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New online course in teaching Greek as a second or foreign language is launched

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The Centre for the Greek Language has announced the new period of the distance training program ‘Routes in Teaching Greek as a Second/Foreign Language’ for teachers in Greece and abroad.

The course begins on Monday, September 6, 2021 and lasts 10 months. Registrations are
open from April 12, 2021 until June 30, 2021.

The program consists of the following eight modules, which cover all thematic areas of interest for the teacher of Greek as a second/foreign language:

  1. Lesson planning, Classroom Management and Learning Strategies.
  2. Teaching Grammar, Vocabulary and Pronunciation.
  3. Teaching Languages to Young Learners.
  4. Language Performance Assessment.
  5. Computer Assisted Language Learning.
  6. Aspects of Language (Language diversity, genres, and literary discourse).
  7. Bilingualism: Language and Thought of the Bilingual Speaker.
  8. When Cultures Converse at School: Intercultural Education Issues.

The program, which was first implemented in 2007, was awarded with the European Language Label. It is constantly updated and improved, while it offers flexibility in participation, since it is implemented entirely by distance learning and asynchronous teaching.

The participants enjoy 24-hour access to the material and discussion forums, in order to communicate with instructors and fellow participants, to exchange ideas, and engage in constructive dialogue.

One or two webinars take place in each unit, in real time, offering immediate live communication with the team of instructors.

Innovative features of the program include:

  • Three, at least, specialised instructors in each unit, who possess years of experience in the field, teach and supervise the participants and provide answers to their questions.
  • Implementation of the principles of distance learning.
  • The participants write essay papers in each unit under the guidance and support of the team of instructors.
  • Upon completion of the program, trainees are invited to an online teacher community, offering opportunities for continuous cooperation and exchange of information.

The program is addressed to anyone involved and/or interested in teaching Greek as a second/foreign language in Greece and abroad, provided he/she is a B.A. holder from departments of Greek philology, foreign language philologies, pedagogical studies, theological studies or other departments of Greek or equivalent foreign universities.

Candidates who have not completed tertiary education may also be admitted on certain conditions.

The Program “Routes in Teaching Greek as a Second/Foreign Language” is recognised as a distance training program (Government Gazette 862/Issue B/ 8-4-2014) and provides a 450-hour certified specialisation in teaching Greek as a second/foreign language.

Trainees who successfully complete the program can work in public and private institutions worldwide (indicatively, teaching centers, schools, universities and research institutes) that specialise in teaching Greek as a second/foreign language.

For all relevant information, such as registration and cost, please visit the registration website: www.greek-language.gr/routes.

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