At Polis, we teach Attic and Koine Greek at the same time. The teacher communicates in high Koine Greek which includes almost all Attic features and when necessary, teaches the difference between the two dialects. Ninety percent of all Greek texts of Antiquity were written in Koine Greek. These texts range from philosophy and medicine to poetry and novels, it is the original language of the New Testament, the Septuagint, and many ancient Jewish and Christian texts. As many of today’s physical and social sciences originated with Ancient Greeks, knowledge of this language is the key to understanding the birth of western culture.
All courses are taught using The Polis Method which immerses students in the target language from the very first class which allows learning more naturally. The Polis Method focuses on total immersion and speech fluency and we believe helps students acquire the language quicker than the traditional grammar-translation method.
The course at Polis is intended to familiarize students with the language through natural learning methods. From the first day, all lessons are conducted in Ancient Greek using techniques based on the way children acquire their mother tongue, allowing the students to develop a keen intuition in understanding and speaking the language. The course is designed to provide speaking skills that, with practice, will allow the student to store new information in long-term memory, reading skills that will allow the student to approach original texts without reliance on translations and written exercises which will enable students to perfect their mastery of this ancient and beautiful language.
Aug 24 – Sep 30, 2021
120 Academic Hours
August 24, 2021 – September 30, 2021
Requirements: Knowledge of the Greek alphabet
Textbook: Polis: Speaking Ancient Greek as a Living Language Level One, Student's Volume (35€ - not included in the fee)
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Course Contents outline
Chapter 1 (Alphabet // Pronunciation // Accentuation // Diphthongs // Breathing marks // Punctuation)
Chapter 2 (Capital letters // Numbers 1-10)
Chapter 3 (Personal pronouns // Verb εἰμί // Subject and predicate // Definite article // Gender // Interrogative pronouns τί/τίς // Profession and nationality // Parts of speech: noun, adjective, verb, adverb)
Chapter 4 (Aorist active imperative types -(σ)ον, -ε, -θι, -ς // Negation of the imperative and indicative // Aorist active infinitive types -(σ)αι, -εῖν, -ναι, and βούλομαι and δύναμαι sentences)
Chapter 5 (Nominative and accusative cases)
Chapter 6 (Present active imperative // Verbs with one (ζητῶ) and two roots (τρέχω) // Present active infinitive types -ειν, -αν // Aorist active infinitive types -σαι, -αι)
Chapter 7 (Classroom vocabulary // Present active participle // Dative case: personal pronouns)
Chapter 8 (Verbs of motion (ἔξελθε, εἴσελθε) // Genitive case: personal pronouns // Complement of the noun // Cases: all cases of the interrogative and third person personal pronouns)
Chapter 9 (Extensive introduction of the book’s characters // Demonstrative pronouns // οὐ/οὐκ rule // Singular genitive case of first and second declension nouns)
Chapter 10 (Further introduction of the book’s characters // All cases and genders of the definite article in the singular // Singular dative case of first and second declension nouns)
Chapter 11 (Nominative and accusative cases in the singular and plural (first and second declension nouns) // Plural genitive case (first and second declension nouns) // Plural dative case (first and second declension nouns)
// Plural definite article)
Chapter 12 (Vocabulary for time, place, number, and manner // Vocabulary for the phases of the day, week, month, and year // Numbers in Greek writing // Declension of numbers)
Chapter 13 (Differences between the first, second, and third declensions in the nominative and genitive cases // First declension nouns types ἡμέρα, γλῶσσα, κεφαλή, μαθητής // Overview of the second declension nouns types λόγος, δῶρον nominative and genitive singular only) // Overview of the third declension nouns types (nominative and genitive singular only) // Feminine adjectives types σκληρά, πᾶσα, ἑλληνική // Phonetic changes (alpha purum et impurum))
Chapter 14 (Present active indicative verbs, types ἀνοίγω; φιλῶ, -εῖς; πλέω; ζῶ // Cause and consequence // Traveling vocabulary)
Chapter 15 (Second declension nouns types λόγος, δῶρον // Adjectives type καλός, καλή, καλόν // Noun-adjective agreement // Vocabulary for colors, qualities, character, and size // Vocabulary for cardinal points and geographical locations, especially in Israel)
Chapter 16 (Present active indicative verbs in -μι // Herding vocabulary // Relative pronoun in the nominative case // Plural neuter subject agreement with verbs // Third person imperative types τρεχέτω, ἀκουσάτω, εἰπέτω, ἀναστήτω, ἀναγνώτω, στραφέτω)
Chapter 17 (Instrumental dative // Vocabulary for parts of the body // Overview of all cases // Adjectives type δύσκολος, δύσκολον // Compound adjectives // Vocabulary for reputation, character, size, quality, and price // Declension of adjectives πολύς and μέγας)
Chapter 18 (Present middle verbs type πορεύομαι // Verbs with middle and active voices, as well as verbs with only one voice)
Chapter 19 (Sigmatic (-ι-, -υ-, -κ-, -γ-, -χ-, -ζ-, -σσ-, -τ-, -δ-, -θ-, -π-, -β-, -φ-, -πτ-) vs thematic (type ἐλθεῖν) aorists: root, endings, imperative, and infinitive // Aorist tense active: imperative and infinitive, verbs in -ω, -ῶ, εῖς and -μι : types ἀκοῦσαι, φιλῆσαι, ἀνοῖξαι, ἀγοράσαι, γράψαι, λαβεῖν, δοῦναι, θεῖναι, ἀφεῖναι, ἀναστῆναι, γνῶναι // Present tense active: imperative and infinitive, verbs in -ω, -ῶ, εῖς and -μι : types ἀνοίγειν, φιλεῖν, εἶναι, διδόναι, τιθέναι, ἀφιέναι, ἱστάναι, δεικνύναι)
Chapter 20 (Passive voice: present indicative and infinitive of -ω verbs // Middle voice: present indicative and infinitive of -ω verbs // Present middle and passive forms of -ῶ, εῖς verbs // Media tantum vs passive voice, passive vs active voice // Acute > grave accents // Vocabulary to express age)
The course aims at enabling the student to find orientation in a Greek classroom. Students will learn how to express communicative needs and talk about the immediate classroom situation. They will be introduced to the fundamentals of the language’s morphology, phonology, and prosody. They will also become familiar with the basic concepts of grammar (parts of speech; declension and conjugation; fundamental case functions; mood and aspect), using The Polis Method. The student's final grade will be determined by formal examinations that will consider oral and written skills.
No classes will take place on Jewish holidays (September 6 - 8, 15 - 16, 21, 2-28).
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Discount is available for students who register and pay in full by August 11, 2021.