Jonathan Robie wrote:So many directions we could go from that ...
 could you start by describing the ministerial school you are teaching at, and who comes to the seminary?
 How different is this from teaching at an American seminary?
 Are they likely to be using Greek primarily for preaching purposes?
 How many languages are they likely to know, and which ones?
Penelope Kappa wrote:Your work is admirable, Paul. I know the Greek Orthodox Church are active in Malawi, but I have no idea if they teach greek as well. If they don't, you put us to shame. I have to say, your classes are fun.
Paul-Nitz wrote:Since the time of some of my previous posts, I have a new class of students. I have them for 3 academic years, 3 hours a week. I suppose 90% of our classes are communicative and in Greek. I use English (or Chichewa) when it helps understanding.
My objective is that they understand all the basic structures of Greek. My ultimate goal is that they have learned enough Greek with me that they CAN and WANT TO carry on learning through further course work and their personal study. Whether I did succeed with my previous class or will succeed with the present class is not yet clear, but I am very encouraged by what I've seen.
With the time I have with them, I doubt that I will get into reading the GNT, but they carry on to our Lutheran Seminary in Lusaka, Zambia where they will begin using Greek in various courses.
We do not make very quick progress. For example, getting down the concept of the cases has taken this class about 60 class hours. Along the way, of course, we've learned much about verbs and prepositions and such. But there's no two ways about it, we cover much less content. I could cover the cases via grammar translation method in 3-4 classes. A meager percentage of them would keep up. Of those, a couple may end up using Greek in ministry. I tried that method and saw the results. It just wasn't acceptable to me.
Just a quick answer. τίνα ἐστίν τὰ ἐρωτήματα ἤ τὰς ἀποκρίσεις σου, ὦ Θωμᾶς;
(I just saw you're re-post. I'm out for a few days, but will be sure to respond when I return)
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