While Latin is a dead language, Greek is not exactly dead. It has transformed over time, like most languages, but it is far from dead. And besides standing the test of time, its legacy continues in many Western languages such as English and Spanish.
But wait, how to learn Greek in TPS? Welcome to “Learning Greek from John,” a course that teaches Greek for students in high school and adults! The class was founded just last year for the 2017-2018 class by TPS and Mr. Spencer Brown and is continuing to grow to expand to a two-year course.
“Learning Greek from John” approaches learning the biblical languages through a more inductive approach. This means that in class, the students will spend time reading John’s writings in Greek. The majority of the class is, in fact, spent on reading John in Greek. Then Mr. Brown will use the text to explain the grammatical and structural principles of Greek.
The students watch videos during the week that provide the structure to the grammar they have already seen in the Greek text. By reading an Ancient Greek text, the students get to interact with an actual historical source and are able to learn Greek through studying a real Greek text written for Greeks instead of a classroom book for foreigners.
The course is not just learning Greek, but it is also a class where students can learn a biblical language. Students spend a good deal of time reading and interacting with the Greek NT. And during their reading, they acquire the necessary grammatical skills necessary. This method helps the students see the practicality of the grammar—how Greeks structured their work, its usage in a real situation, and how John structured it—while simultaneously learning Greek.
Mr. Brown teaches his class in an inductive study format, allowing the students to learn the language by actually experiencing it and sitting down with it. Besides that, Mr. Brown also uses a flipped classroom method, which is a method in which homework-like studies are brought into the classroom while classroom-reserved studies are assigned as homework. The majority of the lecture is spent on reading the verses from John’s writings in the Greek New Testament.
The homework usually takes no more than five to seven hours a week, and the only text needed is the Greek New Testament.
With its inductive study and flipped classroom take on learning an ancient language, Mr. Brown rightly describes the class as “fun and interactive.”
Mr. Brown invites students to take this class as “[it is] a great way to learn a biblical language. Students spend lots of time reading and interacting with the Greek NT, while learning the necessary grammar in the process. It helps students see the practicality of the grammar quickly in the learning process.” Overall, “Learning Greek from John” is a fun, unique, and interactive class that, while new, is promising in its goal to teach students the Ancient Greek language.
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