1 & 2 June 2013 


The Arnolfini, Bristol – U.K. 





We are pleased to announce the International Symposium ‘βreαkthrough Grεεk’ on the teaching and learning of Greek, organised by Dr. Maria Mertzani, Director of GreekForYou Ltd, Bristol – U.K.

GreekForYou Ltd was born for the study and teaching of Greek Language and Culture, and aims at becoming a forum of scientific exchange among scholars and practitioners in Greek around the globe, sharing the enthusiasm for the study of Greek and its culture from ancient to modern Greek times.

The symposium intends to approach the teaching and learning of Greek from multidisciplinary perspectives, by bridging old and current teaching /learning practices in the Greek classroom.  Greek is viewed holistically, without separating ancient from modern Greek, thus we call for contributions that will highlight the continuity of Greek and its teaching practices throughout time.

‘βreαkthrough Grεεk’ breaks time barriers, marries the ancient with the modern (and vice versa), and brings into a single, cross-disciplinary gathering, internationally acclaimed scholars.

This is an open call for scholars, educators, practitioners and students who research, study, and teach Greek!

The question that will lead our discussion is the following: How can recent research and practice inform the Greek language classroom?



– Scholars in researching and studying the teaching and learning of Greek (classical and modern).

– Experienced teachers in Greek (classical and modern).

– Educators/practitioners in Greek (e.g. teachers, trainers, etc.) with/without experience in teaching Greek.

– Any educator/practitioner who believes that his/her sensibility and training in issues of intercultural education are an everyday demand in his/her work.

– Students who study and learn Greek.



– to link research with the Greek classroom and explore ways to increase interaction between the two;

– to provide practical information, useful to all educators, who are involved in the teaching and learning of Greek (classical and modern).



We invite proposals for papers on topics relevant to Greek linguistics, covering a range of subfields within Linguistics, such as applied linguistics, conversational analysis, corpus linguistics, dialectology, discourse analysis, historical linguistics, language description, morphology, neurolinguistics, phonetics, phonology, pragmatics, psycholinguistics, semantics, sociolinguistics, and syntax, among others. Priority will be given to the teaching/learning aspect of the above topics in relation to the Greek classroom.

Please send abstracts (c. 250 words) to: info@greekforyou.com by 10th February 2013.   Informal enquiries may be addressed to the organizer Dr Maria Mertzani at the above email address.  Abstracts are welcome for oral presentations and seminars on the above areas.  Accepted papers will be published shortly after the meeting.

  • Deadline for submission of abstracts:  10th February 2013 – CLOSED!
  • Notification of acceptance: 1st March 2013

Please click on the following links to download our guidelines for your abstract submissions.

Submit_abstract_oral_presentations_breakthroughGreek_2013 – CLOSED!

Submit_abstract_seminar_presentations_breakthroughGreek_2013 – CLOSED!

For the purposes of this international event the official languages of the symposium are Greek and English.  We do encourage presentations and participation in Greek.  Interpreting services will not be provided.



Professor Dimitris Tziovas, Institute of Archaeology and Antiquity, Centre for Byzantine, Ottoman & Modern Greek Studies, University of Birmingham, Birmingham – U.K.

Steven Hunt, Lecturer in Classics Education, and Editor of the Journal of Classics Teaching (JCT), Cambridge University, Cambridge – U.K.



Non-student early registration (50GBP) (by 30 April 2013)

Non-student late registration (70GBP)

Students early registration (30GBP) (by 30 April 2013)

Students late registration (50GBP)

Please download our Registration form: Registration_Form_Breakthrough_Greek_2013



We would like to bring professional experience in contact with children, thus we are announcing the Greek workshops for children aged 6-10 years old.  The workshops are hosted on Sunday, 2 June 2013, as pre-conference events, with the aim to teach Greek language and culture through interactive, fun-and-play learning activities.  The schedule is as follows:

Sunday, 2 June 2013, 09:30am – 12:00pm

Depending on children’s preference, we will teach one of the following workshops:

Learn and play in ancient Greek
The Little Mariner by the Greek National poet Odysseus Elytis
To Ithaca with Homer & Constantine Kavafys

We can accommodate up to 30 children at the price of £10 (family ticket), per workshop.  Costumes and materials will be provided during the workshops.  To book your place and/or for other queries please contact us here.

Attachment: Greek Workshops for Kids

Attachment: Media Consent Form for Children



Dr. Maria Mertzani, Director, GreekForYou Ltd, Bristol – U.K.



Dr Theodoros Papadopoulos, Lecturer, University of Bath, Bath – U.K.

Mr Kostas Soumilas, Chair, Greek School of Bristol, Bristol – U.K.

Konstantina Sotiroupou, Philologist, Greek School of Bristol, Bristol – U.K.

Dr Eleimon Gonis, Senior Lecturer, University of West of England, Bristol – U.K.

Dr Ellen Malos, Senior Research Fellow, University of Bristol, Bristol –U.K.

Dr Kostas Papasouliotis, Lecturer, University of Bristol, Bristol – U.K.

Dr Christina Garstka, Primary Teacher, Nicosia – Cyprus

Mrs Evdokia Stergiopoulou, State School Teacher, PhD Student, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki – Greece


For any other symposium queries, please contact us here


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