ABERDEEN SCOTTISH HELLENIC SOCIETY
 AND
          UNIVERSITY OF ABERDEEN GREEK AND CYPRIOT SOCIETY

PROGRAMME 2016-2017

MODERN GREEK 1 (BEGINNERS)

Wednesdays, weekly, from 7 – 9 pm
28 September – 30 November 2016 and 25 January – 29 March 2017
Room: New King's 15, University of Aberdeen Campus, Old Aberdeen
Tutor: Aristea Sabbatou
Email contact: melvin.dalgarno@virgin.net

for more information see www.aberdeenscottishhellenicsociety.org.uk
or e-mail aberdeenhellenicsociety@gmail.com

 

This Beginners' Class introduces all four elements of the language, namely listening, speaking, reading and writing, to provide a foundation for subsequent learning when you can develop your ability to communicate more effectively in Greek.

An introduction to the Greek alphabet and how to pronounce it will provide a basis for learning to read and speak the language. You will also, from the outset learn some phrases for rudimentary conversation. You will not need a textbook for at least the first five weeks.  You will then need the book Communicate in Greek for Beginners by Kleanthes and Frosso Arvanitakis.  There is a set of materials available which consists of this Textbook, two Workbooks, and a CD. You do not need to buy these workbooks or the CD which supports the listening exercises in the book. Only the textbook is essential.  However, you may find the CD useful for listening practice in your car or in your home. This textbook will also be used if you decide to progress to the next level of class.  The material can be ordered and purchased on-line at www.bibliagora.co.uk.  Second hand copies may also be available from Amazon.

There are no examinations and there will be no formal testing. The course is designed to provide a completely friendly and supportive environment for adult learners.

The class is offered at a pay-as-you-go basis where the charge is £10* at each class you attend (* this will be the fee for the first class, but if there are not at least 3 students paying this fee the charge for each subsequent class will be £15). Full-time students at school, college or university pay £5 for each session.

The tutor, Aristea, is a doctoral student at the University of Aberdeen.  She is a native Greek speaker from Thessaloniki and started teaching Modern Greek classes in Aberdeen last year. She will ensure you have the benefit of authentic pronunciation and communication in Greek.

 

MODERN GREEK 1a (BEGINNERS)

Wednesdays, weekly, from 7 – 9 pm
2 November – 30 November 2016 (and 25 January – 29 March 2017)
Room: 16 College Bounds, AB24 3DS
Tutor: Melvin Dalgarno
Email contact: melvin.dalgarno@virgin.net

Each year there are a few people who want to start learning Greek, but did not know about the classes until after the September start of the Beginners’ class.  This class is especially for them, to avoid asking them to wait until the following
September for a class.

This Beginners' Class provides an accelerated introduction to the language.  It will use a special CD for the pronunciation of the alphabet so that students can practice at home and catch up with the students who started in September.  The plan will be to amalgamate this class with Aristea’s Greek 1 class in January 2017.

All the materials required for the first five weeks will be provided. But, if you return in January, you will need the book Communicate in Greek for Beginners by Kleanthes and Frosso Arvanitakis.  There is a set of materials available which consists of this Textbook, two Workbooks, and a CD. You do not need to buy these workbooks, or the CD, which supports the listening exercises in the book. Only the textbook is essential.  However, you may find the CD useful for listening practice in your car or in your home.  The material can be ordered and purchased on-line at www.bibliagora.co.uk.  Second hand copies may also be available from Amazon.

There are no examinations and there will be no formal testing. The course is designed to provide a completely friendly and supportive environment for adult learners.

The class is offered at a pay-as-you-go basis where the charge is £10* at each class you attend (* this will be the fee for the first class, but if there are not at least 3 students paying this fee the charge for each subsequent class will be £15). Full-time students at school, college or university pay £5 for each session.

The tutor, Melvin Dalgarno, has been involved in these Greek classes since they were first offered by the Aberdeen Scottish Hellenic Society . If there are sufficient numbers to make this viable, it may be possible to engage a Greek student for the final four classes to assist students acquire authentic accents.

 

MODERN GREEK 1b
(BEGINNERS)

Wednesdays, weekly, from 6.30 (for the first 5 weeks) then 7 – 9 pm
18 January – 29 March 2017
Room:  16 College Bounds for first meeting then New King's 15
Tutors: Melvin Dalgarno and Aristea Sabbatou
Email contact: melvin.dalgarno@virgin.net

This is a further opportunity for complete beginners to start learning Greek.

The class will build on the successful experiment last year when a mother and her two children were enabled to join the Greek 1a class in January, after learning that the family was to re-locate to Cyprus. 

Students will have a special introductory class a week the before the class Greek 1 resumes.   They will then join the Greek 1 class but with support of an additional half hour session each week to help them catch up with the original members of the Greek 1 class.

Students will need the book Communicate in Greek for Beginners by Kleanthes and Frosso Arvanitakis.  There is a set of materials available which consists of this Textbook, two Workbooks, and a CD. You do not need to buy these workbooks, or the CD, which supports the listening exercises in the book. Only the textbook is essential.  However, you may find the CD useful for listening practice in your car or in your home.  The material can be ordered and purchased on-line at www.bibliagora.co.uk.  Second hand copies may also be available from Amazon.

There are no examinations and there will be no formal testing. The course is designed to provide a completely friendly and supportive environment for adult learners.

The class is offered at a pay-as-you-go basis where the charge is £10* at each class you attend (* this will be the fee for the first class, but if there are not at least 3 students paying this fee the charge for each subsequent class will be £15). Full-time students at school, college or university pay £5 for each session.

Information about the  tutors, Aristea Sabbatou and Melvin Dalgarno, is given above.


MODERN GREEK 2 (POST-BEGINNERS)

Mondays, weekly, from 7 – 9 pm
26 September – 28 November 2016 and 23 January – 27 March 2017
Room: New King's 2, University of Aberdeen Campus, Old Aberdeen
Tutor: Maria Kopsida
Email contact: melvin.dalgarno@virgin.net

Who is this class for?  Anyone who knows the Greek alphabet and has made some progress in reading and pronouncing simple Greek will be able to cope with it.  It is the follow-on class for those who started the Beginners’ class, taught by Aristea last session, but others are free to join.

This class uses the book Communicate in Greek for Beginners and the course will start with Lesson 3.  A set of materials is available which consists of a Textbook, two Workbooks, and a CD. You do not need to buy these workbooks or the CD which supports the listening exercises in the book. Only the textbook is essential.  However, you may find the CD useful for listening practice in your car or in your home. This textbook will also be used if you decide to progress to the next level of class.  The material can be ordered and purchased on-line at www.bibliagora.co.uk.  Second hand copies may also be available from Amazon.

Emphasis in the classes will be placed on speaking Greek. The aim is to encourage successful communication with plenty of enjoyable speaking and listening activities. The teaching and learning will be enhanced by the use of audio and other multimedia resources.

There are no examinations and there will be no formal testing. The course is designed to provide a friendly and supportive environment for adult learners.

The class is offered at a pay-as-you-go basis where the charge is £10* at each class you attend (* this will be the fee for the first class, but if there are not at least 3 students paying this fee the charge for each subsequent class will be £15). Full-time students at school, college or university pay £5 for each session.

Maria Kopsida, who is a doctoral student at The Robert Gordon University, is a highly experienced and very popular tutor in our Modern Greek classes.  Her home is Kalamata on the southern tip of mainland Greece and this will be her sixth session as a tutor in our Greek classes.

 


MODERN GREEK 3
(Level 1 Intermediate)

Wednesdays, weekly, from 7 – 9 pm
28 September – 30 November 2016 and 25 January – 29 March 2017
Room: New King's 2 in 2016
            MacRobert 251 in 2017
Tutor:  Maria Kopsida
Tutor: Maria Kopsida
Email contact: melvin.dalgarno@virgin.net

This is the follow-on course for the beginners’ in the class taught by Anastasia Eftychidou last session.  But anyone who has appropriate experience is welcome to join.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    

The class will use the book Communicate in Greek for Beginners and the course will start with Lesson 11.  A set of materials is available which consists of a Textbook, two Workbooks, and a CD.  You do not need to buy these workbooks, or the CD which supports the listening exercises in the book.  Only the textbook is essential.  However, you may find the CD useful for listening practice in your car or in your home. The material can be ordered and purchased on-line at www.bibliagora.co.uk.  Second hand copies may also be found on sale at Amazon.

Emphasis in the classes will be placed on speaking Greek. The aim is to encourage successful communication with plenty of enjoyable speaking and listening activities. The teaching and learning will be enhanced by the use of audio and other multimedia resources.

There are no examinations and there will be no formal testing. The course is designed to provide a friendly and supportive environment for adult learners.

The class is offered at a pay-as-you-go basis where the charge is £10* at each class you attend (* this will be the fee for the first class, but if there are not at least 3 students paying this fee the charge for each subsequent class will be £15). Full-time students at school, college or university pay £5 for each session.

Information will be found above for Maria Kopsida from Kalamata, the Greek tutor for this class.


MODERN GREEK 4
(Level 2 Intermediate)

Tuesdays, weekly, from 7 – 9 pm
27 September – 29 November 2016 and 24 January – 28 March 2017
Room: Elphinstone Institute, MacRobert Building, ground floor, University of Aberdeen at the junction of King Street and St Machar Drive
Tutor:  Sakis Barbalexis
Email contact: melvin.dalgarno@virgin.net

 

This is the follow-on course for the class taught by Sakis Barbalexis last session.   This class has completed the book Communicate in Greek for Beginners and will start Επικοινωνήστε Ελληνικά 2 (Communicate in Greek 2) by Kleanthes and Frosou Arvanitakis.   There are two workbooks Βιβλίο Aσκήσεων 2α (Workbook 2a) and Bιβλίο Aσκήσεων 2β (Workbook 2b) which accompany this book, but you do not need to buy these.  This is also true of the CD which supports the listening exercises in the book.  However, you may find it useful to have a copy of the CD for listening practice in your car or in your home.  The materials can be ordered and purchased on-line at www.bibliagora.co.uk and second hand versions may be available through Amazon.
 
Emphasis in the classes will be placed on speaking Greek. The aim is to encourage successful communication with plenty of enjoyable speaking and listening activities. The teaching and learning will be enhanced by the use of audio and other multimedia resources.

There are no examinations and there will be no formal testing. The course is designed to provide a friendly and supportive environment for adult learners.

The class is offered at a pay-as-you-go basis where the charge is £10* at each class you attend (* this will be the fee for the first class, but if there are not at least 3 students paying this fee the charge for each subsequent class will be £15). Full-time students at school, college or university pay £5 for each session.

Sakis Barbalexis is from Thessaloniki.  He is a doctoral student in the Elphinstone Institute of the University of Aberdeen.  He is an experienced teacher of modern languages in secondary Greek Schools and this will be his fourth year of teaching Greek as a highly popular tutor in our Greek classes.


MODERN GREEK 5
(Advanced)

Tuesdays, weekly, from 7 – 9 pm
27 September – 29 November 2016 and 24 January – 30 March 2017
Room: New King's 2 in 2016
            MacRobert 251 in 2017
Tutor:  Aristea Sabbatou
Email contact: melvin.dalgarno@virgin.net

A completely new approach in this programme of classes to offering an advanced class is being adopted this session.

There are several students who have reached various points in the second half of Book 2 or the first half of Book 3 of the series of books by Kleanthes and Frosso Arvanitakis.  Further, these students have very different strengths so far as their Greek is concerned.  Sticking rigidly to one book inhibits the flexibility required to respond to the challenge posed by these two factors.  Aristea will devise activities tailored to the capabilities and interests of the various members of the class so that each individual has the opportunity to develop their skills and confidence in using and comprehending the language

There are no examinations and there will be no formal testing. The course is designed to provide a friendly and supportive environment for learners to have fun in keeping in touch with the language while extending and enhancing their skills.

The class is offered at a pay-as-you-go basis where the charge is £10* at each class you attend (* this will be the fee for the first class, but if there are not at least 3 students paying this fee the charge for each subsequent class will be £15). Full-time students at school, college or university pay £5 for each session.

The tutor, Aristea, is a doctoral student in Education at the University of Aberdeen.  She is a native Greek speaker from Thessaloniki and started teaching Modern Greek classes in Aberdeen last year.

 

MODERN GREEK 6  
(Literature)

Tuesdays, weekly, from 7.30 – 9 pm
27 September 2016 – May/June 2017 (the Christmas and Easter breaks and the precise finishing date to be determined by the tutor in consultation with members of the class)
Room: to be announced
Tutor: Kostas Papadopoulos.
Email contact: melvin.dalgarno@virgin.net

The focus of this class is on reading, in Greek, Modern Greek literature – poems, short stories, plays or novels.   This session we will be finishing our reading of the novel Η ΔΑΣΚΑΛΑ ΜΕ ΤΑ ΧΡΥΣΑ ΜΑΤΙΑ by Stratis Myrivilis   We recommence near the end of chapter 10 with the sentence Η Ασπασία ωστόσο δεν τα βάζει κάτω.

The class is offered on a pay-as-you-go basis.  The charge is £10 for each class, if there continue to be three members in the class.  The charge will rise to £15 if numbers fall.  New members will be very welcome.

The tutor from Athens, Κostas Papadopoulos, has considerable experience of teaching Greek to speakers of English. He is a graduate of the Theology School of the University of Athens.   He has not only studied Classical Greek but is familiar with the language at all stages of its exceptionally long development.

 

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
The Aberdeen Scottish Hellenic Society is delighted to work with the Aberdeen University Greek and Cypriot Society in offering these opportunities for people in the North East of Scotland to learn Greek - whether as first-time or as continuing learners.  The support for these developments from the Aberdeen Scottish Hellenic Society’s Loula Solomou-Dalgarno Memorial Fund is acknowledged.

 

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY
A Christmas Party for these Greek Classes will be held in the evening on Saturday 3 December 2016.

 

ABERDEEN SCOTTISH HELLENIC SOCIETY
The Society offers a warm welcome to all who are interested in Greece and Greek matters. Its 2016-2017 programme opens in the Hall of St Mary’s Church on King Street (opposite King’s College) onThursday 13 October at 7.30 pm with the Society’s Greek Evening party. For further details, please see the Website:
www.aberdeenscottishhellenicsociety.org.uk or contact the Secretary at aberdeenhellenicsociety@gmail.com  The Society is a recognised Scottish Charity No SC046`95.

ABERDEEN UNIVERSITY GREEK AND CYPRIOT SOCIETY
The Greek and Cypriot Society was founded in 2013 and is a student society of the University of Aberdeen. Its vision is to bring together Greeks and Cypriots, as well as anyone who is interested in Hellenic culture. The society will host various events throughout the year. Everyone is more than welcome to join! You can reach the Society at greek.cypriot.soc@gmail.com

THE JOINT FILM CLUB
The town and gown and the student society are also partners in the fortnightly screening of Greek Films.  Subtitles make these films accessible to those who have no Greek or are not yet fluent in the language.  For further details of the films for 2016– 2017, please see the Website:
www.aberdeenscottishhellenicsociety.org.uk

 

RECOMMENDED BOOKS AND RESOURCES
The series of textbooks used in these courses which are recommended by the Greek Language Centre of the Greek Ministry of Education enable students to progress seamlessly from one level of class to another.  Each book is self-sufficient with grammar tables and a vocabulary at the back, so there is no need to have ancillary books like dictionaries.  However, if you are visiting Greece you may find it useful to have a dictionary with an English into Greek section, as well as one the other way round. The Collins Gem, which at less than 4.5 inches high and 3 inches wide fits pockets and handbags, is hard to beat.  Those who come to need a more substantial dictionary would do worse than copy generations of Greek students who come to British Universities armed with D N Stavropoulos’ Oxford Greek-English Learner’s Dictionary.  This is a much superior work to the standard Oxford Dictionary for Modern Greek. The best grammar for native English speakers seeking to learn Greek is either of the Routledge Grammars (the Comprehensive or the Essential) by David Holton, Peter Mackridge and Irene Philippaki-Warburton.  If you need to develop your skills of listening to Greek so that a sentence of several words by a Greek-speaker does not seem like a single very long word, maybe you should take a leaf out of the book of some of our Aberdeen students who have made brilliant progress by spending hours playing the CDs which come with the textbooks. 

 

ROOMS AND PARKING
16 College Bounds is on your left as you go up the cobbled hill from King's College or University Road towards the Spital.  It is opposite the wall and gate of the Research Institute for Irish and Scottish Studies.  The on-street parking, which is restricted to Resident Permit Holders or Parking Ticket Holders during the day, is unrestricted in the evening.  New King's was new at the opening of the 20th century, but it was designed in a Gothic style which makes it look much older, and helps it to fit in, across the grassy lawns, with the medieval Chapel of King's College.  The nearest place to park is probably just outside on the Old Aberdeen High Street, but you will be lucky to find a space.  Almost as near, and a much better bet, are the parking spaces alongside the playing field wall if you drive along King Street and turn in to the University Campus at Regent Walk.  The MacRobert rooms are found in the multi-storey building at the junction of King Street and St Machar Drive.  It is possible that those approaching the University from St Machar Drive will prefer to use the upper car park which enters from St Machar Drive and connects by steps with the lower car park and the MacRbert Building. This lower car park has its entry on King Street.  Please ignore the signs dotted around the University's car parks warning of heavy fines.  These apply only to daytime parking, and not to parking for evening classes.

 

FURTHER INFORMATION
If you have further queries about any of these classes or groups or bus access, do not hesitate to contact Melvin Dalgarno. There are no pre-enrolment formalities.  You simply turn up at the first class, or at any subsequent class if you have to miss the initial meetings.  However, it is helpful to have a rough idea of likely numbers, so let Melvin Dalgarno know (melvin.dalgarno@virgin.net or tel 01224 494508) which class you are interested in joining.

The two Societies reserve the right to cancel any of the classes if numbers attending make this necessary or if tutors cannot be found.  This is not something which has ever been done in previous years.  While the information given here is correct at the time of writing, changes may need to be made.

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