Elementary Modern Greek for Adults

Published: September 2, 2019

The UCLA Stavros Niarchos Foundation Center for the Study of Hellenic Culture, in collaboration with the St. Sophia Foundation, offers a non-credit Modern Greek language course at the elementary level, specifically designed for the needs of adult learners.


Angeliki Asprouli holds a BA in Greek Language and Literature and a BA in Theater Studies from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, and an MA in Literature, Philology, and Linguistics from Sorbonne University. She has taught Greek language to various learner-groups (native speakers, heritage speakers, foreigners) at all levels, from elementary to advanced, at institutions in Greece and in the US, including Harvard University. In Spring 2020, she will be teaching Modern Greek at UCLA.

Goals of the course

Our aim, in this two-semester sequence in elementary Greek, is the acquisition of basic oral and written competence, as well as the development of aural and reading comprehension skills. By the end of the course, you will possess the linguistic skills necessary to navigate everyday circumstances and you will master the ability to communicate in meaningful contexts: you will be able to talk about things of your everyday environment, such as family, friends, daily routines, your likes and dislikes; to handle social interactions, such as meeting people, planning an event, arranging a night out; to inquire about other people; and to relate information in simple terms. This course will also invite you to explore similarities and differences between Greek and other cultures. The material will be broadened with authentic “texts,” verbal and cultural: poems, comic strips, ads, newspaper articles.

Duration of Course

First semester: Monday, October 7th – Wednesday, January 29th (with holiday breaks).

Second semester: Monday, February 3rd – Wednesday, May 27th.


Communicate in Greek for Beginners (Deltos Books), specifically designed for English-speaking learners of Greek, will be our core textbook.

The textbook set (which includes two workbooks) can be purchased from the online bookstore bibliagora-USA.com.


Tuition for each semester is $300 ($600 for the entire two-semester sequence). The amount must be submitted by the end of the first week of classes (October 11th).