Our Mission & Philosophy
The Greek Language & Culture Class Mission
• Provide friendly Greek language classes
• Cultivate the desire to learn about Greek culture
• Capture the wonders of Greek history
• Offer a contemporary perspective on Greek culture
• Through differentiated instruction, address the pedagogical needs of students, teach Greek as a second language, and help native Greek speakers practice their first language
Our Educational Philosophy
• We employ methods of teaching and learning that are focused on association, thereby promoting long-term learning. A portion of each class session is dedicated to conversation, allowing students the time to create thoughts and sentences of their own. This practice allows students to develop self-confidence, while using the Greek language for communication. We utilize poetry, drama, music, movement, dance, and the visual arts to deepen students’ understanding of language and culture.
• In language instruction, at the beginner’s level, we focus on vocabulary acquisition and literacy. At the intermediate and advanced levels, we include explicit grammar instruction, and work on improving writing and speaking skills.
Means of Achieving Our Goals
Our faculty: Largely affiliated with the University of Chicago, our faculty members have backgrounds in linguistics, language teaching, and the exact sciences. They provide a contemporary and fresh approach to teaching language.
Venue: We will use the National Hellenic Museum’s Education Center, exhibition galleries, library, and Oral History Center, to create an environment conducive to learning.
Arts and crafts: All students participate in art projects related to Greek arts and culture.
Music: We use music, especially to younger students, to teach language and to familiarize all students with Greek culture and traditions, including major holidays.
Dance: Students will learn Greek dances to emphasize Greek culture and encourage physical activity. Students are automatically members of the Junior National Hellenic Museum Dance Troupe that will perform at special events.
Theater/Poetry: Language instruction involves learning Greek poems and performing theatrical pieces.
Story time: Children are given the opportunity to practice their language comprehension skills and learn about Greek history through stories and myths.
Our Team: The National Hellenic Museum is joining efforts with members of the Department of Linguistics at the University of Chicago to offer stellar classes in Greek language and culture. Our team includes people of different backgrounds.