La Trobe’s postgraduate students give presentations inspired by the Dardalis archives

Three post-graduate students from La Trobe University have taken an object from the Dardalis Archives as a starting point for a presentation of their research.

The next talk, by Sofia Chaniotaki, is about how literature can be incorporated into modern Greek language teaching.

The value of literature in teaching and learning another / foreign language has been recognized through research. As Paran (2008) points out, the integration of literature in language teaching can increase students’ motivation, while at the same time being an interesting approach, as it combines focus on form with focus on meaning. The benefits of “content-based” teaching approaches vary. The integration of literary texts into language teaching is a “content-based” approach through which we can cultivate all four basic language skills.

“My speech is articulated around two axes: a. An overview of teaching and learning in the Greek language in Melbourne, pointing out the value of the Dardalis archive by containing examples of teaching material for students during the post-World War II migration to Australia and b. an introduction related to the benefits of “content-based” approaches and the role of literature in language teaching, as well as presentation of four “content-based” activities for teaching certain grammatical phenomena, and development through literature, of other language skills, such as creative writing, “said Ms. Chaniotaki.

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“Working with students from the diaspora in Australia inspired me to do research in language and literature. I am currently preparing a bilingual handbook for English-speaking students in the modern Greek language as part of my master’s degree at La Trobe University. The Handbook includes content-based activities related to the incorporation of literature into modern Greek language teaching, and hopefully it will address the linguistic and cultural needs of Greek-Australian students. “

The lecture will take place from 19.00-20.00 on 24 November via zoom. Visit

Coming soon: On December 15 at 19:00: Emmanouela Giannoulidou, MA candidate in Greek and Spanish studies, presents: “The Third Side of War in Nikos Kazantzakis ‘The Fratricides and Manuel Chaves Nogales’ A Sangre y Fuego: Héroes, Bestias y Mártires de España”

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