Modern Greek Language
History 102a, “Modern Greek Culture and Language, Nineteenth Century”
This is the first part of a two-semester online course on modern Greek culture and language. This course is an introduction to the main cultural forces in history and literature that shaped modern Greek society. It explores the development modern Greek culture from the period of the Greek War of Independence to the Goudi Revolt of 1909. Students will also obtain a basic level of modern Greek conversation skills.
INSTRUCTOR: Dr. Katerina Lagos
History 102b, “Modern Greek Culture and Language, Twentieth Century”
This is the second part of a two-semester hybrid course on modern Greek culture and language. This course is an introduction to the main cultural forces in history and literature that shaped modern Greek society. It explores the development modern Greek culture from the period of the Goudi Revolt to the present. Students will also obtain a basic level of modern Greek conversation skills.
INSTRUCTOR: Dr. Katerina Lagos
Non-Credit Courses in Collaboration with the Annunciation Greek School Program
Beginning Modern Greek for Adults, Thursday 5:30-7:30 pm (Instructor: TBD)
Intermediate Modern Greek for Adults, Wednesday 5:30-7:30 pm (Instructor: Dr. Nikolaos Lazaridis)
Advanced Modern Greek for Adults, Thursday, 5:30 – 7:30 pm (Instructor: Dr. Eleftheria Arapoglou)
Ellinomatheia – The Ellinomatheia exams are the modern Greek language proficiency exams founded in 1994. The Annunciation Greek School Program is an accredited Ellinomatheia testing center since 2019 and serves the Northern California region. For test dates and registration, please contact Dr. Katerina Lagos or visit the Annunciation Greek School website at: www.annunciationgreekschool.org
The Centre for the Greek Language and its Function
The Centre for the Greek Language (CGL) was established in 1994 in Thessaloniki, Greece. It is a non-profit organization supervised by the Greek Ministry of Education and cooperating with the Ministries of Culture and Foreign Affairs and the Aristotle University. Some of the aims of the CGL are the overall support and promotion of the Greek language in Greece and abroad, the organization of teaching of Greek to foreigners in Greece and abroad, the support to teachers of the Greek language in Greece and abroad and the production of all relevant materials that may contribute to the promotion and spread of the Greek language. Presidential Decree 363/98 assigned CGL exclusive responsibility for the organization to plan, and administer the examinations for the Certification of Attainment in Modern Greek, the sole title of proficiency in Modern Greek valid -worldwide.
Certificates are issued for successful candidates at any of the following six levels of attainment in Greek: Al (Al for children 8-12 years old, and Al for adolescents and adults), A2, Bl, B2, Γl and Γ2. The levels are linked to the corresponding levels of the Common European Framework (CEFR). All of the four language skills – comprehension of oral and written communication, production of oral and written communication – are examined at each level. The structure of the examination is presented, as well as the amount of time allotted for examination of each skill. A full analysis of the form of examination for each skill is also provided.
High schools may recognize the Ellinomatheia certificate as valid proof of language proficiency. However, various districts and schools may choose NOT to accept the certification in the place of taking a foreign language in High School. Colleges and universities may also accept the Ellinomatheia certificate, however each has its own governing policies and procedures. Please contact your child’s Greek Language teacher for more information regarding student readiness.
What is the format and content of the examinations?
The examinations cover all four language skills (Listening, Reading, Writing, and Speaking). Exam questions are meant for the general public and the content is of general interest. The examination is communication-oriented; it emphasizes not only grammatical accuracy and correctness, but also the candidate’s ability to use the language efficiently in a specific place and within a specific linguistic context, whether formal or informal. The skills to be examined are clearly distinguished, the manner and the means of examination are clearly stated, and the number and length of the correct answer(s) are stated.