Greek language courses on the island of Ikaria

  • 15 lessons in 17 days, 54 teaching hours +24h of activities (equivalent to a 3-week course).
  • 10 lessons in 11 days, 36 teaching hours +18h of activities (equivalent to a 2-week course).
  • Class size: 2-8 students at a similar level

 

Description


Several classes are formed for each course, each consisting of 2-8 students at a similar skill level. The program of study is divided into 6 levels (A1, A2, B1, B2, C1, C2), according to the guidelines of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). Courses are adapted to the individual needs and interests of each student, and are intended:

  • For adult students of modern Greek at all levels (absolute beginner through intermediate and advanced).
  • For adults of any age who wish to begin to study Greek, or who wish to improve their Greek.
  • For teachers of ancient or modern Greek.
  • For interpreters, and translators.

Our instructors are young but experienced as teachers of Greek as a foreign language. Grammar and vocabulary are taught via the use of texts and materials written by the Centre. Emphasis is placed on the development of listening and speaking skills. New material (both in grammar and vocabulary) is mastered by students with the use of word games and verbal exercises.

The small class size (2 – 8 individuals) ensures that every student will have the chance to speak and improve their language skills in the course of each hour of instruction. During the weeks of instruction students will also have the opportunity to discover some of the less well-known aspects of contemporary Greek life, through songs, music, conversation, presentations and assignments.

Accommodation and transport


The guesthouse in Ikaria

During Easter and November courses, all students are expected to stay on-campus, although it is not at all obligatory. A family atmosphere is created. Several excursions are organized to different interesting spots of the island. There is also a shuttle to Evdilos, in the scheduled days. However, students use the Centre’s shuttle to go out and eat or shop with their teachers, almost every day, according to the group’s mood.

From 2017 the lessons from May until September are taking place one day on-campus and the next day off-campus, at hotel Atheras, in the coastal village of Evdilos. As our campus and guesthouse are located in an area on the mountain not easily accessible on foot (40 min walk to the beach and 15 min walk to the closed village of Arethousa), this “dual-location” provides our students the possibility to stay in Evdilos, a small village by the sea. It also provides the campus’ fans the possibility to stay on-campus and take some of their lessons in their favorite place!

What about transport?
From May to September there are 4 lessons in each 11 day course given on-campus in Arethousa, one every other day. During these days we provide a free shuttle service to our students staying in Evdilos. The Centre’s shuttle leaves 30′ prior to the lesson, and returns just after the end of the lesson. Students off-campus will enjoy the landscape and the quietness of the campus, during these short excursions to the Ikarian mountain.

For the remaining 6 days we have lessons in hotel Atheras, in Evdilos. During these days we also provide a shuttle service for the students staying on-campus: The Centre’s shuttle leaves at 9:00, 30min before the lesson. The lessons typically end at 12:30. There are also afternoon activities, from 19:30 – 21:00. Between 13:00 – 19:30 students can hang around the restaurants, the cafeterias and  the nearby beaches. After all, it’s summer holiday! There are several restaurants and cafeterias and a few nice beaches accessible on foot from Evdilos. The shuttle returns around 22:00 in the evening, after dinner.  For those who are not happy to spend all day long away from their room, we recommend rending a car or a scooter. The cost of a car is approximately 200 – 250€ per 11 day session. There is no public bus service, a bicycle is not an option because of the terrain, and the taxi costs 15€ (one way).

Do you have my level?


A homogeneous, small group is the key for the success of a lesson. The classes / levels are formed after students arrival, as we must evaluate at the same time and comparatively all language skills (speaking, listening, reading, and writing), of ALL OF OUR STUDENTS, in order to achieve the formation of highly homogeneous classes. For this reason we are using both, a written placement test as well as an oral interview. Note that as the classes are small, the curriculum is always adjusted to the real needs of each student in the class. In this way we can guarantee that you’ll participate in a class that will help you to improve dramatically your skills in Greek language. You have to trust our word. After all, we are on the “business” for 22 years, since summer 1995!

More


Registration | Εγγραφή

Send us the registration form you will find at this link:
https://goo.gl/forms/6HVSGNbtC1lUGKNu2
The reservation must be followed by a deposit equal to 290€. You can pay via Pay Pal (+4,5% Pay Pal fee) or via bank transfer. More information will be sent after the submission of the registration form.
Cancellation policy: If you cancel your registration: We offer a full refund of payments if you cancel before the 10th of the month which is two months prior to the month of the course starting date (i.e. before the 10th of June if the course starts in August). After this deadline there will be no refund. However you reserve the right to re-register in a class in the same or the following year.

Schedule | Πρόγραμμα

You may register in one of the following courses during 2017:

  • Easter course
    9-19 April (10 lessons in 11 days)
  • 20-30 May (10 lessons in 11 days) or 20 May-5 June (15 lessons in 17 days)
  • 17-27 June (10 lessons in 11 days)
  • 11-21 July (10 lessons in 11 days) or 11-27 July (15 lessons in 17 days) 11 July – 2August (20 lessons in 23 days)
  • 23July-2 Aug. 23 (10 lessons in 11 days) or 23 July-8 Aug. (15 lessons in 17 days) or 23 July-14 August (20 lessons in 23 days)
  • 4-14 Aug. (10 lessons in 11 days) or 4-22 Aug. (15 lessons in 19 days*) or 4-27 Aug (20 lessons in 25 days*)
  • 17-27 Aug. (10 lessons in 11 days)
  • 9-19 Sept. (10 lessons in 11 days) or 9-25 Sept. (15 lessons in 17 days)
  • Greek language and olive harvest:
    11-21 Nov. (10 lessons in 11 days) or 11-27 Nov. (15 lessons in 17 days)


*Note: 15th & 16th of August are 2 extra free days in this course.

The first day of the course, the lesson takes place in the afternoon. The  rest of the days the lessons take place in the morning (9:30 – 12:30). After morning classes end, students have free time, to eat, study and rest. In the late afternoon – evening several activities are planned, such as singing lessons, conversation classes, lectures, dance courses and film screenings. A shuttle service is at all students’ disposal, for going to their classes from Evdilos or the Centre’s guesthouse and return. For a detailed daily schedule, including the shuttle service timetable for each course,  click here

Schedule & Fees

For the tuition and the daily schedule of each course, submit the following form. A detailed brochure will be sent to your email address

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How to get to Ikaria | Πώς θα φτάσετε στην Ικαρία

By plane from Athens (www.olympicair.com, www.skyexpress.gr) or Thessaloniki (www.astra-airlines.gr). Low-fare carriers like Ryanair or Εasyjet fly to Athens or Thessaloniki.

By ferry from Pireas or one of the nearby islands with international airports, like Samos or Mykonos. You can get to these islands via charter flights from Europe. Ferry schedules and online tickets: www.hsw.gr

Attention: Ikaria has two ports: Agios Kirkikos and Evdilos. Try to arrive in Evdilos. Agios Kirkikos is 1h away by car (40Km) and the taxi fare is more than 50€

Campus & guesthouse in Ikaria

Students may live on-campus, at the Centre’s guesthouse, in a family atmosphere, where they can speak Greek even outside of class time, with the instructors also living on campus.They can relax and focus on their studies in the quiet and natural environment around the Centre, with its gorgeous views of both mountains and sea


The Ikarian Centre’s campus is located 1,5 km away from the picturesque village of Arethousa, in a remote and peaceful mountain spot (300m altitude https://goo.gl/maps/4sU6SEtnBo52), although it’s only 45 minutes by foot from the beach.A breathtaking landscape combines views of the sea and the island’s mountain. In the sky, birds of prey fly during the day, while the Milky Way and thousands of stars appear on the clear summer nights.

There are numerous opportunities for hikes nearby, as well as bird-watching, swimming, and sun-bathing, not to mention the opportunity to become acquainted with the local Ikarian culture, which may make you believe that you have stepped out of a time machine.

Facilities

The campus and the guesthouse was completed in 2001 and consists of a group of four separate buildings immediately adjacent to the classrooms and studios, each designed and constructed with a careful eye to the traditional local architecture. The facilities include:

  • 2 meeting rooms – classrooms: one for 40 people, and the other for 10
  • A large open-air meeting area – classroom for 40+ people
  • A small library with dictionaries and literature in Greek.
  • A large communal kitchen and a kitchenette in each guest room.
  • Fast and reliable Internet and wifi, telephone, washing machine.

The guesthouse

There are 7 independent two -or three- bed rooms, each with private bath and kitchenette and a large 40 m2 studio for 5 people. Each of the simple rooms can host 2 or a maximum of 3 people (the third in a bunk-bed). All rooms have a private bathroom and they are located adjacent to the course venues.
Please note:

  • Breakfast IS NOT served at the guesthouse, however our guests may use the kitchenette in their room in order to prepare breakfast and simple meals.
  • Linen is provided to all guests.

The neighborhood

Shopping can be done at Arethousa (the nearest village), about 15-20 minutes (1,5Km) away by foot. The road from the villages of Arethousa or Karavostamo to the guesthouse is not paved and there is no traffic. The beach (in Karavostamo) is 45 min away on foot (10′ by car). Many beautiful beaches are nearby, as well as tavernas, restaurants, coffee shops and bars (distances from 2-8 km, 5 to 20 minutes by car).

The cost of living in Ikaria is still quite inexpensive: A meal at one of the local tavernas costs about 10 – 12€ (including wine).

FAQ about Greek language courses in Ikaria | Συχνές ερωτήσεις για τα μαθήματα ελληνικής στην Ικαρία

  • Do you have my level?
    The classes are formed after students arrival as we must evaluate at the same time and comparatively all language skills (speaking, listening, writing and reading) of all of our students, in order to achieve the formation of highly homogeneous classes. For this reason we are using both, a written placement test as well as an oral interview. Note that as the classes are small, the curriculum is always adapted to the real needs of each student in the class. An online version of the placement test is also sent to the students after registration, although the submission of this test is not necessary before the student’s arrival on the island.
  • When do I have to arrive on the island?
    The first lesson take place on the afternoon of the day which is mentioned in the schedule as the first day of the course. In this way students may also travel to Ikaria in the morning of the first day. However, you are expected to arrive one day earlier. The last lesson takes place in the day which is mentioned as a last day of the course. If you are staying at the guesthouse you are expected to leave the day after. However, you can extend your stay for a couple of extra days if necessary and if there is availability in rooms.

Cars & scooters in Ikaria | Ενοικιάσεις αυτοκινήτων στην Ικαρία | Cars and scooters in Ikaria

Evdilos

  • Aventura (cars and motorcycles).
    Tel. (+30) 2275031140 (until 30/04/2002 tel.(+30) 210 9350983 & fax. (+30) 210 9312935
    web site
    avendura [at] otenet.gr
  • MAV (cars).
    Tel.& fax (+30) 2275031354 – (+30) 2275031036
    web site
    mavcars[at]hol.gr
  • Budget (cars).
    Tel. & Fax (+30) 2275031443
  • VANTI (cars): (+30) 6976099111 – (+30) 22750 31226
    Ntinagi[at]hol.gr
  • Lemy (cars): (+30) 6983418878
    lemy[at]otenet.gr website

Approximate price for a low budget car (i.e. Fiat Panda) during July – August: 30 Euros per day.

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