Tutorial

The purpose of this tutorial is to help you take full advantage of the unique educational features of Hellas Alive! and learn the Greek language and culture.

Each level of Hellas Alive is divided in 15 units, each consisting of 4 lessons. Each lesson contains various exercises and activities that appear on your screen in a particular order (the same for all lessons).

Hellas Alive! consists of the following two major components: 

  1. The Virtual City helps you to familiarize yourself with the physical environment of a contemporary Greek city. This virtual environment is also an indirect way to learn vocabulary; you can read the name of each image in the City and, by clicking on the word, you can also hear it. This virtual world also allows you to access a number of virtual ‘playspaces’ (interactive games) which help you to understand better Greek culture.
  2. The Virtual School uses a wide variety of tools to teach Greek (as a foreign language), under conditions that are highly similar to those that you would find if you were in Greece, with a lot of communication and real-life situations.


Important!!
The Hellas Alive Educational Team URGES you to strictly follow the methodology presented in this tutorial in order to learn faster and better, and become a competent user of the Greek language.

Tip!!  Do all lessons in the order they appear!

Every time you enter a particular lesson, you always see the same work screen of the Virtual School which is divided into 5 areas (blue color) and 2 horizontal toolbars (orange color).

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Upper toolbar (orange color)

It contains various icons leading to:

1. Virtual School – If you are in the Virtual City environment, click on this to return to the Virtual School work screen of your lesson.

2. Virtual City – If you are in the Virtual School, click on this to enter the Virtual City. Your tutor may ask you to ‘meet’ at the Virtual City, with a message that you see in the ‘Announcements’ screen (immediately after you log in),  and in the ‘Course Announcements’ and ‘Contact Tutor Messages’ sections of the lesson Playlist (in the Virtual School work screen). Using the Chat function, you may also arrange to ‘meet’ at the Virtual City with other students of the same level.

3. Reference – Every time you want to view a list with all the vocabulary items (blue-color hyperlinks) and grammar items (orange-color hyperlinks), click on this to enter the vocabulary and language index. You can visit the index in case you do not know the meaning of a word or you have difficulties in grammar and the item is not hyperlinked in the Virtual School work screen you are in.
Virtual School and the Virtual City environments.

4. Contact Tutor – Click on this if you want to send a text message to your tutor. Keep in mind that this function is not for chatting; therefore, do not expect your tutor to read your message and reply immediately.  You will find your tutor’s in the ‘Announcements’ screen (immediately after you log in),  and in the ‘Course Announcements’ and ‘Contact Tutor Messages’ sections of the lesson Playlist (in the Virtual School work screen).  
This button is active only in the Virtual School environment.

5. Chat – Click on this to chat on-line with other users of the same level. Your tutor may ask you to ‘meet’ in one of the Chat rooms, with a message that you see in the ‘Announcements’ screen (immediately after you log in) and in the ‘Course Announcements” section of the lesson Playlist (in the Virtual School work screen). If you want, you may also ask your tutor to create a Chat room especially for you and the friends you have made through Hellas Alive.
This button is active in both the Virtual School and the Virtual City environments.

6. Submit – Click on this to submit your work to the tutor. This may be a short paragraph or even a short recording that you are asked to do in the Presentation, Practice or Exercises section of a lesson. You will find your tutor’s comments in a message that you see in the ‘Announcements’ screen (immediately after you log in),  and in the ‘Course Announcements’ and ‘Contact Tutor Messages’ sections of the lesson Playlist (in the Virtual School work screen).
This button is active only in the Virtual School environment.

7. Volume – Click on this to control the volume. To adjust the volume, sometimes, you may also have to check the volume of your PC or laptop.
This button is active in both the Virtual School and the Virtual City environments.

8. Help – Click on this if you need help on how to do an exercise or on how specific areas function. You will be directed to site (separate browser window) where you will find clickable text and a series of videos with instructions to guide you through each stage and characteristic of Hellas Alive.
This button is active in both the Virtual School and the Virtual City environments.

9. Lesson Menu – Click on this if you are in the Virtual School work screen of a lesson and you want to switch to another lesson of the same unit.

10. Quit – Click on this to exit Hellas Alive.

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Lower Toolbar (orange color)

  1. On the left, you see the unit and the lesson you are in.
  2. Delete – The exercises or activities you delete are dropped off here.
  3. Previous – Next Click on this.

The buttons allow you to proceed to the next/previous exercise or activity based on the category you have selected each time.

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Left Area (Playlist)

Here you may see the Playlist with all the exercises and activities of each lesson. The list and the order of contents are the same for all lessons. The four main categories of the Playlist are always the following: Introduction – Presentation – Practice – Exercises.

It is better to choose each category as it appears on the list and do the exercises and activities in their order of appearance. Examples of various exercises and activities:

  1. Δες το βίντεο (Watch the video)
  2. Δες, άκουσε, μίλησε (Watch, listen and record)
  3. Άκουσε και γράψε (Listen and write)
  4. Διάλεξε τη σωστή απάντηση (Choose the right answer)
  5. Άκουσε, μίλησε και στείλε στον καθηγητή (Listen, record and send to tutor)
  6. Διάβασε και συμπλήρωσε (Read and fill in the blanks)

There are 18 different types of exercises to choose from.

The Playlist contains all the necessary components that you need to go through while navigating in a lesson. These components are exactly the same for all lessons. Following is a brief description of how these components should be used during the lesson:

  1. Course Announcements – Every time you enter a lesson, you may find announcements related to your course of study.
  2. Introduction – Before you begin each lesson, watch the video you will find here. The video introduces you to the contents of each lesson. You may play the video as many times as you wish before you proceed with the ‘Presentation’ phase of the lesson.
  3. Presentation – This stage of the lesson allows you to get introduced to the language content of the lesson, since you can watch a video or videos, and, at the same time, read the transcript on your Workbook [see description of Workbook further below]. You may also be prompted to do a number of repetitive activities that will help you further understand the content of the lesson. For instance, you may be asked to watch the video, to listen to the dialogue, and then to record your own voice while reading the text aloud. You may do each activity as many times as you wish. For some activities, when your answer is correct, the check symbol appears next to the activity. If the answer is wrong, the X symbol appears next to the activity. Sometimes, instead of a video, there may be an image for you to see.
  4. Practice – In this stage of the lesson, you have the opportunity for extra practice in the language that was introduced in Presentation. Different types of activities prompt you to choose the correct answer, to listen and match, to listen and write, etc. You may do each activity as many times as you wish. For some activities, when your answer is correct, the check symbol appears next to the activity. If the answer is wrong, the X symbol appears next to the activity.
  5. Exercises – This is the final stage of each lesson. At this stage, you have the opportunity to perform a variety of exercises that practice reading, listening, speaking, and writing. You may do each activity as many times as you wish. For some activities, when your answer is correct, the check symbol appears next to the activity. If the answer is wrong, the X symbol appears next to the activity.
  6. Contact Tutor Messages – Every time you enter a lesson, you may read here the messages sent to you by your tutor.

Tip!!  Remember the correct order: Introduction – Presentation – Practice – Exercises!

Tip!!    Do all exercises and activities in the order they appear!

Upper Center Area (Instructions)

In this area, you are given instructions in English on what to do with the specific exercise or activity you have chosen. For the first two levels, the name of each  exercise or activity is given both in English and in Greek.

Tip!! Soon you will understand that you do not need the instructions in English, since the exercises or activities are standard for all levels.

Lower Center Area (Video/Image)

In this area, you may watch a video or videos or see an image for each lesson. You are given the option to play the video as many times as you want, in order to better understand the lesson’s content. You also have the option to pause and play it again.

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Upper Right Area – (Workbook)

In this area, you have at your disposal your electronic Workbook. In the Workbook, you can read the transcripts of all the videos and do each lesson’s exercises and activities. All words or phrases in the transcripts which are highlighted in blue, are clickable vocabulary entries. In other words, they are unknown or they are what you are supposed to learn from each lesson. By clicking on them, you are taken to the vocabulary support area, which opens in a separate browser window. [See description below of vocabulary support area.] Items which are highlighted in orange are grammar and syntax entries. In other words, they are unknown or they are what you are supposed to learn from each lesson. By clicking on them, you are taken to the language support area, which opens in a separate browser window. [See description below of language support area.]

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Lower Right Area - (Reference Links)

In this area, you can access a wide corpus of language theory. In most lessons, you will find here grammar and syntax entries (orange color) but, sometimes, you may also find here vocabulary entries (blue color).

Tip!! Click on the highlighted words to learn more!

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The vocabulary support area

On the left area, there is a brief explanation of the word or phrase, clues about its everyday use as well as related cultural information, in both Greek and English. You may also hear the word or phrase when you click on it.
In the upper center area, the word or phrase appears – as you have seen it in the Workbook – along with its English translation. In the lower center area, there may be links to relevant vocabulary entries (in orange color) and/or grammar and syntax entries (in blue color). Further below, you may watch a video or see an image as many times as you want; there, the word or phrase is used in order to help you better understand its meaning.  On the right area, there is an example of the word or phrase in use, along with its English translation.
When you have fully understood what is presented here, you may close the window and return to the lesson.

Tip!!  Click on the blue highlighted word or phrase to listen to it!

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The language support area

On the left area, the theory is presented in both Greek and English, in simple words.
In the upper center area, the title of theory appears – as you have seen it in the Workbook – along with its English translation. In the lower center are, there may be links to relevant vocabulary entries (in orange color) and/or grammar and syntax entries (in blue color). Further below, you may watch – as many times as you want – the corresponding video in which in which you were initially introduced the grammar you are now practicing. Instead of a video, sometimes, you may see an image there.
On the right part, there are examples in Greek.
When you have fully understood what is presented here, you may close the window and return to the lesson.

Tip!!  When you have understood a grammar and syntax entry, you may close the window and return to the workspace.

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Interactive 3D Virtual City – Gate to cultural playspaces

This is the Hellas Alive “virtual city” (3D world). The navigation buttons enable you to walk through and get the ‘feeling” of a contemporary Greek city. During your walk, you encounter various hotspots, where you can hear (in Greek) and read (in Greek and in English) the Greek words/texts for what you are seeing.
If you want to explore Greek or Greek- American culture and communicate with other learners, you may also enter the playspaces, entrances to which are scattered throughout the city. (Can you find them?)