GK101 Introduction to Biblical Greek John D. Schwandt

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John Schwandt | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Dec 7 2017 5:41 PM

Hi Scott,

There is a lot packed into this course so people with different learning goals and styles can use it in ways that suit them.  I’m very pleased that there is a heavy dose of teaching on composition in the course.  Most first-year seminary courses (and textbooks) today do not include many composition exercises in their education.  So, a person who wants to go that far and surpass what is often taught can do that.  Others can trim that part of the course off.  Still others can take even a more abbreviated approach.   The underlying principle for learning nearly anything is some system of spaced review.  Some people need to work on learning a language every day to gain ground.  Others can learn just as well or sometimes better with more spacing between study times.

Once you determine your learning objective and get a feel for your natural talent, the best pattern for you to learn will become apparent.   I would caution you not to rush things for whatever level of competency you are pursuing.  Give yourself ample time to work on the exercises while continuing to review appropriate brief lectures and exercise examples.  You will also want to give yourself time to review vocabulary daily.  The speed that you can learn new vocabulary may help guide your pace.  You don’t want to be in a situation where you must be looking up every word you see.  If you feel this start to happen, go back a few chapters for review and work through exercises again or work through them backwards (i.e.., you can take the composition answer key and translate that if you need more exercises.)

I do suggest one language at a time.  I don’t think it really matters which language you start with.  I would choose the one that you think you will be using more frequently so you can stay up with it as you learn the second one.  We are planning on producing advanced or reading level courses.

I’ll look forward to you joining the course’s Faithlife group and interacting with you there.  I hope you will consider writing community notes within the group, so many people can be encouraged and join in the learning experience with us.

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Scott Loras | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Dec 8 2017 1:26 PM

Thank you for the thoughtful reply!  I'm evaluating my budget and means of paying for the course.  Your interest in potential students and answering our questions is encouraging.

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Mattillo | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Dec 13 2017 6:11 AM

I have been meaning to start this course for some time now but time has been my issue.  I'm planning to start this during the holiday break and I was curious of two things.

1) Is there a preferred way to take this course?  By that I mean, would it run better if I start it using the courses tool or can I just open the resource from my library and start it.  Does it matter much?

2) The little poking around I did do,  I came across a greek alphabet song.  Is there a way to make it into an mp3 so I can put it on my phone to make it easier to listen to everyday?

Thank you in advance

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John Schwandt | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Dec 13 2017 10:01 AM

Great questions.

Using the Courses Tool or simply the transcript resource is a personal preference.  For this particular course, I would recommend using the transcript resource to allow for greater freedom to jump around the course (using the contents sidebar).  I think it also works better when you are using multiple panes (i.e., transcript resource, video resource, activities resource, and Lexham book resource.)  The Courses Tool is structured more for using single resources sequentially (with a video pane). 

Thanks for the recommendation about the song MP3.  We will look into ways we can make it more available.

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Mattillo | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Dec 14 2017 7:13 AM


Thank you Mr Schwandt.  If the mp3 does happen, my thought was to put it into my iTunes and listen to it daily.

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Mark | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Dec 27 2017 7:16 PM

John Schwandt:

I believe we are still on track for shipping it this year.  Last chance messaging for people to get the pre-order discount should be going out. Smile

Is there an update on this?

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Michael McLane | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Dec 28 2017 1:12 PM

Is there an update on this?

It looks like this just downloaded to my library.

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John Schwandt | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Dec 28 2017 1:56 PM

Left Hug Boom! Big Smile

Please consider joining the Faithlife group for this course.  I will be watching community notes.


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Kenneth Neighoff | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Dec 28 2017 2:01 PM

Is it enabled for iOS or Android use?

What about Faithlife tv?

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Miles Custis | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Dec 29 2017 8:21 AM

The resources should appear in mobile and the videos on Faithlife TV soon.

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