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PAROS ISLAND – Modern and Ancient Greek Language and Culture course

PAROS ISLAND – Modern and Ancient Greek Language and Culture Summer Course

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The beach of Logaras in Paros, five minutes walking from the location of our course.

 

JULY 2017 

1ST PERIOD

02 JULY – 15 JULY 2017

2ND PERIOD

16 JULY – 29 JULY 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

COURSE DESCRIPTION

Launching an exciting partnership with Arkas Inn Hotel, this program takes place in Paros and is designed for students who want to make rapid progress in Modern Greek and deepen their understanding of Greece and its culture. It offers an intensive language course at beginner, intermediate and advanced level. The course consists of 40 hours, divided across 10 days, and includes reading, speaking, grammar and writing. It also provides an insight into Greek culture and civilization with particular focus on Paros and the Cyclades. 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 combines lectures, outdoor activities and various tours helping students become more familiar with contemporary Greek life and culture.

“We Learn Greek” in Paros, the fourth biggest island of Cyclades with unrivaled natural beauty, archaeological and historical sites, beaches with crystal clear waters, exceptional Byzantine footpaths connecting traditional villages and breathtaking landscapes. It thereby makes an ideal destination for a range of visitors, from those who prefer a quiet family holiday to those who revel in nightlife and exciting adventures.

 

COURSE PROGRAM

FIRST PERIOD

• Sunday, July 02, 2017. Arrival in Paros and check in (ARKAS INN).

• Monday, July 03 – Friday, July 07  and Monday, July 10 – Friday, July 14, from 9:00 to 13:00. Lessons in ARKAS INN.

• Friday, July 14, 2017. Graduation with representatives of Alexandria Institute and Greek local authorities.

• Saturday, July 15, 2017. Departure from Paros.

SECOND PERIOD

• Sunday, July 16, 2017. Arrival in Paros and check in (ARKAS INN).

• Monday, July 17 – Friday, July 21  and Monday, July 24 – Friday, July 28, from 9:00 to 13:00. Lessons in ARKAS INN.

• Friday, July 28, 2017. Graduation with representatives of Alexandria Institute and Greek local authorities.

• Saturday, July 29, 2017. Departure from Paros.

 

AVAILABLE COURSES – LEVELS

Alexandria Institute offers intensive Modern Greek language and Culture courses 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 speaks slowly and clearly.
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 Greece. Produce a simple, coherent text on everyday topics or on personal interests. 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, we offer the following special courses:

Literature and Culture course
The aim of this course is to give a deep 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 further study Ancient Greek literature and/or ancient Greek grammar and morphology of the language

 

LOCATION

The program will be held on Paros island, at ARKAS INN hotel (http://www.arkasinn.gr). We can offer students an accommodation in this traditional Cycladic lodging, located on the golden beach of Logara. Facing the sea these studio apartments are built on the slopes of a hill only 150 meters far from the Logara and Piso Livadi beaches. The hotel is approximately 20 km from the capital and port of Paros, Parikia.

The hotel is characterized by calmness, natural beauty and excellent services. All rooms are equipped with a fridge, TV, air-conditioning and Wi-Fi connection. They have a balcony overlooking the sea and the island of Naxos, in the distance. Its advantageous location, its panoramic view of the deep blue sea, its unique beach and its top quality services and amenities make ARKAS INN the ideal choice for you to study Greek and relax.

GETTING TO PAROS – ABOUT THE ISLAND

Paros is accessible during the summer daily with a ferry either from the port of Rafina, which is 45 minutes from the center of Athens and the trip lasts around 5 hours, either from the port of Piraeus, which is around 40 minutes from the center of Athens by metro (line 1) and the trip lasts around 4 hours.  All year there are daily departures from Piraeus Port, and back. During the summer months there are daily departures from Rafina Port and back. The duration of the trip varies on the boat someone will choose because Paros is reachable by ferries and high speed vessels. Frequent daily buses connect El. Venizelos Airport to Rafina Port. If you choose to travel to Paros from Piraeus Port, you can take the metro (metro line 3 from the Athens International Airport and change at Monastiraki to Metro line 1, estimated journey time is 60 minutes).

Ferry tickets can be bought on site before boarding. However, we recommend that you reserve a place if you are travelling in July and August and at weekends during the summer. From the port of Parikia, you can either take a regular bus (KTEL) that connects the capital of the island with Logaras and Piso Livadi beach or you can get to Logaras and to Arkas Inn Hotel by a taxi (the cost is approximately 25.00 euros).

Paros has also a small airport and this is the reason someone may find difficulties in reserving a seat during the summer months. Paros national airport is situated 9 km to the southwest of Parikia (the capital of the island), near the village of Aliki and is connected by road to Parikia by regular buses (KTEL) and taxis. During the summer months there are 4 flights per day from Athens, still we suggest you reserve your seat early enough. Another clever idea if you wish to travel with a plane is to book a flight for the airport of Mykonos because there are many flights daily and charters to Mykonos, Greece. From Mykonos then, you can take the boat ferry to arrive to Paros. The boat ferry connection between the two islands is very frequent and convenient.

Paros is connected with the island of Antiparos, Naxos, Santorini with a ferry boat daily in the morning and in the evening, ideal destinations for day trips but also with the islands of Serifos, Sifnos, Milos, Mikonos, Syros, Tinos, Delos, Crete. If you need help with ferry time tables and tickets, please do not hesitate to contact us.

SIGHTSEEING IN PAROS

The ancient lyric poet Archilochus (680-640 BC) was born in Paros. He composed elegies, hymns and poems in iambic and trochaic meters. He was regarded as the inventor of the iambic verse and its use for satire. One of the greatest architects and sculptors of the ancient times (4th century BC), Skopas the Parian, was born in Paros and along with Phidias, Praxiteles and Lysippos is considered one of the most important artists of his kind in ancient Greece. He used the parian marble which is known for its beauty and value. Many  important monuments of the antiquity and statues, such as: the Venus of Milos, the Hermes of Praxiteles, the Kore from the Acropolis, the Nike of Delos, the Nike of Samothrace, the temple of Apollo and the Sifnian treasure at Delphi, the temple of Zeus at Olympia, the temple of Apollo at Delos are created from parian marble.

The wetlands in Paros add chips of natural beauty to the landscape, enrich the flora and create vital spaces for migratory birds and butterflies. Furthermore, there is a biotope, called the Valey of Butterflies, where the Tiger butterfly finds shelter.  Parian grapes give excellent appellation of origin wines. The cultivation of the olive tree in Paros creates images of olive plantations all around the island.

Places to visit
Church of Ekatontapiliani (Parikia)

Archeological Museum (Parikia)
Ancient Cemetery (Parikia)
Venetian Castle (Parikia)
Venetian Castle (Naoussa)
Marble Quarries (Marathi)
Agias Trias Cathedral (Lefkes)
Museum of popular culture (Lefkes)
Pytheion Temple (Parikia)
Monastery of Longovardas (On the road to Naoussa)
Church of Agios Nikolaos (Naoussa)
Antiparos cave (Antiparos)

Paros beaches
In Paros there are many beautiful beaches that cover all tastes. Beaches for relaxation and peace and also beaches with beach bars and water sports for fun and exercise. All the beaches are clean with sea-green waters. Beaches for entertainment: Monastiri, Parasporos, Golden Beach (Chrissi Akti), Pounda, Marchello, Santa Maria, Faragas. Beaches and good food: Kolimbithres, Ambelas, Molos, Piso Livadi, Logaras, Messada, Drios, Lolantonis, Glifa, Aliki, Xifara. Bountaraki. Peaceful beaches: Lageri, Filizi, Damouli, Isterni, Tsoukalia, Glifades, Kalogiros, Pirgaki, Krios, Kaminia, Kalamies. Beaches for water sports: Kolimbithres, Santa Maria, Chrissi Akti and the narrow strait of Pounda-Antiparos.

Useful information
Greece telephone code: +30
Rafina Port: 22940 28888

Piraeus Port: 210 4511310-7

Paros National Airport: 22840 91256
Parikia Port Authorities (Paros): 22840 21240
Capital of Paros: Parikia

Paros Hospital: 22840 22500-1,2
Paros Medical Center: 22840 24410-411
Banks: All major Greek banks are in Parikia.
Post Offices: The Post Office is in Parikia and it is open from 08.00 to 14.00, Monday to Friday.

 

 TWO WEEKS COURSE COMPLETE PACKAGE

  • The course: 40 hours of lessons divided into 10 days taught by native teachers with experience in teaching Greek as a foreign/ second 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 ARKAS INN hotel with breakfast (double room shared with another student with private balcony with sea view, fridge, air-conditioning, Wi Fi connection, balcony furniture, private bathroom with bathtub or shower, TV, Air Condition, daily cleaning, refrigerator, electrical device with insect repellent tablets, laundry with small surcharge, iron and ironing board, hairdryer).
  • A dinner at the end of the course in a typical Greek tavern or at ARKAS INN beach hotel.

1ST PERIOD PAROS 02 JULY TO 15 JULY 2017 COMPLETE PACKAGE  890 EURO

2ND PERIOD PAROS 16 JULY TO 29 JULY 2017 COMPLETE PACKAGE 890 EURO

 

EXTRAS 

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. If you wish to accomodate in an apartment or a studio with a kitchen there is also an extra charge. For more info about the room and studios facilities please visit http://arkasinn.gr/en/rooms/.

  • Single room                    + € 250
  • Double room                  + € 330
  • Studio                               + € 410

 

ONE WEEK COURSE

Those without the possibility of staying in Greece for 2 weeks 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 during the following dates:

1ST PERIOD PAROS 02 JULY TO 09 JULY 2017 ONE WEEK PACKAGE 690 EURO

2ND PERIOD PAROS 16 JULY TO 23 JULY 2017 ONE WEEK PACKAGE 690 EURO 

 

THE ONE WEEK PACKAGE includes:

  • The course: 20 hours of lessons divided into 5 days taught by native teachers with experience in teaching Greek as a foreign/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 ARKAS INN hotel with breakfast (single room, private balcony with sea view, fridge, air-conditioning, Wi Fi connection, balcony furniture, private bathroom with bathtub or shower, TV, Air Condition, daily cleaning, refrigerator, electrical device with insect repellent tablets, laundry with small surcharge, iron and ironing board, hairdryer).

 

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

ENROLMENT REQUIREMENTS

A minimum number of 4 participants per level and a maximum of 8 students per class are 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. Lessons usually take place from 09:00 to 13:00. Alexandria Institute reserves the right to change the schedule or the location of the venue if it is deemed necessary.

SPECIAL OFFERS

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

PAYMENT

Bank transfer to Alexandria Institute (Athens). Please contact us for bank details at welearngreek@gmail.com or +30 215 5258 787 / +30 6972 526 788.

DEADLINES :

Deadline for registration and payment for FIRST AND SECOND PERIOD PAROS TWO MONTHS before the beginning of the lessons.

REGISTRATION

For registration or information about the Greek language and culture course at Paros, please fill in the registration form or contact welearngreek@gmail.com or +30 215 5258 787 / +306972526788 (Greece).

 

 
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