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Launch of new option: teaching Greek language and culture


Published: 12Feb2016

McGill University launches a Teaching Greek Language and Culture Option within the Bachelor of Education, Teaching English as a Second Language (B.Ed. TESL) Elementary & Secondary

In the fall of 2016 McGill’s Faculty of Education will launch the first comprehensive degree in North America to prepare Greek language teachers for elementary and secondary schools. Through the four-year B.Ed. TESL Elementary & Secondary Program Teaching Greek Language and Culture Option, students will combine studies in education with studies in Greek language and culture to become teachers of both English and Greek as second languages.

The B.Ed TESL program includes studies in language and language learning from linguistic, literary, social, cultural, philosophical, political, and psychological perspectives, accompanied by a minimum of 700 hours of supervised field experiences in schools. This new option will include studies in Greek language and culture from the departments of History and Classical Studies, Art History, Philosophy, and Political Science, and offers field experiences in Hellenic schools.

Montreal is a natural fit for this fresh initiative. Our vibrant Greek community and full-program day schools within the Socrates School network teach Greek as well as French and English. This new program option will bolster the efforts of McGill’s Phrixos B. Papachristidis Chair, established in 1988. The Chair aims to maintain Greek language and culture as a shared tradition among diaspora, and to further the study of modern Greek and Greek-Canadian relations. We are thrilled to add the preparation of Greek language teachers to these efforts.

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