Modern Greek has its roots in Classical, Hellenistic and Byzantine Greek, and a civilization that continues to influence humanity since the ancient times. Today, the language is spoken by about 15 million people in Greece, Cyprus and around the world.
Whether you are completely new to the language or advancing your skills, our courses will help you become comfortable in understanding and interacting effectively in Modern Greek. Blending grammar, vocabulary and syntax with written and oral communication in authentic situations, we aim at connecting theory and practice in building a solid foundation in the language and culture.
Learning Greek at York will help you connect with Toronto’s vivid Greek community and benefit from our partnership with cultural organizations and institutions such as the Hellenic Heritage Foundation, the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Canada, the Greek Community of Toronto and the General Consulate of Greece. You will also participate in local cultural events, visit Toronto’s Greektown, attend film and music festivals and learn from community-based guest speakers.
Courses are taught by Themistoklis Aravossitas,a native Modern Greek speaker who has published several books on Greek teaching and learning, and researches heritage language education, bilingualism and diversity in the classroom and society. As a graduate, you will be prepared to visit Greece–one of the most popular tourist and educational destinations in the world.
Due to COVID-19, the Department of Languages, Literatures & Linguistics will not be offering in-person classes this semester.
When registering in our courses, you will be presented with the following options:
- Online courses. All elements of these courses will be offered online without any fixed meeting time. You can do them at the time of your choosing (Asynchronously).
- Remote courses. These courses will be delivered in real time via Zoom or other videoconferencing platform at the times indicated in the York Courses website (Synchronously). Some of these courses will have both real-time and non-real-time components. All real-time components will also be recorded and made available to students who could not attend.
Contact Themistoklis Aravossitas firstname.lastname@example.org for help with academic and administrative questions.