Blending in Classics Ancient Greek in Greek Secondary Education

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George Argyris
Athabasca University
Heraklion, Greece

Foteini Evangelidou
Athabasca University
Kavala, Greece

Abstract: This paper attempts to blend in Classics by adopting a mixed-model of instruction for the subject of Ancient Greek in
Greek secondary education, aiming at a more motivated and engaging face-to-face and virtual classroom. Information and communication technologies (ICT) in primary, secondary, and higher education harness educational software and collections of electronic data that foster language acquisition. The increasing numbers of computer and Internet
penetration highlight, among others, the widespread integration of advanced technologies into the universal educational context, and underline modern pedagogical practices, which facilitate independence and active learning. The rapid evolution of computer assisted instruction (CAI) over the last two decades has thoroughly enhanced the teaching of
classical languages on an international scale. On the one hand, this paper shapes a theoretical framework for developing an interactive virtual Ancient Greek course, arising out of the standards applied to the massive open online courses (MOOCs), revealing their potential in terms of interaction and flexibility. One the other hand, it accentuates the implementation of certain pedagogical ICT tools in the conventional Classics instruction, concentrating on Ancient Greek language learning.

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