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CHIOS ISLAND – Modern and Ancient Greek Language Summer Courses

Chios – Modern and Ancient Greek  Language Summer Courses

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JUNE 2018

FIRST PERIOD:      17-30/06/2018

 

SEPTEMBER 2018

SECOND PERIOD: 02-15/09/2018

 

Modern Greek language and Culture course

Ancient Greek course

Private courses of Greek language and Culture all year round

 

COURSE DESCRIPTION

This program is designed for students who want to make rapid progress in Modern Greek language and deepen their knowledge of Greece and its culture. It offers an intensive language course for beginner, intermediate and advanced level. The course is 40 hours, divided into 10 days, and includes grammar, reading, speaking, and writing. It also provides an insight into Greek culture and civilization. Special courses of Modern Greek Literature and Culture and of Ancient Greek are offered on request. Our Greek teachers are qualified, specialized and experienced in teaching Greek as a foreign language. Moreover the course is combined with lectures, outdoor activities and various tours helping students become more familiar with contemporary Greek culture.

This summer “We Learn Modern Greek” at Chios, Homer’s island. Together we will discover its ancient and medieval history, the Byzantine mosaics of Nea Moni and Genoese castles and mansions. We will discover the aroma of a special resin called masticha, the main ingredient of a variety of products such as chewing gum, liqueurs and chemicals, we will taste new dishes and we will enjoy crystal-clear beaches and the incomparable beauty of this unique island.

PROGRAM OF COURSES

The program will be held in Voulamandis house in Kampos (Chios) and classes are taking place from Monday to Friday, from 09:00 to 13:00. The weekend is dedicated to various cultural activities (optional). It is up to the Alexandria Institute to make changes in the schedule or the location of the lessons if necessary.

FIRST PERIOD

  • Sunday, June 17, 2018. Arrival in Chios and check in.
  • Monday, June 18 – Friday, June 22  and Monday, June 25 – Friday, June 29, from 9:00 to 13:00. Lessons in Genoese villa “Voulamandis House”.
  • Friday, June 29, 2018. Graduation with representatives of Alexandria Institute and Greek local authorities.
  • Saturday, June 30, 2018. Check out and departure from Chios. 

SECOND PERIOD

  • Sunday, September 02, 2018. Arrival in Chios and check in.
  • Monday, September 03 – Friday, September 07 and Monday, September 10 – Friday, September 14, from 9:00 to 13:00. Lessons in Genoese villa “Voulamandis House”.
  • Friday, September 14, 2018. Graduation with representatives of Alexandria Institute and Greek local authorities.
  • Saturday, September 15, 2018. Check out and departure from Chios and see you next year!

 

TYPE OF COURSES – LEVELS

Alexandria Institute offers intensive courses of Modern Greek language and Culture for beginners, intermediate and advanced level students.

Beginners
At the end of the seminar, participants are expected to have acquired the skills to: Use everyday vocabulary as well as some basic phrases to communicate. Introduce themselves and be able to ask and answer questions about each others (e.g. where they live, people they know, things they own). Interact in a basic way, provided that the co-speaker uses a clear and slow speech.

Intermediate
(Modern Greek for those with a basic knowledge of the language.) At the end of the seminar, participants are expected to have acquired the skills to: Understand the main points of a clear standard input on common matters regularly encountered in work, school, leisure etc. Deal with a variety of situations which are likely to arise while travelling in Greek-speaking countries. Produce a simple, consistent text on everyday topics or on personal interest. Describe events, experiences, dreams, hopes, ambitions. Provide arguments and explain own opinion and plans.

Advanced
(Modern Greek for students who have a solid knowledge of Greek.) At the end of the seminar, participants are expected to have acquired the skills to: Understand the main ideas of a complex text on both practical and abstract topics. Interact fluently and spontaneously with native speakers. Produce a clear, detailed text on a wide range of subjects. Explain own point of view on complex issues (stating advantages and disadvantages on a variety of topics).

In addition to the general courses, the following special courses are offered:

Literature and Culture course
The aim of this course is to give a thorough insight into Modern Greek literature, history, art, traditions and other aspects of Greek culture. Good knowledge of the language (advanced level) and extended vocabulary is required.

Ancient Greek Language course
For ancient Greek language students who want to deepen their knowledge of the ancient Greek literature and/or ancient Greek grammar and morphology of the language

LOCATION

The program will be held at Voulamandis House (Voulamandis House, Kalvokoressi 117, 82100 Chios. http://www.chioshotel.gr/). Students are offered accommodation in this refurbished Genoese mansion. Voulamandis House is located in Kampos, in a 12-acre farm surrounded by orange and mandarin groves.

It offers free on-site parking. The rooms, renovated in 2011, are bright, spacious and air-conditioned with big bathrooms, equipped with LCD TV, free Wi-Fi, a fridge and kettles to enjoy your coffee or tea on the balcony or in its beautiful garden. It is 6 km from the main town of Chios and 3 km from the sandy beach of Karfas. Products from the mansion’s organic farm are used daily for breakfast.

ATTRACTIONS:

 For many centuries, Chios’ strategic location had an important impact on the island’s history. Therefore in the different villages there are many remains from the various historical periods and the different conquerors. For further information visit: http://www.chiosonline.gr/sightseeing.asp

Chios tulipes copyright

Wild tulips in Chios. Oil painting by Mary Oikonomou.

 

USEFUL LINKS RELATING TO CHIOS

http://www.chiosonline.gr/default.asp

http://www.mosaic.gr/default.htm

http://www.giustiniani.info/chios.html

http://www.chiosnet.gr/tourism/default.htm

CREDITS

The course is organized by Alexandria Institute (Athens).

REGISTRATION

For registration or information about the Greek language and culture course at Chios, please fill in the registration form or contact welearngreek@gmail.com or +306972526788 (Greece). Please describe in detail your previous knowledge of Modern Greek language, both written and spoken, as well as whether you have any knowledge of Ancient Greek. Additionally you may also add any preferences and interests regarding history, music, dance or other aspects of Greek culture. Please also indicate the package and the type of course you desire (beginners, intermediate, advanced, Greek literature and culture, ancient Greek):

 1ST PERIOD CHIOS  17 JUNE TO 30 JUNE 2018  COMPETE PACKAGE  890 EURO

 2ND PERIOD CHIOS 02 SEPTEMBER TO 15 SEPTEMBER 2018 COMPLETE PACKAGE  890 EURO

 

COMPLETE PACKAGE in CHIOS includes:

• The course: 40 hours of lessons divided into 10 days with native teachers with experience in teaching Greek as a foreign language. That is 5 + 5 days of lessons with a break of 2 days dedicated to excursions and various cultural activities (optional).

• All teaching material (books, photocopies, CD).

• Accommodation for 13 nights in the Genoese Villa Voulamandis House with breakfast (air-conditioning, double room shared with another student, bath, shower, LCD TV, free Wi-Fi, fridge and kettles).

• A dinner at the end of the course in a typical Greek tavern or at Voulamandis House.

EXTRAS FOR SINGLE ROOMS AND FOR FRIENDS OR RELATIVES

If you wish to have your own room there is a supplementary charge. There is also an extra fee if you wish to share a double room with a friend or a relative who doesn’t want to attend the courses.

  • Single room   1st and 2nd period           + € 200
  • Double room 1st and 2nd period           + € 250

ONE WEEK COURSE

Those without the possibility of staying for 2 weeks in Greece can choose a 1 WEEK COURSE, being the first week of every 2-week intensive course (day 1 till day 7, check in Sunday, check out Sunday). Please indicate the one week package type you desire (beginners, intermediate, advanced).  The one week courses take place in the following dates:

1ST PERIOD CHIOS 17 JUNE TO 24 JUNE 2018 ONE WEEK PACKAGE 630 EURO

 2ND PERIOD CHIOS 02 SEPTEMBER TO 09 SEPTEMBER 2018 ONE WEEK PACKAGE 630 EURO

 

THE ONE WEEK PACKAGE includes:

• The course: 20 hours of lessons divided into 5 days with native teachers with experience in teaching Greek as a second language. After the 5 days of tuition there is one free day dedicated to various cultural activities and excursions (optional).

• All teaching material (books, photocopies, CD).

• Accommodation for 7 nights in the Genoese Villa Voulamandis House with breakfast (air-conditioning, single room, bath, shower, LCD TV, free Wi-Fi, fridge and kettles).

ONLY TUITION: For students who desire to attend the course without the accommodation the fee for the TWO WEEK COURSE is 550 EURO and for the ONE WEEK COURSE is 350 EURO.

ONE MONTH COURSE

It is possible for students to attend two periods in Chios and have an intensive Greek language course for one month.

ENROLMENT REQUIREMENTS

A minimum number of 4 participants per level and a maximum of 8 students per class is required. However, it is up to the Institute whether to run courses with a fewer number of students. If a class (level) has less than 4 students, the teaching hours will be reduced to 3 hours per day if there are 3 or 2 students, or to 2 hours per day (private lessons) if there is 1 student for the same course fee.

OFFERS

For friends or for couples who wish to attend the TWO WEEK COURSE there is a discount of 10% in the tuition fee. For students who wish to attend TWO PERIODS (ONE MONTH COURSE) there is a discount of 10% in the tuition fee. Group enrolments (3 or more participants) of the same level have a discount of 15%. Returning students have also a discount of 10% in the tuition fee.

TRIPS AND TOURS – EXCURSIONS

Our teachers will be available to accompany and guide you in the most historical and characteristic places of the island. The cost per person is 20 € and a minimum of 4 persons is required. You can choose one or more of the following excursions:

EXCURSION 1: Visit the medieval village of Pirgi and Mavra Volia beach

EXCURSION 2: Nea Moni, Avgonima, Anavatos and Elinda beach.

EXCURSION 3: Volissos, Shrine of Aghia Markella, Aghio Gala, Managros beach.

EXCURSION 4: Medieval village of Mesta and Agia Dynami beach.

EXCURSION 5: Medieval village of Olympoi and Vroulidia beach.

EXCURSION 6: Daskalopetra (Homer’s stone), Moni Mirsinidiou, Chios town and castle

 

EXTRAS

SPECIAL PRICES FOR OUR STUDENTS (FOR EARLY BOOKING)

Rent a car / motorbike / bicycle
Rent a car 1st period € 25 / per day Rent a car 2nd period € 35 / per day Rent a car 3rd period € 25 / per day Rent a car 4th period € 25 / per day

Rent a motorbike 1st period € 10 / per day Rent a motorbike 2nd period € 15 / per day Rent a motorbike 3rd period € 10/ per day Rent a motorbike 4th period) € 10 / per day

Rent a bicycle 1st period € 8 / per day Rent a bicycle 2nd period € 10 / per day Rent a bicycle 3rd period € 8/ per day Rent a bicycle 4th period € 8 / per day

PAYMENT

Bank transfer to Alexandria Institute (Athens). Please contact us for bank details at welearngreek@gmail.com or +30 6972 526 788 or at +30 215 525 8787

DEADLINES :

Deadline for registration and payment TWO MONTHS before the beginning of the course.

REGISTRATION

For registration or information about the Greek language and culture course at Chios, please fill in the registration form or contact welearngreek@gmail.com or +306972526788 (Greece) or at ++30 215 525 8787

GETTING TO CHIOS – LOCATION

The program will be held at Voulamandis House (Voulamandis House, Kalvokoressi 117, 82100 Chios. http://www.chioshotel.gr/)


Προβολή μεγαλύτερου χάρτη

Getting to Chios is easy and cheap. Fly from major European cities to Thessaloniki with Ryanair (http://www.ryanair.com/en/flights-to-thessaloniki/) and with Astra Airlines from Thessaloniki to Chios (http://www.astra-airlines.gr/frontend/index.php?chlang=EN).

There are also daily flights from Athens (Olympic Air and Aegean Airlines) and charter flights from Amsterdam and Brussels (Thomas Cook and Transavia). You can also flight to Izmir (Turkey), take the shuttle from the airport to Cesme and then, the boat from Cesme to Chios.

In summer there’s at least one ferry daily from Piraeus. Chios is also connected with other Greek islands (Lesvos, Samos, Ikaria, Syros etc.). There are also daily boats from / to Cesme (Turkey).

FLIGHTS AND FERRIES TO CHIOS

Charter Flights http://www.thomascookairlines.com/ (Amsterdam, Brussels)

Thomas Cook Brussels – Chios – Mytilini – Brussels

Transavia Amsterdam – Chios – Mytilene – Amsterdam

Scheduled Flights Olympic Airlines (From/To: Athens – Lesvos – Samos – Rhodes – Thessaloniki) Connecting flights with all major European Cities www.olympicair.com

Aegean Airlines (From/To: Athens. Connecting flights with all major European Cities) http://www.aegeanair.com

Astra Airlines (to/from Thessaloniki and Athens) http://www.astra-airlines.gr/frontend/index.php?chlang=EN

Extra info at Athens International Airport (Schedules, Real time flight information) http://www.aia.gr

FERRIES Hellenic Seaways From/To: Piraeus – Mytilene (Piraeus – Chios) http://www.hellenicseaways.gr/

NEL Lines From/To: Piraeus – Mytilene – Lemnos – Thessaloniki – Kavala (Piraeus – Chios,) http://www.nel.gr/

Oinousses – Chios Lines From/To: Oinousses Daily

Agia Marini Lines From/to: Psara (Mon, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sun)

Sunrise Tours From/To: Cesme (Turkey) Daily, Departure from Chios island early in the morning and deparure from Cesme port in the afternoon. http://www.sunrisetours.gr/

Kanaris Tours From/To: Cesme (Turkey) Daily, Departure from Chios island early in the morning and departure from Cesme port in the afternoon. http://www.kanaristours.gr/

Erturk Lines From/To: Cesme (Turkey) Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, Departure from Cesme port early in the morning and departure from Chios island in the afternoon

Extra Info about Ferries Timetables OpenSeas – FORTHcrs All ferry schedules, Online ticket reservations http://www.openseas.gr/

Greek Travel Pages All ferry schedules, Online ticket reservations http://www.gtp.gr/ For your tickets to/from Chios you can always consult a local travel agency or visit any of the above mentioned websites.

 
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