Teaching Methods and Learning Outcomes

 

 

TEACHING METHODS AND LEARNING OUTCOMES

 

The success of our students is based on more than twenty years of our experience in teaching Greek using competent instructional methodologies, vigorous distance education practices, excellent textbooks and other high-quality learning resources, placement tests, and continuous proficiency achievement examinations. 

 

 

1]  Our instructional methodologies are solidly rooted in the following experiential principles of language        learning:

 

  • Versatility and flexibility.
  • Encouragement of creativity and discovery.
  • Opportunities for all course participants to feel successful.
  • Interactive lessons with hands-on activities and active learning.
  • Accommodation of the needs of students at different levels of ability.
  • Integration of language skills, thinking skills, and content knowledge.
  • Continuous quality improvement and support of the core curriculum.

 

 

2]  Our distance online education processes include:

 

  • E-Books
  • Podcasts
  • Audio CDs
  • CD-ROMs
  • E-Learning
  • Web-Based Courses
  • Tele-Video Training
  • Asynchronous Home Study
  • Content Management Systems
  • Virtual Conversation Simulations
  • Online Testing and Assessment
  • Real-time Web Conferencing
  • Blended e-Learning and Classroom-Based Instruction
  • LEXISPLACER™  Greek Language Fluency Placement Tests
  • LEXISLEAP™ Greek Language Evaluation and Achievement Examinations 

 

 

3]  In addition to using highly effective textbooks and workbooks provided by Papaloizos Publications, we      use:

 

  • Authentic materials from Greek newspapers and periodicals.
  • Podcasts of audio recordings, including audio texts and dialogs, vocabulary lists and glossaries, interactive listening and speaking exercises, and grammar drills.

 

 

4]  For the benefit of our students, we use a variety of Second Language Acquisition assessment    

     frameworks, including the following Interagency Language Roundtable (ILR) scale that has been

     developed by the International Center for Language Studies and adopted by many academic

     institutions and government agencies worldwide:  

 

 

Proficiency Code

Speaking Definitions

Reading Definitions

0 - No Practical Proficiency

No practical speaking proficiency.

No practical reading proficiency.

1 - Elementary Proficiency

Able to satisfy routine travel needs and minimum courtesy requirements

Able to read some personal and place names, street signs, office and shop designations, numbers and isolated words and phrases

2 - Limited Working Proficiency

Able to satisfy routine social demands and limited work requirements

Able to read simple prose, in a form equivalent to typescript or printing, on subjects within a familiar context

3 - Minimum Professional Proficiency

Able to speak the language with sufficient structural accuracy and vocabulary to participate effectively in most formal and informal conversations on practical, social, and professional topics

Able to read standard newspaper items addressed to the general reader, routine correspondence, reports, and technical materials in the individual's special field.

4 - Full Professional Proficiency

Able to use the language fluently and accurately on all levels pertinent to professional needs.

Able to read all styles and forms of the language pertinent to professional needs.

5 - Native or Bilingual Proficiency

Equivalent to that of an educated native speaker.

Equivalent to that of an educated native.