In- (or pre-) service oral training for Greek teachers

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Stephen Hughes
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In- (or pre-) service oral training for Greek teachers

Post by Stephen Hughes » April 16th, 2014, 8:34 am

This is taken from the thread on Attic Greek in the beginners' section.
Stephen Carlson wrote:
Stephen Hughes wrote:To get those in power to take the students suggestions that you are proposing students make, the power relationship will need to be left intact. that requires safe training sessions for teachers away from their students.
This is perceptive and key. In an ideal world, Greek teachers need to be get special training to do this (funded by a Daddy Warbucks?). Actually, that would be the second-most ideal world, since, ideally, they'd already be trained to do this.
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Re: In- (or pre-) service oral training for Greek teachers

Post by Stephen Hughes » April 16th, 2014, 8:49 am

In the "real" world - a fabled place that I've heard rumours of, somewhere beyond the vitamin D deficient world of dead languages, libraries and computer screens - oral language is the superset and written language is the subset.

Point 1: What I've noticed about people moving from a written knowledge of English to a spoken knowledge is that the spoken language is seen as, and for all intents and purposes becomes a subset if the written.

Point 2: The written language tends to absorb and transmit forms long after they have left the spoken language. So the written language doesn't really represent the "true" spoken language of any particular era.

How could these two problems be tackled with regard to post Greek education, pre-/in-service training of Greek Language instructors?

Specifically, how could the sub-/super-set imbalance be rectified?
Γελᾷ δ' ὁ μωρός, κἄν τι μὴ γέλοιον ᾖ
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