In the fall of 2016, McGill University’s Faculty of Education will launch the first comprehensive degree in North America to prepare Greek language teachers for elementary and secondary schools. Through the 4 year Bachelor Education TESL Elementary & Secondary Program – Teaching Greek Language and Culture Option, students will combine studies in education with studies in Greek language and culture to become teachers of both English and Greek as a Second Language.
The Bachelor of Education program includes studies in language and language learning from linguistic, literary, social, cultural, philosophical, political, and psychological perspectives, accompanied by a minimum of 700 hours of supervised field experiences in schools. The new option includes studies in Greek Language and Culture from History and Classical Studies, Art History, Philosophy and Political Science, and offers field experience in Hellenic schools.
Montreal is a natural fit for this fresh initiative. The local vibrant Greek community and full-program day schools within the Socrates School network teach Greek as well as French and English. This new program option will bolster the efforts of McGill’s Phrixos B. Papachristidis Chair, which was established in 1988 in memory of the late Montreal shipping industrialist for whom it is named after. The Chair aims to maintain Greek language and culture as a shared tradition among diaspora and to further the study of modern Greek and Greek-Canadian relations.