The Biblical Language Center believes that speaking and thinking in a language is crucial for biblical language fluency. Second Language Acquisition studies have shown that speaking a language is a catalyst for truly internalizing a language. BLC Fluency Workshops work on skills necessary for efficiently applying Communicative Language Teaching methods to the classroom. Our workshops run “immersion” style with the entire day taking place in Koine Greek or Biblical Hebrew. Both full group sessions and small groups led by a team of facilitators provide maximum personal attention and practice.
For more, read the blog–“Why Fluency Workshops?”
Although fluency workshops will not be held this coming summer, 2014, there will be intensive language courses in both Hebrew and Greek. Though these are beginning level courses, more advanced students as well as professors who have taken them in the past have found them a most effective way to develop the oral fluency necessary for implementing the latest pedagogies in second language acquisition. Additionally, they report that seeing the pedagogies in action has proven to be a huge benefit, if not indispensable, for learning how to implement communicative language instruction in their own classrooms. We encourage anyone with such goals to register for these summer courses.
Since 2010 the Biblical Language Center has led Fluency Workshops for Koine Greek in Israel and Fresno, California. See reports from past Workshops:
Summer 2012, Koine Greek Instructors in Fresno
Blog: 2012 Koine Greek Fluency Workshop
Winter 2012, Koine Greek: “Jesus in Jerusalem”
Blog: What Happened at “Jesus in Jerusalem”, Koine Greek Immersion Workshop (2012)
Summer 2011, Koine Greek Instructors in Fresno
Blog: What Happened at the Greek Instructors Fluency Workshop in Fresno, Aug 2011
Spring 2010, Koine Greek “Jesus in the Galilee”
Blog: BLC’s “Jesus in the Galilee”
Blog: Reading and discussing John 2 in Cana – all in Koine Greek