By Yvonne Montesantos
Dr. Siolas, as a distinguished Professor at varying major universities; how has your Hellenic background influenced your teaching methods?”
– “At all 3 levels that I have taught the Greek Language and Culture, Elementary, Secondary and College/University, I have utilized my Hellenic backround in the learning goals for all language and culture courses, through:
-Advancing the four language skills, listening, speaking, reading and writing along with an emphasis on the important aspects of the Hellenic culture.
-Directing students to the knowledge of the essential structure and Vocabulary/Terminology, especially the Medical terms- since 605 of the medical Terminology comes from the Greek language.
-Enhancing students’ abilities to communicate in real situations and participate in interpersonal, interpretive, and presentational communication.
-Fostering the students’ capacity to take the language beyond the classroom, in real-world interactions with native speakers and an emphasis on the Hellenic heritage as well.
-Increasing students’ abilities to handle successfully a limited number of interactive, task oriented and social interactions. For this, we use the Dramatic Approach to Teaching Languages, developed by John Rassias, as well as other approaches and techniques. This includes the works of well known linguists, like George Babiniotis, the outgoing Rector of the University of Athens.”
Credits: Doctor of Philosophy, (New York University); A Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition, (Presented to Dr. Siolas by Member of Congress, Carolyn Maloney); Educator of the Year, (by the Hellenic American Educators Association); “Who is Who in American Education”; presently a full-time Associate Professor at Touro College, Graduate School of Education and Psychology; part-time Faculty at St. John’s University, Modern Foreign Language Department.
* Please note that in addition to Dr. Siolas’ impressive credentials; he has served honorably in the United States Air Force and is a proud member of The American Legion.