In a compelling initiative focused on cultural preservation and strengthening linguistic ties, carried out under the esteemed leadership of His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros, the Greek Education Department of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese, in partnership with the Pontian Academy of Sciences and Letters, has unveiled the introduction of free online Greek courses suitable for adults. This innovative program presents an unprecedented opportunity for those inclined to learn the Greek language.
Language is a powerful carrier of culture and heritage, preserving the stories, traditions and identity of a community. The partnership between the Department of Greek Education and the Pontian Academy of Sciences and Letters demonstrates a shared commitment to safeguarding Greek heritage through education. By offering free online Greek language courses for adults, these organizations contribute significantly to the promotion of the Greek language as a bridge to the past and a link to the present.
The decision to offer these courses online illustrates the commitment of the Department of Greek Education and the Academy of Sciences and Letters of Pontians to accessibility. In a rapidly changing digital world, the online platform offers people from diverse backgrounds and geographies the opportunity to learn Greek, regardless of their current circumstances. Whether a professional looking to perfect their language skills, a descendant of Greek immigrants wanting to reconnect with their roots, or a language and culture enthusiast, these courses are aimed at a wide range of learners.
The online Greek language course curriculum is carefully designed to accommodate different skill levels, from beginners with little or no prior knowledge of Greek to those looking to improve their existing language skills. Lessons will cover the essential elements of language acquisition, including:
The success of any educational initiative relies largely on the expertise of the instructors. We have built a team of experienced language teachers who are fluent in teaching Greek to adults. These instructors will guide participants through the learning journey, providing a supportive environment that encourages active participation and learning.
This collaboration to offer free online Greek language courses for adults is a worthy effort that reflects their commitment to preserving cultural heritage through education. By enabling individuals to learn to read, write and speak Greek, this initiative fosters a deeper connection to the rich history and traditions of Greece. As the world becomes increasingly interconnected, initiatives like these bridge geographic boundaries and provide individuals with the tools to interact with diverse cultures, fostering mutual understanding and appreciation. Enrolling in these courses not only allows individuals to acquire language skills, but also allows them to be ambassadors of cultural exchange in an ever-changing global landscape.
The program is expected to begin in mid-October and end in May. Classes are scheduled to take place on Saturdays from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST). To reserve your place on this program, please email (email protected) including your full name and email address by October 1, 2023. Registration will be on a first come, first served basis. For more information, please do not hesitate to contact the Program Director, Mr. Anastasios Koularmanis.
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