The School is situated in the city center. It is surrounded by the two most dominant hills of the city: the Acropolis hill – with the Parthenon, a masterpiece of architecture – and Lycabettus hill with the church of St. Georgios on top.
There are hundreds of restaurants, bars, and cafeterias near the School. The busiest places of Athens, like Plaka, Psiri, Theisio, and Kolonaki are accessible on foot.
The School offers courses of General Greek, Ancient Greek, Business Greek, Greek for Science, Seminars and Teacher Training. Since its first steps, it has also been involved in the development of educational material for the Greek language, in a standard printed form as well as the new form of educational software (multimedia cd).
The nationality and age mix at Center of Greek Language & Culture Alexander the Great - Athens varies over different time periods, courses and levels.
Good: location near a large park is perfect. Schoolrooms adequate. Headmaster is around all the time and ready to answer any question. Most of the reception ladies are very nice and smiley. They offer a lot of activities to which however I did not participate, so I cannot rate these. I had a nice teacher, she was very patient since I am a beginner.
Not good: Method of teaching with a book I rate being inadequate was old fashioned. Most of the time there was no writing material to write on the white board. I missed exercise papers to repeat grammar and vocabulary. Upon request they gave me some material but it was not measured to my knowledge. The teacher was nice but there was no variety of method. Modern language learning is a complete different issue. I will enroll in a language course next year, but at the moment I intend to choose another school.
Enjoyed my week everyday almost 2 hours intensive Greek. Maria was a passionate teacher trying to squeeze in as much as possible, being clear and a good balance with pushing and patience for a beginner.. I enjoyed the film offered and the background history shared with it. It gave some extras. We were not many students so dinner and the dancing didn't happen which was ok. I also didn't realise when I signed up, till I arrived this was part of the package. I may have missed that.
If possible I would do it again next year, it is good to get an intensive week in besides weekly lessons during the year at home - it gives it a boost.
I had one week of intensive Greek language classes at this language school in central Athens. The school caters for very small classes (3-4 students) at various levels. It is a very well run school. My teacher was very good; enthusiastic and with a great and entertaining classroom manner. She pushed us to learn but it was always enjoyable to do so. I learned a lot!Show details » Read more...
The classes were productive. It took some time to find the correct pace, as we were a small group, but eventually we got there. Much attention was given to students' needs and to our sense of accomplishment, while trying to push forward as much as possible without wasting time on repetitive exercises. However, I would have benefited more from more freestyle oral exercise rather than adapting the same texts read in the book to our individual circumstances. That being said, in two weeks I have achieved a basic understanding of the language and its use. With some practice, this will be put to good use.
The teachers were competent and kind, and aside from some setbacks, were very accommodating to the students' needs.
The school is conveniently located near a metro station, across from a nice park, with food, transportation and points of interest in short distance.
The facility is a beautiful building with very nice spaces housing the various groups of students of varying levels.
The extracurricular activities were nice, but I only participated in about half of them, so I can't comment.
The staff is VERY welcoming and is very committed to the students and their well being. The groups are very small, mine included 3 students only, a size which enables very good practice with the advantages of a group. The activities (like going to a museum, dancing lesson etc. are with all the students,thus one gets to know other students as well.
The level of learning is very high (sometimes too quick to perceive...!) and learning experience is extremely positive.
I would love to have more practising time and more activities, but the whole experience was great and I HIGHLY RECOMMEND learning there!
It was a nice atmosphere overall. The teacher, the director and the secretary were extremely friendly, accommodating and helpful.Show details » Read more...
The teacher is so good with nice teaching skills that I hope I had booked two more weeks. The location is ok.Show details » Read more...
The school is situated in a beautiful house, and the classes are perfect for the small groups.The facilities could be a little bit better, but they are ok. The activities for A1-students, like me, are not so easy to understand, but this depends on the my Greek
expertise. Our teacher was very good. It was an intensive week, but we have learned a lot!! I think I'll come back for further Greek lessons!
I had 2 hour-private lessons each morning for a week 7-11 May, in order to prepare the B2 exam in Greek language, which was taking place on 16 May.
The teacher was dynamic, she gave me a lot of tips for the exam and was trying to identify issues I should further work on in the afternoon. I had intensive homework to do for the next day: listening tests, writing tests, which were corrected the next day with specific focus on grammar/vocabulary improvement. All tests were based on previous years' official B2 exams.
As soon as I arrived at the school on Monday 7, I was included in a short introductory session, with other people attending the school that week. This was very useful to be integrated in the school (especially that I had private lessons and could not meet people during the lessons). I was also fully integrated in the activities that were proposed (cinema, museum...), even if I participated to the museum activity only. This was the opportunity to meet other people, teachers and students, and discuss in Greek!
Facilities are very nice, next to Omonia square, in a nice peaceful building in front of a park. The director and the assistants were very friendly the whole week, making sure I was fine in Athens, fine with my accommodation, having no troubles and safe. At the end of my stay, the director received me for 15 min in his office and offered me a book in Greek for my next steps, as well as a certificate of attendance.
Because we were with two students in the classroom I could speak/ learn a lot. People were very friendly Accommodation was good but they will move the next week. I was a little bit difficult to find the entrance. I was early, the first day after holidays and the door was closed. The entrance was the next door but no marking of Alexander the Great. People of the cafeterias informed me about the correct entrance. Good teacher, interesting activities. The only thing I missed was the sea to take a swim. It was hot. However in the center you have other advantages.Show details » Read more...
Good location, professional teachers and a good atmosphere made my week intense and satisfying.Show details » Read more...
I was in a B2 class first with just one, later with two classmates so everyone gets a lot of practice in speaking. Teachers are clearly very professional, with degrees in philology or linguistics and they know what they are doing. You are in excellent hands! They will push and challenge you and assign a fair amount of homework to prepare for an intensive course. We used Taksidi stin Ellada II and III (published by the School, along with a useful phrasebook in various language permutations). The books are excellent, very well-structured and personally I found the topics very interesting. We also occasionally used handouts with grammar exercises or newspaper articles.
The teachers are warm and nice to talk to. I must also mention the director, Mr. Kostas is a really lovely person, always ready to help or chat with students. His passion for Greek culture, for geography, history and etymology is infectious. I could listen to him all day. He also organized a few extra-curricular activities: a nice dinner under the Acropolis, a few talks on the journey from Ancient to Modern Greek, a movie with a brief but fascinating introduction to modern Greek history... In summer they do introductory classes for those interested in Greek theater as well as some other activities, e.g. intensive courses.
The library is very well stocked, classrooms are pleasant and the school is situated right across the street from the Archaeological Museum (a 10 mins' walk from Victoria metro stn.).
I would highly recommend this school to those who want to brush up their Greek, or are serious about learning the language in depth. I can't comment on beginners' courses but I'm hearing they are very good. Because the number of students is on the small side, it felt like a big family. I'll be coming back!
I enjoyed the structure of lessons, small size of class, variety of format and opportunity to talk. I also really appreciated that at school we were not only taught Greek language, but were also given an insight into the Greek culture, habits, traditions - a priceless information that you can't get from books. All the school personnel are very positive, warm, accessible, enthusiastic and professional. Our teacher gave us a great base for future learning!Show details » Read more...
Everyone were so helpful and kind. The classes were small so everybody had time to ask question. The Headmaster, Mr. Kostas is a very kind man and interested and cared about us, students. It was really, really great,Show details » Read more...
The school was excellent. The teachers were very good and kind. I studied for 4 weeks and I got more of the basics of the language. I learned from the history of Greece and also poems and others. We also went to some restaurants to learn about their culture and their way of life. The director of the school was very kind and in all activities he was with us. He explained to us a lot of the Greek history. The fee for the school was, for me fully acceptable.Show details » Read more...
I loved the quality of the teachers and their predisposition to make you learn and the passion of teaching you can see in their faces during the whole morning. Special mention to Maria. The location is quite strange - its a small door that leads you in a kind of small house with a lot of floors.. the lift is very old.Show details » Read more...
I want to thank you for the excellent course organized in Athens. The school was great and I want to thank the director, and most of all teacher Sofia Yoanidu from whom I received great lessons.
I hope I have a chance to repeat their studies in this school in Athens, and if the expression may with the same teacher.
We used the book: USGA, You Speak Greek Already.
That was tough.
The teachers were very kind and helpful with much patience.
They were very skilled.
At the end of my study time they gave me extra compliments.
The atmosphere was very relaxed.
My class consisted of two students.
Of course two weeks is too short for making me a native speaker.
But it was a start.
I have to return many times more.
And have exercises at home.
The hotel Parnon is a good location.
Homestays are carefully selected and offer students the opportunity to learn more about the local culture in a comfortable setting while studying Greek in Athens. These homes are often between 25 - 50 minutes away from the school by public transport. Families usually offer affordable meal plans that allow you to sample the local cuisine. If you have special requests or diet restrictions (because of religion or health reasons), please let us know in advance. Your housing starts on the Sunday before your first day of class and ends on the Saturday after your last day of class, unless otherwise noted. Learn more about homestay housing
It is possible to live in a rented apartment during your study in Athens, but this tends to be more expensive. Center of Greek Language & Culture Alexander the Great - Athens provides some assistance with apartment rentals or you can rent an apartment on your own. Learn more about apartment housing
Center of Greek Language & Culture Alexander the Great - Athens provides some assistance with hotel or hostel reservations or you can reserve a room on your own. Learn more about hostel housing
We cannot apply for visas on behalf of students. However, the school can supply you with all the documentation you need to support your visa application.
Your letter of acceptance will be sent to your home address by regular mail at no charge to you. If you wish to receive your paperwork by express mail, you will be charged 50 € when you register.
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Central school is situated in Athens, the capital of Greece, a city with almost 6.000.000 inhabitants.
The School is in the city center, next to the park “Pedio tou Areos”, 200 meters from the Underground station and next to many bus and trolleybus terminals.
Athens is a charming city, during all seasons and days. The choices for the visitors and our students are many, including visits to Museums and walks at Acropolis and the Ancient Market, as well as going for a coffee or a meal and enjoying themselves in a modern or traditional Greek restaurant or a bar, until the early hours.
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Regurarly, we have programs for 2 or for 4 weeks. But we can accept
students for only 1 week group course, in case that this week is the first
of our starting date.
Regularly, we have programs for 2 or for 4 weeks. But we can accept
students for only 1 week in the group course, in case that this week is the first
of our starting date. The student cannot book the group course on 30 December because it's not the starting
date yet. During this period, he/she can have only private lessons.
For January 2014, the starting date is Tuesday 7.
We usually book rooms for our students for as long as the course lasts. But if this student would like to stay for more days in Athens after the end of the course, it would not be a problem. We can arrange that.
The group courses for December 2013 is from Monday 02.12 until Friday 27.12. And for January begins on Tuesday 07.01. The client cannot have group lessons. The only option for him/her is to have private lessons. If, for example, the student comes from Friday 27 of December until Friday 03 of January, he/she can have 2 hours every day (except from the weekend), which is 10 hours of private lessons. Of course, if he/she wants more hours he/she can have 3 or 4 hours per day, which is 15 or 20 hours of private lessons in total.
We can accept him for the period he is staying,
but our school is closed during the weekends.
The name is Museum hotel.