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Workshop: Teaching Greek as a second language

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From: "HR-Net News Distribution Manager" <dist@hri.org>

Originally From: "Andreas L. Prodromidis" <andreas@cs.columbia.edu>

WORKSHOP SERIES ON TEACHING GREEK AS A SECOND LANGUAGE

Sponsored By

St. Katherine's & St. George's Greek Schools AND The Hellenic American Academy

We are pleased to announce our first Lecture/Workshop

By

Alexandra Economou, Ph.D Psychology/Linguistics:Reading Specialist

Title: TEACHING BEGINNING READING & WRITING IN GREEK TO BILINGUAL CHILDREN

SATURDAY, JANUARY 10 2:30 pm

HELLENIC AMERICAN ACADEMY 10701 South Glen Road Potomac, MD

For further Information pl. call: Elpida Bairaktari at:(301)589-3019 Hara Efthimiou-Rapti at:(301)949-1143 or Elaine Lailas at: (301)299-1566(Day)

Reception will follow


Abstract

The workshop will focus on the skills and methods that are essential in order for the children to read and write in the second language. The speaker will start her presentation by reviewing the process of learning

how to read and write in one's native language. As research has shown, an awareness of the sounds of a language precedes the ability to pair the sounds with letters. Teaching reading therefore, should proceed with building that phonological awareness through games and exercises. The aim of these activities would be to teach the children to : first perceive the sounds of a word, then identify them and finally try to pronounce the word. Children with limited phonological awareness will experience difficulties reading new words. The above methods for acquiring phonological awareness may apply to beginning reading in a second language such as Greek, which cosists of a both different sound system as well as a different alphabet. The emphasis of the workshop will be on techniques that can facilitate phonological awareness, basic phonological segmentation and reading between the ages of 4 and 6.


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