Greek Language and Culture Training Course

A 12-day course on Greek Language and Culture intended for KA1 grant holders and other learners who wish to update their knowledge of Modern Greek while at the same time coming into contact with Greece and its culture in the magnificent context of Santorini island, Greece.

The Hellenic Culture Centre (HCC) is a well-known Greek Language Institution in Greece and a EUROLTA Teacher Training Centre which certifies all foreign Language teachers through the ICC-International Language Network http://www.icc-languages.eu/teacher-training/eurolta .

Participants are expected to develop all four language skills in Greek. More specifically, participants will enrich their vocabulary on different topics and, according to their Greek Language level, complete their knowledge of the grammar. Most of all they will experience Greek culture in a quiet small Greek village and visit interesting locations. They will cover materials included in the relevant level of the European Language Portfolio as adapted by the Centre for Greek Language of the Ministry of Education.

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Greek Language and Culture Training Course
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A 12-day course on Greek Language and Culture intended for KA1 grant holders and other learners who wish to update their knowledge of Modern Greek while at the same time coming into contact with Greece and its culture in the magnificent context of Santorini island, Greece.

The aim of this course is to come into contact with Greek language and culture, through attending structured Greek Language courses and actively participating in preparing a cultural presentation on student’s culture to participants of the course coming from other countries.

In terms of learning outcomes, participants will develop:

- Knowledge on Vocabulary in Greek, and the Greek grammar

- Ability to respond to everyday communicative situations

-Knowledge on the special linguistic characteristics of Greek Language
- All four language skills in Greek (reading and listening, speaking and writing), with emphasising speaking
- Knowledge on many aspects of contemporary Greek culture (the Arts, history, society, customs,  nature)
- Skills to  explore the contemporary Greek reality, while getting in contact with local population
- Intercultural knowledge and skills due to their contact with students from other cultures

The Hellenic Culture Centre (HCC) is a well-known Greek Language Institution in Greece since 1995 and a EUROLTA Teacher Training Centre, which certifies all foreign Language teachers through the ICC-International Language Network http://www.icc-languages.eu/teacher-training/eurolta .

Participants are expected to develop all four language skills in Greek. More specifically, participants will enrich their vocabulary on different topics and, according to their Greek Language level, complete their knowledge of the grammar. Most of all they will experience Greek culture in a quiet small Greek village and visit interesting locations. They will cover materials included in the relevant level of the European Language Portfolio as adapted by the Centre for Greek Language of the Ministry of Education.

Ifigenia Georgiadou, Director of the Programme, is an experienced language teacher, teacher trainer, writer and researcher on language teaching and learning and a certified EUROLTA Master Trainer.



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Address of the Course Santorini Island, Greece
Course Website

http://www.hcc.edu.gr/en/santorini/fees-and-start-dates 

Target Group Language teachers of any foreign language; Organisers of Language courses; Managers of Language organisations; Cultural Organisations; Adult Educators; Youth Workers; Teacher Trainers
Date/s of the Course

10 - 21 April 2017

12-23 June 2017

26 June - 7 July 2017

10-21 July 2017

24 July - 4 August 2017

7-18 August 2017

21 August - 1 September 2017

4-15 September 2017

This course can also be organised on any date in Santorini or in Athens, Greece, for groups of at least 7 learners. Private courses are available too.

Where to apply

HELLENIC CULTURE CENTRE www.hcc.edu.gr

Email at vassia@hcc.edu.gr or ifigenia@hcc.edu.gr

Participation Costs

Training fee: 700 euro per participant

Organizational costs: 100 euro per participant

Total cost: 800 euro per participant

Competences Tackled

- Knowledge on Vocabulary in Greek, and the Greek grammar

- Ability to respond to everyday communicative situations

-Knowledge on the special linguistic characteristics of Greek Language
- All four language skills in Greek (reading and listening, speaking and writing), with emphasising speaking
- Knowledge on many aspects of contemporary Greek culture (the Arts, history, society, customs,  nature)
- Skills to  explore the contemporary Greek reality, while getting in contact with local population
- Intercultural knowledge and skills due to their contact with students from other cultures


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Competence Oriented Approach

The course is based on the principles of participatory adult education. The method used is the communicative one, which brings out the communicative aspect of the language. Moreover, the course follows the principles of modern didactics of living languages, which gives emphasis to culture. During the course active learning and exchange of ideas and information about other cultures are encouraged, while the experienced of the participants are incorporated into the training. The abovementioned methodology is implemented via a daily schedule which includes two hours of language instruction, and two hours of language workshop, where participants have the opportunity to practice the language skills they have developed during the day through language games, role plays and other activities. They also better understand the cultural framework within which the linguistic types of Greek are developed and used. A daily schedule of educational/ cultural activities is incorporated into the programme, enabling participants to become familiar with elements of the traditional and contemporary Greek culture. These activities include Greek dance and singing lessons, Greek cookery classes, visits to Museums and other places of cultural interest, excursions to Santorini Island and many more. This programme of activities is considered as an inextricable part of the course, since it provides the participants with a better understanding of contemporary Greeks and contemporary Greek culture.

Blended Learning Modalities Upon completion of the course, a network of Greek language’s and Greek culture’s friends will be formed though the HCC’s web-site and social media. The members of this network will be interested in improving their language skills in Greek, and have positive feeling towards contemporary Greece. The network’s participants will be receiving information on the developments concerning learning Greek, on programmes and initiatives taken in Europe regarding this subject, as well as on critical developments in Greece which require action and initiative by the European citizens. A Moodle platform will be at participants’s disposal, for sharing and downloading learning materials. An online course will be complementary at an additional cost. The HCC has already an extended experience on online teaching Greek since 2009. All its courses are also offered online.
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Assessment Methods The HCC’s evaluation forms and practices as well as continuous support though emailing and social media use ensures that learning outcomes are validated. The trainers keep contact through e-mail with the participants and they support them in learning. The
Validation System Provided The achievement of the learning outcomes is largely related to the methodology implemented, which in our case is the outcome of a wide research in the field on a theoretic and practical level. As the course is based on the principles of participatory adult education, by incorporating participants’ experiences and fostering the exchange of their ideas, proposals and materials, its focus is not merely on the learning aspect but also on the participants’ social and cultural knowledge of Greece. During the course, the following assessment and evaluation techniques are implemented: group discussions, guided conversation, questionnaires, and experiential assessment activities.
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European Dimension Guaranteed

Participants of at least three nationalities should participate in this course, allowing the exchanging of ideas and experiences from different educational contexts. 

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Organising Institute HELLENIC CULTURE CENTRE
Country of the Institute Greece
Institute Website

www.hcc.edu.gr

Contact Person

Ms Vassia Kossiva

Email: vassia@hcc.edu.gr

Tel. 0030 210 5238149

 

Ifigenia Georgiadou

ifigenia@hcc.edu.gr