The program "Writing in Greek from A to C through B" aspires to be the first online attempt to enhance the Writing skills in learners of Greek as a Second/Foreign language that have achieved one of the three learning stages, A (Basic User), B (Independent User), C (Proficient User) according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) (CEF, 2001). This course applies to students considered as A (Basic User) Level.
Level A (Basic User).
This is the first level of a 3 level system offered in total, in this online course. Here, the participant will come across a first approach of learning how to write in Greek, but as mentioned before, those who will apply for the course should have previous experience/lessons that will qualify him for attendance; otherwise, it will be difficult for him/her to follow the learning process.
The learner can write a simply structured paragraph linked with simple connectors such as «και» (and), «αλλά» (but), «γιατί» (because). His/Her comprehension will be enhanced by visual resources and all topics will be related to familiar everyday communicative acts, aiming at the presentation of his/her background, immediate environment, and matters in areas of immediate need.
Upon enrolling you will receive a placement test. You can complete as many exercises as you can so that you ensure the correct allocation to the proper course level.
It is important to stress that this online program cannot replace the lessons of Greek in a classroom environment, which the learner has undoubtedly attended at some point in his learning path before being involved in this type of online education. The program refers exclusively to the Writing Skill, since all teaching units lead the learner, as noted, to produce more efficient and complete texts according to his language level. In this sense, the "Writing in Greek from A to C through B" is addressed to:
• Learners of Greek as a Second or Foreign Language who attend language courses in parallel or preceding the time of enrollment in the program and based on the ranking test or on their personal preference choose one of the three-course cycles
• Expatriates who at some point have attended a Greek language school, have been taught Greek in a classroom environment and are keen to improve their skill of producing written speech.
This program is a first attempt to put in practice theoretical references about planning and organizing curricula for second language teaching, especially for Greek as a Second Language, as noted in the new curriculum models (Center of Greek Language, 2015).
In particular, "the thematic framework remains consistent from the first (A1) to the last level of language proficiency (C2) and [...] becomes the vehicle that allows to all the material (skills - speech acts - linguistic elements - tasks) to constitute a single whole that can be graded from the lowest to the highest performance within the same or different language proficiency levels "(Iakovou 2015: 149).
In this sense, the selection of 11 topics that form “the backbone” of the program was strictly adhered to for all three levels (A, B, C) and became the common organizational principle for the design and development of the teaching material.
However, this choice follows the specifications of each language level, both in terms of the amount of information, presentation form, linguistic elements to be tested, as well as final output and type of tasks with which learners are required to activate all the information to which they have been exposed in the preceding unit.
Therefore, each module is not a general lesson of Greek as a foreign language and the program «Writing in Greek from A to C through B" is not a series of distance learning courses at three different levels like those that already exist on the Internet.
Each teaching unit is a targeted collection of material to practice all the necessary language tools (grammar, vocabulary, textual conventions, organizational structure), and all necessary input is graded according to each level in order to support the production of linguistic output.