BLC Online – Living Koiné Greek: An Introduction, Levels A-C (beta)

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Learn even more effectively with our redeveloped Greek curriculum!

Living Koine Greek: An Introduction, Levels A-C (beta)  provides a semester’s worth of interactive Greek learning material.

(Levels D-F will become available in the first half of 2021.)
For reference, this new course starts from the beginning in Greek, like the earlier Foundations course. But, this course progresses much further, covering three times the learning objectives.

An introduction:

A sample from the course:

 

 

What is the Living Koine Greek curriculum?

five principles upon which the curriculum is based

Ancient conversation manuals

The curriculum is based on authentic material from conversation manuals used in the Greco-Roman world to learn language.

Language-task oriented

Just like learning a real language, the curriculum is focused on equipping students to achieve language tasks rather than memorize paradigms.

 

Continuous narrative story

To engage students and get them comfortable in discourse, the curriculum is tied together by a continuous, cohesive narrative story.

A lot of audio/video material

We learn best by seeing and hearing a language in action. The curriculum has loads of cartoons and audio/visual content integrated into the homework.

Greek New Testament

Although the curriculum’s goal is to teach Koine Greek (not just one text), the language gained through the four principles outlined above leads in to reading New Testament texts.

Based on Greco-Roman conversation manuals

The material is based on ancient Greco-Roman conversation manuals and is thus geared towards developing authentic fluency⧸proficiency. Because these conversation manuals were actually used in school contexts in the ancient world for those wanting to learn Greek, they cover some of the most necessary language-learning material for a beginner in an authentic way.

Focused on language tasks/situations

Each unit is centered around a particular language task, scene, or situation (e.g., going to school, meeting someone new, throwing a dinner party). Rather than memorizing long lists of paradigms and abstract vocabulary lists, the grammar (i.e., morphology, syntax) and vocabulary are taught through these linguistic tasks in a natural and authentic ancient context.

Centered around continuous narrative story

The curriculum is tied together by a continuous, cohesive narrative story that progresses with the students through each unit and corresponds to the language tasks and grammar they are learning. In this way, students are able to contextualize what they are learning within the wider context of a larger discourse, which is important for rounding out their language learning.

Packed with audio and video materials

The course is packed heavily with audio/visual material. Besides thousands of pictures (with accompanying audio) for learning the vocabulary and grammar, students watch biweekly cartoons of the narrative story. By the end of the first semester, students will be able to watch and understand a 15-minute cartoon story that ties together most of the vocabulary and grammar.

Leads into reading the Greek New Testament

Learning the vocabulary and grammar associated with the language tasks leads to reading texts from the New Testament. Most of those interested in learning Koine Greek are doing so because they eventually want to read the New Testament. Therefore, even though the curriculum is based on the linguistic scenes outlined in the Greco-Roman conversation manuals, the vocabulary and grammar gained through these linguistic situations will be used as a springboard to read NT texts with a fuller cultural background.

For example, after the unit on school, which follows the main character (Σιμωνίδης) going to and from school with his παιδαγωγός ‘schoolmaster; paidagogos’, the students might then read an excerpt from Galatians 3 about the law being our παιδαγωγός to lead us to Christ with a deeper linguistic and cultural understanding of the analogy.
Also, after progressing through the unit about throwing a dinner party, the students can then read one of the numerous accounts of dinners in the gospels, such as the dinner at the house of a Pharisee in Luke 11. By first interacting with these sorts of linguistic situations in the Greco-Roman world at large, the students have a much better feel when they come to a similar text/situation in the New Testament.

 

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