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40 hours of language instruction (including 5 hours of language workshops + 10 hours of activities in two weeks)
Teaching hour: 60min
Classes: 2-8 people
Location: Ikarian Centre, Arethousa, Ikaria
Monday 13/5 – Saturday 25/5,
Monday 10/6 – Saturday 22/6,
Monday 24/6- Saturday 6/7
Wednesday 17/7 – Saturday 27/7
Monday 29/7 – Friday 9/8
Monday 2/9 – Saturday 14/9
Monday 16/9 – Saturday 28/9
Monday 30/9 – Saturday 12/10
New year’s course: 27/12/2013 – 3/2/2014(7 days, 40hours)
Each courses usually begins on Monday and lasts until Saturday (last class in the course). There are no classes during the day on Wednesdays and Sundays. There are classes on Saturdays.
Monday and Tuesday:
14:45 – 16:00 workshops and listening exercises.
16:30 – 19:30 Greek language lessons
Thursday – Friday – Saturday*:
9:30 – 14:00Greek language lessons
*The last Saturday the lesson ends at 12:00
- Thursday – Friday, 19:30-21:00: Conversation classes, cooking, singing, open-air film screenings, lectures, excursions, etc.
- Sunday, in the middle of the course: Excursion / hiking
Modern Greek language courses in Ikaria have been held during the summertime since 1995 at the Ikarian Centre’s headquarters on the island of Ikaria. The groups are small (from 3 to 8 participants per class). The curriculum is divided into 6 levels, according to the instructions of the European Language Portfolio: A1, A2, B1, B2, C1, C2. The lessons are tailored to the personal needs of each student and are intended for:
- Adult Greek language students of all levels (from absolute beginners to advanced);
- Students and young people who would like to improve their communication skills in the Greek language;
- Interpreters and translators;
- Teachers of Ancient or Modern Greek.
The grammar and the vocabulary are taught using texts and textbooks (written by the Centre). However the courses focus on speaking / listening and the students assimilate the new material through comprehensive activities and language games.
The teachers are Greek; young, but experienced in teaching Greek as a foreign language.
For the fees download the page “Schedule and fees”
The fees include the course materials. They do not include food, accommodation, entrance to museums or transport. They also do not include any kind of insurance (thief, travel insurance, etc.). If you would like to insure your trip you must advise your travel agency.
Please note that as a EU citizen you can be covered by the public health system in Greece if your social insurance organization provides you with the document E111.
Registration and payments
Send the registration form as soon as possible. You will receive instructions for the way you can pay the fees.
A deposit of 100 Euros must be sent with the registration form on-line (Pay Pal) or via bank transfer. The remaining amount must be paid 4 weeks before the beginning of the course. For more details and the cancellation policy please read the terms in the registration form.
Ikarian Centre @Ikaria
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Τhe Ikarian Centre’s headquarters are located near the picturesque village of Arethousa, in a remote rural area on the slope of Mount Atheras, 3 Km (45 min on foot, 10 min by car) away from the sea.
The view is breathtaking and the visitor will be in direct contact with the wild nature of the island: within a 1,5km radius there is nothing but goats and a variation of bushes with olive trees and vineyards. Birds of prey (mainly hawks) live around the area and fly over our facilities. On a clear night you can enjoy a view of the Milky Way in a sky full of stars.
The campus was built in 2001, with respect to the architectural heritage, and includes seminar rooms, a small library, a common kitchen and an office, in a complex of 4 independent buildings. The campus also includes 6 independent rooms equipped with 2 or 3 beds, kitchenette and private bathroom and 1 dormitory, for 8 people. The view to both the mountains and the sea is breathtaking and the place is ideal for those who want to escape from the noise and rush of the cities and tourist destinations, to spend some time close to nature, to enjoy a wonderful landscape that combines the sea and the mountains, to walk on the footpaths of the area or to observe birds of prey from the windows of their rooms.
You must drive for 1,5Km (from the village Arethousa) or 4 Km (from the main street, the crossing in Karavosamo) on a dirt road before you arrive at the Ikarian Centre. Necessary items can be obtained from small shops in Arethousa (1Km – 15min on foot), the coastal village Karavostamo (4 km – 45 min on foot) or the port Evdilos (7Km, ~15 min by car). The visitors can find tavernas and kafenions open during the summer and winter months. The cost of living is quite inexpensive: A meal at one of the local tavernas costs about 9 – 12€ (including wine). The beach (in Karavostamo) is 45 min away on foot (10′ by car)