When Ancient Greek speaks

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Many books exist written in the Ancient Greek language that are worth of reading today. Ancient Greek should be so taught as to develop power to read those books in original language. This task, however, is often complicated by the necessity of learning a formidable grammatical nomenclature, and the beginner is often called upon to deal with situations outside his own experience. The research that linguists, psychologists, and language teachers have conducted over the past three decades stress the importance of integrating all four skills – listening, reading, speaking, and writing – in the Greek classroom. This program is designed to suggest ideas on how to use the inductive-contextual method (or Nature Method) which is based on the frequency vocabulary and the principle that new words should be introduced in a setting that makes possible their interpretation by reading alone. This program is chiefly based on the Italian edition of Athènaze, by M. Balme, G. Lawall, L. Miraglia and T. F. Bórri (vool I and II). Moreover, the Athènaze course offers the chance to use technology to full, especially surfing the internet.

- Improving teaching and learning according to the Nature Method.
- Developing pedagogical methodologies for teaching Ancient Greek in a more effective way.
- Supporting teachers to encourage the cooperative learning.
- Discovering how writing and speaking in Ancient Greek may help overcoming certain difficulties of grammar and syntax.
- Organizing lessons using the Nature Method.


Day 1
- Introductory meeting, explanation of practical arrangements, presentation of the timetable, information about the course venue.
- Introducing the course.

Day 2
- Explaining the working principles of the Nature Method.
- The number one issue: Motivation.

Day 3
- Reading Greek as Greek: Athènaze I.
- Using orally, listening to, and writing Greek as a part of the language process.

Day 4
- Doing English into Ancient Greek.
- Using Greek as an exercise of comprehension.
- Reading Plato, Herodotus, Thucydides, and Aristophanes in original language: Athènaze II.

Day 5
- Recognizing and using elements of the Greek language to increase the knowledge of one’s own language.

Day 6
- Working on projects.
- Reading authors not included in the two volumes of the method.

Day 7
- Finalizing work on projects.
- Projects presentations.
- Course evaluation.
- Certification.

Lectures, exercises, discussion, teamwork, role-playing.

Target groups
Teachers of Ancient Greek in secondary schools.

Mauro Agosto
Pontifical Lateran University, Rome
President of Europa Latina cultural Association

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Erasmus Learn by Oloklirosi
Heraklion, Greece

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