Courses in Modern Greek Language & Culture
for adults of non-Greek background

 


About the Babel Language Centre
The 'Babel Language Centre' was established in 1997, by a neohellenist (a specialist in Greek Studies) and a linguist (a specialist in languages). The founders are both native speakers of Greek and share a genuine interest in Modern Greek culture, literature, history and linguistic research. They are also language instructors with long standing experience in the teaching of Modern Greek as a foreign language to adults. They taught Modern Greek for many years in Australian Language Centres and Universities and, now, in Greece.

The school has developed an excellent reputation and its Modern Greek Language Courses have attracted learners of all nationalities from all over the world. Most of our learners reside in the Southern Athens Metropolitan area, but there are many who come to Babel from other areas.

'Babel' is conveniently located in a quiet area of Glyfada one of the residential southern seaside suburbs of Athens. From Athens (Dafni metro station), it takes less than 35 minutes on the bus (number 154) to get to the school. From Glyfada Centre, a bus, 124 or 128, stops at a 50-metre walking distance from 'Babel'. There is also plenty of off-street parking around the school. (Directions to Babel)


Our Approach to the Teaching of Modern Greek

The courses at Babel Language Centre are designed for both the serious and the casual learner. Our approach to the teaching of language is based on the Communication Method. This means that we place emphasis on spoken Modern Greek.

Instructors make extensive use of communication activities, situation dialogues, and speaking games. Oral communication activities are always followed up by relevant exercises in writing and grammar.

Although we believe firmly that learning has to be fun to be effective, we also know that it has to be wholesome. Therefore our emphasis on structured speaking always has grammatical objectives and all four functions of the language are covered quite methodically in class (Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing).

Our aim is to consolidate learning and create opportunities for developing fluency, not simply to get through a course book. Prescribed textbooks and workbooks are regularly supplemented by the school's original material distributed in class. (Course Descriptions)

Instructors
Our friendly instructors are all fully qualified teachers and native speakers of Greek. They are talented, conscientious and sensitive to learners needs with extensive experience in the teaching of Greek as a foreign language to adults. Babel's instructors are also near-native, fluent or competent speakers of English, French and other European languages.

Class Size
Classes at the Babel Language Centre® are small in size. It is our policy to allow a maximum of 10 learners in each group but the number rarely exceeds 8 participants per classroom. A minimum of 5 participants is needed for any course to be on offer. (Timetable, Registration & Fees)

Course Duration
Babel offers 10-week courses at all levels, from Beginners to Advanced, 60 or 50 or 40 ( hours of instruction per level ), either in the morning or in the evening. There are also 'Literature and Newspaper Reading' courses, as well as 'Literacy' courses for people who are competent speakers but who wish to learn how to read and write competently also. (What course should I enroll in?)

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