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ERIC Number: ED217689
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Jan
Pages: 21
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Ancient Language as an Educational Tool: Report on an Experiment.
Kresky, Jeffrey
A course in introductory Greek was introduced as part of a freshman seminar program at William Patterson College of New Jersey. The course was distinctive in that the instructor undertook to learn the subject along with the students. The goal of the course was that the students would learn something about Greek, about language in general and about their own native language in particular, and about the more abstract notion of "learning about learning." Each person in the class, including the instructor-learner, started with an autobiographical report that included motivations and previous experience with language-learning. Class time was spent in studying the Greek language, with particular attention to the Greek alphabet, transliteration from Greek to English and vice-versa, cognate study, and the vocabulary and grammar of the first nine lessons of the textbook used in the course. The study of grammar and syntax highlighted problems with English syntax in the critical areas of Greek case inflection and verb endings contrasted with word order in English and the English system of auxiliary verbs. While the student evaluations were not overwhelmingly positive, the course was thought to have enough value to bear repetition using a different language. (AMH)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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