Polis' spring semester will begin in February and run for four months. If you are interested in taking one of our courses in the Spring semester you can pre-register now and we will be in touch with you before the course opens.
In spring Polis plans to open online and in-person courses in Ancient Greek, Biblical Hebrew, Modern Standard Arabic, Modern Hebrew, Latin, Spoken Arabic, Coptic and Syriac.
All courses are taught using The Polis Method which immerses students in the target language from the very first class which allows learning in a more natural way. 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.
Please note details are subject to change. Courses will only take place on condition that enough students register.
Feb 17 – May 31, 2021
Jerusalem, (US Time)
At Polis, we teach at the same time Attic and Koine Greek. The teacher communicates in high Koine Greek which includes almost all Attic features and, when necessary, teaches the difference between the two dialects. Ninety per cent 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.
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.
You can see more information on Ancient Greek at Polis here.
Biblical Hebrew is the language of the Hebrew Bible. Written and composed over centuries during the 1st millennium B.C., the Hebrew Bible is widely considered the greatest literary achievement of the ancient Near East. Written mostly in Hebrew, it covers a vast range of literary genres and historical accounts. Covering a time span of centuries, a set of beliefs and practices, and unforgettable human figures.
In this course students will be fully immersed into the language from the very first lesson in all four major linguistic skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. The only language to be used in the classroom from the first moment will be Biblical Hebrew: verses from the Bible will be introduced from the beginning stages of the course, analyzed and discussed in Hebrew. Students will command each other in biblical Hebrew, as if they were King Solomon himself!
You can see more information on Biblical Hebrew at Polis here.
Classical Latin, taught in its broadest sense, includes the Golden Age of Latin literature (1st c. BC – 1st c. AD) as well as the Imperial Latin from the Nerva-Antonine dynasty (96-192 AD) and the Severan dynasty (193-235 AD). This period has the advantage of being an intermediate between pre-Classical Latin and Late Latin (3rd c.-6th c. AD). Even authors from the 4th or 5th centuries AD such as St. Augustine of Hippo or St. Jerome, albeit writing in a slightly different language than the classical one, took the Golden Age of Latin literature as a reference. Studying Classical Latin (in the broad sense) allows us to easily read the most interesting Latin texts of Antiquity and the Middle Ages.
You can see more information on Latin at Polis here.
Modern Hebrew is one of the two official languages of the State of Israel, used as first language by the majority of its citizens. It is spoken by around 9 million people worldwide, most of whom live in Israel. The roots of the Hebrew language are traced back to the first millennium B.C. which makes it one of the most ancient languages still spoken in the world today. Based on its classical sources (biblical, rabbinical & medieval) Hebrew was revived as a spoken language at the turn of the 20th century by a joint effort of intellectuals, teachers and educators, the most renowned of whom was Eliezer Ben-Yehuda, to become what is today Modern (or Israeli) Hebrew, the modern form of the ancient language.
You can see more information on Modern Hebrew at Polis here.
Spoken Arabic is commonly taught as a second language using the Latin script. The Polis Institute is one of the first academic institutions in the world where Spoken Arabic is taught fully in Arabic and written only in Arabic script. The first course of Absolute Beginners includes teaching the alphabet, while candidates for other levels are required to know the script. This methodology facilitates an authentic and direct approach to the language, and is a more natural way of introduction to Modern Standard Arabic.
You can see more information on Spoken Arabic at Polis here.
Coptic is a valuable resource for the study of early Christianity and of multicultural Egypt during First Millennium CE. The Bohairic Coptic course at the Polis Institute is developed under a grant titled ‘Project for the Development of Bohairic Dialect.’ Using the Polis Method, all Coptic classes are be taught using full immersion and aim to develop speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills. Source texts are used to create a new learning experience for Coptic as a spoken language, and students will have tools to read and analyze texts in Coptic.
You can see more information on Coptic at Polis here.
Modern Standard Arabic is derived from the Classical Arabic, and now remains the official, written and formal spoken Arabic language that is taught in schools, universities, and used by the media.
You can see more information on Modern Standard Arabic at Polis here.
Classical Syriac is an Aramaic dialect that originated from the ancient city of Edessa (present-day Urfa in southeast Turkey) in the 1st century AD. In the course of the 1st millennium, Classical Syriac became a major literary language of the Near East and the common language of the historically Aramaic-speaking churches where it is still used today as the language of liturgy and prayer. Boasting a wealth of original texts encompassing theology, literature and the sciences, Classical Syriac spread during its heyday to Christian communities in places as remote as China and South India, before its decline in the 13th century. A vast linguistic corpus and intellectual treasure trove, Classical Syriac is an indispensable tool for the study of Near Eastern history in general and Near Eastern Christianity in particular, and holds the key to accessing other, less well-documented and accessible variants of Aramaic.
You can see more information on Coptic at Polis here.
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