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by RandallButh
September 29th, 2011, 2:46 am
Forum: Teaching Methods
Topic: Living Koine: Who teaches it, and where?
Replies: 7
Views: 4219

Re: Living Koine: Who teaches it, and where?

Jonathan, thank you for your question. We have an intermediate level "Jesus in Jerusalem" workshop 28Dec 2011 -- 6January. We're excited about this because of the transfer power and 'bang for buck or bang for time' that we've seen in previous workshops. To preempt an obvious question: What is 'inter...
by RandallButh
September 21st, 2011, 1:53 am
Forum: Teaching Methods
Topic: Self Taught Living Koine ?
Replies: 20
Views: 7585

Re: Self Taught Living Koine ?

There's more than one kind of fluency. They are connected, interrelated, and ultimately based on a capability that subconsciously produces thought. ει θελω ειπειν τι εμαυτω δει με αρξασθαι εν τη ελληνικη και ανοιξαι το στωμα η τον νουν. τοτε οψομαι τι αναβησεται. That was a line of unedited drivel ...
by RandallButh
September 20th, 2011, 4:30 pm
Forum: Teaching Methods
Topic: Self Taught Living Koine ?
Replies: 20
Views: 7585

Re: Self Taught Living Koine ?

and I'm also not as sure that it is as important, if my goal is to be able to read texts. You might want to read the comments on the Frank Smith article by Brian Schultz at http://www.biblicallanguagecenter.com/fluency-reading-comprehension/ good reading requires the building of fluency capability ...
by RandallButh
September 19th, 2011, 8:41 am
Forum: Seen on the Web
Topic: Report on the Greek Fluency Workshop Fresno Aug2011
Replies: 0
Views: 411

Report on the Greek Fluency Workshop Fresno Aug2011

Some have been wondering about reactions and followup to the Greek Fluency Workshop.
A brief writeup is finally available.

It's currently on the homepage at
http://www.biblicallanguagecenter.com/
"What Happened at the Greek Instructors Fluency Workshop in Fresno, Aug 2011"
by RandallButh
September 18th, 2011, 2:14 am
Forum: Teaching Methods
Topic: Self Taught Living Koine ?
Replies: 20
Views: 7585

Re: Self Taught Living Koine ?

You might consider making time to attend an intensive "Fluency Workshop". 8-10 days can provide a time to make a significant increase in fluency and to build something in the part of the brain where languages are supposed to be built. This 'short formula' of 8-10 days is built around what some moder...
by RandallButh
September 12th, 2011, 2:46 pm
Forum: Resources
Topic: Mounce's Biblical Greek: A Compact Guide
Replies: 19
Views: 4943

Re: Mounce's Biblical Greek: A Compact Guide

My concern in that regard is that people who achieve some level of oral ability typically assume that the way they say it is the way it’s said—and then basing their interpretation of the text on what they think it means because that’s what they mean by it when they say it. If their oral ability is ...
by RandallButh
September 12th, 2011, 4:53 am
Forum: Teaching Methods
Topic: Fad or Necessity--Developing Oral Competency in Greek
Replies: 3
Views: 2226

Re: Fad or Necessity--Developing Oral Competency in Greek

To speak ZERO ancient Greek is to guarantee that the language will never be internalized and it may even guarantee that it will be filtered through an artificial, analytical, non-Greek grid, forever. It will never get 'reality testing', i.e., seeing what the non-Greek grid would produce will never ...
by RandallButh
September 12th, 2011, 2:24 am
Forum: Resources
Topic: Mounce's Biblical Greek: A Compact Guide
Replies: 19
Views: 4943

Re: Mounce's Biblical Greek: A Compact Guide

I've started a different thread to deal with the important issues being raised that are not really related to this thread's title at all.

"Fad or Necessity--Developing Oral Competency in Greek"

προσδοκῶμεν τὴν σφηκιάν
by RandallButh
September 12th, 2011, 2:20 am
Forum: Teaching Methods
Topic: Fad or Necessity--Developing Oral Competency in Greek
Replies: 3
Views: 2226

Fad or Necessity--Developing Oral Competency in Greek

A discussion on developing oral proficency has been poking through a couple of other threads and it could use a more focussed discussion. For example, consider the following comment: (Rod) ... the liability of the current fad of trying to teach oral competency. (I'm sure advocates will surely disagr...
by RandallButh
September 6th, 2011, 2:38 am
Forum: Other
Topic: "Tools of the Trade"
Replies: 17
Views: 5667

Re: "Tools of the Trade"

George egrapse: One thing that stands out in Islam is that they do not approve of the use of translations. Would that we did the same in the Church. George, I can partially agree with you. But the better picture may be the synagogue, where source and translation have traditionally been held in tens...