New Testament Greek beginners: module 2
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: RG453
Duration: 10 sessions (over 10 weeks)
What is the course about?
The course aims at offering a fast-track gateway into the language of the New Testament so that students can start reading unadapted passages from the Gospels while quickly progressing with their grammar studies.
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 continue using Gavin Betts’ “Complete New Testament Greek”, a textbook designed so that students can read Greek 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 9 and aim at completing Unit 15 –
though the pace of the course may vary depending on the students’ progress.
As we progress with the study of New Testament Greek grammar, we shall continue reading the Gospel of Mark.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Read an excerpt from the Greek New Testament with confidence and enjoyment;
- Recognise, translate and inflect a variety of pronouns (interrogative and indefinite; demonstrative; reflexive and
reciprocal; possessive; and relative);
- Recognise, translate and inflect verb forms in the middle and passive voices;
- Show a good understanding of the construction of direct/indirect questions and direct/indirect statements;
- Show some familiarity with the aorist passive, the root aorist and the future passive;
- Show some familiarity with participles and their uses;
- Show some familiarity with the subjunctive and optative moods;
- Show some familiarity with the perfect active.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This is a course for those who have already completed “New Testament Greek Beginners: Module 1”, or who have equivalent experience. 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.
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, etc.
Note that you will constantly need to revise on your own any new grammar topic that has been introduced in class, as this is a fast-paced course and there will be limited time for revision and consolidation.
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 3.
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.