St. Sophia Afternoon Greek School
Greek as a Second Language is a ten year program. Classes start from Pre-School and continue through High School, with the opportunity to take the Comprehensive Exam in Modern Greek for NYS Regents credit. Students must be at least thirteen years old in order to take the Regents exam. However, students may begin the program at any age, and we will accommodate them accordingly based on their individual ability.
The St. Sophia Afternoon Greek School follows the guidelines set by the Greek Archdiocese, and is committed to making sure that all students are appropriately placed and that every student gets an excellent education in all aspects of the Greek language. For the 2016-2017 academic school year, we will continue with the curriculum and series of books that have been published by the Department of Greek Education of the Greek Archdiocese, with the guidance and blessing of His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of America. The book series “Ta Ellinika Mou (My Greek)” will be used from grade K through the Regents class, and there will also be a book for the Pre-K class by Papaloizos. A variety of auxiliary books and handout sheets will also be used for all classes including the Pre-K. Greek School Open House and registration will be held on Sunday, September 11, after church services.
Angeliki Pontisakos is the Greek School Director and teacher of the Pre-K and Kindergarten classes. Marina Marcou-O’Malley will teach the Level 1/2 class, Maria Mylona will teach the Level 3 and the Level 4/5 class and Maria Cholakis will teach the Level 6/7 class. All teachers speak Greek fluently with many years of experience in teaching children the Greek language.
Classes are held Tuesday through Friday from 4:00 PM to 7:30 PM, beginning Tuesday, September 13, 2016 and will run through June 9, 2017. For more information, please contact the church office at 489–4442 or visit the St. Sophia Greek School website at http://www.stsophiagreekschool.org.
New class this year: Greek on Stage: Learning Greek Through Theater: Theater is a fun and effective way for students to communicate and gain fluency in a foreign language. Motivated by parents urging to increase student speaking proficiency and inspired by the enthusiastic student performances last year in a play adaptation of Aesop’s fables, The Tortoise and the Hare, we’re pleased to introduce the course Greek on Stage: Learning Greek Through Theater.
In this interactive class, participants will be performing at least one play entirely in Greek. In spending time rehearsing and learning their lines, students will gain a greater understanding of the Greek language. By having the opportunity to communicate in a fun and enjoyable manner, students will develop confidence in their speaking proficiency.
Mary Mylona will be teaching the class. She has professionally directed and developed theatrical productions for school and community theater groups in Greece.
Students attending the program must commit to learning their parts in Greek. They need not be enrolled in other Greek School classes, but must have the equivalent of beginning Level 3 proficiency in Greek. If you’re interested, please inquire during the Greek School Open House.
Adult Greek Language
The Greek Language Program for Adult Learners is communicative based with an emphasis on developing speaking and listening skills. Students also learn Grammar and structure and develop writing skills. Under the direction of George Cotzas, a dedicated teacher who is also a native speaker, St. Sophia is proud to offer Adult Greek Language lessons for both parishioners and visitors alike. Our three levels of classes are held on Thursday evenings, beginning at 5:30 PM from September 15, 2016 – May 11, 2017. Our classes are also limited to a maximum of 15 students so we can ensure every student gets the individual attention he or she needs to succeed. Classes are held as follows:
Beginner: 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM, Intermediate: 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM, and Advanced: 7:30 PM – 8:30 PM. For more information, please contact the church office at 489–4442 or visit the St. Sophia Greek School website at http://www.stsophiagreekschool.org. Open House – September 11, 2016 after church services.