Beginning Conversational Ancient Greek w/Ring
Tue. 7pm Eastern
Course Description: This class will help those new or relatively new to speaking Ancient Greek acquire more fluency in speaking and reading comprehension. Participants will discuss beautiful paintings, optical illusions, extensive reading via embedded readings of intermediate stories, pagan and Biblical proverbs -- all with a view to paraphrasing with synonyms and equivalent constructions, as well as using the vocabulary and idioms of each assignment as a springboard for personalized conversations about their lives. The class aims to be a joyous and low stress experience that builds confidence and will be tailored a great deal to the needs and desires of the particular participants.
Level: This course is intended for students with intermediate to advanced knowledge of Ancient Greek but perhaps limited to no experience in speaking Ancient Greek.
Textbook: Instructor will provide materials.
Sections capped at: 5 students. If the course is sold-out, please fill out this waiting-list form.
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/Nature method to (first and foremost) Teaching with Comprehensible Input. Be it a discussion in Attic Greek about a beautiful painting, or personal life conversation in Attic Greek, or paraphrasing Homer or Lyric into simpler Attic 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 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.