Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Thanks for your feedback

I appreciate those who took the time to fill in the brief survey last week.

For my part it was interesting to get at least a little feedback. Let me make a few brief comments.

Greek Natural Method

It was encouraging to see that this was the most interesting to people. I was very sorry to lay aside the ├śrberg project, but have enjoyed starting this from scratch in a sense. Chapter 3 is almost done and then I will release a new version. Progress is likely to be slow at least until late November, but I am hoping to spend some dedicated time in December and produce quite a few chapters in short succession.

Would audio recordings for this be welcome? I have held off making any yet as I wanted a chance to write a few more chapters and also get some corrections in.

Patristic Readers

Well it's good to see at least some interest in this. I recognise it's a relatively niche market. This week I am wrapping up Perpetua, and next week will do some work towards a print edition.

If someone wants to study New Testament texts (and they are fortunate enough to speak a majority language) there is every aid under the sun. Even students of classical texts can generally find commentaries or school-editions for major works. But for those interested in going further afield, they are on their own. That's why I'm so excited about this. And enough of locking these texts up in stuffy and over-priced electronic databases and $200 + library editions. I really do hope some of these editions became 'standard' simply by being accessible and cheap.

A neo-koine lexicon

I'm still thinking about the best way forward with this. At present I'm still just compiling my way slowly through a core 625 vocabulary list. I'm not sure exactly how a neo-koine lexicon might work. Things I'm considering are whether it should only be terms for contemporary things, or whether it should be contemporary things put into a larger lexicon that includes non-contemporary things; what format any lexicon might take; how 'professional' it needs to be, etc.; I considered the visual idea because there is a great Latin resource, Vocabula Picta, that is along those lines. Anyway, I will keep plugging away at that core 625 vocabulary first, and then go from there.

Video resources

I was very interested and curious to see the interest in this. I do wonder exactly what kind of video materials would be useful? I have a few ideas, one of which I will share. I am thinking that (again, once back in Australia later this year), I will record some short teaching videos of WAYK and Ancient Greek, maybe Latin as well. Each would be a few minutes long and over the course of them it would work through the Universal Speed Curriculum (i.e. up to 'want, have, give, take). They would be set up to engage the viewer rather than showcase a class like my rather long recent video.

But perhaps you have other ideas? I note the 'Daily Dose of Greek' series has recently started, with one verse + explanations a day. I think that's a great little initiative, except the excruciating pronunciation. I suppose that I could produce some teaching type videos that examine text, but I suspect that is not what people are interested in.

Where I'm going with all this

You know, I have very much enjoyed the opportunities to teach here in Mongolia. It has been a pleasure to teach through four NT books in Greek, to do an overview of the New Testament twice, and even to delve into Amos (in Hebrew), and Ezra-Nehemiah, the latter three being books I had never studied in detail.

But as I head back to Australia my primary focus is going to be writing the PhD. That aside, my minor focus is going to shift back to Latin and Greek. Obviously related to my studies, but I'm very interested in both teaching these languages for genuine learning, and the art of pedagogy related to facilitating language acquisition. That is, in part, why you have seen a lot more blogging from me, and a lot more engagement towards 'producing resources'. I will have some more to say on related issues in the coming weeks, but for now I simply want to encourage you to share some more thoughts if you have them.

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