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2016-2017 Greek School Academic Year

The aim of the Greek School is to expose the students to Modern Greek as well as the Culture within which it has evolved. Classes are open to children and adults because the acquisition of knowledge has no age boundaries. Socrates said “ΓΗΡΑΣΚΩ ΑΕΙ ΔΙΔΑΣΚΟΜΕΝΟΣ” [I age while I am always being taught].

Greek belongs to the Indo-European family of languages and is closely related to both Latin and Sanskrit, the language that was spoken in Ancient India. The roots of the Greek language reach back to Homer and beyond, in the process amassing a plethora of written material. The Greek culture has changed over time and so has the Greek language. It may be classified in five periods: Homeric, Classical, Koine [the language of the Old and New Testaments, the Acts of the Apostles, the Epistles and the Apocalypse}, Byzantine and Modern Greek. These are further subdivided into several dialects. Each of these manifestations of the Greek language has its roots in the past and in the Homeric Dictionary one finds the words ΓΕΝΟΣ [family, race], ΔΕΙΛΟΣ [coward], ΕΧΩ [I have], ΘΑΛΑΣΣΑ [the sea], ΤΡΕΧΩ [I run], ΦΕΥΓΩ [I leave, I escape] and many others that are still in use today.

This year we will offer the following six classes:

1. Class A’ is offered to children in Kindergarten. Through fun learning activities and developmentally appropriate methods, the children learn the Greek alphabet, some basic words, practice simple dialogues, play traditional games and become familiar with Aesop’s fables.

2. Class B’ is offered to children who can read. Here the emphasis is on elementary reading, conversation, poetry, songs and games.

3. Class Γ’ utilizes the Margarita Program that was developed by the University of Crete under the auspices of the Greek Ministry of Education and Religion [Υπουργείον Παιδείας και Θρησκευμάτων]. The project was funded by the European Union. For more information, please visit their website: http://www.ediamme.edc.uoc.gr/diaspora2/index.php?kseni

4. Adult Beginners is offered to Adults and Teenagers who wish to learn Modern Greek. As with Class A’, we begin with the alphabet, learn to read some words and write one’s name, and conversation.

5. Advanced Modern Greek is open to anyone who is able to read a Greek text at a certain level of proficiency. The students use the book “Modern Greek” by Theodore C. Papaloizos, Ph.D. Each chapter offers grammar and syntax, two subjects that are often misunderstood and neglected by our educational system. Both grammar and syntax are built into a given language and native speakers recognize the “correct grammar” or the “correct syntax.” Native English speakers have learned in childhood that “boy” refers to a male child and “boys” refers to many. Early on, they used this rule of adding an “s” to denote plurality and said “two childs”. A parent immediately must have said “you must say two children,” a grammatical correction. By delving into the study of Modern Greek, both the instructor and the students are able to understand their native tongue a little better.

In addition to the above, the students are exposed to aspects of Greek history, geography and culture as well as the etymology or origin of key words. Over the centuries a multitude of Greek words have been adopted by many other languages, including English. Some of these words are democracy, philosophy, economics, pancreas, zoology, lymphoma, horoscope, astronaut, cosmonaut, politics, history, tyranny, oligarch, theater, logic, theology, liturgy, leukemia, drama, mathematics, and thousands of others that are a part of your language.

6. Preparation for the Proficiency Certification Test [Πιστοποιητικό Ελληνομάθειας] is offered by invitation to those students who are deemed ready to prove that they have mastered Modern Greek at a particular level of proficiency. This Certificate has six levels ranging from Grade 1 through High School. They are: A 1, A 2, B 1, B 2, Γ 1 and Γ 2. Τhe class focuses on Level A 1.

ΟΡΙΣΤΕ ΣΤΗΝ ΠΑΡΕΑ ΜΑΣ  (You are invited to our group).

Stavroula Christodoulou, PhD.

Principal

Class Schedule:
A’, B’, Γ’ and Adult Beginners:  Mondays 4:15 – 6:00 PM

Advanced Modern Greek:  Mondays 6:00 – 8:00 PM

Preparation for the Proficiency Certification:  To Be Announced

Registration Fees for our available classes:

Steward Students:

$200.00 yearly

Non-Steward Students:

$300.00 yearly

To register please call the church office: 954-467-1515