The colloquial words – mostly of Greek origin – that can be found in many languages and the habit of many teachers to use them during the first lessons with a beginners class as a motivation for their students, was what became the basis for “You speak Greek already”. Our main goal was to systematize this method, by turning it into a pleasant, interesting and creative educational manual. Consequently, we have gathered “colloquial” words, divided them according to topics, located relevant authentic texts, worked out which the necessary grammatical phenomena would be and created exercises and activities that promote a successful result in learning the language.
“You speak Greek already” is a book for beginner students, who wish to learn Modern Greek, starting with the alphabet, everyday greetings, introductions and simple dialogues and reaching to small discussions in order to satisfy their basic social needs. A common element in all these cases has been the maximum consolidation of common Greek words and their combination with the basic communicational and grammatical structures of the beginner’s level.
This educational project ensued the European Programme “Education and Culture. Lifelong Learning Programme”. The coordinators were the British Hellenic College and the Hellenic language school “Alexander the Great” and the partners were the Educational Organisation ECED from Bulgaria, the University of Murcia in Spain, the Agency for the preservation of the Mediterranean Heritage Euromediterranean Cultural Heritage Agency in Italy, the Greek Community of Latvia and the University Alexander Ioan Cusa in Iasi, Romania.
Description of the book
“You speak Greek already” is a book for beginner students of the Greek language (A1 – A2 level). It consists of 24 units, as presented in the list below:
Every fifth unit contains a review of the vocabulary and the grammatical-syntactical phenomena that have been already taught.
The structure of each unit is identical and it includes:
- three texts
- vocabulary (three tables with common words, three with basic words of this level, based on the texts, and one at the end of each unit with derivatives and compound words)
- comprehension, vocabulary and speaking exercises
- grammatical theory and exercises
- word games (crossword puzzle, hangman, picture and word)
- writing and speaking activities
This educational material is available in printed form, multimedia cd, as well as on the internet. It also needs to be noted that a translation of the vocabulary and the instructions to the exercises of the multimedia cd is available in Italian, Spanish, Latvian, Bulgarian and Romanian.