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GCM Language Schools on the benefits of learning Greek

With a long tradition of offering services that strengthen and promote the quality of teaching and learning practices, the schools ensure high-level outcomes in Greek

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30 January 2017

In recent years, even more students, from an early primary school level up until VCE level, have embraced the educational programs offered by the Greek Community of Melbourne Language Schools.

The schools have a long tradition of offering services that strengthen and promote the quality of teaching and learning practices, hence ensuring high-level outcomes in the teaching of the Greek language.

During this period, the Greek Community has expanded its education jurisdiction which now includes: Creative Drama, Ancient Greek for secondary students, Greek language courses for adults and advanced Greek for both primary and secondary students who have Greek as their primary language.

The language and culture programs offered continuously evolve in order to facilitate quality improvement in language education.

New initiatives such as online peer mentoring programs with students in Greece as well as participation in research programs aiming at enhancing spelling and reading skills promote the educational, cognitive, social and other benefits of learning the Greek language.

"With the introduction and development of new curriculum material, the Community's new education programs aim to further develop the critical and analytical thinking of our students in a flexible learning environment," explains education officer and principal Manos Tzimpragos.

"The professional learning of our teaching staff is a priority for the Greek Community in order to achieve and further enhance the quality of teaching."

Initiatives such as introducing creative drama techniques and activities and the use of technology in the teaching of the Greek language are only some of the ongoing professional learning programs that help develop a further understanding of inter-cultural language learning and curriculum design.

Meanwhile, in 2016, a major professional development program was organised by the Education Department of the Greek Community of Melbourne in collaboration with the Institute of Modern Greek Studies of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.

The program focused on differentiation in the teaching of Greek, language assessment as well as on modern approaches in the teaching of grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation and the development of oral skills.

"This year's VCE results reflect and are proof that the educational initiatives our educators have selected are not only successful but also facilitate in providing quality language programs," says Mr Tzimpragos.

"Seven of our 2016 VCE class excelled in the subject of Modern Greek with a 41 and over; one student achieved a score of 49, which was the highest score in Victoria.
"A lot of our students achieved raw scores ranging between 35 and 39. We wish to extend our congratulations to our students for their hard work and the outstanding results they achieved."

Also notable are the outstanding results that were achieved by VCE students in the subject of Ancient Greek. Three of the schools' 11 students achieved the highest scores in Victoria: 50.6, 49.27 and 47.9 after scaling. Also outstanding were the results of seven more students whose final score after scaling was 46, 45, 43, 41, 40, 39 and 37.

For more information and for enrollments, please refer to www.greekcommunity.com and click on the Education tab.

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