Learn4Good Larnaca Philosophy

Aim: With the entrance of Cyprus into the European Union and the contemporary multicultural reality on the island, the needs of teaching Greek as a foreign language has significantly increased. L4GL aims to partially cover these needs by specialising & focusing in this field. The creators of L4GL, realising the absence of such a specialised private institute, have made it their mission to fill the gap present in the district of Larnaca.

Participant treatment: The creators of L4GL, believing in the power of specialisation, undertake only the teaching of Greek as a foreign language. We consider that the acquisition of Greek as a foreign language starts from the set of a solid psychological base that is created through the awareness of the strategy that our institute follows. Our members are informed of what they will face and how will tackle it. We try to see from their perspective, try to imagine the difficulties they may face and try to build a mutual trust. We encourage them to love the object of their studies, to keep going with it and use the techniques we provide not only in the class but after hours with the locals.

Courses: We regularly invite people to join or start one of our courses. After the accomplishment of a course, the tutor agrees the timetable for following courses with the members. All our courses run with the ideal number of six students. We strongly believe that each course has to have a beginning and an end, since this gives the chance both to the members and the tutor to evaluate the progress and to plan the future. Also, our experience shows that lessons should take place at a minimum twice a week but ideally three or more.

Teaching methods: In the process of learning Greek we beleive morphology is unavoidable since it is a fact that the Greek words change continuously. However, we give particular emphasis in communicative skills and a vast number of our activities are directed towards this target. Our library is stocked with a large number of relevant textbooks and each of our lessons combines the best activities of each. Although the structure and the tactic characterize our lessons, realizing language is something alive we often ask people to speak in expense of grammatical accuracy. After we explain what a dialect is, we also indicate to our participants important differences between the Cyprus dialect and the mainland Greek language.

Language & Culture: A presupposition for someone speaking Greek is knowing elements of Greek & Cypriot culture. People attending the courses will come across such elements through pictures, video and documentaries. For this purpose, during our courses and after consultation with the members, we organise different activities like dinner in traditional Cypriot taverns or trips to Cypriot villages.