Beginning Conversational Ancient Greek
Sunday., 8pm (U.S. Eastern Time)
Course Description: This class aims to be a joyful, low-stress/no-stress experience for those who have limited or no experience speaking Ancient Greek and would like to activate their grammar-translation knowledge. Participants will enjoy riddles, discussions of art and optical illusions, personalized friendly conversation, proverbs, idioms, fables, myths, and all with very high frequency vocabulary and idioms. The atmosphere is light hearted, friendly, and jovial -- a gentle place to start.
Level: Participants with little to no experience speaking Greek are welcome.
Textbook: Instructor will provide materials.
Sections capped at: 5 students. If the course is sold-out, please fill out this waiting-list form.
Telepaideia tuition is non-refundable. However, if you need to cancel your enrollment or withdraw from your class, you may be eligible for a 50% credit, to be used toward a future Telepaideia course. In order to be eligible for this credit, you must notify firstname.lastname@example.org of your withdrawal before the second class meeting has taken place.
David Ring teaches Latin and Ancient Greek as living languages by using an eclectic mix of methods, ranging from the insights of Renaissance Humanist pedagogy (especially the advice of Erasmus) to the Direct or Nature method to (first and foremost) Teaching with Comprehensible Input. Be it a discussion in Latin or Greek about a beautiful painting, or personal life conversation, or solving riddles, or paraphrasing poets into simpler prose, or storyboarding Lucian's True Stories -- David and his students aim to get lost in the joy of what they are doing, such that they forget they are speaking Latin or Ancient Greek. He believes that the purpose of liberal education is to help young people grow in self-knowledge -- both individual and cultural --, to help them form sharp intellects, wise judgment, and greatness of soul. He believes this is best done via direct encounters with the greatest minds and greatest stories of the last 3,000 years.