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Why fluency workshops?

By | August 22nd, 2012|Categories: ancient Greek, ancient language acquisition, biblical language fluency, Greek immersion, Greek pedagogy, Koine Greek, Living Koine, Reading biblical languages, TPR, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

The BLC/FPU workshops are providing the field of New Testament studies with a unique opportunities for professors of Koine Greek. The community and environment created at these workshops is literally the only place where the field can experience what spoken fluency in Koine Greek may offer to the field. As such, the testimonies of the professors present should not be dismissed off hand.

2012 Koine Greek Fluency Workshop

By | August 9th, 2012|Categories: ancient Greek, ancient language acquisition, biblical language fluency, Greek immersion, Greek pedagogy, Koine Greek, Living Koine, Reading biblical languages, second language acquisition, TPR, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

It's hard to believe that already a week has gone by since the end of BLC's second Koine Greek Fluency Workshop.  For those of us involved in the planning and/or the instruction, it was obviously [...]

Eureka! I found a new approach to Greek.

By | April 29th, 2012|Categories: ancient Greek, ancient language acquisition, Blog, Greek immersion, Greek pedagogy, Koine Greek, Living Koine, TPR|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

This is a guest blog by Paul Nitz on Learning Another Language Through Actions , expanded 7th edition, by James J. Asher, Originator of the Total Physical Response known worldwide as TPR. Paul teaches Greek [...]

On Speaking and Scholarship

By | March 16th, 2012|Categories: ancient Greek, ancient language acquisition, Biblical Hebrew, biblical language fluency, Blog, Greek pedagogy, Hebrew as second language, Koine Greek, Living Koine, Reading biblical languages, second language acquisition|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Students at our ulpans often ask about the relationship between speaking a language and scholarship. The question arises because most in the related academic fields do not currently advocate or practice speaking the language (and [...]

Literacy development linked to oral development. Hmmm-?

By | March 12th, 2012|Categories: ancient Greek, ancient language acquisition, Biblical Hebrew, biblical language fluency, Blog, Greek pedagogy, Hebrew as second language, Reading biblical languages|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

I've been reading about reading again. A quote from a national report on literacy research caught my eye and seemed appropriate for general discussion on a blog. "It is not enough to teach language-minority students [...]

Bar Koseba (Bar Kochba) and Modern Hebrew Today: Speaking a Language as a Window into an Ancient Language

By | March 2nd, 2012|Categories: ancient language acquisition, Biblical Hebrew, Hebrew alive, Hebrew in First Century, modern Hebrew|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Many processes in a language are basic to the human species and can provide insight into speakers of the past. Today when we speak Hebrew fast it is common to ask something like “ra’ita ’ta-nehag?” [...]

What Happened at “Jesus in Jerusalem”, Koine Greek Immersion Workshop (2012)

By | January 28th, 2012|Categories: ancient Greek, ancient language acquisition, Blog, Greek immersion, Greek pedagogy, Koine Greek, Living Koine, Reading biblical languages, synoptic gospels, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

A group of sixteen facilitators and participants recently gathered in Jerusalem (Dec 28, 2011-Jan 6, 2012) to speak Koine Greek, while reading select New Testament texts associated with Jesus in Jerusalem and visiting the ancient [...]

TPR – Introducing the waw-hahippux

By | December 14th, 2011|Categories: ancient language acquisition, Biblical Hebrew, Biblical Hebrew verb, biblical language fluency, Hebrew alive, Hebrew as second language, TPR|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

This past SBL conference, a short video clip was shown (a second time - it was first presented at the SBL conference in Atlanta the previous year) as to how it is possible to introduce [...]

The Need for Some Speed in order to Read

By | December 8th, 2011|Categories: ancient Greek, ancient language acquisition, Biblical Hebrew, biblical language fluency, Blog, Greek pedagogy, Hebrew alive, Hebrew as second language, Reading biblical languages, second language acquisition|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

I've been reading Frank Smith, Understanding Reading, A Psycholinguistic Analysis of Reading and Learning to Read, fifth edition, Hillsdale, New Jersey: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates,1994. It is nice to be reading a fifth edition. That says [...]

First Steps in CLT

By | December 6th, 2011|Categories: ancient language acquisition, Hebrew alive, Hebrew as second language, second language acquisition, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

At the annual meetings of the Evangelical Theological Society (ETS) and the Society of Biblical Literature (SBL) in San Francisco, CA, Brian Schultz presented a paper on "First Steps to get Started in Communicative Language Teaching (CLT)." In his paper, he presented three options as to how instructors of biblical languages can begin incorporating some aspects of CLT into their curriculum.