Exams of Attainment / CEFR
How Lato’s courses aim at the CEFR levels:
In this scheme you can see how Lato’s courses follow CEFR levels.
B1,2, 3 are the 3 Basic courses which cover A1 & 2 of CEFR levels.
I 1, 2, 3 (Intermediate courses) & A1 (Advance 1) cover B1 & 2 of CEFR levels.
A 2, 3 cover C1 & 2 of CEFR levels and they are offered only under request as the desire of somebody to learn a language at such a level is usually connected with a specific goal. That’s why these levels are offered always under request and tailor made to the needs of the students.
Teaching objectives per level:
Basic 1 or B1 – for beginners
a. Vocabulary/communicative functions: Basic vocabulary. The student will be able to make introductions, to give basic information about him/herself or other persons, to describe basic activities and to take part in basic everyday dialogues.
b. Morphology/syntax: introduction to the Greek language, familiarization with the Greek alphabet, writing and reading, declension of verbs in present tense, basic groups of nouns and adjectives in the singular nominative and accusative cases, place and time prepositions etc.
Basic 2 or B2
a. Vocabulary/communicative functions: Enrichment of the basic vocabulary.
The student will be able to communicate using present, past and future tenses, to talk about everyday situations (e.g. home, weather etc.) in a simple and brief way, to give simple descriptions and make simple comparisons, and to take part in everyday simple dialogues.
b. Morphology/syntax: plural of basic noun and adjective groups in the nominative and accusative cases, simple future tense and simple subjunctive of the active voice verbs of the first and second conjugation, first acquaintance with simple past tense etc.
Basic 3 or B3
a. Vocabulary/communicative functions: Further enrichment of the basic vocabulary.
The student will be able to express him/herself both orally and in writing in usual everyday situations using simple speech and to comprehend simple texts, announcements, instructions and conversations about familiar issues.
b. Morphology/syntax: simple past tense of the regular and irregular active voice verbs, personal pronouns in the nominative, accusative and genitive cases, simple imperative, 1st conditional type, introduction to the passive voice verbs, genitive case of nouns and adjectives, pronouns, conjunctions and basic linking of sentences etc.
Intermediate 1 or I1
a. Vocabulary/communicative functions: The student talks about issues of more general interest (e.g. family, health, work etc.), narrates stories expressing time relations and participates in discussions about familiar issues expressing his/her opinion and putting forward his/her arguments.
b. Morphology/syntax: indicative of the rest of the tenses in the active voice and of important passive voice verbs, distinction of the aspect of the verb, time, causative and adversative conjunctions, 2nd conditional type etc.
Intermediate 2 or I2
a. Vocabulary /communicative functions: Vocabulary expansion in thematic units, first acquaintance with the vernacular language proverbs) and the official language (writing formal letters).
b. Morphology/syntax: Passive voice, interrogative and relative pronouns, adverbs, conditionals, participles, special noun and adjective groups.
Intermediate 3 or I3
a. Vocabulary/communicative functions: Further vocabulary expansion on the basis of various thematic units, first contact with short newspaper and magazine texts or with simple literature texts. The student will be able to express adequately opinions and feelings and to communicate in various situations.
b. Morphology/syntax: Completion of the basic grammar (nouns of a special declension, compound verbs, subjunctive linking of sentences etc.)
Advanced 1 or A1
a. Vocabulary/communicative functions: Communicative ability in a wide range of situations, ability to understand and use idiomatic expressions concerning the modern Greek civilization. Comprehension of simple texts from the everyday and periodical press as well as of selected literature texts.
b. Morphology/syntax: Revision and thorough examination of issues of special difficulty from previously learned grammar and emphasis on the production of complicated speech using the subjunctive linking of sentences.
Advanced 2 or A2
a. Vocabulary/communicative functions: original texts of increased difficulty, aiming mainly at the enrichment of the vocabulary and practicing the use of special language structures through social issues. Comprehension of original recorded extracts from radio or TV programmes and production of speech using these sources.
b. Morphology/syntax: Teaching of compound verbs deriving from ancient Greek verbs often encountered in the modern Greek language and emphasis on their use through vocabulary exercises or free production of speech.
Advanced 3 or A3
a. Vocabulary/communicative functions: The basic aim is to produce speech fluently and easily, precision in the description using the expanded vocabulary, as well as the distinction of the different styles of each text. The aim is also to familiarize the student with the official form of the Greek language. Communication is achieved at a normal rate.
b. Morphology/syntax: Compound archaic verbs with internal augment which are more rarely encountered in the modern Greek language, texts with elements of the official Greek language, often references to phenomena of the ancient Greek language grammar, scholarly expressions and idioms from the official Greek language, proverbs.
Continuation of the approach to the purist elements of the language through press texts, Greek literature and science texts. Idioms, terminology, etymological references. Students participate in discussions that follow lectures by scientists or artists within or outside the classroom.