ERIC Number: EJ1148494
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Jul
Abstractor: As Provided
Biblical Language Instruction by the Book: Rethinking the "Status Quaestionis"
Sanders, Carl E., II
Teaching Theology & Religion, v20 n3 p216-229 Jul 2017
Grammar-translation pedagogy is the standard for biblical language instruction. Second language acquisition scholars have argued that grammar-translation is ineffective and not empirically justified. Moreover, evidence suggests most seminary graduates do not use biblical languages effectively in ministry. Task-based instruction is an important alternative pedagogy which focuses on the tasks students will be using the language for and designs the curriculum around those tasks. A task-based approach de-emphasizes translation and memorization of forms. Instead, the emphasis from the beginning is on biblical interpretation and exposition. Available software based resources offer new possibilities for task-based teaching, as students can identify forms and vocabulary and have access to a library of resources. A task-based pedagogy using these tools enables students to quickly develop skills in biblical interpretation that are normally reserved for the third or fourth semester of study. Task-based pedagogy offers great promise for effective and efficient biblical language pedagogy.
Descriptors: Religion Studies, Religious Education, Biblical Literature, Grammar Translation Method, Teaching Methods, Task Analysis, Interpretive Skills, Computer Software, Vocabulary
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