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9th International Conference on Greek Linguistics

Pre-conference workshop:

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Modern Greek Studies

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Foreign Language Building, 707 S. Mathews Ave., Urbana IL61801


Greek and its interfaces:

Linguistic theory and teaching Greek as a second language

 Wednesday, October 28, 1-6pm, FLB 1080 (Lucy Ellis Lounge)


Pre-workshop session on minority languages in Greece

Tuesday, October 27, 6-7.30, FLB 1080 (Lucy Ellis Lounge)

In fall 2009, the Department of Linguistics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign will be adding Modern Greek to its extensive list of offerings in Less Commonly Taught Languages (LCTLs). In a happy coincidence, 2009 also happens to mark the first time that the biennial International Conference on Greek Linguistics (ICGL 9) will be hosted in North America, bringing several prominent members of the Greek linguistics community from the US and Europe to Illinois. To celebrate this unique occasion, we are planning a pre-conference workshop on ‘Greek and its interfaces’, with an emphasis on teaching Greek as a second language.

The specific aims of the workshop are:

The workshop is scheduled for Wednesday, October 28, 2009, in the Lucy Ellis Lounge of the Foreign Languages Building from 1:00 till 6:00 pm.

In addition, there will be a a pre-workshop session on minority languages in Greece on Tuesday, October 27, in the Lucy Ellis lounge from 6-7.30pm. We will be screening the film Sabiha (http://lacito.vjf.cnrs.fr/membres/adamouInfos.htm), with an introduction by the film director, Dr Evangelia Adamou (CNRS-LACITO, an expert on minority languages in Greece). The screening will be followed by open discussion with the audience.

Detailed workshop program

1.00-1.05: Opening remarks

1.05-1.40: Brian Joseph:

“A novel paradigm for teaching LCTLs”

1.40-2.15: Mark Janse:

“A graduate curriculum for Modern Greek: incorporating Modern Greek dialectology and folklore”

2.15-2.50: Niovi Antonopoulou:

“Some common pitfalls in the Greek FL classroom”

2.50-3.05: * Coffee break *

3.05-3.40: Amalia Arvaniti:

“Phonological aspects of Greek second language acquisition”

3.40-4.10: Stavroula Tsiplakou

“Teaching language variation: a case study from Cyprus”

4.10-4.55:      Panayotis Pappas:

“Distance Education courses in Greek: The Odysseus Language Tutor”

4.55-5.10: * Coffee break *

5.10-6.00: Open discussion with FL instructors and students


Sponsored by:

The School of Literatures, Cultures and Linguistics

The Department of Linguistics

The Program in Second Language Acquisition and Teacher Education

The European Union Center