Greek Language

Head of Greek Language and High School Supervisor: Vasileios Vouvonikos
Junior High School Coordinator for Ancient Greek:  Georgia Konstantinou
Junior High School Coordinator for Modern Greek:  Sofia Delidaki

The Greek Language Department is comprised of two fields:  Ancient and Modern Greek.

The objectives of Ancient Greek are:

  • To familiarize students with the literary genres that evolved in antiquity.
  • To provide a linguistic study of Greek by looking at examples of how the language evolved (viewing Ancient Greek as a system characterized by orderliness, economics, necessity).
  • To have students understand the basic aesthetic principles, ideological elements and communication settings of specific historical periods that framework the creation of each literary text.
  • To have students understand the Greek language from a historical perspective, so as to be able to give a historical explanation for linguistic phenomena.

The study of Ancient Greek aims to:

  • Awaken an interest in language and its potential as an expressive and communicative tool and provide incentives for critical analysis of the aesthetic effect produced by the skillful use of words.        
  • Look at ancient texts not only as upholders of timeless values and moral advices, but also as historical records of ideological theories. The main goal in the teaching of Ancient Greek is to cultivate self-awareness in students, to help them recognize the value of the human spirit and to promote a positive attitude towards aesthetic and moral values, which constitute the humanitarian ideals. Thus, we create free-thinking citizens who are open to the acceptance of differences in intercultural communication.
  • Associate ancient texts with historical developments, the evolution of ideas, aesthetic values and expressive codes.

The objectives of Modern Greek are:

  • To understand that written expression is the result that emerges when students negotiate different notions and meanings.
  • To understand that producing written text is a dynamic process that involves collecting, comparing, recording and reviewing both the content and the form of expression in order to judge, justify or deny views and ideologies. Emphasis is placed not only on the final product but on the process itself.
  • To strengthen the conviction that no topic is neutral.  Quite the opposite, all topics can be used to highlight and cultivate concepts of respect, fairness, collegiality and social justice.
  • To develop strategies that will allow all students to participate in processes that affect their life in the school community.
  • To develop verbal skills through which students can argue for a fairer and more democratic society.

The study of Modern Greek aims to:

  • Provide students with a strong grasp of the language structures of Modern Greek (phonetics and phonology, morphology, syntax) and to understand that language is an act that links specific language structures with specific language functions.
  • Help students understand the roles of vocabulary and grammar:  namely, that words and grammatical elements encode a topic from a specific viewpoint; they indicate relationships between persons; they promote or build identities.
  • Broaden students’ vocabulary on a variety of themes and help them to see that the meanings of words are not fixed, but are instead determined by the context in which they are used.
  • Be able to pinpoint the dialectical relationships between different texts and to produce their own arguments.

The methodology used in teaching Greek Language is based on the following principles:

  • The approach, the pace and teaching techniques used are adapted to meet the linguistic and multimodal literacy of the students.
  • Modern technology is a widely used tool in order to make the learning process more effective.