I thought a bit along those lines, but I like the idea of being really explicit about that. "What are you expecting to get out of this?" And then adjust to incorporate some or all of that. It's not like I have a particular list of things I have to do (no credits involved).Shirley Rollinson wrote:A few more thoughts -
You might spend some time either before the first class or at the start of the first lass, finding out what the students want to do/learn. Why have they come to the class?
Yes, that will be a challenge, since language instruction builds on itself. Combined with the fact that people will randomly miss weeks, or new people could show up, this could be interesting!Shirley Rollinson wrote:"Once a week" means that they will have forgotten most of what they did last week - especially as there will probably be no homework, or they won't do it if you set some.
Yes, I'm thinking more and more that getting a taste of Greek is the main objective. I've just sent in the blurb for the bulletin:Shirley Rollinson wrote:When learning a foreign language, particularly at the beginning, an hour at a time is probably the limit - after that the brain turns to spaghetti.
Look upon this as the first of what could turn out to be a series of Greek classes - give them enough of a taste to make them want more. Don't try to cover everything, but, for example, teach the present tense Active Indicative. and tell them a bit about the future and past tenses, and the passive/middle, and the subjunctive and optative - but say that those are best left for a later course.
Title: "A gentle introduction to New Testament Greek"
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Great advice! I'll keep a notepad nearby during class and collect these things.Shirley Rollinson wrote:Gear it to what they want to learn, and if you don't know the answer to some to their questions - as nearly always happens with a group of beginners (What's the word for . . . blue, rain, girl-friend, thank-you, a glass of beer) say so and try to find out for next week.
Meet then where their interests are, and deal with the things that interest them, and they'll come back for more.
Ha... good point. Especially since I'm a programmer... it'd be easy for me to get carried away with the tech.Shirley Rollinson wrote:Don't get caught up with technology - it always breaks down at the worst point, and staring at a screen is guaranteed to put people to sleep
And this is probably the main thing! If I have fun, they're more likely to as well.Shirley Rollinson wrote:HAVE FUN