Simple is good ;->mhagedon wrote:I really like this call and response method... and it's so simple!
Sure - no reason not to mix that in. I think the Polis book is good for conversational Greek. Think carefully about how much of your time you want to devote to this, given the limited time you have. And think carefully about why you are doing this - perhaps it will motivate students, or serve as an "in group" identifier to build group identity?mhagedon wrote:I think I'd want to mix in more conversational stuff in Greek (πῶς ἔχεις; εὖ ἔχω! κτλ.), but what you've detailed here, Jonathan, can get us to the text or any other topic and looks to be a very versatile exercise. Thank you very much!
I'm not convinced that this kind of basic greeting and simple conversational Koine is the most efficient way to learn written Greek - the SIOP materials I've been reading cite a study showing that this kind of conversational ESL doesn't help students with learning subject matter in English. The English used in this kind of conversation is just too different from the English used to discuss subject matter. I suspect it's similar for Greek. I don't think we have good data on that, though, and there's are definitely people with a whole lot more experience teaching Greek than I have who disagree.
I agree that this is critical. You can only cover so much in a lesson. I'm guessing that in a 12 week course, with an hour per week, you might want to cover the basic nominal system, and perhaps present and aorist verbs. Keep it basic, and give lots of practice in the things that you do cover.mhagedon wrote:This seems critical. This way I can choose texts that best cover whatever I need to cover, without worrying about more advanced features. Nice!Each fact needed to grasp the text needs to be called to their attention and given a little practice. Actually, that's only partly true. In a beginner's class organized around a text, I don't think you have to teach all the grammar right away, and you do want to teach the easiest things first and work up. You can gloss over ἀπεσταλμένος παρὰ θεοῦ by supplying an English translation, then explain the grammar underlying the translation later in the class if you get to it, which you probably won't in a 12 week class. But you should be intentional about what you postpone.
What does your classroom look like? Is this face-to-face without tech, or do you have a projector and a computer to work with, or ...