours, but it is not necessary at all, since you work alone at home, according to the schedule you have created together with your teacher.

Classes will be held in the evening 20.30-22.30 and in the morning 08.00-10.00

The lessons for this programme are for  two hours, 120 minutes. 

Where does the lesson take place?

The distance lessons ( online ) are done through the e - learning platform developed by the Hellenic Culture  Greek Centre. Once a week for two hours you meet with your teacher and your classmates on Skype.

Are there private lessons?

The lessons are usually group  lessons and are based on the programme we have created for this course. Learning objectives  are set together with the students. 

However, private lessons are possible, after consultation with the Secretariat. 

 

Content

Topics  of the preparation programme are the following

  • Greek history
  • Greek culture
  • Political institutions
  • Geography of Greece
  • Typology of the exam exercises
  • Points that need your attention during the Language Exam
  • Development of the four language skills (writing, reading, speaking, listening) 
  • Psychological parameters of the examination process and the interview, which need to be investigated
  • Information on the institutional issues concerning the Examinations for the Greek Citizenship   
  • Detailed schedule for covering the exam material

 

What teaching materials are used?

Through a series of activities in all four language skills (writing, reading, speaking, listening) based on the exam topics, students are able to meet the requirements of the exam and develop Cultural Awareness . 

Specially designed teaching materials are used, which cover the topics of the exams, and the exercises of the Exam Topics Bank, on which the students practice further after the live lessons.

 

Fees

The group lesson (3-8 students) costs 12 euros / hour and is prepaid for 8 weeks, 192€, and you can, if you want, continue in a new course.

 

The course with two students costs 17 euros / hour and is prepaid for 8 weeks, 272€ and you can, if you want, continue in a new course.

 

The special course online / skype costs 29 euros / hour and must be for at least one hour / week. Prepaid for 5 hours minimum, € 145.

 

The courses are NOT offered for self-teaching, you can only register if you also do a lesson with a teacher and meet with him / her every week. Use of the platform is free.

 

You need to enroll in the exam preparation programme, prepaying at least 5 hours if you are taking a private lesson, and 16 hours of synchronous online teaching if you participate in a group or semi-private  course. 

 

Teachers  

The seminars are taught by our experienced philologists and specialized partners. Responsible for the individualised curriculum and syllabus of each student is Mrs. Ifigenia Georgiadou, who has been teaching modern Greek since 1979. She has developed a methodology for preparing for exams, especially in the production of written language.

Our students have a success rate of over 90% each year in relevant State Greek exams. 


Dates

It takes at least 6 months to prepare for these Greek language exams, since of course you are already at the Greek language level B1. So it is best to start your preparation right now if you want to sit the exam in November 2021. 

When do the exams take place?

The first exam with the new Exan Topics Bank system have been announced for May 16, 2021. The next one has been announced to take place in six months (November 2021) and will take place every six months. 

When do I have to register to take an exam?

You must register and pay the exam fees before the exams (unless you have already paid through the previous exam system) with your VAT number and with a valid residence permit https://exetaseis-ithageneia.ypes.gr/aitiseis/#login 

Regional Citizenship Directorates  for information https://www.ypes.gr/g-g-ithageneias/cat-building--kentriki-dieythynsi-ithageneias  

 

When do the preparation courses take place?

You will meet our teacher once a week for 2 hours and you will do exercises on our platform yourself all week.

An evening section will be set up - 20:30 -22: 30 p.m. and a breakfast section 08:00 - 10:00 a.m. 

 

Certification

We issue  a certificate of attendance of the course that you will do to prepare for exams.

The Center for Greek Culture is officially recognized as a Center for Lifelong Learning and as a language school by the Hellenic Ministry of Education and Religions (EOPPEP code 2101782/2018 and 2308668/2018).

We offer exam preparation courses and other certificates of Greek proficiency. The exams are organized by the Ministries of Education and Interior and are supervised by the Greek Language Center.

How do I enroll in the exam preparation programme?

For more information and an individual interview meeting to analyse your educational needs, contact the Head of Exam Preparation, Mrs. Ifigenia Georgiadou, tel. +306944105484, or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  and Skype name: hellenic.culture.centre.   

 

Working language

Greek is the working language in this course. All candidates must have a level of Greek proficiency of at least B1.

DRAMA GAMES FOR ALL LANGUAGE CLASSES

Overview 

The Hellenic Culture Centre is delighted to announce a new course with David Farmer, an award-winning writer, theatre director and drama consultant. He delivers training and presentations for organisations worldwide. 

This unique one-month course shows you how to use drama games and strategies to engage your students in foreign language learning as well as in mother-tongue learning. Drama expert David Farmer guides you through activities that can be applied to all language classes in primary, secondary, and adult education. There will be time to explore a wide range of theatrical approaches, discuss common issues with colleagues and devise practical solutions. You will come away with a folder full of effective plans guaranteed to liven up your language lessons.

The Hellenic Culture Centre (HCC) has been awarded the Best Practice for Quality Care GINGO AWARD 2012 for the course “I Teach Greek”. It has been a well-known Teacher Training Centre in Greece since 2000 and is the first EUROLTA Teacher Training Centre in Greece to certify Foreign Language teachers through the ICC-International Language Network  

At the end of the course, participants are expected to have acquired the skills that will enable them to:

  • select the drama games suitable for organizing an efficient language course
  • adjust, produce, apply and evaluate the appropriate drama games
  • develop speaking skills of their students through fun activities
  • special attention will be given to online drama games with your students

Participants will receive preparatory information and will be invited to form an online community at the end of the course. We require you to bring and share samples of learning materials and textbooks you use across the curriculum, so that the course will have a practical character. The online community will enable participants to exchange didactic materials and teaching strategies as well as project proposals and useful ideas for promoting effective and fun learning in different European countries.

 

Intended for  

A teacher training course for

  • All primary, secondary and adult educators who TEACH LANGUAGES wish to update their knowledge on teaching strategies, share enjoyable and effective theatrical techniques with colleagues from other countries and practice many drama activities in the students’ role.
  • Teachers of any language: a foreign language, a second language, a classical language   like Ancient Greek and Latin
  • in primary and secondary schools, in VET centres, in NGOs, in Higher Education Institutions.
  • Adult Educators in second-chance schools
  • Youth Workers in NGOs

If you are working as a language teacher in:

  • a school/institute/educational centre
  • an adult education school/institute/centre
  • a non-profit organisation, association, NGO
  • an organisation working with migrant groups/ethnic minorities
  • a cultural organisation, library, museum that organizes language programmes
  • a higher education institution (including those providing educational opportunities for adults)
  • a school for young and adult learners with special needs
  • a public or private, small, medium, or large enterprise (including social enterprises) that has or want to organize a language education department
  • a social partner or other representative of working life, including chambers of commerce, craft/professional associations and trade unions that offer language training to their members

you are welcome to join the course!

 

Methodology 

Participants will be given information on relevant bibliography on drama games for language classes as well as on internet drama resources. They will receive articles on the subject. Before the course, they will be asked to describe the institution they work for and the basic characteristics of their learners, and their own professional background. Participants will also be given hand-outs, original materials by David Farmer, a list of language games and websites for teaching tools. 

Upon completion of the course, participants will be encouraged to form a network that will function as a meeting point. Within this network, they will be able to exchange didactic materials and drama games as well as useful ideas for promoting language learning in different European countries.

Blended learning modalities

Teachers will share ideas and experiences on using theatrical techniques and strategies in teaching and learning through a dedicated Facebook group or/and a Moodle platform.

Preparation

Before the course, participants will be asked to bring materials and describe the institution they work for, the basic characteristics of their learners, and their own professional background. It is also required to bring and present samples of the didactic material they use (books across the curriculum in digital format or hard copy) and other tasks they have to do with their learners. Participants will receive information for the course group (trainers, organisers and organising institution, other participants). Organisers will be responsible for sending all the necessary information regarding the venue and the trip.

Follow-up

Upon completion of the course, participants will be encouraged to form an online community on a platform, which will function as a meeting point. Within this network, they will be able to exchange didactic materials, information on teaching through drama today in Europe as well as recent publications on the topic. They will be able to exchange ideas for promoting the use of drama in teaching throughout different European countries. They will also be invited to participate in more KA1, KA2 or KA3 EU projects

Quality Management - European dimension guaranteed

Participants of at least two countries should participate in this teacher training course, allowing the exchange of ideas and experiences from different educational contexts.

 

Content  

Hours: 17.30- 20.30 Greek time (16.30-19.30 CET), 4 days - 12 hours workshop live with the trainer and 13 hours asynchronous individual work, total 25 hours

 

Fees

130 euro. Includes: training, training materials, certificate of attendance, invoice VAT included

 

Special offer:   15% discount on David’s relevant books:

  • 101 Drama Games and Activities (Lulu 2007)
  • Learning Through Drama in the Primary Years (Drama Resource 2011)
  • 101 More Drama Games and Activities (CreateSpace 2012)

 

Trainer

David Farmer, the main trainer, inspires, motivates, and educates teachers about the power of drama to transform learning. Following a stand-out career as a theatre director and producer of shows and workshops for young people across the world, he is an in-demand speaker, trainer, and writer. His online course Drama Games for Language Teaching won the Best Resource for Teachers Award from the English Speaking Union. He is the author of several best-selling books on drama including 101 Drama Games and Activities and Learning Through Drama in the Primary Years.

 

Dates 

Mondays 26/4/2021, 3/5/2021, 10/5/2021, 17/5/2021 

This course may also be organised on any other dates in Santorini or Athens, Greece, for groups of at least 7 teachers, after the pandemic.

 

Certification 

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 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

The course is offered in English, but its content can be adapted into any language.

You may bring your own interpreter from English, if you wish,  and we welcome teachers of all languages.

Teaching Grammar at all levels of Greek as L2

ONLINE+ FACE TO FACE

You can find the sign-up form in the following link:

Registration Form


Overview

An online teacher training course that is focused on how to teach Grammar at all levels of Greek. Grammar is the favourite subject of teachers and of some students too, and they like it much more than they like the vocabulary. How we can manage to attract all our students and at the same time to go off the beaten track in teaching Grammar?

The teaching proposal of the Hellenic Culture Centre is based on its long experience in teaching Greek as a second/ foreign language, and includes different alternatives to enrich your teaching. The trainee teachers must prepare a final assignment consisting of creating an original communicative teaching material to teach Grammar at any level you are interested in.

 

Intended for 

  • Greek Language teachers with no or little language teaching experience
  • Practitioners who have experience in teaching Greek in non-formal contexts, i.e., NGOs or wishing to teach a language they know or Greek as L2
  • Experienced language teachers of Greek who feel they need to upgrade their practical skills
  • Directors of language schools who plan to add Greek as L2 and design curricula for different learners’ groups
  • Other educational or managerial staff, of language organisations, assistant or shadow teachers

 

Methodology

Apart from study hours according to a time-schedule, the trainees will attend six (6) hours online synchronous Skype sessions with the trainers (optional). The trainers will be communicating through the forum of the platform and will be answering any questions.

The synchronous sessions are not obligatory, but the trainees participate in order to ask questions and to “meet” all participants. In case a trainee cannot attend the session, she / he will receive the session recorded.

Trainee teachers have to upload at least one post in every Unit of this course and to upload at least ten answers to other participants. They also should work on the Final Assignment as well as on filling in the evaluation form of the course.

Trainers will be at the trainees’ disposal in order for the later to contact them through Skype, phone or e-mail.

 

 

Content 

The course consists of six  modules:

  1. Grammar or Text?
  2. How do you teach Grammar?
  3. Planning Grammar teaching
  4. Teaching materials for a creating Grammar lesson
  5. Assignment
  6. Reflection and  Evaluation

Trainee teachers must upload at least one post from each Seminar Unit and at least ten replies to other participants. In addition to the set study hours, trainees can opt to attend six (6) hours of online synchronous Skype sessions with trainers where trainees can ask questions and ‘meet’ fellow participants.

 

Fees

The fees for this teacher training are 110 euro (30 hours of synchronous and asynchronous learning)

 

Trainer

Ifigenia Georgiadou.  Director of Studies at the Hellenic Culture Centre. Former director at the Cultural Development Society of Lesvos Island AEOLIS. Philologist (University of Athens, Faculty of Philosophy.  ΜΑ in Education and Human Rights, University of Athens and the University of London). 25 years experience in education. Training in using drama techniques in language teaching and in adult training. Author of books, articles and research papers on the teaching of Modern Greek as a foreign language. Teacher trainer and certified Master Trainer (trainer of teacher trainers).   Facilitator of seminars on teaching methodology, intercultural education and peace education at the Hellenic Culture Centre, in various NGOs and other public and private institutions. Coordinator of various research projects on education at European and national level. Founding member of the Centre for the Arts and Intercultural Education (OSMOSIS).  External adult education consultant – evaluator to the National Organization for Certification of Adult Educators (EOPPEP), the State Scholarship Foundation (IKY) and two National Agencies for the Erasmus Plus Programme, Cyprus. 

 

Other adult educators who are certified and experienced in teaching Greek as L2 and in adult training may cooperate  to introduce special topics in all Hellenic Culture Centre’s teacher training courses.

 

Dates

30 hours (6 hours of synchronous and 24 hours of asynchronous training)

15 March 2021-25 April 2021

 

Certification

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).

 

Working language

Greek is the working language in this course

LET 'S GO, KIDS! Greek lesson for children who are learning Greek as a second or as a foreign language

The first systematic and organized Greek Language Course for non native or bilingual children aged 7-12 years from the HELLENIC CULTURE CENTRE! An initiative of teachers specialized in teaching Greek as a second and as a foreign language.

Topics of interest to children (family, home, garden, animals, games, travel, music, technology, fairy tales, sports, celebrations, etc.)

Synchronous and asynchronous meetings: the children meet the teacher once or twice a week in a synchronous Skype meeting, where they practice speaking, reading, and learn about Greek culture. They have access 24/7 to our Moodle educational platform with all learning materials and activities, videos, audios, dictionaries, and other resources. The teacher assigns some homework, but they may also follow their own pace, according to the way they are exposed to Greek and the help they may get from the family: they can read texts,  listen to audio files, work with different activities and games, and watch  selected videos.

Teaching materials focused on the four communication skills (speaking, listening, reading, writing) and cultural awareness. Development of metacognitive skills.

Sub-sections of each lesson: listening, speaking, reading, writing, painting, singing, playing theater, playing games, learning words, learning grammar and spelling, what I already knew and what I learned in this lesson.

Games interesting and interactive with the use of modern technologies and the use of the internet

Texts specifically written for children living in today's multicultural world

LET 'S GO, KIDS a! (7-9 years old)

LET 'S GO, KIDS b! (10-12 years old)

LET 'S GO, KIDS - Mythology and History (9-13 years old). Explore the most wonderful myths of the world, be familiar with the gods and goddesses, the heroes and heroines of Ancient Greece. Discover the connections of the Greek Mythology with the Modern world through etymology and modern legends and customs.

Tutors: the teachers are philologists with a MA or a PhD who have graduated from the Faculty of Philosophy of the University of Athens, and they are trained in teaching online and experienced in teaching Greek as a foreign / second language too.

Online Ancient Greek Language Courses

NEW! Online Ancient Greek Language Courses by the HELLENIC CULTURE CENTRE

We now initiated the Online Ancient Greek Language course, which was offered only as a face to face course in the previous years.

Synchronous and asynchronous meetings: You meet the teacher once or twice a week in a synchronous Skype meeting, where you practice translation, reading, and learn about grammar, syntax, and culture. You have access 24/7 to our Moodle educational platform with all learning materials and activities, videos, audios, dictionaries, and other resources. The teacher assigns your homework, but you may also follow your own pace, according to your week obligations: you can read texts,  listen to audio files, work with different activities and exercises, and watch videos.

Syllabus: This course includes learning the alphabet, the Erasmian and historical pronunciation, learning about the different Ancient Greek dialects and about historical topics connected to the texts.

We are going to translate mainly texts in Classical Greek (notably the Attic dialect of the 5th century BC). An anthology of texts by writers such as Xenophon, Thucydides, Lysias, Plato, Aristotle and others is the corpus we use. Homer, Lyrical poets, and Herodotus are included too. Every student may have different learning needs, which we try to address.

Intermediary language: English or Modern Greek.

Objectives: this course aims at familiarizing the non-native   students with the Ancient Greek language, the Ancient world, and ethics.  

Fees: The lessons offered are mainly one-to-one (fees 29 euro/ hour: 60 min) and semi-private (2 students, 17 euro/ hour: 60 min).

Tutors: the teachers are philologists with a MA or a PhD who have graduated from the Faculty of Philosophy of the University of Athens, and they are trained in teaching online and experienced in teaching Greek as a foreign language too.