ABERDEEN SCOTTISH HELLENIC SOCIETY

UNIVERSITY of ABERDEEN

GREEK & CYPRIOT SOCIETY


PROGRAMME

2018 - 2019

for more information see www.aberdeenscottishhellenicsociety.org.uk

or e-mail aberdeenhellenicsociety@gmail.com


This Prospectus is meant to help you in your ambition to learn some Greek or improve your competence in the language. We will try to help you, so do not worry if you cannot decide immediately which level of class would be best for you.  It is easy to move from one class to another, and you could easily start by attending more than one class (but we will only charge you for one!) until you find the class which suits you best.

MODERN GREEK 1 (BEGINNERS)


Mondays, weekly, from 7 – 9 pm

24 September – 26 November 2018 and 22 January – 26 March 2019

Room A19 Taylor Building, University of Aberdeen, Old Aberdeen.

Tutor: Natasa Zafeiropoulou

Email contact: melvin.dalgarno@virgin.net


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 four 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.  Although the book may seem expensive you will use it for about three years of classes.


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 on 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 full fee the charge for each subsequent class will be £15). Full-time students at school, college or university, or others who qualify for a fee waiver, pay £5 for each session.


The tutor is a native Greek speaker who is continuing her studies for a Master’s Degree in Education in the University of Aberdeen.   She will be able to give you the benefit of authentic pronunciation and communication in Greek.

MODERN GREEK 1a (BEGINNERS)

Mondays, weekly, from 7 – 9 pm

1, 8, 15 October 2018

Room NK3 New King's, University of Aberdeen, Old Aberdeen.

Tutors: Melvin Dalgarno and Christos Georgakakis

Email contact: melvin.dalgarno@virgin.net


Each year there are a few people who want to start learning Greek, but who have to miss the first classes or are late in finding out about the classes.  This causes problems since all those who are complete beginners need to begin by learning how to pronounce, read and write the Greek alphabet. This class is specially designed for latecomers so that they can learn the alphabet, without disturbing those who were able to join the Beginners’ class on 24 September.  In other words, it is a catch-up class.


This Beginners' Class will use the Internet and a special CD for the pronunciation of the alphabet so that you can practice at home and catch up with the students who started classes on 24 September.  The plan is to amalgamate this class with the original Greek 1 class on 22 October 2018.


All the materials required for the first weeks will be provided. But, if you continue to 22 October, 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 on a pay-as-you-go basis where the charge is £10 at each class you attend, Full-time students at school, college or university, or others who qualify for a fee waiver, pay £5 for each session.


One of the tutors, Melvin Dalgarno, is the organizer of all these classes.  He has been involved in them for more than 11 years since they were first offered by the Aberdeen Scottish Hellenic Society. The other tutor, Christos, is a native of Thessaloniki who is studying for a Doctorate in Philosophy at Aberdeen University.  Christos is a qualified teacher in Greece and unlike Melvin does not pronounce Greek with an Aberdeen accent!

MODERN GREEK 2 (POST-BEGINNERS)


Mondays, weekly, from 7 – 9 pm

24 September – 26 November 2018 and 26 January – 25 March 2019

Room NK7 New King's, University of Aberdeen, Old Aberdeen.

Tutor: Georgios Karampalis

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 – Greek 1 - taught by Natasa last session.   But others will have the skills to join.  For example, any students who could only attend the first half of Greek 1 should find that they can cope with Greek 2.


This class uses the same book as was needed in Greek 1.  This is the book Communicate in Greek for Beginners and the course will start with Lesson 6 which is a revision lesson for the first 5 lessons in the book.   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 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 on 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 full fee,  the charge for each subsequent class will be £15). Full-time students at school, college or university, or others who qualify for a fee waiver, pay £5 for each session.


The tutor is a native Greek speaker who comes from Preveza in eastern Greece.  He is studying linguistics at Aberdeen University. This will be his second session as a tutor in our Greek classes.


MODERN GREEK 3  (INTERMEDIATES)


Tuesdays, weekly, from 7 – 9 pm

25 September – 27 November 2018 and 22 January – 26 March 2019

Room C19 Taylor Building, University of Aberdeen, Old Aberdeen.

Tutor:  Christos Georgakakis

Email contact: melvin.dalgarno@virgin.net



This is the follow-on course for the class taught by Aristea last session.   As far as grammar is concerned, it will start with Lesson 15 of Communicate in Greek for Beginners by Kleanthes and Frosso Arvanitakis when the book introduces forms of the Greek verb other than the present tense.  For some in this class, this will seem like a step back. But experience has shown that many need such revision lessons on the verb.

Emphasis in the classes will be placed on speaking Greek. The aim is to encourage successful communication with plenty of enjoyable speaking, listening and other 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 on 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, or others who qualify for a fee waiver, pay £5 for each session.


The tutor for this class is a post-graduate in Philosophy who is a qualified teacher in Greece.  Like Aristea with whom he shared last session’s new but very successful experiential learning composite class for all levels - ΜΙΛΑΩ, ΑΚΟΥΩ, ΚΑΝΩ, ΜΑΘΑΙΝΩ . . ., Christos comes from Thessaloniki.  Since I have mentioned Thessaloniki, of which some of you will have very fond memories, you may forgive me for quoting the splendid declaration of Nicephoros Houmas in the 14th Century: . . . κάνεις δε μένει χωρίς πατρίδα όσο θα υπάρχει Θεσσαλονίκη (As long as there is a Thessaloniki, nobody need be homeless without a native place.)


MODERN GREEK 4  (Advanced)


Tuesdays, weekly, from 7 – 9 pm

25 September – 27 November 2018 and 22 January – 26 March 2019

Room C23 Taylot Building, University of Aberdeen,Old Aberdeen.

Tutors:  Fani Motesnitsa and Michalis Bitsios

Email contact: melvin.dalgarno@virgin.net


The completely new approach to offering an advanced class is being continued from the previous two sessions.  


There are several students who have reached various points in Book 2 or the first half of Book 3 in the series of books by Kleanthes and Frosso Arvanitakis.  Further, these students have very different strengths as 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.  Also, it is not reasonable to expect an infinite number of levels of Greek Classes to be offered. There needs to be a kind of “holding” class for advanced students.


The class will not use a Textbook.  Activities tailored to the experience, capabilities and interests of the various members of the class will be devised so that each individual has an opportunity to develop their skills and confidence in using and comprehending the language.  There will be no systematic teaching of grammar unless it is evidently necessary to revise something or plug some gap. Fresh material and activities will be introduced so that students can return again and again to this class.


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 on 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, or others who qualify for a fee waiver, pay £5 for each session.


The tutors for this class are a married couple.  They have different names because, unlike British people, many Greek women retain their maiden name on marriage.  Fani Motesnita is a graduate of a Greek University who comes from Florina in the north of Greece. She has done great service to the Aberdeen Scottish Hellenic Society by revitalizing its Facebook page, getting discounts for members from Greek businesses, and increasing the involvement of Greek families coming to Aberdeen in our activities.  This summer Fani has returned to Florina, to have the support of her widowed mother when Fani gives birth to her second child. She will still be on maternity leave when the classes start, but at some point she will return to Aberdeen and her duties as a tutor. In the meantime, Fani has arranged for her husband Michalis to take her classes. Michalis did this last session when Fani was in Florina after the death of her father.  Michalis is the cousin of George Tsimbouksis, the bouzouki player who has played every year for about 5 or 6 years at our Easter Party and music concerts.


MODERN GREEK 5  (Literature)


Tuesdays, weekly, from 7.30 – 9 pm

25 September 2017 – May/June 2019 (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, and translating, 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 will recommence at the beginning of chapter 25.  New members of the class will be made very welcome.


The class is offered on a pay-as-you-go basis.  The charge, if there continue to be three members, is £10 for each 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.


Aκούω, μιλάω, κάνω, μαθαίνω  (a composite class for those who have studied in Greek 1, 2, 3 or 4)


Tuesdays, weekly, from 7.30 – 9 pm

9 April – 11 June 2019

Room A15 Taylor Building,University of Aberdeen, Old Aberdeen.

Tutor: Christos Georgakakis

Email contact: melvin.dalgarno@virgin.net


Book learning is fine, but too many language students become tongue-tied when it comes to actually using the language they have been learning from a book to read and write. This class is meant to be fun, but it is designed around activities where you learn by using Greek in various activities.  Often, as learners whose Greek is a bit limited, you will be stuck and unable to follow the instructions for some activity; so the first thing will be to teach you to ask for help from your classmates or from the tutor. You will learn to use the language in the course of doing things. You will get confidence and make a lot of progress if you are prepared to try this approach.


If you attended this course last session, why not attend again?  The course will be a bit different each year, although some of the basic material will remain the same.  The more experienced students will be able to develop their use of the language by helping to partner and mentor those who are less experienced.

The tutor will be Christos Georgakakis who developed this course with Aristea last session.  At the suggestion of Aristea, the course is being moved forward by two weeks in 2018 – 19, as this may help those who take holidays in the early summer.  But it needs to be emphasized that each class is intended to be free-standing. People can drop in and out when they have conflicting commitments.


The fee will be £10 a class except for full-time students at school, college or university, or others who qualify for a fee waiver who are asked to pay £5 for each session.


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 all the students in these classes will be held on Saturday 8 December 2018 from 7.30 pm at 16 College Bounds in Old Aberdeen.  Try to keep this date free. I hope it will not put you off, if I say that you will not only have a chance to sing “Jingle Bells” in Greek, but will get a chance to play a τριγώνα which is the instrument Greek children use when they go round the doors singing the traditional carols at Christmas, New Year, and Epiphany (6 January).



ABERDEEN SCOTTISH HELLENIC SOCIETY

The Society offers a warm welcome to all who are interested in Greece and Greek matters. The 2018 - 2019 programme opens in the Hall of St Mary’s Church on King Street (opposite King’s College) on Saturday 20 October at 7.30 pm. This is the Society’s Greek Evening party with Greek wines, dancing and a buffet supper.  For further details, please see the Website:

www.aberdeenscottishhellenicsociety.org.uk or, the Facebook page, or contact the Secretary at aberdeenhellenicsociety@gmail.com. The Society is recognized as a Scottish Charity No SC04695.



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. Only students may join, but anyone interested will find they are made more than welcome even if like me their student days are long gone!  You can reach the Society at greek.cypriot.soc@gmail.com



THE JOINT FILM CLUB AND DANCE CLASSES

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 2018 – 2019, please see the Website:

www.aberdeenscottishhellenicsociety.org.uk

or ask melvin.dalgarno@virgin .net to add you to the mailing list for details about each of the fortnightly films.  


Currently, plans are being developed to offer next session dance workshops for traditional Greek Folk Dances.  We hope to cater for children and adults in separate sessions. Some have suggested that as we are a Scottish Hellenic Society we should have both Scottish and Greek dancing.  Tell us what you want. If you are interested in such Dance Workshops or have ideas about how they should be structured, keep an eye on the Facebook page of the Aberdeen Scottish Hellenic Society or email melvin.dalgarno@virgin.net

 

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. Indeed, with smart phones things like dictionaries in book form may soon become things of the past.  However, if you are visiting Greece you may find it useful to have a dictionary with an English - 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.  One such student now sings in Greek and plays his guitar in a rembetiko band in a Cretan Taverna.



ROOMS AND PARKING

You may find the Map at the back of this Prospectus helpful once the information is available about the rooms for these classes.  


Please ignore the signs dotted around University of Aberdeen 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 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. You can pay the tutor for each class on the night.   However, since it is helpful to have a rough idea of likely numbers, try to 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.  But 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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