- Program Description
- Types of Courses
- Course Levels/Syllabus
- Class Schedule
- For Swedish Applicants
The Athens Centre’s modern Greek language program is based on a comprehensive, integrated approach to learning modern Greek. Courses are scheduled throughout the year, and include beginning through advanced levels. The syllabus for each level has been created to teach the language to adults of all nationalities, using textbooks developed by instructors at the Centre. Classes are small, with an average of 4-8 participants in each course.
All instructors at the Centre are language specialists who use methods whereby the individual learns Greek comfortably at all levels. Teaching methods emphasize spoken Greek, with parallel development of reading, writing and comprehension skills. Language games and exercises, combined with textbooks and other materials, make the classes lively and interesting. Instructors are Greek nationals who speak English and several other languages; they combine a deep knowledge of Greek history and culture with a love of the language, and enjoyment of teaching. Two of the instructors have written and published widely-used Greek language textbooks, and others have written supplementary books to enrich the language program.
Participants in the language courses are encouraged to develop an interest in many aspects of Greek life and culture. Extra materials are used in all classes, and include folk songs, literature and articles from newspapers and periodicals. Students receive Athens Centre certificates at the end of each successfully completed course. Extra events for students are planned on a regular basis, and include museum visits, art gallery walks, Greek dance sessions, and other activities.
In addition to the Greek language classes at the Athens Centre, instruction is also arranged for corporate groups, companies and other organisations on their site. In the past, the Centre has organised such programs with the American School of Classical studies, the American Embassy, Hochtief (builders and operators of Athens International Airport) and other companies. If your company or organisation is inteested in a tailor/made program, specially designed for your needs, please contact us at email@example.com and we will be happy to discuss a program for you.
These programs use the same teachers and teaching methodology as that used at the Athens Centre.
The Athens Centre offers Greek language courses from beginning through advanced levels. Each level (except Advanced Newspaper) consists of 60 hours of classroom instruction. Courses vary in intensity and duration, but all courses with the same level number cover the same materials. For example, a 12 week Greek I course meeting twice a week for 12 weeks covers the same class material as a 3, 4, or 7 week course with the same level number. The types of courses offered are:
|Immersion||3 weeks||5 days a week||4 hours a day|
|Accelerated||4 weeks||5 days a week||3 hours a day|
|Intensive||7 weeks||3 days a week||3 hours a day|
|Regular||12 weeks||2 days a week||2 1/2 hours a day|
|Newspaper Conversation||5 weeks||2 days a week||3 hours a day|
For more information on the Greek language schedules, visit our class schedule page.
HOLIDAYS MAKE – UP CLASSES
Classes meet on all days indicated within the scheduled dates, except on public holidays. Classes are not re-scheduled to make up for lessons missed due to Greek public holidays.
Course levels are shown by numbers (I, II, III, etc) which indicate a progression from beginning through advanced levels. A detailed syllabus for each level is available at the Athens Centre office, but a brief description is as follows:
Greek I: Basic Greek for beginners. Conversation, vocabulary, elements of grammar, reading and writing for those with little or no knowledge of Greek. Text: Ellinika Tora 1+1, ch. 1-7. See the Syllabus
Greek II: A continuation from Greek I, with further vocabulary and grammar development and improvement of reading and writing skills. Text: Ellinika Tora 1+1, ch. 8-11. See the Syllabus
Greek III: Intermediate Greek, emphasis on conversation, classroom discussion and presentations, more advanced grammar. Text: Ellinika Tora 1+1, ch. 12-15. See the Syllabus
Greek IV: Class discussions based on assigned readings in textbooks and other materials, including newspaper articles; grammar review and development. Text: Ellinika Tora 2+2, ch. 1-6. See the Syllabus
Greek V: Selected prose and poetry read and discussed, short essays assigned, completion of most aspects of grammar, extensive class discussions. Text: Ellinika Tora 2+2, ch. 7-11. See the Syllabus
Newspaper / Conversation: A course based entirely on articles from the Greek press, on selected topics in politics, business, the arts etc., Participants are expected to discuss the articles in addition to analyzing the style, idioms, and language quality. Students must have completed Level IV or above, and must have an oral interview with the instructor to join the class.
Students who are unsure of which level they should join can have an oral interview with an instructor before the class begins. If a student finds that the level or intensity of the class they have chosen is not correct, there is no problem moving to a different level or course.
Immersion I, II, III, IV, V
|M,T,W,Th,F 3 weeks|
|June 3 – 21, 2013||1:00-5:00pm|
|June 24 – July 12, 2013||9:30am – 1:30pm|
|July 15 – August 2, 2013||9:30am – 1:30pm|
|August 19 – September 6, 2013||9:30am – 1:30pm|
|November 4 – 22, 2013||1:00-5:00pm|
|November 25 – December 13, 2013||1:00-5:00pm|
|April 28 – May 16, 2014||1:00-5:00pm|
|May 19 – June 6, 2014||1:00-5:00pm|
|June 9 – 27, 2014||1:00-5:00pm|
|June 30 – July 18, 2014||9:30am – 1:30pm|
|July 21 – August 8, 2014||9:30am – 1:30pm|
|August 25 – September 12, 2014||9:30am – 1:30pm|
|November 10 – 28, 2014||1:00-5:00pm|
|December 1 – 19, 2014||1:00-5:00pm|
Accelerated I, II, III, IV, V
|M,T,W,Th, F 4 weeks|
|September 9 – October 4, 2013||1:00-4:00pm|
|October 7 – November 1, 2013||1:00-4:00pm|
|January 13 – February 7, 2014||1:00-4:00pm|
|February 10 – March 7, 2014||1:00-4:00pm|
|March 10 – April 4, 2014||1:00-4:00pm|
|September 15 – October 10, 2014||1:00-4:00pm|
|October 13 – November 7, 2014||
|Intensive I, II, III, IV, V||M,W,F 7 weeks|
|May 13 – June 26, 2013||9:30am – 12:30pm|
|September 16 – October 30, 2013||9:30am – 12:30pm|
|November 4 – December 18, 2013||9:30am – 12:30pm|
|January 20 – March 5, 2014||9:30am – 12:30pm|
|March 10 – May 7, 2014 (with Easter break from April 14-28)||9:30am – 12:30pm|
|May 12 – June 25, 2014||9:30am – 12:30pm|
|September 15 – October 29, 2014||9:30am – 12:30pm|
|November 3 – December 17, 2014||9:30am – 12:30pm|
|Regular I, II, III, IV, V||T, Th 12 weeks|
|September 24 – December 12, 2013||6:00-8:30pm|
|January 21 – April 10, 2014||6:00-8:30pm|
|April 29 – July 3, 2014 - 10 weeks, 3 hours per day||5:30-8:30pm|
|Greek Newspaper / Discussion||T, Th 5 weeks|
|September 24 – October 24, 2013||9:30am-12:30pm|
|November 5 – December 5, 2013||9:30am-12:30pm|
|January 21 – February 20, 2014||9:30am-12:30pm|
|March 4 – April 3, 2014||9:30am-12:30pm|
|April 29 – May 29, 2014||9:30am-12:30pm|
For course fees and on-line registration, please visit our Fees/Registration page.
Registration forms are also available at the Athens Centre office, 48 Archimidous Street, Mets, Athens.
The office is open for information and registration Monday through Friday, from 9:00am – 8:00pm, tel. (+30) 210 701-2268, or (+30) 210 701-5242, fax. (+30) 210 701-8603.
For the convenience of participants from abroad, the Centre keeps a file of available housing, including apartments and nearby hotels and pensions. Housing costs vary considerably according to length of stay, time of year, and other factors. Please visit our Accomodation page for more information. This is also available upon request at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Athens Centre’s Greek Language courses are recognized by the Swedish National Agency for Higher Education (Hogskoleverket) and CSN.
Swedish students can register for the CSN (www.csn.se) programs through SI-SPRAKRESOR & SPANSKA INSTITUTET, and other agencies, as listed below:
Vara terminskurser ar godkand for studiemedel av CSN (www.csn.se) och Hogskoleverket.
Svenska studenter anmaler sig till vara CSN utbildningar genom:
SI-SPRAKRESOR & SPANSKA INSTITUTET
Vastra Hamngatan 20 III 2 A, 411 17 Gothenburg, Sweden
Tel +46 31 13 80 85, Fax +46 31 13 03 29
Box 2097 , 750 02 Uppsala Sweden
FAX: +46 18 551004