The program “Oral Greek from A to C through B” attempts to enhance the Speaking skills in learners of Greek as a Second /Foreign Language that have achieved one of the three learning stages, A (Basic User), B (Independent User), C (Proficient User) according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEF, 2001).
The module Oral Greek C aims to help advanced speakers of Greek achieve a more native-like performance in all kinds of contexts and different occasions of oral interaction. A second aim is to raise their awareness about language, its structures, its lexical networks, about options and preferences, things we say, things we avoid and things we simply imply.
Role-plays and tasks included in Oral Greek C are provocative and more demanding; monologues and presentations get closer to academic style and can meet professional demands. What’s new, however, is the less formal dialogs, where learners will come across everyday language not so frequently found in textbooks and materials designed for the advanced level, since oral Greek is not only found in academic contexts but in everyday situations that involve informal language, elliptical speech, as well as proverbs and idiomatic expressions, all of which often make input incomprehensible, even for the advanced speakers.
Learners will come across discussions about contracts for houses or jobs; they will report news and events of interest to friends, colleagues and radio programs; they discuss everyday routines and present ideas that can make them more interesting and less stressful; they will make proposals to the Ministry of Infrastructure, Transport and Networks; they will also learn words and phrases that express anxiety, anger, fear, concern or sorrow in casual and formal speech – and all the above in various topics such as family, environment, media, health and nutrition, technology and employment.
Advanced learners will receive practice that helps them follow longer conversations on well-know as well as unfamiliar topics, negotiate meaning, exchange information, express feelings, arrive at general and specific conclusions, support their arguments convincingly. Grammatical information includes not only formal structures and forms but also ‘modern talk’ like slang, nouveau expressions and intonation patterns that differentiate meaning. Paraphrasing, metaphoric language and stylistic features of speakers’ preferences are more fine-tuned. Learners build their understanding of oral Greek communication by exploring communicative conventions and ‘unspoken rules’ of spoken language. Ultimately, they will become equal interlocutors with native speakers, in terms of language performance and communicative competence.
Oral Greek C is the challenge learners want to take: the challenge of native-likeness!