What makes our method different?
In all our courses we employ a variety of language games, in addition to role-playing, in order to motivate students to practice the new vocabulary and grammar. In this way the students assimilate a large number of words (arround 20 – 40 new words / lesson) and a considerable amount of grammar, which is then used in understanding the texts and exercises.
We always try to make the lessons, which are intensive, as interesting for our adult students as possible. In this way even our beginners reach a fairly advanced level after only two weeks. The video below is a “performance” done by a beginners’ class. The play was also written by a beginning student. None of them had any previous knowledge of Greek before they arrived in Ikaria. After two weeks in the course they were able to use a basic vocabulary (around 300 words, including around 50 verbs in the past, the future and the subjunctive). As a result:
We are very proud of the results that you can see on the video above.
Most of the “intensive” Greek language courses offered in Greece do not give more than 100 words in two weeks. The past, the future tenses and the subjunctive of verbs follow only AFTER a minimum of 5 weeks (100 hours) of lessons. The subjunctive, which is used as the infinitive in modern Greek, is absolutely necessary in forming simple sentences such as ”I want to buy a newspaper”. This simply means: In most of the Greek language courses in Greece, students must spend a lot of money (and waste a lot of time) before they’ll be able to open their mouths on the street and communicate with a Greek.
Some more videos from our courses: