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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 06 April 2019
DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 6 APRIL 2019 11 NEWS ‘Speak Greek in March’ Old writings in Greek and Latin. PHOTOS: SIPA ‘Vive le Grec!’ say the French French government supports ancient languages to be included in Unesco’s Intangible Cultural Heritage list La Trobe Greek Society members discussed their experiences in the ‘Speak Greek in March’ podcast. PHOTO: SUPPLIED ANTHEA BANOUSIS "Everyone has to learn Greek, because it is through Greek that one can understand one's own language," said Franco-Greek philologist Jacqueline de Romilly. Her famous quote best describes the ‘Speak Greek in March’ campaign that included the participation of La Trobe University Greek Society and the Modern Greek Studies Program of La Trobe, to encourage the continuation of the Greek language. This famous quote best describes the ‘Speak Greek in March’ campaign. It is a marketing strategy aimed to encourage schools, universities and other organisations around Victoria to speak and teach the Greek language. As part of this year's "Speak Greek in March" initiative, the La Trobe University Greek Society and the Modern Greek Studies Program of La Trobe, created a podcast to inspire students, parents, teachers and other individuals within the wider community to speak Greek, not only in March, but all year around. The podcast consisted of interviewing the chair- man of the ‘Speak Greek in March’campaign, Mike Zafiropoulos, who provided an exclusive insight as to why the program was established and its lasting impact on the Greek community. The Coordinator of the Modern Greek Studies program, Dr. Stavroula (Stephie) Nikoloudis and instructor Dr. Dimitri Gonis took part in the podcast. Their main focus was to discuss the significant influence the Greek language has had at La Trobe's campus. They also discussed various Greek words that are used every day within the English language. For example, the central hub of La Trobe is called the "agora". "Agora" is an ancient Greek word that means a "public meeting space", often utilised for assemblies and markets. At La Trobe, the central meeting space is surrounded by shops, cafes and small restaurants. Lastly, the La Trobe University Greek Society members discussed their different experiences in using and learning the Greek language. The six members who took part in this podcast include, Anthea Banousis, Leigh Mihailidis, Xenia Albanis, Foteini Sis- manis, John Charalabidis and Constantina Sapantzis. The main focus of this podcast is to inspire students across Victoria to undertake Greek as part of their tertiary education. The Modern Greek Studies Program provides La Trobe University students and other students from various institutions across Victoria, the benefit of a comprehensive program. The Greek language program consists of three levels, beginner, intermediate and advanced, which students can choose based on their level of competence. The program also includes cultural subjects furthering a student's knowledge in Greek history, traditions and their sense of identity. At the end of their studies, a student will be qualified with either a bachelor or a diploma of languages. Finally, collaborating with the Modern Greek Studies Program, the La Trobe University Greek Society's mission is to assist the program by further promoting and encouraging young students to undertake Greek. *Anthea Banousis is the CoPresident of the La Trobe University Greek Society. Riddles of the psyche seminar As part of the Greek History and Culture Seminars, Harry Constantinou will present a lecture entitled "From the riddle of the Sphinx to the riddles of the psyche - Sophoclean tragedy and psychoanalysis", on Thursday 11 April, at the Ithacan Philanthropic Society. Psychoanalysis owes a huge debt to Sophocles and his enduring genius. Everything from the enigma of Oedipus to the beauty of Antigone has stood as inspiration. Sigmund Freud, the father of psychoanalysis forged his 'Oedipus myth' from Sophocles' story. Following Freud, Jacques Lacan interrogated Antigone with his ethics theory, digging deep into the essence of tragedy. Harry Constantinou, a psy- choanalyst who works both in a private practice and the public mental health system in Melbourne, is a member of the Freudian School of Melbourne - School of Lacanian Psychoanalysis. He will present his talk at 7pm on Thursday 11 April at the Ithacan Philanthropic Society (Level 2, 329 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne.) A French cultural organisation based in Autun, a city in central France, published a national manifesto asking for the inclusion of the Ancient Greek and Latin languages in the Intangible Cultural Heritage list of Unesco. Association Human-Hist focused on the importance of the languages. "It seemed essential to us to preserve the teaching of Latin and Greek, which are the roots of the French language and European history," said Vincent Merkenbreack, president of Association HumanHist. The suggestion was made during the opening of the second International Rendez-Vous of Ancient Languages that took place last weekend and was attended by the French Minister of National Education Jean-Michel Blanquer and 80 French and foreign researchers and academics. The event was an opportunity to accentuate the importance of ancient languages. "The Greek and the Latin languages are neither elitist nor obsolete, and for this reason, they have to be promoted," said Mr Blanquer, noting that this is "an essential and emblematic moment" for the defence of ancient languages, which are "the living sap of our language". "Greek and Latin language teachers are transmitters of values," he said. Mr Blanquer later took to Twitter to express his enthusiasm while stressing that the two languages are still dynamic, with more than 45,000 new students in France learning both Greek and Latin.He tweeted. "Long live the Greek! Long live the Latin! At the rendezvous of ancient languages in Autun to underline the dynamism of the culture and teaching of Greek and Latin (45000 pupils in more than two years). Here, pupils who play a play in Latin and an international symposium of 2 days." Sharing the same excitement, famous Greek-French TV personality and socialite Nikos Aliagas wrote on Twitter: "A manifesto to inscribe ancient languages to the world heritage of @unesco https://www.20minutes. fr/societe/248580320190331-unesco-man-ifeste-inscrire-langues-anciennes-patrimoine-mondial … via @20minutes #Humanist @jmblanquer" New distance training program for teaching Greek as a second language The Centre for the Greek Language has announced its latest distance training program for teachers in Greece and abroad, named Routes in Teaching Greek as a Second/Foreign Language. The course, which begins on 16 September and runs for 10 months, is done entirely by correspondence. It consists of eight modules, including everything from 'Lesson planning, Classroom Management and Learning Strategies' to 'Teaching Grammar, Vocabulary and Pronunciation', and 'Bilingualism: Language and Thought of the Bilingual Speaker'. The program is suitable for anyone involved or interested in teaching Greek Registrations open for new language program as a second or foreign language in Greece and abroad, provided they have an undergraduate degree in either Greek philology, foreign language philologies, pedagogical studies, theological studies or other departments of Greek or equivalent foreign universities. Candidates who have not completed tertiary education may also be admitted under conditions. Recognised as a distance training program, trainees who successfully complete the program can work in public and private institutions worldwide, which specialise in teaching Greek as a second/foreign language. Registrations are now being accepted until 7 June, 2019. For more information and to register, visit www.greek-language.gr/routes.
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