New Testament Greek beginners: module 1
Time: 11:35 - 13:00
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
Course Code: RG364
Duration: 11 sessions (over 11 weeks)
What is the course about?
The course aims at offering a fast-track gateway into Koine Greek so that students can start reading unadapted passages from the New Testament.
This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.
What will we cover?
We shall be using the textbook “Complete New Testament Greek” (2018 edition), a textbook designed so that students can read Greek phrases and sentences from the New Testament right from the start, while topics of interest for New Testament studies are introduced alongside grammar instruction. We shall start from Unit 2, which deals with second declension nouns and the present and future indicative and infinitive active; we shall aim at reaching the beginning of Unit 4, which introduces the imperfect indicative active. However, the pace of the course may vary depending on the students’ progress. When appropriate, the teacher will provide handouts with grammar notes and sample sentences.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- read out a text in Koine Greek with confidence and enjoyment;
- demonstrate a preliminary understanding of the basic grammatical structures of Koine Greek (functions and uses of the
definite article, first and second declension nouns, adjectives, and personal pronouns; conjugation of verbs in the
present, imperfect, and future indicative; use of prepositions; attributive and predicative positions);
- have some insight into the stylistic and linguistic features of the New Testament.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This is a course for students who seek a fast-track gateway into the language of the New Testament in order to quickly start reading unadapted passages. Please note that this is NOT a course for absolute beginners who have never studied Greek (whether classical or modern): the students who enrol on this course must be able to confidently read the letters of the Greek alphabet and have a basic understanding of how Greek declensions and conjugations work (even if they have forgotten the ‘tables’). If you have studied Classical Greek in the past but need a thorough revision of the grammar in order to read the New Testament, this course will definitely be suitable for you. Likewise, if you have completed at least the first two modules of Classical Greek 1 at City Lit, this course is also suitable for you.
As this course is taught in English, you should be able to follow verbal and written instructions in English and take part in group discussions on readings/exercises/grammar points.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
The course is based on a traditional teaching approach, yet it also aims at a high level of student interaction. Please note that students are expected to participate in oral classroom activities do roughly 2 hours of homework per week.
Please be aware that the teacher will use Google Classroom, and you are expected to regularly check the course’s page to find additional notes, updates about the progress of the class, homework, self-assessment forms, etc.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Textbook title: “Complete New Testament Greek: A Comprehensive Guide to Reading and Understanding New Testament Greek with Original Texts” (Complete Languages)
Edition: June 2018
Author: Gavin Betts
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
New Testament Greek beginners: module 2.
James is interested in the languages, cultures, society, and archaeology of ancient Mediterrean. As a child, he was fascinated by the displays and exhibitions at the Birmignham Musuem and Art Gallery, and enjoyed reading about all things ancient. After school, he went to the University of Exeter for his BA and MA, and was introduced to the sites of Greece on the British School at Athens undergraduate school. His PhD was funded by the Arts and Humanities Reseach Council and looked at the role fo music in ancient Sparta. As well as teaching at City Lit, he also lecturers at the University of Reading, and in 2022 he will start a Marie Curie fellowship at the Austrian Academy of Sciences, continuing his research into ancient Greek music. In his spare time, he enjoys amateur gardening, and listening to new and unfamiliar music.
Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.