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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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  2020 for as many hours as you wish. Create your own flexible programme of Language and Holidays! 

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 includes 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 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.

Προγράμματα

EUROLTA / ICC CERTIFICATION  level 1 programme for Language Adult Trainers- Level one

2020-2021:19/10/2020-19/8/2021

FACE TO FACE training: 23 October 2020 - 01 November 2020, Athens and /or 

9-18 July 2021, Megalochori, Santorini and / or 

22-31 October 2021, Athens

SEMINAR PROGRAMME

Day 1 (Friday)
- Presentation of the participants and their organizations. Presentation of the seminar’s programme and the trainers (educational contract)
- Locating the characteristics, the needs and the expectations of our learners

Day 2 (Saturday)
- The adults as learners
- Grading testing of the students and planning the study programme
- Planning a lesson / an educational meeting

Day 3 (Sunday)
- Teaching the text: Didactic techniques and techniques for assimilating the text
- Teaching the vocabulary: Didactic techniques and techniques for assimilating the vocabulary
- The selection and evaluation of the textbook and the teaching materials

Day 4 (Monday)
-    Observation sessions in a class of adult learners (part a)
-    Observation sessions in a class of adult learners (part b)
-    Discussion with the trainers and the adult educators who were observed

Day 5 (Tuesday)
-    Observation sessions in a class of adult learners (part c)
-    Observation sessions in a class of adult learners (part d)
-    Discussion with the trainers and the adult educators who were observed

Day 6 (Wednesday)
-    Observation sessions in a class of adult learners (part e)
-    Observation sessions in a class of adult learners (part f)
-    Discussion with the trainers and the adult educators who were observed

Day 7 (Thursday)
-    Teaching sessions in a class of adult learners (part a)
-    Teaching sessions in a class of adult learners (part b)
-    Discussion with the trainers and the adult educators who were observed

Day 8 (Friday)
-    Teaching sessions in a class of adult learners (part c)
-    Teaching sessions in a class of adult learners (part d)
-    Discussion with the trainers and the adult educators who were observed

Day 9 (Saturday)
- Teaching the Grammar in various levels
- Teaching the Grammar in various levels (microteaching)
- Applying language games and communicative activities

Day 10 (Sunday)
- Introduction to intercultural education
- The selection and application of audio-visual materials in the lesson
- The institutional framework of teaching Greek to foreigners and adult education. Information on the exams for the Certificate of Attainment in Greek organized by the Greek Ministry of Education.
- Coping with practical problems in teaching
- Evaluation of the seminar - Goodbye activities - Creating a communication network

 

Tuition fee: 70 €/ day/ person, which includes tuition and training materials.
Plus Organizational costs: 100 €/ person, paid for each seminar, which include administration costs, organizational costs, half-day excursion and VAT.

Note: This is the face to face part of the eight-month teacher training and certification programme, which offers the EUROLTA CERTIFICATION for teaching a foreign language to adult learners by the International Language Organization ICC. The HELLENIC CULTURE CENTRE is a certified EUROLTA Centre in Greece and prepares teachers for the Certification process in a blended learning mode. This programme has 100 euro extra fee for certification procedures (total fee for the eight-month EUROLTA programme: 900 euro).


EUROLTA is an internationally recognised qualification for those who wish to teach modern languages to adults. It is recognised by all member organisations of the ICC - International Language Network (www.icc-languages.eu ) and guarantees that the holder of the qualification has acquired a high level of proficiency in the teaching of languages to adults.
The training programmes offered under the EUROLTA scheme reflect a modern approach to language teaching and teacher training. Certification is based on the evaluation of a dossier containing samples of the teacher's work. The Level One EUROLTA Certificate certifies the holder’s ability to plan and deliver classes of a set study programme and recommended teaching resources within a certain institutional context as well as to reflect on one’s performance and that of one’s peers. The EUROLTA Certificate is a Europe-wide recognized qualification in the adult language education.

Please note: this course is a part of the blended learning training course that last 8 months. The rest of the programme is held online.


Learning Outcomes
At the end of the seminar, participants are expected to have acquired the knowledge and skills that will enable them to:
    - become more aware of the system of the target language and be made familiar with the tools and know-how necessary to analyse communication and language use,
    develop awareness of current theories of language acquisition and of socio-cultural and intercultural issues involved in language learning and integrate this knowledge in their teaching,
     learn to recognise learners as individuals with their own learning styles, motivation and aims and act appropriately in their teaching,
    gain confidence and acquire skills in managing processes in the classroom,
    develop a repertoire of teaching skills and techniques and become able to make judgements as to when and how to use them,

Methodology
The methodology and approach adopted in the training reflects the overall aims stated above. In particular, it aims to  
     reflect the general ethos of ICC training courses, which implies a "learning by doing, reflecting and sharing ideas" approach
    be characterised by a cooperative learning style, involving trainees wherever possible in the planning and shaping of the programme
     present opportunities to extend theoretical knowledge of language, learning and teaching as well as to evaluate and improve practical skills
     integrate practical exercises and the observation of teaching/learning (themselves, their own classes, others, other classes, video sequences) with subsequent analysis
     provide opportunities for self-evaluation, assessment by peers as well as offer opportunities for trainees to evaluate the training programme

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 the participants' social and cultural knowledge gained through education, and teaching to different target groups throughout Europe. During the course, the following techniques will be implemented: working in subgroups and pairs, role play, microteaching, lectures, guided conversation, brainstorming, language and educational games and experiential activities.

The course also includes observation sessions in language classes  for adults as well as practicum (teaching an adult Greek language class & / or microteaching in the trainee teachers’ class) Before the observation sessions, participants will be appropriately prepared by the educators for the purpose and method of the observation. During this, participants will have the opportunity to assess teaching Greek in the specific context by applying the techniques of observation, interviewing and group discussion. After its completion, participants will share their learning experience. Before the Practicum, they will cooperate with their trainers so that they prepare their work more thoroughly.

Participants will also be given hand-outs, original materials, lists of intercultural activities and websites for teaching tools and for promoting Greek language and culture. Taking into consideration that the variety of educational tools and equipment offers to participants the opportunity to enrich their educational experience, within the course there will also be implemented the means of video, audio, objects (realia), diagrams, photos and games.

The topics and issues to be explored in basic teacher training programmes are grouped into the following content areas:

1. Language awareness
2. Language and culture
3. Language learning processes
4. Language teaching
5. Planning and evaluation
6. Self-assessment

Through awareness-raising tasks, experimentation, reflection, adaptation and transfer of training contents to their teaching situations, the trainees should develop their teaching competence as well as appropriate strategies to continue their development after the training period is over.


Preparation
Participants will be given information on the EUROLTA certification procedures. They will also receive articles on teaching a foreign language to adults. 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 receive some information for the course group (trainers, organizers and organizing institution, other participants). Organizers will be responsible for sending all the necessary information regarding the venue location and the trip. All the above will be communicated via e-mail and Drop Box.


Follow-up
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 language learning in different contexts.