Certification

Certification

The Greek School of Glasgow  is an examination centre for the 2017 exams on New Greek language certification.

The examination dates for 2018 have now be set for all levels to take place during the period 8th to 10th May 2018.


Regarding the distance learning programme/routes in teaching modern Greek,  interested parties can visit the webpage:
http://elearning.greek-language.gr and contact the Greek Language Centre for registration.

More information for the certification can be found at:
http://www.greek-language.gr/greekLang/certification/index.html

STATE CERTIFICATE OF ATTAINMENT (SCA) IN MODERN GREEK 
The State Certificate of Attainment in Modern Greek was established by the Ministry of Education in 1998, in response to persistent requests from learners of Greek for formal certification at various levels. The European Council has acknowledged the SCA as the only universally recognised title for Modern Greek awarded by the Greek State, as providing successful candidates with an authoritative assessment of their knowledge. It is particularly effective for adult learning because it gives focus and stimulation. 

There is now a Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. There are six levels of proficiency and for each level a separate certificate is issued. Level A1 is the first and lowest level, while Level C2 (Γ2) is the final and highest level. The skills examined in each level consist of listening, reading, writing and speaking tests. 

The SCA has a practical value for all those who want to live and work in Greece or Cyprus and it is a requirement for the practice of various professions. Furthermore, Level C1 (Γ1) allows foreign nationals to register at a Greek University, while Level C2 (Γ2) allows European citizens to be employed in a Greek civil service position. 

Examinations for all levels are held annually at dates and times that are common to all examination centres worldwide. 

USABILITY AND APPLICATIONS 
The teaching of Greek as a foreign language started in the sixties. First, the School of Modern Greek Language of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUTH), later the Institute of Balkan Studies and still later the corresponding Department of the School of Philosophy, University of Athens began their teaching and certification efforts. 

The concern on the issue of certification is reflected in Law 2413/1996 which concerns the Greek education abroad, intercultural education and other provisions. Article 10 of the said law provides the Centre for the Greek Language (CGL) with the possibility of issuing a Certificate of Attainment in Greek. The Centre was then entrusted with the overall and exclusive responsibility for setting the framework of standards, for defining the levels of attainment and proficiency in the Greek language, for conducting the examinations worldwide and for issuing the resulting certificates. In 1998 the Certificate of Attainment in Greek was established by Presidential Decree 363/1998, which also set the type, the prerequisites, the procedure, the content, the levels and all other details relating to the examinations. 

However, the field with the greatest practical value for the holder of the Certificate of Attainment remains its usability and application. To the present day, the SCA: 
• allows its holders to prove their level of proficiency in Greek in the job market 
• is a necessary prerequisite for the practice of certain professions in Greece 
• allows the holders (if foreign-born or alien) to enrol in Greek universities (Presidential Decree 138/1999) 
• allows an EU citizen to apply for a position in the Greek public sector. 

In recent years, in an effort to clarify the conditions of use of the Certificate, the CGL submitted to the Ministry of Education a substantiated proposal for the institutionalisation by law. It was proposed that a complementary 4th relevant paragraph to Article 10 of Law 2413/96 be added, which would specify in detail the levels of the Certificate provided by the CGL and its usefulness and application in the following situations: 
• the appointment or employment in public or private schools or privately owned institutes in Greece or in the public sector in general, 
• employment in the private sector in Greece, 
• teaching Greek or other subjects in Greek public or private schools abroad, 
• enrolment in or transfer to university or college departments in Greece, 
• enrolment in university schools of modern Greek studies abroad, 
• enrolment in or transfer to public or private schools in Greece or Greek-speaking schools abroad. 

It is estimated that the above mentioned regulation will further clarify all issues related to the practical use of the Certificates issued by CGL. It will also define the rights granted to the holders of the Certificate in the working field as well as in sectors not covered by the law yet or, in the worst of cases, where there is an overlap of pre-existing regulations. 

Level A1 
Candidates should be in a position to understand and use familiar everyday expressions and very basic phrases. They should be able to introduce him/herself and others and can ask questions about personal details such as where he/she lives, people he/she knows and things he/she has.

Level A2 
Candidates should be in a position to understand broadly a conversation between two native speakers about common everyday matters and to understand simple public announcements, simple advertisements, notes, programmes, simple instructions. They should be able to write simple texts relating to everyday situations and provide basic information. 

They should be in a position to perform simple everyday linguistic functions, such as greeting, introducing oneself, wishing, apologising, speaking on the telephone, writing simple letters, exchanging information on simple topics, understanding and producing simple announcements, expressing positive or negative feelings, expressing desire or obligation to do something, offering something, inviting and making suggestions. They should in a position to communicate with civil services, travel agencies, hotels, restaurants, shops. 

To perform the functions described in the above circumstances, candidates should know and be in a position to use the appropriate morphological, syntactic, lexical and other linguistic elements as indicated in the detailed examination guide. 

Level B1
Candidates should be in a position to understand - and express themselves in - simple oral and written language, in a variety of general linguistic situations/conditions which involve the exchange of information and personal views. They should also be able to comprehend essential details of a conversation between two native speakers in a variety of topics, messages, news reports and commentaries. In writing, candidates should be in a position to compose short simple texts, to convey information and personal views on various topics. 

Candidates should be in a position to use - spoken and written - Greek to a degree which allows them to participate and respond efficiently in communicative situations using more complex linguistic functions than those specified for level A. They should be in a position to communicate, further to the situations mentioned in level A, in situations that involve visits to museums, the theatre etc, health services etc. 

To perform the functions described in the above circumstances, candidates should know and be in a position to use the appropriate morphological, syntactic, lexical and other linguistic elements as indicated in the detailed examination guide. 


Level B2
Candidates should be in a position to understand - and express themselves in - oral and written language with accuracy and to use the language in a wide variety of communicative situations which involve highly complex expressions. Candidates should also be in a position to draw specific information and views presented in the context of a conversation between at least three native speakers on a wide variety of topics, to express personal views and participate efficiently in a long conversation. They should also understand specific information as well as recognise the tone and purpose of passages taken from newspapers, magazines, regulations and official letters and reports. 

In writing, candidates should be able to handle descriptive and narrative topics which refer to personal and everyday experience with clarity and accuracy. 

Candidates should also be in a position to perform linguistic functions which reflect the degree of their linguistic competence. They should further be acquainted with basic characteristics of the Modern Greek culture which concern interpersonal relations and social life


Level C1 (
Γ1)
Candidates should be able to understand a wide range of demanding, longer texts, and recognise implicit meaning. They should be able to express themselves fluently and spontaneously without much obvious searching for expressions.

Candidates must show effective and flexible  use of the Greek language for social, academic and professional purposes. An ability to produce clear, well-structured, detailed text on complex subjects, showing controlled use of organisational patterns, connectors and cohesive devices is required.

Level C2 (Γ2)
Candidates should  have a mastery or proficiency in the Greek language and can understand with ease virtually everything heard or read. An ability to summarise information from different spoken and written sources, reconstructing arguments and accounts in a coherent presentation should be evident. 

The candidate must be able to express him/herself spontaneously, very fluently and precisely, differentiating finer shades of meaning even in the most complex situations.

  Statistics just published for the 2017 examinations, show the following achievements of the candidates.
   


LEVEL

TOTAL No. OF CANDIDATES

 


PASSED

 
FAILED


ABSENT

Α1

(children 8-12 yrs)

518

497

11

10

Α1

(for teenagers and adults)

621

458

110

53

Α2

872

706

125

41

Α2

(for professional purposes)

119

83

24

12

Β1

841

675

129

37

Β2

879

685

165

29

Γ1

491

338

135

18

Γ2

327

216

93

18


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