The Hellenic School of Ottawa and Cultural Maintenance: The Perceptions of the Administrators

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dc.contributor.authorZoupa, Sofia
dc.date.accessioned2016-01-29T18:50:19Z
dc.date.available2016-01-29T18:50:19Z
dc.date.issued2016
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10393/34207
dc.identifier.urihttp://dx.doi.org/10.20381/ruor-5467
dc.description.abstractIn multicultural societies like Canada where cultural diversity always exist, ethnic groups strive to preserve their cultural heritage and not become assimilated by the mainstream culture. Today, ethnic groups such as the Hellenic Community of Ottawa seek innovative means to sustain cultural elements such as ethnic language, religious beliefs, and social, cultural and leisure pursuits. This phenomenological study presents the perspectives of recent administrators of the Hellenic School of Ottawa toward language and cultural maintenance. The results of this study indicate that the Hellenic School of Ottawa is vital and effective for maintaining the Hellenic culture and language beyond the 3rd and 4th generation, as it includes the instruction of Greek language and familiarization with Greek culture. The results also indicate that students of the language school: (1) Are provided with an opportunity to learn Greek which may not be received at home, (2) learn to appreciate their ethnic heritage through language oriented leisure activities, (3) make friendships with those of same ethnic cultural heritage, (4) learn to have a deeper appreciation of multiculturalism and its place in Canadian society, and (5) develop confidence to speak their ethnic language. This study also provides suggestions for the enhancement of the operation of the HSO, such as addition of more Greek-content leisure activities, organization of trips to Greece, and expansion of the instructional time.
dc.language.isoen
dc.publisherUniversité d'Ottawa / University of Ottawa
dc.subjectGreek ethnic group
dc.subjectHellenic School of Ottawa
dc.subjectethno-cultural leisure activities
dc.subjectheritage language
dc.subjectcultural maintenance
dc.titleThe Hellenic School of Ottawa and Cultural Maintenance: The Perceptions of the Administrators
dc.typeThesis
dc.contributor.supervisorKarlis, George
thesis.degree.nameMA
thesis.degree.levelMasters
thesis.degree.disciplineSciences de la santé / Health Sciences
uottawa.departmentSciences de l'activité physique / Human Kinetics
CollectionThèses, 2011 - // Theses, 2011 -

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