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Learning Greek in 2017

Neos Kosmos' complete guide to learning Modern Greek and younger generations staying in touch with their Greek heritage

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30 January 2017

As the new school year rolls around for 2017, it's an important time of year for parents and caregivers to shortlist stimulating extracurricular courses and activities for their children, and at times language can fall by the wayside.

With so many modern Greek programs across Victoria, Neos Kosmos is taking the opportunity to celebrate language learning and to showcase some of the best on offer.

The schools being covered are ready to welcome students with programs that seek to cater to all levels and abilities, covering everything regarding reading and writing, with interesting materials that give insight into the language's rich history and culture.

Aside from being a key component to Greek identity, language learning has much to offer a child. The benefits are present from very early on in their development, assisting with cognitive development and in turn challenging them to think and learn in a different context to their peers, while also encouraging creativity.

While there has been much debate surrounding the state of Greek language learning Down Under, these institutions are working tirelessly to inspire and motivate students to pursue Greek in the earlier years of their education and to continue learning and maintaining their Greek studies well into the future.

They are set on demonstrating that Greek is not only the language of a large and growing community both in Australia and abroad, but valuable and useful for students of all backgrounds who have interests across linguistics, history, science and mathematics.

Modern Greek programs across Victoria:

· ΑΗEPA (www.ahepagreekschool.org.au/)

· Alphington Grammar (www.alphington.vic.edu.au/)

· Ariston (www.ariston.org.au/)

· Cyprus Greek Orthodox Community (www.saintandrew.com.au/)

· Greek Community School Malvern

· Greek Community School Box Hill

· Sts Anargri Greek Language Centre (www.stsanargiriglc.vic.edu.au/)

· Greek school of Mentone − Taxiarches (www.facebook.com/Greek-school-of-Mentone-Taxiarches-165645576954771/)

· Greek Orthodox Community of Melbourne & Victoria (www.greekcommunity.com.au/)

· Protypo Greek Centre (http://protypo.com.au/)

· Pythagoras (www.pythagoras.vic.edu.au/)

· Lexi School of Modern Greek (www.lexischoolofmoderngreek.com.au/)

· Morphosi (www.morphosi.com.au/)

· Oakleigh Grammar (www.oakleighgrammar.vic.edu.au/)

· Omiros College (www.omiros.edu.au/)

· South Oakleigh College (www.sosc.vic.edu.au/)

· St. John's College (www.stjohnspreston.vic.edu.au/)

· Victorian School of Languages (www.vsl.vic.edu.au/)

· Mavraganis Greek Language School

· Zenon (www.zenon-education.org.au/)

ALSO READ:

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· For Alphington Grammar, success is measured by individual achievement

· Why choose South Oakleigh College?

· GCM Language Schools on the benefits of learning Greek

· Oakleigh Grammar VTAC students beaming: One hundred per cent of students receive first-round offers

· Nurturing young people, their future and cultural identity: Why Greek is one of the most popular language classes at St Monica's College

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