See pt.1 here
So what is the how of teaching Greek with a more conceptual approach in only 1 semester?
It wasn’t easy for any of us, but I think it was acceptable. The first thing I had to do was be militant about homework. At the graduate level we expect 9 hours of homework each week. The reality is that some classes are well under that, some are about that, and language classes are over :-) So I dictated those 9 hours very strictly.
As far as the homework goes:
- Vocabulary was a constant.
- I had them reading aloud with an audio CD a lot.
- I used the Singing Grammarian a lot to try and familiarize them with the paradigms as much as possible.
- Lots of work with Bible software.
As far as teaching time and homework - the focus was NOT PRIMARILY ON memorization of paradigms. I wanted them to understand the process of the case system (what I call tagging) but I focused strongly on what the cases do. I also focused on how verbs are built, but never required them to memorize paradigms.
Second, very rarely did I ask for parsing - and if I did they could use software. Rather, I would give them the parsing and say “why is this the parsing? and what does it do in the sentence?” So rather than asking for the parsing answer, I gave them the answer, and asked about the significance.
Finally, I did not shy away AT ALL from using English. Whenever we were looking at Greek verses, we were looking at the English right beside it. This is how they will be using it anyway (most of them).
So that is some of the “hows.” In part 3 I’ll outline the textbook, and tell you how I’m going to revise it.