ERIC Number: ED324924
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Apr
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Greek Loans in English and the Teaching of Modern Greek to English Speaking Students (within a Communicative Language Teaching Framework).
Hatzipanayiotidou, A.; And Others
In constructing a syllabus for the teaching of Modern Greek as a foreign language to English-speaking students, it is suggested that some lexical items be taught from the corpus of Greek loan words in English. These words fall into the following categories: direct loans; words that, in joining English, have acquired a different meaning, which was subsequently introduced into Modern Greek; words borrowed from Ancient Greek, used as a basis for scientific terminology, and returned to Modern Greek; and blends formed by a Greek loan and an English word. One technique for introducing loan words is designed to help the learner of Greek overcome discouragement, a common response to phonological, syntactical, and orthographic differences. First, loan words are selected and graded according to language proficiency level, and dialogues incorporating them are written. Words may be selected to correspond to student interests and needs. The technique promotes examination and understanding of both Greek and English, enhances lexical memory, and may also be linked to the teaching of culture. Teachers are cautioned to be aware of the morphological, phonological, and semantic problems inherent in loan words. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Greek Applied Linguistics Association's Conference on Less Widely Taught Languages in Europe (Thessaloniki, Greece, April 4-7, 1984).