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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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). Click here for the start dates, levels and fees.
  • 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 activitiy 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 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, 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.

Programmes

Courses Offered

TAILOR-MADE PROGRAMMES

Tailor-made, flexible courses which address the educational needs of all individual students are offered throughout the year.

Ιn Athens intensive one-to-one language courses are offered at students’ place and in-company/ in-service training course at your offices. We can provide you and your organization with a language course that meets your needs.
Tailor-made courses are not prescheduled and they are private. In-company/in-service courses may be in groups. Choose the dates and type of course according to your time schedule and special needs, and contact us to suggest a specially designed programme.
 

The fees for the tailor-made courses are as follows:

A0, A1, A2 - B1, B2, B3 - C1, C2
private lessons (1 student): 30 euro/hour

small group (2-4 students): 23 euro/hour per student
large group (5-12 students): 17,5 euro/hour per student

SPECIAL PROGRAMMES
private lessons (1 student): 40 euro/hour

small group (2-4 students): 30 euro/hour per student
large group (5-12 students): 22 euro/hour per student
 

In Santorini intensive private or group courses are offered in Summer and extensive private or group courses are offered in Winter (8 weeks – 32 hours) at the HCC’s premises in Megalochori (opposite Geromanolis tavern).

Find information on the winter courses here.

For the fees and dates of the summer intensive courses see here

 

ONLINE COURSES are also offered for all levels and special programmes. Click here for more information.

The course can be offered in a blended learning mode (both face to face and online) according to your needs.

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How to pay

After being informed by the HCC's Secretariat on the cost of the programme chosen by you (you will find it in the Confirmation letter, through which you reserve a place in our programmes)

You can pay through

1 YOUR CREDIT CARD

Pay through the internationally acknowledged Paypal payment system.

Fill in the amount and click "payment"

Enter Amount:

2 CASH PAYMENT AT YOUR BANK
Please send the money to the HCC account number that has been sent to you by the Secretariat. Do not forget to write your name. Bank charges are paid by the students.

3 PAYMENT AT HCC's offices BEFORE the deadline for registration.

  • Payment includes all the fees cost at least one month before the beginning of each course or programme.
  • Details for our account will be received along with the confirmation letter.
  • We apologize that personal cheques and traveler's cheques are not accepted.

Cancellation Policy: Full refunds will be given up until the last day to register for the programme (bank charges are paid by the student). For late cancellations there will be no refund. However, the student is entitled to re-register in the same or another programme within two years, paying only the difference due to the increase of the fees.

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Study Levels

The curriculum is divided into seven classes covering all levels (A0, A1, A2, B1, B2, C1, C2). The curriculum is based on the curriculum of the Centre for Greek Language of the Greek Ministry of Education.
For a detailed syllabus for each level click on the relevant title
 
A0: Introduction to modern Greek. Basic vocabulary, simple dialogues, reading skills, writing, basic grammar. Textbook: "Ellinika Tora (Greek Now) 1+1"
 
A1: Building vocabulary, more communicative situations and dialogues, more grammar (nouns, adjectives, plural, simple past, future and subjunctive of basic verbs). Textbook: "Ellinika Tora (Greek Now) 1+1"
 
A2: Required knowledge: Basic vocabulary and grammar (simple past, future, subjunctive). Ability to create and understand short sentences used in everyday life. Syllabus goals: to enrich vocabulary, improve the ability to express oneself in more complex situations (descriptions, narratives, comparatives, plans for the future etc.). Verbs: active voice (more tenses) and introduction to imperative and passive voice. Textbook: "Ellinika Tora (Greek Now) 1+1"
 
B1: Required knowledge: Syllabus of A2, basic vocabulary of everyday language. Syllabus goals: teaching the passive voice, pronouns, imperatives, use of subjunctive, narratives, enriching vocabulary (family, work, free time). Normal discussions, debates. Centre's textbook
 
B2: Required knowledge: formation of verb tenses in active and passive voice, declension of nouns and adjectives in all cases. Syllabus goals: coverage of basic grammar (use of tenses, irregular adjectives and nouns, use of prepositions and conjunctions, compound verbs, participles, conditional clauses), enrichment of vocabulary (language spoken in big cities, idiomatic expressions). Short texts from newspapers. Exercises in the oral language to communicate information, personal views and feelings. Centre's textbook
 
C1: Required knowledge: Reading comprehension of short newspaper articles. Syllabus goals: to enrich vocabulary (formal letters, essays, expressions, proverbs, special vocabulary). Students work on specific projects and make presentations. Texts from the press and literature. Centre's textbook: KALEIDOSKOPIO C1 (published by the HELLENIC CULTURE CENTRE).
 
C2: Required knowledge: acquaintance with the language of the press, consolidation of the main morphological structures. Syllabus goals: to enrich specific vocabulary. Elements of "katharevoussa", ancient Greek and some dialects are included. Participation in discussions, the aim being for students to express themselves logically and clearly, and to understand Greek spoken at normal speed. Centre's textbook: KALEIDOSKOPIO C2 (published by the HELLENIC CULTURE CENTRE).
 
Special courses
 
Literature: Intended for students with fairly rich vocabulary and a good knowledge of grammar. Teaching material is taken from representative works (prose and poetry) of Greek authors. Syllabus goal: Development of language skills, introduction to Greek literature and acquaintance with different writing styles. Centre's textbook. Every course is designed either on the basis of studying a Greek author or poet or on a special subject, i.e. the Sea in Greek Literature.Students may attend this course for several times, studying different authors and themes
 
Greek language course for interpreters and translators: for professionals who have completed the basic training and are already very competent in the language, or for those who wish to refresh their knowledge. Goal: enriching vocabulary, getting acquainted with aspects of modern Greece. Studying specific topics, using difficult texts, tapes, CDs and videos. Interpretation and translation techniques are not being taught, the course is a Greek language course at a higher level Students may attend this course for several times, studying different themes. Centre's textbook
 
Legal terminology course: Intended for translators or interpreters who already use Greek in their work. Goal: learning to differentiate between and to use difficult legal terms plus expressions in "katharevoussa"; Familiarization with the Greek legal and judicial system. Lectures by specialist lawyers. Students will observe a trial. They will also research well-known legal cases, the Greek constitution and Greek laws. They will attend discussions on legal issues. Centre's textbook. Only a part of this course has been integrated into the course Katharevousa and into the Three Month Perfection Programme.
 
Three month language perfection programme: (12 weeks, 120 hours of lessons including 48 hours of interpreting / translating into student' mother tongue with a Greek teacher or a translator experienced in the student's mother tongue) for professionals who will be working with the language in the near future or for those who wish to refresh their knowledge. Students will attend lectures and public discussions (+60 extra hours). Private and group lessons. Students will also attend advanced courses according to their needs. Centre's textbook
Katharevousa: Intended for professionals who have reached the Proficiency level in Greek/ have already completed our Advanced 2 level and wish to learn past forms of Greek Language. Centre's textbook
 
Preparation for the exams for the Official Certificate of Attainment in Greek
 
The Hellenic Culture Centre prepares students for the exams for the Certificate of Attainment in Greek, offered by the Ministry of Education and the Centre for Greek Language. All levels. For further information on the Certificate please visit the website of the Centre for Greek Language http://www.greeklanguage.gr/

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Course Registration

How to register for the courses in Athens
Please send an e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or a fax to +30 210 8836494 or a letter to the Hellenic Culture Centre, 2-4 Argyrokastrou St, 11362, Athens, Greece
OR
contact the Summer School of Santorini:  

Megalochori Santorini, GR 84700 Thira, Greece
tel. 0030 2286082820
e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Skype name: ifigenia.georgiadou , hellenic.culture.centre
mob. 0030-6944105484

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I suceed in the exams

I SUCCEED IN THE EXAMS

Preparing for the

Examinations of the State Certificate of Attainment in Greek

The Hellenic Culture Center undertakes the task- through the Internet (online platform and Skype) or through face to face courses in Athens and Santorini- to prepare the candidates for the Examination for the acquisition of the State Certificate of Attainment in all levels that have been defined by the Ministry of Education and the Centre for Greek Language.

What is the State Certificate of Attainment?

The Certificate of Attainment in Greek certifies the 6 levels of knowledge of the language. These levels correspond to the 6 levels proposed in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages ​​(A1, A2, B1, B2, C1, C2 and A1 for children aged 8 to 12). More information can be found here http://www.greek-language.gr/certification/. The examinations are conducted at examination centers recognized by the Centre for Greek Language (KEG), which belongs to the Ministry of Education of Greece.

At what level can I sit an exam?

You can do the exam for all levels, even for two different levels in the same year. The following exams exist:

- The Attainment of Greek Language

- The Attainment of Greek Language for Special Purposes

-Professional Competence for Candidates of Vocational Training Centers (KEK)

How do I know my level?

To make a free assessment of your level of Greek and to set together your goals, please contact us. You will have an oral and written test and will help you plan your preparation.

When do the examinations take place?

The examinations take place in Greece and abroad on the same day, usually in May. Exams for special business purposes are also held every October and January.

When do I have to enroll to take an exam?

You must register and pay the examinations about 2 months before the exam. This year's entries are from February 1 to March 24, 2019

When are preparation courses held?

The hours and days of preparation course and / or homework are agreed on the basis of the personal schedule of family or business obligations of each student.

We offer lessons online from 07.00 to 24.00 every day, even on weekends, depending on the availability of our experienced teachers.

How does the lesson work?

After completing your enrollment and have sent your tuition fees for at least 10 lessons, we give you access to our online platform where we have all preparation materials. You study the materials and do the exercises. You send them to your teacher, who corrects within 48 hours as many exercises as you send.

Once a week you meet your teacher online via Skype for one hour. You can, if you like, increase the hours of preparation, but it is not necessary, if you do your homework, according to the timetable you have created with your teacher.

One teaching hour is 60 minutes.

Where are preparation courses held?

The online courses take place through the e-learning platform developed by the Hellenic Culture Centre. Once a week for one hour you meet your teacher on Skype.

Face to face courses can be held either at home or at the student's office or hotel in Athens and in Santorini island. They also take place at the offices of the Hellenic Culture Center in Santorini throughout the year.

Are there any private lessons?

Courses are usually private / one-to-one, and are based on the personal programme that is created for each individual candidate. The goals are shared with the student. It is rarer to have group courses held.

Which teaching materials are used?

Through a series of exercises in all language skills (writing, speaking, reading and listening, use of language) on the exam pattern, students are able to meet the exam requirements.

Special exercises and manuals as well as the previous tests of the Greek Language Center are used.

Who teaches?

The seminars are taught by experienced philologists and specialized associates.

Responsible for the individual curriculum and the timetable of the courses of each student is Mrs. Ifigenia Georgiadou, who has been teaching Modern Greek since 1979. She has developed a methodology for preparation for exams, especially in writing.

Our students have a success rate of over 90% each year.

How long does it take to prepare for the exam?

To prepare for the exam, you need at least 3 months, provided you already have the relevant level in Greek. However, it is best to start your preparation at the beginning of each academic year, every September / October.

What is the content of preparation?

The axes of the Preparation programme are as follows:

  • • Study of the typology of exam exercises
  • • Points that require attention during the examination
  • • Developing the four language skills (speaking, listening, reading, writing)
  • • Psychological parameters of the examination process that need to be investigated
  • • Information on the institutional issues concerning the State Certificate of Attainment in Greek and other diplomas and certificates
  • • Detailed timetable to cover the exam materials
  • • Revision tests

How can I enroll in the exam preparation programme?

For more information and an individual interview appointment for analyzing your training needs, please contact the Exam Preparation Manager, Mrs. Ifigenia Georgiadou, tel. +30 6944105484, e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Skype name: Hellenic.culture. centre

How do I enroll for the exam and where will I take an exam?

On the Greek Language Center page http://www.greek-language.com/certification/application/index.html you can register for the exam and choose an examination centre

Where can I get more information about the Diploma in Greek Language?

On the Centre for Greek Language page http://www.greek-language.gr/certification/ you can learn everything about the Certificates and Diplomas of Greek Language and their usefulness.

How much does it cost to prepare for the exam?

The private SKYPE course costs 23 euros / hour. You need to enroll in the exam preparation programme by prepaying at least 10 hours of online teaching (230 euros + 3 euros for bank charges). Lessons are NOT offered for self-tuition, you can enroll only if you do a lesson with a teacher and meet each week for at least one hour with him / her. The use of the platform is free of charge.

The private lesson (FACE TO FACE) in Athens costs 35 euros / hour and in Santorini costs 40 euros / hour. You need to enroll in the exam preparation programme by prepaying at least 10 hours of instruction (350 or 400 euros + 3 euros for bank charges). The face to face lesson takes place at 1,5 or 2 hour meetings (52 euros or 70 euros for each lesson in Athens and 60 or 80 euros for a lesson in Santorini).

Information: tel 6944105484, e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

https://hcc.edu.gr/en/student-2/special-programs/i-succeed-in-exams