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The National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (NKUA) is pleased to invite students, academics, researchers, and staff from all CIVIS member universities to join in the new Open Online Courses for the spring semester of the academic year 2023-2024.

How to apply

  • How to Apply? You can find the link to the application form below in the description of each course. Please provide your home university/institution email address when completing the application form.
  • We suggest checking with your home university if the ECTS assigned to these Open Online Courses could be recognised as part of your programme of studies or how you can add it to your Diploma Supplement.
  • You can find the deadlines for the applications of each course in the description of each course below.
  • You will receive a confirmation email from NKUA, giving further information about registration and on how to access the course on our digital platform.

The new Open Online Course offered by NKUA is available below.

This CIVIS Open Online Course will be starting on 4 March 2022.

It is organised into online lectures that will take place once a week, every Friday, from 14:00 to16:00 CET.

Language:  English


NB of CIVIS Students: 20 (maximum)

Open to: Bachelor students

Applications: Applicants should fill in the online form. The application deadline is 14 February 2022.

For further information and questions, contact the coordinator/instructor of the course: Dr Angelos Lengeris (

Course description

This course examines issues related to phonetics and phonology of the second language (L2) acquisition. These include a discussion of current L2 theories and how they address notions such as the critical period hypothesis, differences between first (L1) and L2 acquisition, factors affecting the degree of foreign accent, plasticity of the human brain, and effects of L1 on L2 learning. Computer-based training techniques and state-of-the-art L2 pronunciation apps will also be discussed with a focus on the teaching of Greek pronunciation to L2 learners from different L1 backgrounds.

Key terms

Second language learning, phonetics, phonology, pronunciation

Course aims and learner outcomes

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Understand and discuss current theories of second language speech perception and pronunciation
  • Understand why specific sounds pose difficulty to learners from different first-language backgrounds with a focus on the learning of Greek as a second/foreign language
  • Assess current pronunciation apps and create platforms for teaching pronunciation

Course Assessment

  1. Essay (30%)
  2. Final exams (70%)

Course outline

Week 1: Introduction to the course
Week 2: Main concepts in phonetics and phonology
Week 3: The Greek sound system
Week 4: First-language acquisition vs. second/foreign language acquisition
Weeks 5-7: Factors affecting the degree of foreign accent
Week 8: Relationship between L2 perception and production
Week 9: Presentations
Week 10: Computer-assisted pronunciation teaching (platforms, apps)