Course Plans for 2020

In 2020 I’m looking to offer some stronger, more structured, more supported courses in Greek and Latin. Essentially I’m hoping to run some full-year options, although payment and enrolment will be segmented into four quarters. You can read more of my proposed courses below, but in very brief I plan to run:

  • A full college-first-year Greek equivalent course, bringing you to both an active competency in Greek as well as reading portions of the New Testament and some Attic material. I will be developing a stand-alone video course that will either complement live classes with me, or else be capable of taking alone.
  • A full college-first-year Latin equivalent course, taking you all the way through Familia Romana and beyond, with grammatical material in Latin, as well as additional post-FR reading and work.
  • Some ‘second-year’ type options exploring theological, patristic, and classical writings in Latin and Greek.
  • An explicit-instruction course in translation into Greek and free composition in Greek.

I’m quite open to the possibility of doing some other courses. If you think of something, just ask me, I could probably run it!
Each course will run 10 weeks, with 1hr live face-to-face video conference. Depending on the course, I expect learners to be doing another 1-4hrs of their own work each week.
Lastly, if this model works well enough, I’ll continue to expand planned offerings in 2021, to some more advanced texts and perhaps more poetry.
Classes are planned to start the week of Jan 20th 2020.
Any questions at all, feel free to email me or fill out the form at the bottom of this page.

FAQ:

  • When can I enroll?    Times and enrollment information will be available in December
  • What will the costs be?    They are yet to be finalised, but I expect most of the 10-week courses to be around USD$200

Here’s a longer description of what I’m planning:

Greek 101-104 Introductory Greek

This will be a full year course that takes students through 40 chapters of LGPSI, as well as supplementary material. It presumes no prior knowledge of Greek at all. You’ll be taught a “broad Koine” Greek that includes Attic elements. Classes will be conducted 95% in Greek. The course (starting with 101) assumes no prior knowledge of Greek.

Latin 101-104 Introductory Latin

This will be a full year course that takes students through all of Familia Romana and beyond. We’ll read all of Hans Ørberg’s Familia Romana, as well as additional reading and listening work. You’ll complete regular assignments in writing. Classes will be conducted 95% in Latin. The course assumes no prior knowledge of Latin.

Latin 201-204 Ørberg classes

In these classes we’ll tackle sections from some of the supplementary readers developed by Hans Ørberg, transitioning to lightly adapted version of classical texts.

  • 201        Caesar’s De Bello Gallico
  • 202        Plautus’ Amphitryo
  • 203        Vergil’s Aeneid (1, 4)
  • 204        Roma Aeterna (starting in ch 41)

These are designed to be spoken/conversational reading and discussion classes working with the text. Depending on the speed of the group, we’ll read seelections and assign other portions for idividual coverage.

Greek 201-204 Greek Classics

In these classes we’ll tackle traditional “post-beginner” texts in ancient Greek, reading and discussing the text through Greek conversation and discussion.

  • 201        Lysias 1
  • 202        Xenophon Anabasis 1
  • 203        Plato’s Apology
  • 204        Thucydides Peloponnesian War, book 4

Latin 211-214  Theological Latin through the Ages:

A sequence of 4 units in which we’ll examine a selection of writings from 4 different epochs: 0-500, 500-1000, 1000-1500, 1500-2000. Each course is independent but sequenced. The classes will be conducted in a mixed Latin/English format, depending on the competency of participants, and moving towards greater Latin discussion of Latin.

Greek 211-214  Greek Patristics

A sequence of 4 units in which we’ll examine selections of Greek patristic writings. Unlike the Theological Latin subjects, all four courses will stay within the patristic period, looking at Greek theological writings of the first 700 years, in a mixed Greek/English conversational format.

Greek 221-224 Biblical Greek

A sequence of 4 units in which we’ll read and discuss, in Greek, various biblical texts. These courses will alternate each term between an Old Testament (LXX) book and a New Testament one.

221        Esther

Latin 221 Augustine: Confessions

In this class, and any subsequent ones presuming there is interest, we’ll read and discuss our way through Augustine’s Confessions, in Latin.

Greek 251 Greek Translation and Composition studies

This is a course focused on explicit learning of grammatical material. We’ll work with an array of traditional so-called “prose composition” books to gain an explicit/externalised grasp on Greek grammar and apply it to rendering English sentences into Greek.

Parallel to this, we’ll work on rendering a range of English texts into Greek, as well as free composition.

This course is designed for those with a fair degree of Greek under the belts, who are interested in becoming well-equipped in translating into Greek or else writing Greek composition freely. Our face to face hour will take the format of a seminar, discussing various grammatical elements, translation challenges, and translation theory. There will be a reasonable amount of ‘homework’ expected of participants to get the full value of this course.

Audit Options

Interested in a particular class but not able to make the scheduled live interactions? This year I’ll be introducing an audit-option. You will gain all access to class materials and extra-class support, as well as video recordings of the class sessions. However, if I don’t have enough interest in an actual class, I cannot provide an audit option. Moreover, I strongly advise class participation if possible.

Individual Tutoring

I’ll be continuing to offer individualised tutoring in Greek and Latin. This is ideal if (a) you want personalised instruction, (b) you want to work on something not offered in a class. We can tailor our work together to meet your needs. It can range the spectrum from fully communicative to traditional grammar/translation. I’m happy to work on any text in Ancient Greek (up to the Byzantine period) or Latin.

Custom Pair or small group Tutoring

Individual tutoring isn’t for everyone, I know. But perhaps the classes I’m running aren’t your thing. If you’ve got a friend or two, and want to do some customised tutoring but in a small group or pair, I’m very open to this format. Tutoring work in a pair can work exceptionally well by introducing a third person to interact with, as well as cutting the price significantly on your end.

 

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