Major's list is very useful (Note that on http://www.dramata.com
, the 80% list is posted in different formats - sorted by part of speech and such).
Randall Buth is taking the list and cutting out some of the literary or poetic vocabulary. I felt I needed a smaller list (a fluency circle*) for teaching my course this year. I am teaching using a communicative method (largely, TPR, and TPRS).
I took the 80% list and cut it down to under 600 words. My criteria were a) is it frequently used in the GNT, and b) would it be useful for communicative teaching.**
I'm posting this message in hopes others would be interested in having this list as a shared document (or wiki). My idea is that others who are teaching Greek in a communicative way would like to cooperate in revising the basic list that I've created.
B-Greek Administrators, is there a wiki or shared docs tool on B-Greek?
Paul aka Σαῦλος
* B. Ray of TPRS fame, encourages concentrating on what he calls the "fluency circle" of words (also called the "small circle"). This is a group of several hundred words needed to have a conversation in a language. The "reading circle" (also called "big circle") includes thousands of words that one encounters in reading. These are picked up through reading and are not practiced in the classroom.
** I will need to add some words to this list as I teach this year. There are not nearly enough concrete words in Major's list for doing TPR commands and TPRS stories. That's to be expected, I suppose. In my house, the phrase "wash the dishes" is heard plenty and would certainly make a 80% core spoken vocabulary list. But I'd doubt if the phrase would be found that frequently in English Literature.