Find your Level – Placement Test

The syllabuses of the Centre cover all the levels of knowledge of the Greek language, from the beginners level to the level of perfection. The categorization of the levels at the “LEXIS Centre” is based on the corresponding levels from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.

Greek Language Courses

For the best placement of the student in a course, all necessary information concerning previous studies on Greek language (previous schools, period and teaching hours of attendance ,books or teaching material e.t.c.) should have been sent to the Centre in due time.

Optionally you can complete online a Greek Language test. Alternatively download in Microsoft Word Format or PDF Format. Complete this test and send it back by fax or by email.
Please fill in what you know without using dictionaries, grammar books, etc.

Additionally a personal evaluation of your level at Greek language according to the description of the levels that follows could be an extra element  for the placement.

Correlation between Lexis’ Levels & the Certificate of Attainment in Greek

Lexis Levels A1 A2 + A3 B1 + B2 B3 + C1 C2 C3 + D
Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) A1 A2 B1 B2 C1 C2
Certificate of Attainment in Greek
(from 2011)
A1 A2 B1 B2 C1 C2
Certificate of Attainment in Greek
(till 2010)

Levels and Teaching Objectives

Basic 1 (A1) – for beginners

a. Morphology/syntax: introduction to the Greek language, familiarization with the Greek alphabet, writing and reading, declension of verbs in present tense, basic groups of nouns and adjectives in the singular nominative and accusative cases, place and time prepositions etc.

b. Vocabulary/communicative functions: Basic vocabulary. The student will be able to make introductions, to give basic information about him/herself or other persons, to describe basic activities and to take part in basic everyday dialogues.

Basic 2 (A2)

a. Morphology/syntax: plural of basic noun and adjective groups in the nominative and accusative cases, simple future tense and simple subjunctive of the active voice verbs of the first and second conjugation, first acquaintance with simple past tense etc.

b. Vocabulary/communicative functions: Enrichment of the basic vocabulary. The student will be able to communicate using present, past and future tenses, to talk about everyday situations (e.g. home, weather etc.) in a simple and brief way, to give simple descriptions and make simple comparisons, and to take part in everyday simple dialogues.

Basic 3 (A3)

a. Morphology/syntax: simple past tense of the regular and irregular active voice verbs, personal pronouns in the nominative, accusative and genitive cases, simple imperative, 1st conditional type, introduction to the passive voice verbs, genitive case of nouns and adjectives, pronouns, conjunctions and basic linking of sentences etc.

b. Vocabulary/communicative functions: Further enrichment of the basic vocabulary. The student will be able to express him/herself both orally and in writing in usual everyday situations using simple speech and to comprehend simple texts, announcements, instructions and conversations about familiar issues.

Intermediate 1 (B1)

a. Morphology/syntax: indicative of the rest of the tenses in the active voice and of important passive voice verbs, distinction of the aspect of the verb, time, causative and adversative conjunctions, 2nd conditional type etc.

b. Vocabulary/communicative functions: The student talks about issues of more general interest (e.g. family, health, work etc.), narrates stories expressing time relations and participates in discussions about familiar issues expressing his/her opinion and putting forward his/her arguments.

Intermediate 2 (B2)

a. Morphology/syntax: Passive voice, interrogative and relative pronouns, adverbs, conditionals, participles, special noun and adjective groups.

b. Vocabulary /communicative functions: Vocabulary expansion in thematic units, first acquaintance with the vernacular language proverbs) and the official language (writing formal letters).

Intermediate 3 (B3)

a. Morphology/syntax: Completion of the basic grammar (nouns of a special declension, compound verbs, subjunctive linking of sentences etc.)

b. Vocabulary/communicative functions: Further vocabulary expansion on the basis of various thematic units, first contact with short newspaper and magazine texts or with simple literature texts. The student will be able to express adequately opinions and feelings and to communicate in various situations.

Advanced 1 (C1)

a. Morphology/syntax: Revision and thorough examination of issues of special difficulty from previously learned grammar and emphasis on the production of complicated speech using the subjunctive linking of sentences.

b. Vocabulary/communicative functions: Communicative ability in a wide range of situations, ability to understand and use idiomatic expressions concerning the modern Greek civilization. Comprehension of simple texts from the everyday and periodical press as well as of selected literature texts.

Advanced 2 (C2)

a. Morphology/syntax: Teaching of compound verbs deriving from ancient Greek verbs often encountered in the modern Greek language and emphasis on their use through vocabulary exercises or free production of speech.

b. Vocabulary/communicative functions: original texts of increased difficulty, aiming mainly at the enrichment of the vocabulary and practicing the use of special language structures through social issues. Comprehension of original recorded extracts from radio or TV programmes and production of speech using these sources.

Advanced 3 (C3)

a. Morphology/syntax: Compound archaic verbs with internal augment which are more rarely encountered in the modern Greek language, texts with elements of the official Greek language, often references to phenomena of the ancient Greek language grammar, scholarly expressions and idioms from the official Greek language, proverbs.

b. Vocabulary/communicative functions: The basic aim is to produce speech fluently and easily, precision in the description using the expanded vocabulary, as well as the distinction of the different styles of each text. The aim is also to familiarize the student with the official form of the Greek language. Communication is achieved at a normal rate.

Perfection level (D)

Continuation of the approach to the purist elements of the language through press texts, Greek literature and science texts. Idioms, terminology, etymological references. Students participate in discussions that follow lectures by scientists or artists with in or outside the classroom.