Yaya’s Tongue, Yaya’s Threats: On Teaching Advanced Greek in the Anglophone Diaspora

By Kyriaki Frantzi.

Published by The Social Sciences Collection

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The aim of this paper is to discuss the importance of the teaching of the Greek language at advanced level for the maintenance and development of Greek Studies in the large diasporic societies of the Anglophone countries. Apart from reviewing parameters identified in existing literature, such as national policies and institutional changes affecting small programs, curricula and academic staff, factors that have facilitated and impeded an increase in the number of learners of Greek in higher education are examined, with a specific focus on the microanalysis of qualitative data. Drawn from questionnaires, observations and students’ journals, these data point to a series of polarities existing within academic and ethnic settings that have an impact on both the quality and the level of proficiency of tertiary education offerings on Greek language in the English speaking countries.

Keywords: Advanced Greek Language, Anglophone Diasporic Communities, Social Background, Multiculturalism

International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Volume 5, Issue 1, pp.185-198. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 894.957KB).

Dr. Kyriaki Frantzi

Lecturer in Greek Studies, Greek Studies, School of Languages and Linguistics, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, University of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW, Australia

Kyriaki Frantzi (BA History and Archaeology, Athens-Greece, MA Mediterranean Studies, Panteion-Greece, PhD History of Education, Ioannina-Greece) is a lecturer in Greek Studies; during the period 2003-2009 at the University of New South Wales, and most recently at Macquarie University, Australia. She is also an employee of the Greek Ministry of Education in Greece and in Australia since 1980. Her areas of teaching are Greek language and culture, and her main research interests concern second language acquisition, gender in science, and performance. During the last three years she has participated in the Oral Presentation Project that investigates multimodal aspects of the acquisition of German, French and Greek as second languages in the framework of Gesture Studies Network Australia. She is also the author of several research papers.

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