In the branches of the Hellenic Foundation for Culture (H.F.C.) function departments in which professors with experience teach Greek as a foreigner/second language. These courses aim at the practice of all linguistic abilities (production and comprehension of oral and written speech). In the teaching process are applied modern pedagogic methods according to which the learning becomes a complex process of interaction of the individual with the social environment. For this reason in the suitably shaped rooms of the branches the teaching follows not only the use of the traditional handbook, but is also supported with the help of optical and acoustic material, linguistic games, discussions and events (learning of songs, competitions, musical and theatrical representations, guided tours in the exhibitions organized by the branches etc.). These choices aim at the acquaintance of the students with the Greek way of life and at the approach of country's culture. Special concern is taken for the correct function of children's departments, as suitable methods of teaching are applied which allow a better communication with the children. The courses in the adults' departments are formed in such a way in order to correspond to the specific requirements of the Greek Language Center. The teachers are free to select the handbooks and the teaching material. Some of the handbooks that are used are mentioned below:
- George Babiniotis, “Greek Language”,
- Institute of Modern Greek Studies, “New Greek for foreigner”,
- Froso and Kleanthis Arbanitaki, “Communicate in Greek”,
- Sapfo Mauroulia and Evangelia Georgantzi, “Greek for foreign speakers”,
- Marineta Papacheimona, Dimitra Dimitra “Greek Now 1+1”, “Greek Now 2+2”,
- Evangelia Georgantzi, “Starfish”. Greek websites about culture
* Ministry of Culture
* Foundation of the Hellenic World
* Benaki Museum
* Museum of Cycladic Art
* Acropolis Museum
* National Museum of Contemporary Art
* State Museum of Contemporary Art
* International Thessaloniki Film Festival
* Short Film Festival in Drama
* Centre for the Greek Language
The Greek language in Greece
* National and Capodistrian University of Athens - School of Philosophy Interdepartmental Programme of Modern Greek as a foreign language
* Hellenic Culture Centre Modern Greek language courses for foreigners
* College Year in Athens
* The Athens Centre
* Hellenic American Union Modern Greek language courses for foreigners
* Hellenic Language School 'Alexander the Great'
* Organization for the Internationalization of the Greek Language
* Institute for Language and Speech Processing
* Aristotle University of Thessaloniki School of Modern Greek Language
* Aristotle University of Thessaloniki Institute of Modern Greek Studies
* Centre for the Greek Language (Ministry of Education & Religious Affairs)
Division for the Support and Promotion of the Greek Language
* Institute for Balkan Studies International Programme 'Greek Language, History and Culture'
* University of Crete Department of Philology - Linguistics Division
* The Ikarian Centre (Eteria Ellinikis Glossas kai Tehnis)
* Summer Programme of Modern Greek for foreigners
* University of Ioannina Centre for the Study of Greek Language and Culture
Summer Programme of Modern Greek for foreigners
* University of Patras Intercultural Education Centre
* International Centre for Hellenic & Mediterranean Studies
* Lexis: Center of Greek Language & Culture
* Ionian University Centre for Greek Language and Culture
Modern Greek Summer Classes
The HFC co-operates with and offers support to institutions engaged in activities relating to the Greek language. Assistance is provided for conferences, publications, language lessons at universities and schools. The HFC also makes every effort to enrich the libraries of such educational institutions.
In addition, the HFC participates in the joint ministerial Committee for the Support of Greek Studies Abroad (Hellenic Ministry of Education). The task of the committee is to provide financial assistance for classes and other approaches to teaching Greek studies, as well as for research into subjects relating to Hellenism conducted by tertiary level educational institutions or other countries. The committee also endeavours to secure resources for the realisation of these goals.
The committee is made up of representatives from the Institute for the Education of Foreign Nationals of Greek Origin and Cross-Cultural Education, the Centre for the Greek Language, the World Council of Hellenes Abroad, the Ministry of Culture, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Special Secretariat for the Education of Foreign Nations of Greek Origin and Cross-Cultural Education of the Ministry of Education and the Hellenic Foundation for Culture.
In the period 2000-2003, educational material was sent to the following universities and schools:
University of Manitoba, Centre for Hellenic Civilization, Canada
Baku Slavic University, Centre for the Greek Language, Azerbaijan
Nacional del Sur University, Department of Modern Greek Language, Argentina
Vilnius University, Faculty of Greek Studies, Lithuania
University of Helsinki, Faculty of Modern Greek Studies, Finland
University of Chile, 'Fotios Malleros' Center for Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies
Playa Ancha University, Center for Greek Studies, Valparaiso, Chile
Metropolitana University, Center for Greek Studies, Santiago, Chile
University of Belgrade, School of Philosophy, Faculty of Modern Greek Studies, Belgrade, Yugoslavia
University of Latvia, Center for Greek Studies, Riga, Latvia
University of Lisbon, Portugal
'I.I. Mechnikov' Odessa National University, Centre for Modern Greek Studies, Ukraine
Tbilisi State University, Georgia
Kiev National Economic University, Ukraine
University of Istanbul, Department of Greek Language and Literature, Turkey
Lomonosov Moscow State University, Faculty of Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies, Russia
Stendahl University, Department of Modern Greek, Grenoble, France
'Hellenic Republic' schools, Santiago, Chile
Greek Community School in Linden, Johannesburg, South Africa
Greek School of the Church of Saint Nicholas, Novi Sad, Yugoslavia
Krali Petar Primary School, Belgrade, Yugoslavia
Vuk Karadic Primary School, Belgrade, Yugoslavia
Skadarlija Primary School, Belgrade, Yugoslavia
Sveti Sava Primary School, Belgrade, Yugoslavia
Maxim Gorki Primary School, Belgrade, Yugoslavia
25th General School of Odessa, Ukraine
Marinski Secondary School, Ukraine
Lycée International Europole, Grenoble, France
State Center for Foreign Languages, Tacuarembo, Uruguay
Greek Community of Grenoble, France
Bibliothèque du Droit - Lettres, Grenoble, France
Association for International Relations & Cultural Exchanges of Kalymnos, Greece
'Macedonia' Greek Cultural Centre, Ramallah, Palestine
Cambridge University, Faculty of Classics, Programme: Hellenic Foundation for Culture Lexicographical Training Fund, London, UK
Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, 7th Panhellenic Symposium on Latin Studies, 'Translation Theory and Practice in Latin Literature', Thessaloniki, Greece.
University of Georgia, Institute of Classical Philology, Byzantinology and Modern Greek Studies, Georgia
Cambridge University, Pembroke College, 'I. Georgakis Research Fellowship', UK
'Vittorio Emmanuele II' Classical Lyceum, Seminar on the modern Greek language by Maria Antonietta Sorci, Palermo, Italy
University of California, Los Angeles, Scientific Conference 'Contours of Hellenism', USA
Columbia University, Department of Political Sciences, Conference 'Cornelius Castoriadis: Re-examining Autonomy', New York, USA
University of London, Royal Holloway College, International Symposium 'The Greek Islands and the Sea', London, UK
University of London, King's College, One-Day Meeting 'Sikelianos at King's', London, UK
Oxford University, Somerville College, 'Excavating Classical Culture: Recent Archaeological Discoveries in Greece', Oxford, UK
University of La Laguna, 2nd Conference of Modern Greek Literature and Language Scholars of the Iberian Peninsula and Latin America', Tenerife, Spain
European Society for Modern Greek Studies - Department of Philology, University of Crete, 2nd European Conference of Modern Greek Studies, Rethymno, Crete, Greece
Centre for Byzantine, Modern Greek and Cypriot Studies, Granada, Spain
University of Potsdam, Department of Classical Philology, Berlin, Germany
Hellenic Institute of Byzantine and Post-Byzantine Studies, Venice, Italy
Spanish Society for Modern Greek Studies, Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain
Hellenica Nadace Foundation, Brno, Czech Republic
University of Birmingham, One-Day Meeting 'George Seferis Centenary Celebrations: George Seferis in a Comparative Context', Birmingham, UK
Society of Friends of Stratis Tsirkas, International Conference on Stratis Tsirkas, 'Cavafy Festival 2001', Alexandria, Egypt
Ministry of Education of Ukraine, 6th International Scientific Conference on Slavonic Studies & Linguistics, Odessa, Ukraine
* Leeds University of Leeds - King's College London, Conference on 'Personification in the Greek World', London, UK
In the HFC’s Offices, the Foundation’s representatives work together with the local public and private institutions in order to organise high level cultural events.
In addition, they encourage any initiative aiming at the promotion of the Greek civilization, such as Greek language courses and artistic events.
HE BRANCHES are centres for cultural and artistic events, education and teaching the Greek language.
THE LIBRARIES of the branches function as information centres, with books, newspapers, magazines, videos, CDs and CD-ROMs, while also offering Internet access and providing information about cultural life in Greece, education, the sciences, the environment and society in general.
THE GREEK LANGUAGE is taught at all levels at the Berlin, Odessa and Alexandria branches. The branches are also authorised examination centres, where examinations are organised every year by the Centre for the Greek Language of the Ministry of Education, which awards a state-recognised Certificate of Attainment in Greek.
The Centres of the Hellenic Foundation for Culture function as centres of teaching the Greek language and promoting the Greek culture. The Centres organise seminars on teaching Greek as a foreign language, addressed at the Greek language’s tutors.
The Centres organise, in co-operation with public and private cultural institutions, the local government, as well as with economic institutions, major cultural and artistic events with the aim of promoting the Greek civilisation.
The Hellenic Foundation for Culture serves as a point of reference for the Greek language and its teaching abroad. The Greek language is taught at all levels at the HFC branches in Berlin, Alexandria and Odessa. Students can come in at any level:
There are also special classes
* for children and adolescents
* for students with a knowledge of ancient Greek
* conversation skills
* composition exercises.
The Branches and the Centres of the Hellenic Foundation for Culture provide the possibility of teaching the ancient Greek language with emphasis on its relation with the Modern Greek language, as well as with the teaching of ecclesiastic language, namely common Alexandrian.
Moreover, HFC Branches very often organise seminars for Greek Language teachers. The HFC Branches are ordered by the Centre for the Greek Language as the only examination centres, concerning the acquisition of the Certificate of Study of the Greek language in Ukraine, Moldavia, Germany and Egypt.
With support and financial assistance from the HFC, scholarships are given to enable students to attend summer classes in the Greek language and culture which are organised in Greece by universities and other institutions (Greek Studies Summer Scholarships programme of the University of Athens, JASON programme of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Institute for Balkan Studies, etc.). These scholarships cover accommodation, meals and travel costs. In the period 2002-2003, such scholarships were granted to 42 students.
The Greek Studies Summer Scholarships programme of the University of Athens is directed at graduate and post-graduate students in fields related to Modern Greek Studies. It lasts six weeks and is organised on levels. On completion of the programme, a certificate of study is awarded to participants.
The Summer School for the Greek Language, History and Culture, run by the Institute for Balkan Studies, each year offers Greek language lessons.
The JASON programme of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki is aimed at establishing or effectively strengthening nuclei of Greek studies at 16 universities of the Black Sea region. The programme is administered by the Philosophy Faculty and - inter alia - organises Greek language lessons for students and educators.