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					MODERN GREEK LANGUAGE COURSES CALENDAR: 1ST SESSION: MAY 1 TO MAY 10, 2008
Orientation date: Start date : End date : Wednesday Thursday Friday April May May 30 1 25 2008 2008 2008

CALENDAR: 2OND SESSION: JULY 14 TO JULY 25, 2008
Orientation date: Start date : End date : Sunday Monday Friday July July July 13 14 25 2008 2008 2008

GENERAL INFORMATION The methodology of teaching a foreign language in an intensive course is completely different than the one used during a whole term or school year. NEOHEL creates its programs on principles that focus on the development of language skills related to speaking, understanding of the first language speakers, contact with current affairs and cultural events, and organization of morphology of the Greek language. During the seminar we try to create a friendly climate between the students and the teaching staff, and we hope that all the participants to the seminar stay in touch both personally and professionally.
LOCATION: AEGINA

www.aegina.com.gr

The island of Aegina is an ideal location for vacation and studying, and specifically the area of Apollo’s Column, where “Nafsika” www.hotelnafsika.com is located. The nearby picturesque taverns offer good quality food (fresh fish, traditional octopus) in very competitive prices. The Town of Aegina has a long promenade with patisseries with local sweets, such as loukoumades and nut caramels (Aegina is a unique origin producer of nuts recognized as such by the EU). The Town has to offer 4 open air movie theaters that often show movies for children (all subtitled). The Aphaea Athena temple not far from the Town and the Apollo Temple ruines are of the most important archaeological must-see sites in the island, as well as a number of neo-classical buildings, Byzantine churches, the monastery of Saint Nektarios and traditional villages.

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HOTEL
The seminar will take place in the very relaxing environment of the 3-star hotel “Nafsika” in Aegina www.hotelnafsika.com .The hotel is at a 10-minute walking distance from the Town and the port of Aegina. It has been built on an area with archaeological significance, where now is located one of the best beaches of the island. The beach is at a 5-minute walking distance. The hotel disposes a swimming pool as well. George Seferis and Odysseas Elytis, both Nobel laureates of literature, spend several summers in “Nafsika”, a proto-Mediterranean style building with Byzantine and neo-Greek elements. The rooms have verandas overlooking the sea and Epidaurus, as well as private bath, TV, AC, and refrigerator. The private library of the owner, Mr. Poulakos, includes 40,000 volumes in Greek, English, French, and Italian regarding ethnology, history, politics, and literature, as well as a number of dictionaries and encyclopedias. When the weather is favorable, the seminar takes place outside in the verandas of the hotel with the magnificent sea views.

4 LEVELS OF COMPETENCY
001. BASIC 1 The 1st level develops basic language skills that will allow students to understand and communicate in Greek in basic situations in which simple and immediate exchange of ideas is required. The beginners and those with a minimal understanding of the language will be able, at the end of the two week seminar, to master a 500-word vocabulary in order to use approximately 50 communicative acts. At the same time they will develop their reading writing skills due to the interactive method of teaching which are based on images, pictures dialogues, and multimedia material. Music, references to the Greek civilization, traditions, and modern way of living will be used to develop the above skills. Students are constantly prompted and encouraged to speak and exchange ideas on basic topics. By the end of the seminar, students will be familiar with the basic grammatical and syntactical issues that may facilitate their basic communication. 002. BASIC 2 The 2nd level develops language skills that will allow students to understand and communicate in Greek in situations in which not only simple and immediate exchange of ideas is required, but also expression of some personal ideas. At this level, students will develop their skills in regard to communicative acts that cover a wider range of topics and interests as well as their reading and writing skills due to the interactive method of teaching which is based on images, pictures dialogues, and multimedia material. In particular, the use of video will prompt students to understand and speak the language. The vocabulary targeted for this level comprises 500-600 words and 60 additional communicative acts, such as descriptions, everyday life situations, giving directions, the human body, etc. At this level short authentic but edited texts from literature and press cuttings, as well as Greek songs will be used to complement the teaching material.

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003. INTERMEDIATE 3 At this level, students will develop language skills that will allow them to understand and communicate in spoken and written Greek with accuracy and to be able to use the appropriate expressions in more demanding and complex situations. At this level, the vocabulary development of the basic thematic units is completed, and abstract topics and terms will be introduced. New sophisticated idiomatic expressions will be added expanding the language knowledge to reach the linguistic variety of the Greek language. In addition, students will be acquainted with the proper use and meaning of phrasal verbs and other grammatical forms that allow them to further explore the Greek language. In this stage, students obtain a level of language knowledge beyond basic understanding and expression and are able to deal with more complex linguistic material. Emphasis is put on the speaking skills. For this reason, TV programs, edited Greek movies, and other videotaped authentic material will complement the teaching material of the intermediate level. 004. ADVANCED 4 At this level, students must develop language skills that will allow them to speak and write with high level of accuracy, to compose complicated phrases, and to respond naturally not only to known topics, but also to completely new situations and areas of expertise. At this level, students who participate must have the ability to respond to this kind of material, to be able to follow with ease TV programs, to read and understand the majority of newspaper contents, to read and understand Greek literature, to use idioms and complex syntactical forms. The students entering this level will be lacking some of the elements that will, after the completion of the seminar, render them more fluent in Greek.
NOTICE: A course can be cancelled if there are not enough participants. TIME SCHEDULE: 1ST SESSION (40 HOURS)

Wednesday 31 April
20:00 Welcome ouzo in the Hotel’s bar or in the terrace if the weather is good.

Thursday 1 May
14:30 – 17:00 courses 17:00 – 17:30 break 17:30 - 20:00 courses

Friday 2 May
9:00 – 11:30 courses 11:30am – 12:00 break 12:00 – 14:30 courses

Saturday 3 May
9:00 – 12:00 Courses 12:00 – 12:30 break 12:00 – 17:30 Archaeological guided tour

Sunday 4 May: free

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Monday 5 May to Saturday 10 May
9:00 – 11:30 courses 11:30am – 12:00 break 12:00 – 14:30 courses TIME SCHEDULE: 2 ND SESSION (40 HOURS)

Sunday 13 July
20:00 Welcome ouzo in the Hotel’s terrace.

Mondays to Fridays
9:15 – 11:30 courses 11:30 – 12:00 break 12:00 - 13:45 courses

Saturday 19 July and Sunday 20 July: FREE
COST Course : 600 € The fees include: 40 hours course – Hand outs material – Greek dances lessons – An archaeological guided tour in Aegina. Hotel (breakfast included): Price per person in single room: Price per person in double room: Price per person in triple room: 41 € per day 30 € per day 26 € per day

HOW TO APPLY AND ENSURE YOUR PLACE (Course/Hotel)
1. You fill out the application form of NEOHEL 2. A deposit of 200 Euros is necessary in order to confirm participation to the course and to ensure the reservation of a room in the hotel. The deposit of 200 euro must be paid to the following account number: NAME: NEOHEL BANC: NATIONAL BANC OF GREECE ACCOUNT NUMBER: 011 14144109049 SWIFT: ETHNGRAA IBAN: GR2601101410000014144109049 3. You send the filled application form and the payment document to NEOHEL by fax: 0030 210 6104284 or by E-mail to: asteriasbooks@qualco.gr 4. You will receive a confirmation of acceptance to the seminar and of the reservation of your room in the hotel. 5. The remaining amount must be paid a week before the seminar begins.
CANCELLATION POLICY:

Refund is possible (usually 10 days before the seminar begins) and the

reason for the cancellation. A course can be cancelled if there are not enough participants.

NOTICE - July and August are in the midst of high tourist season in Greece; therefore please
make sure that you make your reservations as soon as possible. - Participants with own accommodation, are kindly asked to notify NEOHEL as soon as possible. - NEOHEL is entitled to change the activities and the timetable it has announced depending on the classes which will be formed.

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- NEOHEL is not responsible for accident, illness, theft or loss of personal belongings during class or during school activities. FURTHER ARRANGEMENTS (FREE OR OPTIONAL)

GREEK DANCE LESSONS-FREE
During the period of the seminar the students will have the option to follow Greek dance lessons.

ARCHAEOLOGICAL GUIDED TOUR ( VISIT OF THE TEMPLE OF APHAEA ATHENA – THE RUINES OF
THE APOLLO TEMPLE THE ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM – THE MEDIEVAL TOWN OF PALIAHORA WITH IT’S BYZANTINE OLD CHURCHES-THE ORTHODOX MONASTERY OF SAINT NEKTARIOS E.T.C FREE

The temple of Aphaea Athena in Aegina is one of the best preserved Doric style temples of the 5th century BC. The temple has been used as prototype for the construction of the Parthenon in Athens and along with the temple of Poseidon in Sounion they create a holy triangle (Aegina – Athens – Sounion).

ANCIENT THEATER OF EPIDAURUS (OPTIONAL)
On July there will be an excursion by boat and bus to the ancient theater of Epidaurus. Performances are taking place every summer in Epidaurus on a daily basis. The students will have the chance to analyze the specific comedy or tragedy that they will watch beforehand during the seminar.

MODERN ART: VISIT OF THE MUSEUM OF SCULPTOR C.KAPRALOS (OPTIONAL)
Christos Kapralos’ wife will guide us through his significant work in the museum. Works by Henri Moore and Christos Kapralos had been exposed during the Olympic Games of 2004 in Athens.

VISIT OF THE

CERAMIC HAND-CRAFTS ARTISTS IN THE VILLAGE OF MESAGROS (OPTIONAL)

Aegina from the Antiquity up to the recent times continues to be a center of the ceramic art due to the special argil earth of the island.

DISCOVERY OF THE COUNTRY UNDER THE GUIDANCE OF MR GERALD EFRAIM NEKTARIOS TOMPSON) A BIG FRIEND OF AEGINA, AUTHOR OF THE BOOK “PEDESTRIAN GUIDE OF AEGINA” (OPTIONAL) SUNDAY EXCURSIONS (OPTIONAL)
In one day you can visit Athens (Aegina – Piraeus is only 35 minutes by Flying dolphin) or the island of Hydra with it’s famous nautical Museum and the picturesque town with it’s old historical houses of the 19th century. In Hydra there are no cars but for transportation you can use only donkeys and mules. In one day you can also visit the green island of Poros with its famous lemon-tree forest. But you can stay in Aegina as well and discover the small picturesque villages of the island taste the home –cooked plates in the family taverns, contact and speak with the inhabitants. TEACHING MATERIAL    The following teaching material will be used according to the students’ level: “Greek for Foreigners” by S. Mavroulia & E. Georgantzi “Asterias” by E. Georgantzi

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Specially prepared for each seminar edited handouts with various press cuts, current affairs, excerpts form literature, grammatical and syntactic idiosyncrasies and so forth. Video handouts (transcription of the oral speech ) Greek songs handouts

ABOUT THE TEACHING STAFF
All teaching staff has post graduate degrees in Second Language Education, and has long experience in teaching Greek language and culture to foreigners: Ms. Evangelia Georgantzi, Director and founding member of NEOHEL Modern Greek and European Studies – Publications, MA in Second Language Education and Linguistics, has long experience in creating series of books on Greek as a second / foreign language for children and adults, and has coordinated various SOCRATES – LINGUA programs for the production of teaching material for the Greek language. Dr. Christos Papazoglou, Professor in the Department of Greek Language and Literature of INALCO (Institut National des Langues et Civilisations Orientales) at the University of Paris, is responsible for studies regarding the work of poets such as Kariotakis, Seferis, Solomos,Papadiamandis and Cavafis. Dr. Katerina Korre, Archeologist, Professor of Folklore Culture at the University of Athens. Author of many books concerning the Greek Folklore Culture. Dr Katerina Kostiou – Assistant Professor on Modern Greek Literature in the Departement of Greek Philology at the University of Patras. Dr Bourazelis Professor of History at the Athens University Dr Angie Bartolomei – Balodimos, Professor of ESOL at the North University of Chicago – USA Dr Euridice Trichon- Milsani, Assistant Professor in Arts at INALCO, ex-member of the art guides in Beaubourg Museum of Modern Art in Paris, Author. Dr Maro Kardamitsi –Adami, Professor at the school of Architecture in the National Technical University. Director of the Neohellenic Architecture Archives. Ms. Persefoni Popovitc, Assistant Professor of the Greek Language and Literature at the University of Belgrade, translator of various literary works. Mr Pedro Ollaya, Hellenist, Professor, translator, lexicographer, author photographer Ms. Eleana Raftopoulou, Graduate in Literature and Languages, translator of various literary works. Dr Villar Alicia, Professor at the Autonoma Universidad de Madrid (Greek language, Literature & Culture) Ms. Lina Vaska–Paidoussis, Lawyer, MA in Second Language Education, experienced in teaching Greek as a second/foreign language to children and adults. Ms Tania Doxanaki, Archeologist, Mouseologist Ms Kapi Panou, Archaeologist, Guide, Bachelor- University of Athens Ms Evi Makri, Archeologist – Historian - University of Athens MA in Information Technology in Education Ms Evi Panayiotopoulou, Philologist, Ms Valina Kyriazi, Pedagogue, teacher etc. WHERE TO FIND US Name: NEOHEL- Modern Greek and European Studies- Publications Address: Agiou Konstantinou 40 – Maroussi 15124 – Athens – Greece Tel: (++30) 210 80 87 595 / (++30) 6932 43 80 82 / (++30) 210 6198903(ext.229) Fax: (++30) 210 61 04 284 E-mail :asterias@qualco.gr Web site: www.asteriasbooks.com Responsible for the courses: Ms. Evangelia Georgantzi

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REGISTRATION FORM Modern Greek language courses - 2008 Arrival Date and hour: _______________________Departure Date and hour: ________________ Name:________________________________________________________________________ Date of Birth: __________________________________________________________________ Place of Birth: _________________________________________________________________ Address: _____________________________________________________________________ City and Area Code: _ ___________________________________________________________ Country: ______________________________________________________________________ Day Phone: ___________________________________________________________________ Evening Phone: ________________________________________________________________ Cell Phone: ___________________________________________________________________ E-mail:_______________________________________________________________________ First Language: ________________________________________________________________ Other Languages: ______________________________________________________________ Education: ____________________________________________________________________ Occupation: ___________________________________________________________________ The address, telephone numbers, e-mail of the organization you are working: _______________ _____________________________________________________________________________ How many years and where did you learn Greek: ______________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________ Books that they have been taught: _________________________________________________ What would you like your child to develop / improve more in this seminar? □ Speaking skills □ Reading & Writing skills □ Comprehension of native speakers □ Comprehension of written texts □ Grammar □ Syntax □ Vocabulary, expressions, idioms development □ Acquaintance with Modern Greek culture (music, painting, movies, theater, literature, poetry, dance) □ Other A. I would like to participate: 1. In the seminar of Greek language from May 1 to May 10, 2008 in Aegina 2. In the seminar of Greek language from July 14 to July 25, 2008 in Aegina 001 – Basic Greek 1 □ 002 – Basic Greek 2 □ 003 – Intermediate 3 □ 004 – Advanced 4 □ □ □

B. I would like a room: □ Single □ Double (to share with other participant if possible)

□ Double □ Triple

Date:___________________________

Signature:________________________________

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About NEOHEL

- Modern Greek & European Studies- Publications

GENERAL
NEOHEL is a publishing house founded in 1967 and operates under the current name since 1992. In summary, the activities of NEOHEL are the following: - Research in the field of applied linguistics with respect to Greek as a foreign language - Education of students of Greek as a foreign language, of foreign - Training of teachers of Greek as a foreign language - Publication of new educational material for teaching Greek and improvement of existing material - Participation in European programmes with the objective of disseminating and promoting the Greek language internationally. OBJECTIVES AND ACTIVITIES

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Research Programmes

NEOHEL carries out research programmes on teaching Greek as a foreign language, in cooperation with universities and schools abroad (England, France, Spain, Bulgaria, Serbia and Cyprus).

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European Programmes

NEOHEL participates in European Commission SOCRATES Lingua 2 (aiming at promoting the least -spoken EU languages) programmes as coordinator for the production of educational material on learning Greek as a foreign language. For this purpose, NEOHEL has collaborated with the following: - The department of Modern Greek Studies of INALCO (Institut National de Langues et Civilisations Orientales ) -University of Paris, France. - The Department of, Byzantine, Ottoman and Modern Greek Studies of the University of Birmingham, U.K. - The Department of Modern Greek Studies of the University Complutense of Madrid, Spain - The Department of Modern Greek Studies of the University of Sofia. Bulgaria. - The Department of Modern Greek Studies of the University of Belgrade, Serbia Neohel has published 89 titles of books, CD's and audiocassettes of Greek as a foreign language, and as such it remains in close contact and collaborates with training institutions all over the world in regard to training and cultural issues. 

Publications ( Website: www.αsteriasbooks.com )
NEOHEL has published three full series of manuals on teaching Greek as a foreign language: - Mikros Asterias series (for children aged 4-6) - 2 levels - Asterias series (for children aged 6-14) - 4 levels - Greek for Foreigners series (for adults) – 4 levels - Greek Culture for Children series: Greek Customs and Holidays - Short Stories for Letter-Heroes series: The Naughty Blue Cat

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Training Seminars

NEOHEL organises: o In Greece - Training seminars for teachers of Greek as a foreign language funded by the SOCRATES programme. The participants of the seminars are eligible for grant by the COMENIUS and GRUNDTVIG programmes. o In Greece and abroad for educators other than the ones eligible for grant Until now, NEOHEL has trained educators in USA, the UK, Bulgaria, Serbia, Cyprus etc.

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Intensive Summer Greek Language and Literature Courses

NEOHEL has organised intensive Greek Language and Literature courses for adults on various islands and areas in Greece, Santorini, Ithaki, Thasos, Kavala, Pylos and Athens. Please consult the Seminars section of the web for information on this year’s courses in the island of Aegina. Target group: Translators, Interpreters, Students (University) Students (Adults programmes) Teachers of Greek etc

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Greek Culture courses

In 2007 NEOHEL organises 3-one week programs in Athens (languages of tuition: Greek, English, Spanish) aiming to the promotion of the Greek culture to EU citizens and especially EU teachers. The participants of the seminars are eligible for grant by the COMENIUS and GRUNDTVIG programmes.

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University program for students

Since 2006 NEOHEL in collaboration with the North Park University of Chicago, organises an intensive 4-credits summer course in Greece by incorporating both scholarly/didactic approaches to learning with experiential approaches based on the rich resources of the country of Greece.

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Dissemination and Support for the Greek Language

One of the objectives of NEOHEL is to disseminate and support teaching of the Greek language abroad. For this reason, NEOHEL supports financially the Greek language programmes of two schools in Belgrade, Serbia and in Sofia, Bulgaria.

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Scholarships

Every year, NEOHEL offers scholarships to foreign students and teachers of the Greek language in order to participate to the above seminars and courses. Until now, scholarships have been offered to teachers and students from Serbia, Bulgaria and Uzbekistan.

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