In 2013, some members of the Greek community with a passion for promoting and maintaining Greek language and culture came together to form Lexion Alliance. Their primary role was to encourage students to study Greek.
Many families who migrated to Australia naturally spoke Greek in their homes. Consequently, the first language of the children of these families was Greek. English was learnt as a second language when children attended school and shortly became their main language of communication as children grew older and their parents learnt English.
In order to maintain and improve the Greek language skills of second and third generation Australian-born Greeks, Greek parish councils throughout Queensland offered Greek lessons at a primary and high school level.
Promoting Greek language
At various times there had been a few select primary and high schools in Brisbane that offered modern Greek, so Lexion Alliance members decided to actively encourage further study by initiating and promoting learning Greek at a tertiary level – by offering scholarships. This tertiary initiative was founded along the same lines of the primary and high school ones – to encourage students to improve their knowledge of Greek or to start to learn Greek. This opportunity would be for students with or without Greek heritage.
It was fortuitous that one of the Lexion Alliance members already had links with Griffith University and Flinders University, which had an established Modern Greek Online course. Further discussions were cemented in an agreement between the two universities to offer Griffith University students access to include modern Greek subjects in designated undergraduate courses.
Lexion Alliance was able to acquire scholarships for Griffith University undergraduate students to study Modern Greek Online through Flinders University.