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From the Hot Spot Camp to Mainland: Obstacles, techniques and lesson planning in classes with refugee

Kostas Korozis
Coordinator in Mosaik Support Centre and Teachers of Greek Language to Refugees
Michalis Karakonstantis
Teachers of Greek Language to Refugees
“From the Hot Spot Camp to Mainland: Obstacles, techniques and lesson planning in classes with refugee”



Kostas Korozis (Teacher of Greek Language in Mosaik Support Center) studied History and Ethnology at the Democritian University of Thrace. He has an M.A. from University of Athens in European History. He worked as a researcher at the Historical Archive Department of G.S.E.V.E.E. for three years. Kostas has taught Ancient and Modern Greek Language, History and Literature in secondary education. He has attended seminars for teaching Greek as a foreign language at the Hellenic Culture Center and in the Center for the Greek Language. He is a certified adult educator for non-formal education from EOPPEP (National Organization for the Certification of Qualification and Vocational Guidance). Kostas has taught Greek as a foreign language at the Hellenic Culture Center. He was a teacher of Greek Language in Project P.R.E.S.S. (Provision of Refugee Education and Support Scheme), Greek Language lessons and Non-formal workshops for women, organized by the Hellenic Open University. He has been teaching Greek to refugees at Pikpa and Moria Hot Spot camps in Lesvos island. He is teaching Greek language in Mosaik Support Center, a school for migrants and refugees in Mytilini, Lesvos.

Michalis Karakonstantis (Tutor and Educational Advisor at the Greek Council for Refugees), has studied at the Kapodistrian University of Athens in the Faculty of German Language and Literature. After completing my studies, he finished the Postgraduate Studies in the field of Linguistics, also at the Kapodistrian University of Athens. I teach over a decade German as a foreign Language to Greek adults and minors in language schools and in private lessons as well. I also teach Greek as a Foreign Language to refugee adults and adolescents since 2016. The reason behind teaching Greek to refugees is the Hellenic Culture Centre due to my participation in the Eurolta Certificate Programme. A great opportunity was been offered to me, not only because I discovered parts of myself through the evaluation and, mostly, self-evaluation procedure, but also I have learned a different teaching methodology, according to the needs of the Greek learners. In Greek Council for Refugees, Athens, I try to impart this knowledge to our refugee students hoping that they are receiving an efficient and amusing learning experience.



From the Hot Spot Camp to Mainland: Obstacles, techniques and lesson planning in classes with refugee adults. Two teachers Kostas Korozis and Michalis Karakonstantis talk about their experience in teaching Greek to refugees. How EUROLTA can assist volunteer teachers, based on experiences made in Germany and in Greece.

Aims of this workshop

  • What are the learning differences between domestic and refugee population?
  • What are the learning needs of the refugees in transit places and in the mainland?
  • Which learning techniques are suitable for refugee learners?
  • What are the obstacles when teaching refugees?
  • Participants will be introduced to Greek through a micro-teaching session.

After a discussion, Myriam Fischer and Ifigenia Georgiadou will give a short input in how EUROLTA has been instrumental in teaching volunteers how to teach refugees effectively and efficiently.


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